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.
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…
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!
Here at the practice, we’re bracing ourselves for a run of poisoning cases at the end of this month… While chocolate is lovely for us, it’s lethal to our pets, but sadly, most dogs don’t realise this and are very keen to gobble up any Easter eggs or other sweet treats they can find!
In this blog, though, we’re going to talk about how hydrotherapy has changed in recent years, how useful it currently is for dogs, and why we’ve invested in a hydro pool here in the practice!
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.
Pet obesity is a genuine epidemic - some studies suggest that as many as 50% of ALL dogs in the UK and USA are overweight or obese. We see similar problems here in the UAE, and vets from across the world are increasingly seeing obesity as the most common type of malnutrition in pets.
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.
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.
Until recently, the tech industry hadn’t really turned its attention to pets… but that’s rapidly changing!
In this blog, we’re going to look at 5 gadgets that can help you entertain, exercise, track, follow or feed your pet… and at a couple of “epic fails”, gadgets that looked like a great idea but were fundamentally flawed...
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.
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....
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.
Learn about Parvoviruses. What they are, what they do and how you can prevent them as a pet owner.
Socialising a new dog is so important for a healthy development. Here's why!
Getting "The snip" can sometimes be a hard decision for dog owners. Here are a few reason why vets recommend you do it!
Choosing when to let go of a beloved pet is one of the hardest thing to do. This is to help with the decision making process.
Is your cat throwing up? Find out what it could possibly means and how it can be treated
Yes, like all animals cats can (and do!) develop allergic reactions. Most commonly, these affect the skin, but sometimes other parts of the body can also be affected.
Did you know that dogs are at much higher risk in hot weather than humans are? As a result, they can easily suffer heatstroke in hot weather, becoming ill or even dying from overheating.