Mar 142017

Too Much Kissy Kissy


Little Tiny a 3 year old miniature Jack Russel Terrier, arrived at the Portarlington clinic on Saturday morning. Tiny was very unwell and had been experiencing vomiting, was not eating and had recently lost quite a bit of weight. Des examined Tiny and immediately became suspicious that there may be a foreign body somewhere inside. Des admitted Tiny and he was taken to Kildare for immediate x-rays to see what exactly was going on inside. Below is what Des found upon taking the x-rays.


The guessing began as to what exactly the object was, the top of a babies bottle/a wine bottle cork. Whatever it was it was stuck and causing Tiny a lot of problems and it needed to be taken out. Des prepped Tiny for surgery and went in.


Unbelievably the object had passed down through Tiny’s tiny oesophagus, into and out of his stomach and had gotten lodged in his small intestine. Des made an incision and removed the object. It quickly became apparent that it was a plastic toy of some kind but it was unbelievably large, well what was more unbelievable was that such a small dog managed to swallow such a large toy. Object found Des closed little Tiny up and he went to his warm bed in recovery.

Little Tiny recovered well from his surgery and immediately seemed brighter when he woke up. By the following day he was eating small amounts and drinking water and keeping everything down, his tail was back wagging.

Upon investigation of this unusual object we found out that it was a Moshi Monster Moshling called Kissy, who is Moshling number 27 and is apparently uncommon and hard to find which is definitely true in Tinys case.

Tiny went home a happy healthy little doggie and hopefully he will stay away from the Moshi Monster collecting for the minute.

 Posted by at 5:59 pm
Feb 272017

Most advice you find on the internet recommends washing your dog just several times per year!


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Times have changed! Today, dogs enjoy shampoos and conditioners that are on par with the best human shampoos- that don’t have harsh chemicals and that don’t strip the hair of all of its oils.

The arguments against washing your dog too often are generally about stripping the coat of natural oils. The more often you wash something, the more often the sebum (oil) is going to be removed. Think about your own hair. If you don’t wash it, what happens? It gets oily. Is the oil good for your hair? Probably, but we wash our hair everyday anyway so that it’s clean!


1. Does your dog live indoors or outdoors, and does your dog sleep in your bed?

If your dog lives in your house with you and more importantly, if he/she sleeps in your bed, then you are probably going to wash your dog regularly–depending on the breed anywhere from once a week to once a month. I know this is radical thinking, but, if your dog sits on your sofa, you probably don’t want him dragging in dirt, poop, insects and other grime onto your sofa. So, the trade off is that your dog’s coat ~might ~ be marginally drier but you will have a fresh smelling dog that you can cuddle without the fear that gross stuff is getting into the sheets.

2. Breed of dog

Harsh-textured coats repel dirt pretty well so they don’t get as dirty as a soft-coated dog.  Breeds with harsh-textured coast include Shelties, Collies and labs and they can be bathed once a month. Dogs without undercoats like Maltese, Yorkies, Afghans and Shitzus should be bathed once a week. If you’re not sure, remember, a clean dog is a happy dog!

3. Is anyone in your household allergic to dogs?

If so, you SHOULD groom & bathe them as often as possible, doing so will help remove the dander that accumulates on a pet’s fur.


4. What activities does your dog partake in?

Do you take your dog to the dog park? Does you dog play in the sand or dirt? Does your dog roll in the grass or go swimming or hiking? What about sniffing butts, eating poop or drooling?

Well, if you have a normal dog, she probably partakes in several of the above activities– all of which warrant regular bathing. Again, you have to think of the trade off. Your dog’s coat may be marginally drier HOWEVER, he will be cleaner, smell better, and most important you will be more likely to give a clean dog lots of love.


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5. Does your dog suffer from itchy skin?

Unlike humans who absorb most environmental allergens through their noses and mouths, dogs tend to absorb allergens through the skin. Weekly bathing can prevent itchyness, washing allergens away before they get a chance to penetrate the skin.

In conclusion — the answer for MOST dogs is to wash them every 2-4 weeks depending on the above circumstances.

But remember, use a gentle pet shampoo and do not use your own shampoo.


Why not allow us to do the dirty work and book your pet in for a pampering.

 Posted by at 3:48 pm
Feb 242017

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Cats of all ages can and do become seriously ill or die from infectious diseases that could have been prevented through vaccination.

Vaccination offers the most effective way of protecting your cat against many of the most serious infectious diseases, including Cat flu, Feline Infectious Enteritis, Feline Leukaemia Virus and Chlamydophila.

