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Is my cat stressed and what can I do to help?

Is my cat stressed and what can I do to help?

  Cats can be affected by stress, which can lead to both behavioural and health problems. It's not always obvious that they are feeling stressed or why they might be feeling like this. Why is my cat stressed? Cats are all individuals and so this will vary from cat to cat, however...

Alabama Rot - what you really need to know!

Alabama Rot - what you really need to know!

Further cases of Alabama Rot disease have been reported recently in the news, so we thought we’d update everyone on the latest knowledge about this rather scary disease. What is Alabama Rot? Alabama Rot is a disease that only affects dogs. It cannot be transmitted to...

Dental Awareness

Dental Awareness

“My pet is still eating so the teeth can't be that bad”.  This is a sentiment that we hear often but it couldn't be further from the truth.  In order to survive our cats and dogs must eat so they will only stop eating when...

Are you Arthritis Aware?

Are you Arthritis Aware?

January is Arthritis Awareness Month at AlphaPet! Sadly, many pets develop this painful condition without their owners noticing and end up suffering in silence, often needlessly. As yet no one has patented the elixir for eternal youth. So as the years go by many of us, including our furry friends, typically...

Feeding Dogs & Cats

Feeding Dogs & Cats

I am always a little surprised when clients come into my consulting room and I mention that their pet is perhaps carrying a few extra pounds, that they immediately come back with “Oh, but he doesn’t get very much” or “Oh, but I only feed her...

Getting pets accustomed to ‘cat’herine wheels!

Getting pets accustomed to ‘cat’herine wheels!

It is estimated that approximately 45 per cent of dogs become stressed and fearful while fireworks are going off, yet many owners are unawareof how to help their dogs with firework fears and the precautions that can be taken to help them cope with their fear of loud noises. Dogs Dogs...

Wildlife - to treat or not to treat ...

Wildlife - to treat or not to treat ...

As vets, we are regularly presented with wildlife casualties which we have an obligation to treat, if only for the prevention of unnecessary suffering, which can mean immediate euthanasia. Very quickly, we not only have to determine what has actually happened to that animal, but we also then...

Getting cats and dogs to live together

Getting cats and dogs to live together

Many of our clients have multi-pet households, for all sorts of reasons, and many of those involve keeping dogs and cats together. So many times though, we hear that the dogs and cats don’t get on together, but many of us also find that they can become the best...

Why is my dog shaking or trembling?

Why is my dog shaking or trembling?

We frequently receive calls from worried owners about why their dogs are shaking or trembling. There is a very long list of possible causes but generally, persistent noticeable shaking or trembling is a sign that something is not right, so you need to find out what the...

Why is my cat limping?

Why is my cat limping?

There are many reasons why a cat might become lame, most of which are benign, but some of which are more serious. First of all, is the lameness affecting one or more limbs? Then we need to know if it is a sudden onset (acute) lameness or something that has...

Coping With The Loss Of A Pet

Coping With The Loss Of A Pet

Coping with the loss of a pet The loss of a beloved pet can be devastating. Not only have you lost a member of your family, but you’ve also lost your best friend, confidant and life companion. How could you NOT feel grief? To feel a sense of profound grief...

Preparing for a Visit to the Vets

Preparing for a Visit to the Vets

            Preparing for a Visit to the Vets Every owner knows that for most pets, coming to the vest is stressful, no matter what the reason for the visit it. I guess it’s a bit like us going to the dentist - it’s probably not going to be on our top...