Heat in dogs happens normally once or twice a year. This is the time when female dogs are fertile and can become pregnant. Their behaviour may change during this period and they might be more likely to run away. They will bleed from the vulva and become interested in male dogs.  Being in heat, also […]

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Lily poisoning in dogs usually causes mouth irritation and tummy upsets. Unlike cats, lily poisoning does not cause life-threatening kidney failure in dogs. There are plants with ‘lily’ in the name that are not true lilies but are more dangerous to dogs. Call a vet immediately if you think your dog has eaten any part […]

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Mast cell tumours (MCT) are the most common type of skin cancer in dogs. They can also affect other parts of the body, directly or indirectly, and cause life-threatening disease. Surgery is the best option when possible, but other treatments can also help. Up to one in five skin tumours in dogs will be an […]

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Canine cutaneous histiocytoma is a common type of skin lump in dogs, especially those less than 3 years old. Most of the time histiocytomas cause no problems and will disappear within 3-4 weeks.  Usually, a histiocytoma is a raised lump or spot on the skin that causes no discomfort. If there is soreness, inflammation or […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease in dogs (IBD) causes repeated bouts of digestive symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhoea. It’s most common in middle-aged dogs and some breeds are at higher risk. This is a debilitating condition that requires lifelong management. IBD is a complicated condition and we still have much to learn about it, but it […]

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Ascites is the medical term for build-up of fluid in the belly. If severe, it can interfere with breathing and become life-threatening. It can have many causes and affect dogs of all breeds and ages. Some diseases will cause water to leak from the blood vessels in the abdomen, and this water will build up […]

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Dogs with urolithiasis have stones in their urinary tract. This could be in the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. 0.3-2.8% of dogs get urolithiasis. It can happen in any dog, but it’s more common in females, certain breeds and dogs with other illnesses. Untreated urolithiasis can result in life-threatening blockages of the urinary tract. Urolithiasis […]

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Dogs with triaditis have inflammation of the pancreas, small intestine and liver – all at the same time. The condition is common in cats but rare in dogs. When it occurs, it’s usually as a complication of severe pancreatitis. As such, it’s most likely to happen in certain breeds and dogs suffering from obesity or […]

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General anaesthesia (GA) in dogs is used on a daily basis in veterinary medicine. General anaesthesia is when dogs are put into a controlled state of unconsciousness for a short time. To prevent them from moving around or feeling any pain. There are many reasons why vets use general anaesthesia in dogs, such as dental […]

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Anaemia in dogs is a condition where the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. There are many different causes of anaemia in dogs, including blood loss, immune-mediated disease and parasites.  Anaemia can be life-threatening, so it’s best to get your dog checked by a vet as soon as possible if your dog […]

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