Grass seed season

Judging by this last week, the annual irritation of grass seeds is upon us once more.  This blight to the summer season for dogs (also cats and other species is to a lesser extent), is something that owners wrestle with, trying to figure how best approach to avoid them?  Vigilance is unquestionably the best advice, […]

Barney and his Operation

When Barney, a senior Labrador comes to us it’s normally a case of watch out here comes the whirlwind!  That may be the result of all the fuss and attention he gets from the nursing team at the front desk.  However, over the years Barney has learnt that more fuss usually equates to more treats […]

Itchy Dogs – Planning for the Summer

Sadly for dogs, this article has become a yearly feature for our blog.  It’s no great surprise in view given the level of skin sensitivity to grass and tree pollens dogs have.  Many dog owners had a quick blast of what is coming this summer with the sudden warm weather during mid April.  Thankfully (for some) this […]

Worms, Ticks and Fleas – how to get rid of them!

It’s one of the less palatable aspects of owning a cat or a dog, they pick up “guests” in the form of fleas, ticks and worms.  In the UK we live in a fairly benign environment where for the most part, parasites are mainly unwelcome pests that sometimes do harm.  However on mainland Europe parasites […]

Birthday Surprises!

We have a surprising and rather interesting story to share with everyone today, it starts out as an ordinary day but quickly becomes something that none of us was ever expecting!   So the day started off as any other day, we had a lovely couple bring in Isla, their beautiful Golden Retriever. She was […]

Itchy dogs

This article could also be entitled the curse of summer pollen. For us humans that often translates as itchy and sore eyes, sniffles and sometimes more serious breathing problems. For our canine companions it’s all about the skin. So regarding it as hay fever on the skin in dogs is not far off the mark. […]

Another flea onslaught is due about now

We would have expected to have seen the last of fleas by now in a normal year.  But with the weather patterns appearing to be upside down this is no ordinary year.  So the nuisance of fleas will be with us for a little while yet.  The warmer weather is promised for the remainder of […]

Ticks and fleas on dogs – more than just a nuisance!

With the clocks going forward at the end of March there will be every incentive for longer dog walks after work as the evenings become lighter.  And with dormant wildlife getting more active as spring emerges then it’s perfect conditions for fleas to thrive as well!  So it’s time to pitch our wits against these […]

Get in early to help with the pain of arthritis in dogs

So when does a little ache and pain become an arthritic problem in an older dog?  Probably when it gets ignored, or rather excused, for too long.  Seeing a dog charge around on walks is one of the great joys of being a dog owner.  Seeing that same faithful friend struggling to manage what they […]

Bonfire night frights and your dog

… or perhaps we should call it firework season.  It does seem to go on for a lot longer than just November 5th.  Loud bangs, that are hallmark of most fireworks, are dreaded by many dog and they can become quite destructive in their panic. Trying to prepare a home to be ready for the […]