Sep 292016
 

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Burns Sensitive Treats are an expansion of Burns ever-popular Sensitive+ food range.

A new healthy treat option for dogs

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Our Sensitive Treats were formulated by veterinary surgeon John Burns for dogs with sensitive stomachs or skin, but dogs of all ages and breeds will enjoy them too.

These delicious pork and potato bone-shaped treats are hypoallergenic, low in fat and extremely easy to digest, making them an ideal reward or healthy snack

 Posted by at 9:50 am
Sep 292016
 

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Burns Choice Dry Dog Food

Burns Choice Fish & Maize Dog Food. This delicious, premium quality whole grain dog food is formulated with carefully balanced ingredients to provide all the essential nutrients your dog needs

A complete low fat dog food for adult and senior dogs of all breeds

  • Novel carbohydrate
  • Ideal for dogs with intolerances to everyday ingredients
  • Healthy skin and coat
  • Healthy digestion
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • No added wheat, soya or dairy
  • Naturally delicious

This delicious, premium quality whole grain dog food is formulated with carefully balanced ingredients to provide all the essential nutrients your dog needs. When used as a general maintenance diet it can help to maintain healthy skin, coat and digestion. Burns Choice dog food Fish & Maize flavour can also be used for the management of many dietary related health problems.

Quality Ingredients

Made with whole grains and high quality animal proteins, Burns Choice dog food is a complete diet containing all the nutrients a dog needs for a long and healthy life.

Hypo-Allergenic

Burns Choice dog food is hypo-allergenic, so it is suitable for even the most sensitive dog. It is formulated without ingredients such as wheat, soya, dairy, artificial colourings and artificial preservatives which are known to cause symptoms of food intolerance including itchy skin, excessive moulting, full anal glands and waxy ears.

Healthy Digestion, Skin and Coat

Burns Choice dog food can help manage many dietary related health issues including bad breath, wind, itchy skin and excessive moulting.

Lower Feeding Costs

Containing only the finest quality ingredients Burns Choice dog food is highly digestible therefore feeding amounts are lower, meaning that daily feeding costs are significantly lower than those of other premium brands.

The Holistic Approach

Burns Choice dog food diets naturally maintain healthy skin, coat and digestion and can help manage dietary related health problems by caring for the body as a whole.

Burns Pet Nutrition

Burns produces simple, high quality diets developed by Veterinary Surgeon John Burns.

All Burns diets are hypo-allergenic, naturally preserved and free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives.

Burns Pet Nutrition takes an ethical approach to pet food manufacture and has never conducted experiments on animals.

Composition:

Whole Grain Maize (73%), Fish Meal (18%), Peas, Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Seaweed, Vitamins & Minerals.

Analytical Constituents:

Crude Protein 18.5%, Crude Oils & Fats 7.5%, Crude Fibre 2.5%, Crude Ash 7%, Copper 17mg/kg, Sodium 0.15%, Calcium 1.30%, Phosphorus 0.87%, Magnesium 0.11%, Potassium 0.54%, Sulphur 0.23%, Chloride 0.27%, Essential Fatty Acids 3.37%.

Nutritional Additives:

Vitamin A 25,000 iu/kg, Vitamin D3 2,000 iu/Kg, Vitamin E 100 iu/Kg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 1.5mg/kg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 55mg/kg, Sodium Selenite 0.6 mg/kg, Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 160mg/kg, Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 100mg/kg, Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate 130mg/kg

 

 Posted by at 9:45 am
Sep 282016
 

As much as we love them, dogs do disgusting and puzzling things. Why and how can such a sweet, innocent-looking ball of fur act so weird? Here we investigate 10 strange things our pooches do and the evolutionary origins of their behavior.

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1. Drinking Out of the Toilet

As people who keep the lid-open already know, Fido seems to enjoy drinking out of the toilet so much more than the perfectly good water in his bowl. To him, it’s not a temporary receptacle of human waste; it’s an eternal fountain of a never-ending supply of clean, cool water. The constant flushing keeps the water fresh and maximizes its oxygenation. Even the container holds some appeal – porcelain doesn’t change the taste like metal or plastic bowls can. Experts, however, recommend keeping the lid closed, due to the potential ingestion of harmful bacteria or poisonous cleaning chemicals.

 

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2. Rolling Around in Smelly Stuff 

What smells repulsive to humans is like perfume to a dog. Pooches enjoy the odor so much that they can’t resist covering themselves in it, essentially making it a part of them. Although indescribably gross, instinct and evolution guides this action going back to dogs’ hunting days. In order to make the kill, he had to stealthily stalk his prey and needed to smell as much unlike a dog as possible to remain undercover.

 

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3. Chasing Cats

For those of you who have cat-loving dogs, please know that we do realize many dogs get along perfectly well with cats, and skip to the next segment. If your pooch is of the feline-chasing persuasion, though, read on. Some dogs, whether by breed or temperament, are hunters at heart. Since city dogs see many more cats than other furry creatures, such as squirrels and rabbits, the association of Fido chasing Fluffy comes from seeing those two on the run rather than any other prey. However, with felines clocking in at the top speed of almost 30 miles per hour, versus canines reaching a maximum of 29 mph plus a few hundred yards, a physically intact and reasonably young cat will out-pace her predator.

