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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... read more »

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... read more »

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... read more »

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... read more »

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!read more »

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... read more »

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... read more »

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... read more »

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... read more »

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... read more »

"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 sunk so... read more »

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... read more »

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,... read more »

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... read more »

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... read more »