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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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Rodent – Hamsters, Gerbils, Rats & Mice – Common Diseases

Rodent – Hamsters, Gerbils, Rats & Mice – Common Diseases What are some of the common diseases of pet rodents? Common conditions of pet rodents include respiratory diseases, anorexia and lethargy, overgrown teeth, and tumours. What are the signs of these diseases? Respiratory infections are commonly seen in pet rodents. Signs include nasal and/or ocular (eye) discharge in mild infections, and wheezing, coughing, and open-mouth breathing in severe infections (pneumonia). The sicker animals often stop eating and become lethargic. In […]

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Keeping mobile as time ticks on: Arthritis in pets, the silent epidemic

Arthritis – it’s pain As your pet gets older you may notice them slowing up a little or appearing stiff. DO NOT IGNORE THIS. Don’t just put it down to old age. This is the classic symptom of the onset of arthritis which is a very common complaint in pets as they get on a bit. In cats you may see them slowing up but also they may appear to be doing less grooming, may appear grumpy and just off […]

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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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