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Rabbit emergencies

23 October 2018

Unfortunately, many rabbit owners will have to deal with an emergency involving their pet at some time. It is essential for them to know how to recognise and deal with such a problem before they arise.

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The collapsed rabbit – 12 top tips

23 October 2018

Unlike cats and dogs (predators), the rabbit is a prey species with behavioural patterns designed to give it a greater chance of survival. Some of these recognised characteristics include not showing any overt signs of illness or pain. Often the first signs of a problem might only be seen when the animal is in an advanced stage of illness, with the owner bringing in a collapsed animal.

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Calming cats – 15 ways to handle them safely during the consultation

23 October 2018

We're all fond of cats, but there's no better way to raise the tension in the consulting room than a bad tempered, frightened or aggressive cat. If they start the consultation being grumpy, then they'll almost certainly continue. Our aim should always be to keep them quiet and settled from the very beginning, even before they arrive at the practice.

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Inappropriate urination and defecation in cats – 14 top tips

23 October 2018

We all know that cats are instinctively clean animals. They’ll spend hours grooming and cleaning, and always take care to cover their urine and faeces in the garden. In general, they hate messing in the house, and only tend to do this if there is a genuine reason.

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Canine house soiling

23 October 2018

Inappropriate urination and defecation around the home by pet dogs is a very common behavioural problem, which causes all sorts of conflict and distress. As a result, it can become a major reason for dogs being rehomed. As vets we must be prepared to recognise and treat such cases and help them before the problem goes too far.  In this article we take a look at some of the causes.

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Halloween and Bonfire night – 17 ways to prepare

23 October 2018

If dogs have previously shown a fear of fireworks or other loud noises, then it’s best to be prepared in plenty of time. Left untreated, sound phobias will usually become worse over time.

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