4. Pumping His Leg While His “Sweet Spot” is Scratched

Whether your concentration of scratching or rubbing is on his tummy, side, or back/tail joint, your pooch will usually respond with pumping his leg. This could indicate his enjoyment, but more likely is an ingrained response to keeping pests off of him. No matter how hard he tries, he is unable to stifle this automatic reflex reaction. In fact, it’s so predictable that veterinarians will use it to test their neurological functioning during examinations. Despite being fully aware that your fingernails aren’t fleas, he can’t resist the hardwiring that makes him bring his leg up to scratch them off. Both scratching and insect bites will produce the same response.

5. “Greeting” Your Visitor’s Leg

Embarrassed pet owners wish this behavior, more than any other, did not exist. Male dogs in their adolescent period, similar to teenage boys, have an overabundance of hormones that give them an insatiable sex drive. Neutering can often tame this behavior, but it’s not a guaranteed fix. If Fido’s obsession with his male parts seems especially overboard, get him checked out by your vet to ensure there’s no medical issue.

 

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6. Eating Grass

While no definite explanation exists, there are two plausible theories. One is that dogs inherently know that grass helps their digestion, and they probably don’t know that its chlorophyll and fiber is why. The other theory is based on canine evolution, when no vets existed nor synthetic medications to ease their ills. Pups took matters into their own paws when they ate something bad by following with a grassy snack to tangle with the offending food, thereby irritating the lining of their stomach and making them vomit. Eating grass in modern times doesn’t always indicate a spoiled meal, but pooch’s nausea is relieved by instinctively eating grass to make them throw up. Anyone who’s been seasick knows that vomiting makes the nausea go away, and apparently, dogs know this too.

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7. Barking at the Postman

Unfortunately, the post is delivered by someone in a recognizable uniform who approaches the front door, aka Fido’s territory, on an almost daily basis. When dogs normally bark at a stranger coming toward them, and that stranger leaves at the sound of the barking, pooches believe that they made the departure happen by loudly voicing their protest. If that stranger, such as the mailman, returns, canines bark even louder, believing their point wasn’t effectively made upon the stranger’s first transgression. A louder bark, they think, will make the offender leave for good. Over the course of time, this pattern of aggression becomes more intense and ingrained through the behavior/reward scenario. In other words, he is conditioned to bark to make the stranger go away, just as he is trained to beg for treats.

8. Licking You, Other Humans, Even Other Animals

Many dog owners consider this a form of “kissing,” although that is far from the truth. Licking is behavior introduced to Fido as soon as he is born by his mother performing clean-up duty. Licking her young removes the birth sack so that puppies can breathe. Motherly licking continues until they are old enough to clean themselves. But there’s more to this explanation than cleaning alone. Puppies lick their mother’s face to tell her they’re hungry and it’s time to regurgitate some food for them to eat. When the pups grow up, licking shows submission to alpha beings, whether that’s you or other dogs in the pack.Excessive licking can be a sign of injury, whether an open wound or sore joints, and signals that a trip to the vet is necessary.

9. Walking in a Circle Before Lying Down

Before the days of dog beds and rugs, pups in the wild had to create their own comfy sleeping quarters. Similar to people who smack down their pillows before laying their heads on them, pooches had to smack down their bedding of tall grass to make it more comfortable. Since “smacking down” is not as easy for dogs, instead they walk around in circles to flatten the flora. This also served to make a sort of fox hole to protect canines from the view of predators, with a high fence of grass all around them, and ensure more peaceful and secure sleep. And as an added bonus, circling helps regulate Fido’s temperature by exposing a cooler layer of grass closer to the dirt. In especially hot, desert areas, creating a cool spot was crucial to his comfort.

10. Wagging Their Tails

Dogs, like cats, communicate with their tails. Most people believe that a wagging tail means a happy dog, but the position of his tail is the real indicator of his mood. When your pooch holds his tail low and curves it into a “U” shape with a slow wag, he’s relaxed and content – “all is well.” However, if your pup’s tail is high and arched over his back, he is either fascinated or annoyed and a growl may be the only way to tell the difference. Interestingly, when a dog is home alone, his tail will rarely wag, since no members of his pack are around to communicate with. With no one nearby to see his furry flag, he keeps his feelings to himself.

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Sep 232016
 

1. He Comes Home Late – If your puss is normally curled up on the end of your bed by 9 but recently he’s started rolling in around 11/12, you might want to start asking questions.

2. He Smells of Perfume – If you can smell another woman’s perfume on your kitty when he comes through the cat flap, chances are he’s a cheater. Even if he’s tried to cover it up through vigorous licking, your senses know things and he’s not fooling anyone.

3. He’s Not Interested in Snuggling – One minute he’s the snuggliest cat in the world, the next he barely even looks in your direction. If your cat is playing and getting his fill of cuddles elsewhere, then that would explain his sudden lack of physical contact.

