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pet-careWelcome to Talk To The Vet pet advice centre, your online source for pet information and animal care tips.

At Talk To The Vet we understand that pets are a big part of your family and we strive to help in anyway we can when it comes to your pet’s health. On this page you will find over 50 articles professionally written and updated by practice experts and veterinary experts to bring you the most up-to-date high quality client information.

Talk To The Vet are dedicated to caring for the wellbeing of your cat, dog or small animal. We hope the information provides you with essential information on how to properly care for you pet and help you find all the expert advice you need to ensure you have a healthy pet all year round.

  • Chronic Kidney Failure

    Kidney failure in cats is usually the result of another underlying disease or condition. Cats are not usually diagnosed with kidney failure until they have lost up to 75% of the kidney function When the cat’s health reaches this stage, … Continue reading

  • Antibodies

    Antibodies or immunoglobulins, as they are sometimes known, are large proteins that circulate in blood. The antibodies are used by the immune system to identify and neutralise foreign bodies such as bacteria, toxins and viruses. Antibodies can react with these … Continue reading

  • The Treatment of Ulcers in the Stomach or Intestine

    When your pet is diagnosed with an ulcer in the stomach or intestine they may be prescribed one of many different medicines used to treat this condition. The medicine prescribed will depend on the treatment required – some create a … Continue reading

  • Antibiotics to Treat Bacterial Infections

    Antibiotics are prescribed to pets to treat bacterial infections. There are various types of antibiotics and the type your veterinary surgeon prescribes will depend on the infection. To ensure infections do not become resistant to the antibioticsit is important that … Continue reading

  • Breeding

    Breeding cats can be very rewarding, however, it is a big responsibility and the breeder must understand what is involved. It must also be remembered that there are many unwanted cats and that the breeder is responsible for finding long-term … Continue reading

  • Arrival of a New Child at Home

    Bringing a new child home is a time of mixed emotions not only for you but for your family pet too. Cats and dogs are not always accepting of changes in their environment and bringing a new child home can … Continue reading

  • Antioxidants

    Antioxidants are a substance that shields the body from free radical damage. Free radicals cause damage to living tissue in a process called ‘oxidation’. Free radicals enter the environment through pollution and UV radiation but are also produced naturally though … Continue reading

  • Antihistamines

    What are Antihistamines? Antihistamines are prescribed to pets to prevent itching or to manage cats that over groom or scratch themselves. Antihistamines can also be useful to treat respiratory conditions or to sedate prior to car travel. I have heard … Continue reading

  • Anti-freeze Poisoning

    Anti-freeze is a widely used solution made with Ethylene Glycol. Although poisonous, many cats and dogs find the taste of anti-freeze very attractive, however even if a small amount of anti-freeze is consumed it can result in acute kidney failure … Continue reading

  • Antiepileptics

    What are Antiepileptics? Antiepileptics are a group of medicines used to help control epileptic seizures in dogs and cats. However, please note that these medicines do not respond to convulsive non-epileptic seizures. I have heard that this drug can have … Continue reading

  • Spraying and Marking Territory

    When cats mark their territory they spray urine on vertical surfaces such as walls and furniture – it is known as ‘spraying’. Spraying is method of sexual communication between both female and male cats who have not been neutered or … Continue reading

  • Pheromones

    Why has my pet been prescribed pheromone medication? Pheromones are social scents secreted by animals, the scents send a message to other animals and act as a means of communication. Natural Pheromones are secreted in anal glands, urine and facial … Continue reading

  • Abdominal Distension

    Abdominal distension is often caused through obesity in dogs but this is not the only cause. Sometimes Cushing’s Syndrome (hyperadrenocorticism) can cause redistribution of fat into the abdomen and Hypothyroidism (lack of the thyroid hormone) can cause enlargement of the … Continue reading

  • Convulsions, (also known as fits or seizures)

    What is a convulsion? A convulsion is not just one form of reaction. In a dog a convulsion can take many forms, from loss of consciousness to incontinence, you dog may also show signs of mental and behavioural changes or … Continue reading

  • Introducing a new cat into the household

    How should I choose appropriate housemates? Cats are very sociable animals but do not need to live with other cats. It is, therefore, very important to carefully select your new cat to ensure they get on with your existing cat(s) … Continue reading

  • Hyperthyroidism – Overactive Thyroid Gland

    Hyperthyroidism means an overactive thyroid gland and is very common in older cats, it is very rare for cats under the age of 8 to suffer from this condition. Hyperthyroidism is a hormonal disorder that causes an increase in production … Continue reading