Many of these diseases are commonly reported in Ireland, and they represent a potentially significant threat to your pet’s health.

Below is a brief overview of the common infectious diseases that could potentially affect your cat:

Cat flu

This common disease is caused by two different viruses- Feline Herpesvirus and Feline Calicivirus.

Signs of cat flu include fever, runny nose and eyes, sneezing and loss of appetite. Very young or old cats can develop pneumonia, which can be fatal in some cases. Affected cats can also suffer from ulceration of the mouth and tongue, making it difficult and painful to eat. Extensive nursing is often required to help affected cats fully recover from this disease. Some cats can go on to spread disease throughout their lives, spreading infection to other cats.

Feline Leukaemia Virus

Feline Leukaemia Virus is a important cause of illness and mortality in pet cats. Approximately one third of cats exposed to the virus will go on to develop clinical signs and the majority of these cats will die within 2 to 4 years of becoming infected.

Clinical signs are extremely diverse but include fever, lethargy, poor appetite and weight loss. Respiratory, skin and intestinal signs are also common, as the virus weakens the cat’s immune system and allows other infections to take hold.

Those cats that develop disease are also prone to developing cancer, and this develops in around 15% of cats infected with Feline Leukaemia Virus.

Feline Infectious Enteritis

This disease, also known as panleukopaenia, is similar to parvovirus in dogs. Infection typically causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea, and is often fatal, particularly in young kittens. Treatment of affected cats is difficult and often unsuccessful. Infection of pregnant cats can result in the birth of kittens with permanent neurological problems. The virus which causes the disease is able to survive for long periods of time, and can be transmitted by contaminated equipment, shoes and clothing – so even indoor cats which don’t have direct contact with other cats are potentially at risk.

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Chlamydophila felis

Infection with this bacterium causes inflammation and swelling of the eyes. Some cats are more likely to be exposed to this disease than others and your vet will be able to advise you as to whether your cat needs to be vaccinated.

All of the above diseases can be transmitted via direct contact with infected cats, but some of the viruses which cause disease can also survive in the outside environment. This means that your cat does not always need to come into contact with other cats to get sick.

Vaccinating your cat is the best and only real way of protecting your pet from any potential threat posed by these diseases, even for those which live mainly indoors. Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s immune system to mount a protective response against specific disease(s). The immune system then remembers these diseases, enabling it to defend the body against any natural exposure to that disease in the future.

A primary course of two vaccinations, with an interval of 3 to 4 weeks between injections ensures that the immune system has the best chance of mounting a strong protective response. However, the immunity generated from a primary course does not last for life. Regular booster vaccinations are necessary to “remind” the immune system and maintain the highest possible level of protection against serious infectious diseases.

Annual visits also allow the vet to give your cat a full clinical examination and check up, and spot the early signs of any disease conditions which may be developing.

 Posted by at 2:32 pm
Feb 132017


  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer.
  3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house!
  4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
    Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
  7. It is highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
    Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
  9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
    Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children-especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
    Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Contact us today to discuss having your pet spayed or neutered


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 Posted by at 4:35 pm
Feb 102017

We are now taking boarding bookings for the summer period


Our newly renovated Dog boarding kennels are located at our Kildare Surgery which is situated on 3 acres of beautiful Kildare countryside.

Our kennels are fully heated and we pride ourselves in our hygiene management of our boarding area.

For the little ones we offer a separate small dog boarding area, which is fully heated and nicely decorated to give your little ones a friendly  home from home setting.


Dogs are walked twice daily across the fields and we also have three enclosed playpens which pets will spend the rest of the day enjoying.


We also offer a complementary wash and dry service for pets who have been with us for over a week.

We offer a transport service, available for €12 from our Portarlington Clinic to the boarding kennels in Kildare.

All dogs mush have up to date Booster and Kennel cough vaccinations which we can provide if needed.


For our feline friends we offer a separate cattery area in both clinics.


Our cattery in Portarlington covers the entire top floor of our Portarlington clinic.

Our cattery in Kildare is located at the front of the surgery and consists of fun houses and play areas for your feline friend to enjoy

Our cat pens consist of three levels of climbing fun and are a very generous 10ft x 8ft.


As a veterinary practice we specialise in boarding of pets with special needs and ongoing medical requirements which we can care for in your absence while your pet is in our safe hands.


