Fintan Browne

About Fintan Browne

Fintan Browne is a vet in Anicare Veterinary Group in Dublin and is the Chairperson of the Veterinary Ireland Companion Animal Society, the representative group for Ireland's 'Pet Vets'.
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Diagram of Angiostrongylus vasorum life cycle

Lungworm in dogs – an increasing threat

By Fintan Browne, veterinary surgeon in Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital It appears that lungworm infections are on the rise. In the past number of weeks I have had 3 lab-confirmed cases of Angiostrongylus vasorum – or “lungworm” as it is more commonly known – in dogs visiting our Anicare hospitals (2 in Blanchardstown and one in our Glasnevin branch). Dogs are typically infected by eating small slugs and snails (or less commonly frogs) and it is something that suburban pets can easy pick up […]

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Dog Breeding Establishments Act signed into force

On 21st December 2011 Phil Hogan, the Minister for the Environment signed the Dog Breeding Establishments Act into law. This important piece of legislation brings in long overdue regulations governing so-called puppy farms (it applies only to breeders with 6 or more breeding age bitches). The veterinary profession welcome this new legislation and hope it will reduce welfare abuses associated with large scale dog breeding. As a dog owner you can play an important part in promoting welfare standards in […]

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