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Dogs that are overweight suffer extra stress on their joints. PHOTO: Barbara Danázs/Pixabay

How to feed for a healthy weight

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by Lynn Broom, Longmead Veterinary Practice Maintaining a healthy weight optimises an animal’s ability to remain healthy. We have control over our animal’s food intake and...
Re-Homing Hens in Hazelbury Bryan

Hens hoping for happy homes

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Hazelbury Bryan to become hub for rehoming ex-commercial hens and helping their recovery When Haidy Mansfield first heard about rehoming commercial hens in 2016 she...
The Government has formulated plans for compulsory microchipping of cats. PHOTO: Mabel Amber/ Pixabay

The ins and outs of microchips…

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By Lynn Broom. Longmead Veterinary Practice. Microchips became available in 1989 in pets to provide a permanent form of identification. In 2016 it became a legal...
Lydlinch and Bagber’s Doggylympics

Commonwoof Games

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Lydlinch and Bagber’s Doggylympics (some said it should have been renamed the Commonwoof Games) made a welcome return in the glorious August sunshine, raising...
CT scans are useful when further detail is required which can’t be provided by x-rays or ultrasound scans and when cost prohibits MRI scanning.

CT scans extra tool in vet’s armoury

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by Lynn Broom. Longmead Veterinary Practice. CT scans – previously known as CAT scans – are images created by computed tomography and are a series of...
Cats can find living with another cat a cause of long-term stress. PHOTO: Isa Karakus/Pixabay

Stress in cats can be hard to spot

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By Lynn Broom Longmead Veterinary Practice Cats can be stressed by situations which do not appear stressful and can develop strange behaviours in response to these...
Animals which have licked or mouthed a toad (above) may salivate profusely, show oral pain and develop tremors and dilated pupils. PHOTO: Kathy Büscher/Pixabay

Harms outside and inside the home

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We are often very aware what we should not feed our dogs to avoid accidental toxicity such as chocolate and raisins but we must...
Old cats will be less active but owners should watch out for subtle changes which can help identify any underlying signs of illness. PHOTO: Alexas Fotos

Some common issues in old cats…

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Cats are independent and this makes them very good at hiding signs of ill health. Old cats will be less active and old age...
Tortoises have a long lifespan, so you will need to consider who will look after it when you are no longer able to. PHOTO: Pixabay/ u_ohk82lu4

Should I get a reptile as a pet?

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Reptiles are beautiful and varied animals and fascinating to observe and learn about. As pets in the UK they are entirely dependent on us...
Ticks feed on the blood of dogs and other mammals and can spread diseases.

Ticks need to be taken seriously

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Ticks are a type of parasite which feed on blood from mammals. They can spread diseases and are, therefore, best avoided or removed quickly...

Latest Pets Stories

How to feed for a healthy weight

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by Lynn Broom, Longmead Veterinary Practice Maintaining a healthy weight optimises an animal’s ability to remain healthy. We have control over our animal’s food intake and...

Hens hoping for happy homes

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Hazelbury Bryan to become hub for rehoming ex-commercial hens and helping their recovery When Haidy Mansfield first heard about rehoming commercial hens in 2016 she...

The ins and outs of microchips…

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By Lynn Broom. Longmead Veterinary Practice. Microchips became available in 1989 in pets to provide a permanent form of identification. In 2016 it became a legal...