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Tail docking in dogs

Tail docking is the removal of some of a healthy tail of a pup. It used to be done by breeders because they thought the dogs ‘looked better’. It is an unwarranted mutilation and in the opinion of the veterinary profession should not ever be performed. The Veterinary Council of Ireland has ruled that it would be unethical for a vet to perform this procedure except where surgical amputation is required to treat an injured tail. The legal situation is […]

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Pyometra – don’t risk it, have her neutered!

What is pyometra? Pyometra is a not uncommon condition that can affect the uterus of middle aged and older pet un-neutered female dogs (and more rarely cats). Following any normal oestrus, (‘heat’ or ‘season’) levels of the hormone progesterone remain elevated for approximately 8-10 weeks. The purpose is to increase the lining of the uterus in order that foetuses can be nourished during pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur and the level of progesterone does not return to its original […]

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Senior Pets

Senior pets by Liam Moriarty MVB, Hermitage Veterinary Hospital, Lucan One of the most common questions I get asked as a vet in relation to senior pets is “How long more will my pet live?”. Usually this is a very difficult question to answer. I have treated cats as old as 23 and 24 and I have treated a dog as old as 20. However it is not uncommon for a pet to die of age related disease as early as […]

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Ultrasound Examination

Ultrasound examinations, ultrasonography or echosonography, to use some of the terms, is an imaging technique in which deep structures of the body can be visualised by recording echoes of ultrasonic waves which are directed into the tissues.  Ultrasound waves are considered to be entirely safe. The principal involves directing a narrow beam of high frequency sound waves that may be transmitted through, reflected off or absorbed by the tissue toward which they are pointed, depending on the nature of the […]

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Brushing your dog’s teeth!

See also Commandment 8: Dental care is Vital Teaching your dog to accept brushing will take some training, but will be very beneficial to the dog once he is accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine for your pet, but brushing twice a week is acceptable if your schedule can’t accommodate daily brushing. Instructions Choose a quiet time and place to start the brushing. It is best to teach your dog […]

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Reptile Nutrition

The diet of reptiles is very important, and this and husbandry are the two main issues for longevity of your pet. Insurance is also recommended for all pet animals to enable treatment to be performed easily. Water requirements – the way in which water is presented to a reptile is important, some (most) species will prefer to be able to partly submerge in water to drink, others may have a need to lick up droplets from surfaces such as plants […]

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