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Loof Syndrome

Loof Syndrome

If you've ended up here, it's a link from our Facebook page. So what exactly is Loof Syndrome? It's an APRIL FOOL!

The Cost of Veterinary Care

The Cost of Veterinary Care

              The Cost of Veterinary Care For many pet owners, the cost of veterinary care can be frustrating. “Why does a simple ear infection cost so much?” “How on Earth am I supposed to be able to afford the costs involved after my dog was run over?” “How can the removal...

Hearts & Health

Hearts & Health

          Hearts & Health It's Valentines day and hearts are on lots of people’s minds, but not always for romantic reasons. According to the British Heart Foundation, almost 1 in 5 men and 1 in 8 women die from heart disease! It remains the biggest killer in the UK. Scary facts, but...

Weighty Matters

Weighty Matters

            Weighty Matters January is that time of year when most of us are counting the pounds after Christmas in more ways than one! For many of us, one of our New Year’s Resolutions will include trying to lose some weight and be healthier. But what about our pets? According to a PDSA...

Please don't throw sticks for dogs!

Please don't throw sticks for dogs!

            The story of a nearly fatal stick injury Meet Alfie and his very happy mum. Alfie is sporting his very neat shaved neck and scar He is one VERY lucky dog! One Saturday, his owners were throwing sticks for him to chase which seemed like great fun until the stick jammed into the...

Truths About Vaccinations

Truths About Vaccinations

Titre testing Is it an alternative to vaccination?   Titre testing (blood testing to check for adequate levels of protective antibodies) is being proposed as an alternative to unnecessary vaccination in pets. So is there anything wrong with that? Well actually, yes! Titre testing is fine in theory, but in practice it is...

"Veterinary practices are first and foremost businesses" - Insulting and oh so wrong!

Yesterday, I received an email copy of a newsletter from something called "The Good Vet Guide" which contained a blog stating "Veterinary practices are first and foremost businesses". I felt both deeply insulted and saddened that my beloved profession had...

Appointments

Just a quick plea! When phoning for appointments, it is really helpful for our reception and nursing staff to know the exact reason for the appointment so they can allow enough time for specific problem with your pet. By being able to match the likely consultation times with the specific...

Weighty Issues

Overweight  pets  is  possibly  the  single  most  significant  clinical  problem  we  see  at  AlphaPet. Pets  that  are  overweight  (in  common  with  their  human  owners)  are  significantly more  likely  to  suffer  from  a  wide  variety  of  serious  and  potentially  fatal  diseases such  as  arthritis,  other  orthopaedic  injuries,  skin  disease,  heart  disease  and breathing  difficulties. Frustratingly,...

Use of Basket Muzzles

Over  recent  weeks,  we  have  seen  a  spate  of  dogs  that  have  eaten  silly  objects which  have  caused  serious  intestinal  problems  and  occasionally  life-­‐threatening blockages  necessitating  major  surgery. Some  of  these  animals  have  done  similar  things  before  and  the  owners  have  been aware  of  the  risk.  Sadly,  sitting  dogs  down  and  trying...

Shampooing dog – probably best not!

Today’s  blog  is  the  culmination  of  a  frustrating  problem  we  see  all  too  frequently at  AlphaPet  – excessive  bathing  of  dogs  and  bathing  with  the  wrong  products. Dogs  were  never  designed  to  be  bathed!  When  was  the  last  time  you  saw  a  wolf on  a  David  Attenborough  program  turn  up  for  a...