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Autumn 2015 Newsletter

Newsletteron August 19th, 2015

Our Autumn 2015 newsletter is here! In this issue we look at worming, excessive drinking, Autumn hazards and much more!

Help! I found a lump on my pet

Adviceon August 17th, 2015

In addition to the thorough clinical examinations we give your pet from time to time, you can also help your pet by keeping a watchful eye out for any lumps or bumps.

If your pet develops a lump there are several possible causes. These include allergic reactions, abscesses (common in cats), hernias, and tumours. The most serious of these are of course tumours and these can be further divided into benign tumours – which tend to be slow growing and only locally invasive, or malignant tumours which tend to be fast growing and spread to distant parts of the body.

If you find a lump on your pet it is therefore very important that we examine it as soon as possible – in order that we may establish the underlying cause and start any required treatment without delay. If you are concerned about a lump on your pet – or any other health problem – please contact us today for an appointment.

Should I have my dog neutered?

Adviceon August 17th, 2015

Did you know that apart from preventing unwanted pregnancies there are many other benefits to having your dog neutered?

An un-neutered bitch comes into season (heat) twice a year. Seasons typically last for about 3-4 weeks and during this time she will become receptive to the advances of the male dogs in your locality. She may also roam – seeking a mate, and despite your best efforts accidents do happen!!

Neutering (called spaying in bitches) involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus under a general anaesthetic. The most obvious benefit of being spayed is that your dog will no longer have to endure the frustration of coming into season or run the risk of a phantom pregnancy. Spaying also removes the possibility of life threatening uterine infections (pyometras) and reduces the risk of developing potentially fatal mammary tumours later in life.

Entire (un-neutered) male dogs are often driven to distraction when a local bitch is in season. They may escape and may be involved in a road traffic accident or go missing permanently.

Neutering a male dog involves removal of both testes under a general anaesthetic. As well reducing the likelihood of your dog straying, it also eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer, reduces the incidence of prostate gland problems and can be of help in controlling excessive sexual drive with certain behavioural problems.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us for any further information on neutering your pet!