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Snail Pellets and Pets

Over the last few weeks, we have seen several cases where dogs have eaten snail pellets. This has cost one dog its life, and has caused a lot of suffering in other dogs. With spring just around the corner, people’s minds are turning to their gardens, and this is when we see a spike in […]

How to we treat a lump?

Last week I posted a “what is this lump” post. The answer: it is a mast cell tumour. It couldn’t be accurately diagnosed by just looking at it or feeling it. It could only be diagnosed by taking a sample and examining it under the microscope. The problem with trying to diagnose lumps based on […]

What is this lump?

What is this lump? I don’t know either. Even after 17 years of being a vet. I recently saw a dog with two lumps. The dog was seen by another vet around 12-18 months ago and was told that the lumps were lipomas, which are benign, fatty lumps that we don’t need to worry about. […]

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a relatively common problem in medium to large sized dogs which can cause a lot of pain and arthritis in affected dogs. What is Hip Dysplasia? The hip joint is what we call a “ball and socket” joint. The ball at the top of the femur (the bone in the upper leg) […]

Diabetes in Dogs

Just like people, dogs can develop diabetes. This is almost always insulin responsive (type 1) diabetes, unlike cats where type 2 diabetes is more common. The first thing most owners notice is the dog drinking and peeing a lot more than normal. This is because there are very high levels of glucose in the blood, […]

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

I’m sure that most dog owners by now are aware that chocolate can be fatal in dogs if eaten is sufficient quantities. This doesn’t mean you need to panic if you’ve been giving your Labrador a tiny bit of chocolate every now and then. However, if your dog has broken in to your stash of […]