These pesky blood-sucking parasites are a year-round problem for our pets and they can be a real nuisance. They can really make your pet’s life miserable by causing symptoms ranging from minor irritation and scratching to hair loss, severe allergic reactions and anaemia (This is made even worse if they start biting the humans in… Read more »

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that affects the concentration of glucose (or sugar) in the blood; dogs and cats become diabetic when their bodies do not make enough insulin or if the body is unable to use (is resistant to) the insulin that is produced. Insulin is… Read more »

Halloween & Pets

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for everyone, especially families with children. ‘Trick or Treating’ has certainly become much more popular in Reading over the last few years and we are even starting to see organised events in some areas. It is lovely to see everyone getting into the Halloween spirit, but please spare… Read more »

None of us really want to think about the winter holiday season in September, but it is fast approaching and with it comes the bright lights and extreme noise of fireworks. The 2018 firework season in the UK will officially start with Bonfire Night on 5th November, with Diwali close behind, and end on New… Read more »

The Animal Health Trust is warning dog owners to remain alert this autumn, as a mystery dog illness is expected to recur in the upcoming months. Seasonal Canine Illness  has been seen in recent years in the late Summer and Autumn months from August to November and dogs that have been walked in woodland areas… Read more »

We all hope our pets will never need emergency treatment, but sadly some will and emergencies always seem to happen at the most inconvenient time. The first and most important thing in an emergency is to check that it is safe for YOU to help the animal. You will do no good if you are injured,… Read more »

What Is Pyometra? Pyometra literally means pus in the womb/uterus and is one of the most common life-threatening conditions seen in female dogs and occasionally cats. Sadly this condition is still seen all too often at the veterinary practice despite the raised awareness about neutering. Pyometra can affect un-neutered female dogs (bitches) and cats (queens)… Read more »

The Kennel Club and PupAid are working hard to raise awareness about buying puppies. National Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) from 1st – 7th September 2018 aims to make sure that puppies live healthy, happy lives with suitable owners. The aim is to educate potential puppy owners/buyers, in the hope that they will source a puppy from… Read more »

Ticks and Harvest Mites are small parasites that survive by feeding on different animal hosts, including mammals, birds and even humans if they get the opportunity. They can be a real nuisance for affected pets, often causing irritation, inflammation and sometimes infection and disease. Ticks There are many tick species in the UK but the… Read more »