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In the veterinary world best practice is constantly changing, as new research, medicine and equipment becomes available, so do check back regularly for our latest updates.
Travel sickness is a common occurrence, affecting 1 in 6 dogs of all ages. It is more common in puppies, but for some dogs it may persist as they grow into adults. Your pup may come to associate car trips with nausea after a bad experience, with … Read more about Car Sickness in Dogs
What is conjunctivitis? Conjunctivitis is an itchy, uncomfortable inflammation of the 'conjunctiva', which is the membrane which covers the eyeballs and lines the eyelids. It can be just as common in pets as it is in humans, so it's always best … Read more about Conjunctivitis in Pets
The importance of microchipping We often have stray and lost dogs or cats brought into us to the surgery in the hopes we can reunite them with their family. It can happen to the most vigilant owner - cats and dogs (or rabbits and ferrets!) can make … Read more about Microchipping – Not Just For Dogs
Fleas! Just the though of them can make people itch! These nasty critters can cause a host of problems for man and beast in summer (and winter thanks to central heating), but why are they so hard to get rid of? Fleas are blood sucking parasites … Read more about Getting Rid Of Fleas
What are the Rules when Buying a Puppy? Last month "Lucy's Law" was passed by parliament; this bans the sale of puppies and kittens through a third party, such as pet shops or dealers and will come into force in April next year. This means … Read more about Buying A New Puppy
Feline hypertension or high-blood pressure is a common problem for older cats over the age of 10 years. It can be difficult to tell whether your cat has hypertension as there is usually no outward sign until organ damage has occurred; the best way … Read more about Feline Hypertension
What are Ticks? Ticks are small 6-legged blood sucking insects, which can spread some nasty blood-borne diseases to our pets. They attach to the skin, usually when out walking in long grass. It’s important to check your dog after every walk and … Read more about How To Avoid Ticks
At this time of year, long grass can cause all sorts of problems for pets, especially dogs, but cats too - and it's not just down to insects and parasites, such as fleas and ticks. Grass Darts (Seeds) Grass dart seeds can be a real problem too … Read more about Beware Long Grass …
Spring is a wonderful time of year, or at least it is if you’re not an allergy sufferer! Whilst we humans suffer from sneezing and sniffing thanks to allergens, our pet’s allergies take the form of skin irritation or inflammation. If your cat or … Read more about Seasonal Allergies
Food allergies in pets are not all that common, but we do see occasional cases here at Heathfield Vets. Unlike humans, an animal’s reaction to an allergen is usually seen through the skin, as a chronic itch. Pets with food allergies usually show … Read more about Food Allergies and Intolerances