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Firework Phobias in Dogs and Cats

Remember, remember the fifth of November….and most of the rest of the year too! Phobic and fearful behaviour in pets is the fifth most common problem that members of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) encounter. Sudden loud noise is one of the most commonly described causes and it’s the run up to the […]

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Eye Scratch Injuries in Puppies

Puppies are particularly susceptible to traumatic eye injuries from cat scratches as it takes some time, usually 3 months, for puppies to learn to blink rapidly in response to a threatening (or menacing) movement such as a cat claw. Eye scratch injuries in puppies are often seen in the ophthalmology referral hospital. It is young […]

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Biopsy Procedures Explained

What is a Biopsy and Why Does My Pet Need One? A biopsy is when a small sample of a tissue, most often a lump or growth, is taken for analysis to determine what it is. Unfortunately it is impossible to tell what a lump is just by looking at it or feeling it. There […]

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Destructive Behaviour in Dogs

Grab it, shake it, rip it up and chew. Why do dogs show destructive behaviour? “Please can you stop my dog ripping up the cushions, chewing my socks and running off with my pants!” is a plea I often hear when I answer the phone in my role as a clinical companion animal behaviourist dealing […]

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Problem Paws: Pododermatitis in Dogs

Constantly licking and chewing their feet. Sore, red, itchy toes and lameness. Pododermatitis can be a real problem for our pets! What is pododermatitis? Pododermatitis is common in dogs. Quite literally, it means inflammation of the skin or footpads of the paws. Dogs with pododermatitis usually exhibit paw licking or chewing and in more severe […]

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