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0 17 March 2017

We are unfortunately experiencing problems with our phone lines this weekend. In the event of an emergency we ask that you call the following number (085) 801 5259 Thank you

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0 1 February 2017
HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS NEW FATAL RABBIT VIRUS
The virus is called RHDV-2 and this stands for Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2. It is new in Ireland, the first cases were confirmed here in Ennis and it has now been confirmed nationally. Unfortunately this virus has killed indoor rabbits who have had no outdoor access whatsoever as it is enormously contagious and will survive freezing and temperatures of up to 50 degrees celsius. It is so contagious that if a predator e.g. a fox or crow eats an infected dead wild rabbit, their faeces will become a source of the infection. It can also be spread by flying insects.Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 22.07.33
Sadly there is no cure, however some rabbits will survive if given supportive treatment. Some rab

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0 22 December 2016

Did you know that dogs and cats also suffer from stress? This can occur if their needs are not met, or from various different situations such as

  • Adoption or settling into a new home
  • Social interactions (stressful especially if there is no opportunity to escape)
  • Exposure to new environments and situations (new people, loud noises, thunderstorms, fireworks)
  • Separation (being left at home alone or in kennels)
  • Travelling
  • Handling (grooming,hugging,petting) if not used to it already

You may not necessarily pick on the signs of stress in your pet. Some signs are more obvious, such as trembling, hiding or whining/meowing. Sometimes it is less apparent, and signs such as drooling, licking, scratching and barking can make the problem seem more like excitement than fear or stress. Severe stress can be displayed as decreased appetite, decreased play behaviour, reduced social interaction (with both people and other pets) and variable sleeping patterns. Cats may show signs of urinating inappropriately in the house if they are suffering from stress. Something that can really help with stress in both dogs and cats are pheromones. What are pheromones? Pheromones are natural chemicals secreted by animals so that they can communicate with members of the same species. When cats rub their face against an object, they

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0 20 December 2016

As we look forward to the festive season, it is sometimes easy to forget about our pet’s needs.  As wonderful as the house looks with all the decorations, and as tasty as all the Christmas treats are, unfortunately both can pose hazardous to our pets. Foods to avoid giving your pet at Christmas

  • Food to Avoid Giving Your PetChocolate
  • Raisins and grapes (includes mince pies and Christmas pudding!)
  • Coffee
  • Mushrooms
  • Cooked bones and fatty food
  • Peanuts and macadamia nuts
  • Onions and garlic
  • Goes without saying…  alcoholic beverages

As tempting as it may be to avoid waste, we would advise you against giving your pet any leftovers if you want to avoid ‘Turkey Tummy’. Not only will this cause diarrhoea (no-one really wants to have to clean up an additional mess on St Stephens morning…) but cooked bones can splinter and get lodged in your pet’s throat or intestinal tract. Our pets do much better sticking to their regular diet. That’s not to say they won’t beg when they smell the Christmas delights, but consider keeping them out of the kitchen when you ar

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0 6 September 2016

There are plenty of myths related to dental hygiene for pets. I thought I’d pick the five top myths that we hear regularly in our clinic, and dispel some of these misconceptions….

  Myth no. 1    It is normal for my pet to have bad breath   In the same way that it is not normal for us to have bad breath, the same applies to our pets. The reason we must brush our own teeth daily is because there is a constant build up of plaque occurring on our teeth- a slime of bacteria and protein. If not brushed away this leads to an odour and periodontal disease. Bad breath in your pet doesn’t necessarily mean that dental disease is present, it may just indicate that a cleaning is required to scale away all the plaque build up and clear away all the smelly bacteria. The smell may not be related to teeth either- sometimes bad smells from the mouth can indicate gastrointestinal problems or other problems within the oral cavity. It is always best to get your pet checked out by your vet if you notice a bad smell from his or her breath   Myth no. 2   Bones are good for my pet’s teeth   Bones are the the most frequent cause of fractured and damaged teeth. Fractured teeth, especially when the inner pulp of the tooth is exposed, leads to alot of pain and sensitivity, and frequently requires affected teeth to be removed. Long-term bone chewing will wear

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0 16 May 2016

 Dogs can easily succumb to heatstroke in a car, even with the windows left slightly open. This is because they cool down by panting and releasing heat through their paws. However the air in the car just gets hotter and hotter and there is no way for them to cool down. It is important to get them out of the car as quickly as possible, move to a shady place and offer some cool water. Signs of heatstroke include excessive exaggerative panting, salivation, weakness, muscle tremors, vomiting, or collapse. If this occurs you must seek veterinary attention immediately.

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0 16 May 2016

We all hope that it will never happen to us, and that our pet will survive a long happy life without illness, accident or injury. However, sadly this isn’t always the case, and though we say to ourselves that if our pet is seriously ill we will avoid big fees by making the decision to let them go, this is often easier said than done. Not to  mention the insidious chronic diseases like a skin condition or heart complaint, that can take alot of time and expense to reach a diagnosis, and then requires life long medication. Making the decision not to treat these problems is fraught with difficulty, as none of us like to see our pet suffering in the slightest, be it from an ongoing itch, or a bleeding lump, or an ongoing runny nose. Having been there, as a pet owner with no insurance and a cat who was badly injured from a bite by a horse, believe me I know only too well the anxiety and stress caused by the worry about my beloved pet and whether he would pull though, and also the tough decision whether to refer him for advanced medical treatment by specialists. I opted for referral for Ted, and am very glad that I did, after all I’d reared him from 3wks old and travelled with him from the UK to Ireland, and he was very much my first ‘baby’ and a very special cat. However this came with significant cost as I didn’t have pet insurance for him. Had I insured him I would have had the

0 26 March 2016

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0 25 March 2016

  While wishing you and your pets a very Happy Easter, we would like to highlight a particular hazard that frequently arises at this time of year, and that is chocolate poisoning in dogs. Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine, which is a chemical stimulant similar to caffeine. While humans are able to easily metabolise this chemical, dogs take longer to digest their food, so theobromine can be in their system for up to 20 hours. During this time, the dog’s nervous system, heart and kidneys may shut down. We would like to urge all pet owners to keep their chocolate baskets hidden well away from their hoover-mouthed pooches. More important is to impress upon everyone — especially children — that while they might think they are being generous offering the dog some of their Easter treats, chocolate can be easter-1217283_640poisonous even in the smallest of doses. If hiding eggs in the house or garden, please ensure that all are collected before letting your dog out- he or she will sniff them out in an instant due to their incredible sense of smell. Even foil wrappers will not deter a hungry

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0 22 February 2016

IMG_1492Following on from last month’s blog post about operation transformation in pets, here is a fantastic success story about one of our favourite patients, Rupert who managed to lose 13% of his body weight last year. He went on to become a Pet Slimmer of the Year 2015 winner. See below for his story recently in the Clare Champion. If Rupert can do it, your pet can too! We offer completely free of charge weight clinics for advice on how to manage your pet’s weight. Here is the article as published in the Clare Champion:Rupert Clare Champion Ennis cat Rupert has battled against the odds to lose weight and become an Irish Pet Slimmer of the Year winner after shedding 13% of his bodyweight. Seven year old Rupert, affectionately known as ‘Ru’, belongs to Vanessa Morris who rescued him as a stray when he was approximately a year old. Vanessa, of Ennis,

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