Contact us today to talk to us about your pet boarding requirements


 Posted by at 4:38 pm
Feb 012017

Worming Schedule for Puppies, Kittens, Cats & Dogs


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Parasites don’t want to kill your kitten or puppy; they just want to use them as a dinner plate! Our goal is to prevent that from happening. Intestinal parasites have been around forever and are not going away, but you can control them with the proper deworming schedule. Hookworms and roundworms are by far the most common intestinal worms found in puppies and kittens. Roundworms compete with your pet for food, while hookworms live on blood, causing anemia. Rough hair coats, diarrhea, malnutrition progressing to intestinal obstruction, and anemia are common issues with worms. We want to feed our pets – not the parasites. That is why we deworm dogs and cats. Don’t wait until you are sure your pet has parasites because they have already caused damage at this point.


Worms in puppies and kittens are common. This growth phase of their life is when they are most susceptible! Knowing when to worm puppies and kittens is important.

  • Deworm puppies and kittens at 2, 4, 6,8,10 & 12 weeks of age, then again at 16, 20 & 24 weeks of age.
  • Deworm then every 3 months for their entire adult life.



We are recommending the standard here. If your dog or cat is a big hunter, they will need more frequent deworming – you must assess the risk for your pet.

  • General Dog or Cat Worming: Four times a year for life.
    • Dogs put everything in their mouth and need deworming more frequently to eliminate the parasites they will pick up.
  • Cats that like to hunt: worming more frequently may be necessary.tapeworm 2


No matter what the history or age, assume they have parasites!

  • Deworm immediately and repeat in 2 weeks.
  • Then put on the above adult program.


Worm Medicine we recommend for Dogs and Cats.


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  • Milbactor tablets
  • Nexgard tablets (also covers external parasites)
  • Endogard tablets
  • Parazole liquid
  • Prazitel tablets


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  • Broadline spot-on (also treats external parasites)
  • Profender spot-on
  • Prazitel tablets

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Talk to us today for help in treating your pet with the correct worming treatment.

 Posted by at 10:40 am
Jan 242017

New Notice


New Prices


Due to new prices negotiated with our suppliers and wholesalers,

we are now in a position to pass on savings in drug costs to our customers


Check out our new pricelist, listed on your right.




 Posted by at 3:16 pm
Jan 132017

 Winter Tips For Pets.

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In or Out?

Does your pet spend most of the time in the backyard? You might want to keep her indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. No one wants an icicle for a pet — they’re simply not that cuddly.


2. Bare Naked Truth

If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this: Would a fur coat alone (even if it is faux mink) keep you warm against the elements? No? Well, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection for your pet during winter, either. Be a pal and provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside; the shelter should also comply with any  laws that apply.

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3. No More Frozen Dinners!

Because it takes more energy to stay warm when it’s cold, outdoor animals eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet’s health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks for fleas (boo, fleas!). While ice pops might be a fun treat, your pet really doesn’t want to have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water.


4. Latest Fad Diet?

Indoor animals, meanwhile, have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust the amount of food accordingly. After all, no one wants an overweight pet.

5. Frosty the Biting Snowman

We’re not talking about the latest horror movie offering from Hollywood. Frosting is a serious problem during winter, especially for paws, tips of tails, and ears. This makes it even more important in keeping your pet warm, especially if they’re an outdoor pet. Get special booties, coats, and maybe a hat for your pet during her walks, and look for early warning signs of frostbite such as firm, waxy skin and blisters.


6. The Deadly Drink

The worst of all the wintertime chemical spills is antifreeze, which often leaks from a car’s radiator. It may taste delicious to your cats or dogs, but it is extremely deadly — even the smallest sip can be fatal. If your pet starts acting “drunk” or begins to convulse, take him to the vet immediately. Better yet, keep all pets away from the garage and clean up any accidental spillage. You should also not let your dog wander too far during his walks. Who knows what dangers lie in your neighbours’ driveways?


7. Salty Solution

During cold weather sometimes salt is used on footpaths and roads. However, the types of salt (typically calcium or sodium chloride) used to melt ice and snow and keep it from refreezing are somewhat harsh on delicate paws — not to mention they corrode concrete and damage the beautiful vegetation. Protect your pet’s paws, and keep him warm during walks, by outfitting him with booties.


8. Joy Ride

Cars are particularly attractive to animals in the winter-time, especially frigid cats that love to climb up under the hood and curl up on the warm motor. This, as you can imagine, has led to many mishaps when motorists start their car … ouch! Avoid such accidents by tapping your car’s hood before starting the vehicle. Sure, you may wake Kitty from her deep slumber, but she’ll thank you in the long run.

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 Posted by at 1:01 pm