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What Flea Treatment Is Best For Cats?

27 Sep 2017

The commonest parasite of dogs and cats in the UK is - you’ve guessed it! - the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis. To make matters worse, this nasty beast doesn’t just live on cats (as its name would suggest) but also on dogs, other pets, and will sometimes even bite people! In this blog, we’ll briefly look at the creature’s life cycle, w... Read More

What is a Lap Spay and how do you do it?

29 Jun 2017

Also known as a “keyhole spay” or “keyhole neutering”, this is is a form of surgery that doesn’t need a full size incision. It is becoming more and more popular as the advantages become better understood! How does it differ from a normal spay? A “normal” spay is technically called an “open ovariohysterectomy”. In this procedure, an incision... Read More

How can vets tell what's wrong with my pet's heart?

10 May 2017

Heart problems are very common in dogs and cats, especially now they’re living longer. However, heart conditions aren’t all the same disease - even if they tend to have very similar symptoms. So, how can we tell what disease is causing the problem - and therefore how best to treat it? How do we pick up heart problems? History... Read More

Fleas & Ticks Blog by Chris Packham

31 Mar 2017

Why Scratchy never needs to scratch Prevention is always better than cure and no more so than when it comes to tackling the small, silent and sometimes deadly health risks associated with tick and flea bites. Due of the micro-nature of the threat it’s too easy to fall victim to ‘out of sight out of mind’ until we have a seriously ill pet on our hands. I’... Read More

Has your pet had a health assessment recently?

01 Mar 2017

The bond we share with our animals is a very special one and we all have a big responsibility to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep them healthy and happy for as long as is possible! For our practice, keeping pets well goes very much beyond treating them when they’re sick or injured. Many don’t realise that your pet’s... Read More

What is a Laparoscopic Spay?

05 Jan 2017

For many years, the procedure for neutering a bitch was the “standard spay”, also known as an Open Ovariohysterectomy (OHE). However, nowadays there is a newer option - the Laparoscopic Spay, also known as the Keyhole Spay or Laparoscopic Ovariectomy (OE). This new technique has several advantages, and as we are fully equipped to perform it, we thought we’d compare the two! ... Read More

How far does my dog need to walk per day?

05 Oct 2016

Well, basically it depends on your dog! Some breeds and individuals need a lot more exercise than others. However, (fashionable celebrities notwithstanding), all dogs need some physical exercise every day. What are the benefits of exercise for dogs? Just the same as for us! Exercise builds muscle mass, cardiovascular fitness, and reduces the amount of fat st... Read More

How will I know it’s time to say goodbye?

01 Aug 2016

Saying goodbye is the hardest part of owning a pet. This is often because, sadly, animals don’t often die peacefully in their sleep – they tend to keep going, with an ever-increasing list of medical problems, and an ever-decreasing quality of life. With modern veterinary medicine, it is very easy to keep a dog or a cat going long after they’ve stopped enjoying their life. This m... Read More

How vaccinating your pet helps the homeless keep their pets healthy

22 Jun 2016

Pay-It-Forward vet scheme to support city’s vulnerable and homeless sponsored by Rushcliffe Veterinary Centre and their clients. Nottingham University Veterinary School students run a regular veterinary clinic at the offices of the Big Issue’s Nottingham headquarters under the guidance of Dr Jenny Stavisky, Clinical Lec... Read More

How much of a problem can a grass seed be for a dog?

08 Jun 2016

For such a tiny object, a grass seed can cause an incredible amount of pain and suffering for dogs! The trouble is in their shape - most grass seeds are very streamlined in one direction, but the awns prevent movement in the other. In fact, many grass species’ seeds look, and act, like little biological arrowheads! This means that once they get embedded in the dog’s tissues, they... Read More

What is an overactive thyroid in cats, and can it be treated?

05 May 2016

An overactive thyroid gland, or hyperthyroidism, is a very common condition in older cats. It is, in fact, the most common hormone disorder in cats, and one of the most important causes of weight loss. What causes it? In cats, like all mammals, the thyroid glands in the neck make a hormone called thyroxine. This hormone cont... Read More

My cat has started to miss her litter tray… what can I do?

13 Apr 2016

Unfortunately, inappropriate elimination (defaecating or urinating) is quite common in cats – in fact, it’s probably the most common behavioural “problem” seen in general practice. Getting to the bottom of it can be really frustrating, but there are some simple steps you can take to get started. Is it urine or faeces she’s “missing” with? If it... Read More