Trouble in domestic paradise: cat on cat aggression

Many of us treat our cats like royalty with the finest food bowls, the tastiest treats and a quality of bed that any human would be happy to inhabit. So it can be frustrating when our kitties are seemingly ungrateful, choosing to squabble amongst themselves rather than being entertained by the luxury toys we lavish upon them. However in multi-cat households, we have to see it from their perspective.

Posted on April 27, 2018 and filed under Blog.

Things to consider before you get a dog...

Dogs… A friendly, fun, beautiful friend for life. There doesn’t seem to be any downside to welcoming a four-legged bundle of joy into your life, does there? The truth is, there are some serious welfare and economic implications to consider before you make this massive commitment…

Posted on April 24, 2018 and filed under Blog.

New Approaches to Diabetes Management in Pets

Diabetes mellitus affects between 0.4% and 1.2% of dogs, and about 0.7% of all cats, making it one of the most common diseases of the endocrine, or hormone, system in domestic pets. It can also be one of the most difficult of conditions to manage well, with most diabetic animals having occasional “relapses” where they destabilise. In this blog, we’re going to look at the condition, what it is, how it’s treated, and then look at some of the new approaches we’re pioneering here at USVC!

Posted on March 27, 2018 .

Why should I neuter my bitch?

Later this month (28th) it’s going to be World Spay Day - which rather ironically falls in the same month as Valentine’s Day! - so in this blog we’re going to be looking at the advantages and disadvantages of getting your bitch neutered.

Posted on February 26, 2018 and filed under Blog.

But my pet is just old…

Old pets have usually been with us for a long time - they’ve shared our lives through thick and thin. As a result, they deserve a comfortable retirement! However, as animals (like people) get older, their medical needs change, sometimes quite dramatically. As a result, regular “check-ups” are even more important than in a young, healthy adult - or even a puppy or kitten.

Posted on January 24, 2018 .

Dental 101

According to some studies, as many as 80% of cats and dogs over 3 years old suffer from dental disease. While we can usually treat this at the clinic, we have the all the specialized equipment to provide top notch treatment for dental disease.

Posted on December 14, 2017 and filed under Blog.

Why has my cat stopped grooming?

There are a number of different reasons for a cat to stop grooming themselves; some are medical, someare behavioural, and some are just due to age. However, often this is the first sign that something’s wrong with them, so it’s important to get them checked out by one of our vets.

Posted on November 24, 2017 .

Does your pet suffer from Firework Fears?

Many pets dislike loud noises; however, for some this is far more profound and results in a noise-phobia: a pathological fear of loud bangs. Add to this the unfamiliar flashes in the sky and the rising excitement among the human members of the family, whether it’s national day, New Year's Eve or Eid, the celebrations can be a “perfect storm” for a nervous dog or cat....

Posted on November 13, 2017 and filed under Blog.

Practice Gadgets - what they do: the capnograph and pulseox

You may have seen that on our “practice facilities” page we boast about our anaesthetic monitoring equipment – capnograph, blood pressure monitoring, pulseox and our new multiparameter monitor. These are tools for helping us to keep your pet safe while they’re asleep under an anaesthetic, so in this blog we’re going to look at them in more detail.

Posted on October 26, 2017 and filed under Blog.