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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No ‘snooze button’ on a howling dog!

There’s something unsettling about the sound of a howling dog. The howl is an ancient inherited mode of communication, stemming from the days when dogs roamed in packs. The high pitched, drawn out howl can be heard several miles away. In the wild, the howl was used as a way of calling the pack together. For example, if a dog found a particularly tasty piece of carrion, his howl would call his pack to the feast site. There are other […]

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The cats pajamas

The status of cats in Irish households has changed over the past thirty years. Formerly regarded as a necessary piece of equipment in the farmyard, cats were useful at keeping vermin under control, but definitely not to be allowed indoors. Nowadays many pet cats are welcomed into the family as honoured guests. However cats have not lost the strong instinct which first earned them their place amongst humans. They are keen hunters – their predatory urge is still as strong […]

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Thinking of becoming veterinary surgeon?

A career as a veterinary surgeon is one of the most popular dreams for young people nowadays. Children and teenagers have a very close affinity with animals. The idea of working with friendly, loyal creatures seems more appealing than working with bossy, bad tempered human beings. The public image of life as a vet has been generally a favourable one. James Herriot was always smiling as he strolled through muddy farmyards, and even his disasters often seemed to have a […]

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What is Parvovirus?

Two young dogs died today. Both dogs were perfect, bright, normal animals just  three days ago. They came into my surgery with mild diarrhoea and a loss of appetite. Despite intensive treatment, by this morning they had both collapsed into a coma, and by this evening, both had passed away. The dogs belonged to different owners who lived some distance apart, and the dogs had never met. They were both victims of a disease which is a constant threat to […]

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If your puppy was microchipped before you bought him, then read this….

Since 2006 all pedigree puppies have to be microchipped for Irish Kennel Club registration. This is done by the breeder’s vet when the pups are about 6 weeks old and have to be done before the puppies can be sold with papers. The chip itslef will work perfectly well but because it was the breeder that did (or didn’t do!) all the necessary paperwork there is often a problem in that the chip is not registered to the pup’s new […]

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