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  • ARTHRITIS AND THE USE OF PENTOSAN INJECTIONS

    WHAT IS ARTHRITIS? Arthritis is a disease condition affecting the joints.  The cartilage lining the joint is worn down, causing pain.  The symptoms of arthritis can be: Pain or stiff... read more
  • CARDIOMYOPATHY IN DOGS AND CATS

    WHAT IS CARDIOMYOPATHY? Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle.  It occurs in both dogs and cats and there are a number of different types. TYPES AND CAUSES OF CARDIOMYOPATHY There ar... read more
  • CAT SPEYS

    WHY HAVE YOUR CAT DESEXED (SPEYED)? Unwanted kittens can be an emotional and financial burden, as well as potentially adding to the already enormous problem of stray animals.  Every year thousan... read more
  • Cherry Eye

    Cherry eye is where there is a mass protruding from under the third eyelid of dogs or cats. It is a swelling of the lymphoid tissue of the third eyelid gland . The third eyelid is like a windscreen wi... read more
  • CHRONIC RENAL FAILURE IN CATS

    The kidneys are an important organ whose function is to remove waste products from the blood while conserving water.  They also play a part in electrolyte balance and red blood cell production. ... read more
  • CONJUNCTIVITIS IN CATS

    The conjunctiva is the moist membrane that surrounds the eyeball and lines the inside of the eyelids.  The third eyelid is also covered by conjunctiva. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of this m... read more
  • DESEXING FEMALES

    WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING MY PET DESEXED? Dogs and cats on heat attract a surprising number of interested members of the opposite sex, commonly leading to fights, disturbed nights for owners ... read more
  • DIABETES MELLITUS IN CATS

    WHAT IS DIABETES MELLITUS? Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which there is an excessive quantity of glucose (sugar) in the blood.  It is caused by a deficiency of the hormone, insulin, which is... read more
  • FELINE HYPERTHYRODISM

    IN GENERAL Feline hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine (hormonal) disorder of cats. It is an older cat disease. Though it has been recorded in cats as young as 4 years of age, it is uncommon ... read more
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

    Feline AIDS is caused by infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). This viral disease interferes with the immune system of the infected cat and is is potentially fatal. FIV is NOT the same ... read more
  • HEAT STRESS

    Heat Stress (or heat stroke) occurs when animals are confined in hot environments, usually when locked in motor vehicles in the sun where the temperature can rise to lethal levels very quickly.  ... read more
  • HYPERADRENOCORTICOIDISM - (CUSHING’S DISEASE)

    Hyperadrenocorticoidism (HA) is a disorder caused by excessive secretion of glucocorticoids (Cortisone) from the adrenal glands.  The adrenal glands are small glands that lie in the abdominal cav... read more
  • INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)

    WHAT IS INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE? IBD is a chronic disease of the gastro-intestinal tract.  Most affected animals have a history of recurrent or chronic vomiting and/or diarrhoea (vomiting is ... read more
  • Making Sense Of Blood Tests

    Blood testing on pets is very similar if not the same to those performed on you and me when we visit our doctor or pathologist. With the use of our in-house laboratories and in some instances external... read more
  • Seizures In Dogs And Cats

    What is a seizure? A seizure is a complex series of events that originate in the motor cortex, or front portion, of the brain.  A group of neurones (nerve cells) in this part of the brain sudden... read more
  • ULTRASOUND

    Ultrasonography, or ultrasound examination, is becoming increasingly available for the evaluation of pets at the practice level.  Very high frequency sound waves are emitted by a transducer place... read more
  • UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS – CAT FLU

    "Cat flu" is a common disease in unvaccinated cats of all ages, but tends to be particularly severe in young and purebred cats.  The majority of cases will be caused by one of two virus... read more
  • VOMITING

    Dogs and cats will vomit quite easily to empty their stomachs of unwanted foods/material/fur.  It is a safety mechanism. A foreign body in the stomach or intestine and bacterial or viral infec... read more
  • Does Your Cat Have Healthy Ears?

    Hearing ranks behind sight as a cat's most acute sense. Cats can hear sounds that are non-existent to human ears, such as the sound of a mouse rustling in dry grass. Using more than twenty muscles in ... read more

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