4. You Find an Unexplained Hair on His Coat – So you’re carrying out his regular grooming routine and you chance upon a long blonde hair clinging to his coat. Problem is you’re a brunette and so is everyone else in the household.

 Posted by at 1:51 pm
Sep 132016
 

Exciting new cat vaccine now available

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We are delighted to announce that we will now be stocking a new cat vaccine which protects cats against all the viruses listed below.

We have seen a worrying amount of cats presenting with FELV in the last two weeks and urge all owners to vaccinate their cats.

Leucofeligen FeLV/RCP is used to vaccinate cats from eight weeks of age against the following diseases:

  • feline calicivirosis (a flu-like illness with inflammation of the mouth caused by a calicivirus);
  • feline viral rhinotracheitis (a flu-like illness caused by a herpesvirus);
  • feline panleucopenia (a serious illness causing bloody diarrhoea caused by a parvovirus);
  • feline leukaemia (an illness affecting the immune system caused by a retrovirus).

The vaccine helps to reduce the signs of these diseases. It can also help to reduce excretion of feline viral rhinotracheitis viruses, to prevent a fall in white blood cell counts in feline panleucopenia and to prevent FeLV remaining in the blood.

Leucofeligen FeLV/RCP is given to kittens as two injections under the skin. The first injection is given when the kitten is about eight weeks old, and the second two to three weeks later.

Afterwards, cats need a booster injection every year.

 Posted by at 2:44 pm
Sep 092016
 

 

Tips for choosing and using dog treats

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1.Check where the treats were produced.

NOTE: this claim can be misleading on some brands.  Many products say they are “Made” in Ireland – when in fact the poultry or animal is raised abroad and then manufactured/packaged in Ireland – this is where the quality can be compromised due to conflicting safety certifications/regulations.

2.  Start with looking at the ingredient list.

  • The ingredients are listed on the label by weight and so the first few ingredients on the list are usually the most significant and should be especially high in quality.
  • Top quality ingredients are as fresh and pure as possible.
  • It is highly recommended to choose products from reputable sources.
  • Ingredients on the label should be an easily recognizable food, with no questions what the source is.  For example, you want to choose a pet treat with “chicken” as an ingredient and NOT “meat meal”.
  • Organic ingredients are good because they are more scrutinized from inspectors and have less contaminants.

3.  Ingredients to avoid.

  • Artificial preservatives (ie BHA, BHT, calcium propioinate, ethoxyquin, sodium nitrate)
  • Artificial colors
  • Chemical humectants (i.e. propylene glycol).  This is often used to keep treats moist and chewy.

4.  Healthy (alternative) natural snacks.

  • Green beans, celery, cooked yams, frozen apple, kiwi, watermelon, chicken or tofu hot dog
  • Avoid onions, grapes or raisins!

5.  Vet-approved pet treats – ALWAYS ask your vet what is safe for your dog if you have any concerns.

The 10% Rule

Treats and snacks should only make up 10% of a dog’s daily calories. To get an idea of how many treats that is, ask us. We can make a recommendation based on the treats your dog likes, his weight, and how active he is.

But dogs love treats. And people love giving their dog treats. It’s a way to bond with your pet, and that’s a good thing.

You can still give your dog treats. Just give them one at a time.

Try Veggies and Fruit

You can skip the store-bought snacks that are high in fat, sugar and often preservatives, and try offering your dog some vegetables.

“Give them a baby carrot, a green bean, some broccoli,” Pierce says. “Those have virtually no calories, and dogs don’t care if you’re not giving them something meaty and fatty. They just want you to give them something.”

Dogs are open to all foods, potentially. So vegetables can be a great snack option for your dog.

Try fruits, too. Banana slices, berries, watermelon and apple slices, (with no seeds, of course). Steer clear of grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate and anything with caffeine. These can be toxic to dogs.

Other snacks that can work well as low-calorie dog treats are air-popped popcorn with no salt or butter, and plain rice cakes broken into little pieces.

Check out the charts below to see what those treats really contain

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 Posted by at 3:20 pm
Aug 262016
 

dog grooming

 

Here at Groome Vets we offer a wide range of grooming options to suit all pets.

Hygiene and pet comfort is our main concern.

Your pet will be groomed in a relaxed calm environment where all your pets needs will be met

A general dog groom includes:

  • Full coat clip/trim specific to owners requests and your dogs needs
  • wash and dry
  • nail clipping
  • ear cleaning/plucking
  • anal gland expression
  • full health check
  • tick removal/flea comb (if necessary)
  • eye clean
  • bow/bandana

 

Wash and dry

our wash and dry service isn’t exactly what it says on the tin it also includes:

  1. full wash and dry
  2. nail trim
  3. ear clean
  4. anal gland check
  5. bow/bandana

Puppy Groom

we recommend bringing your new puppy to the groomers as soon as they have had their full set of vaccinations. Getting your puppy used to the environment as early as possible will ensure that they enjoy being groomed for years to come.

for the first few visits we usually get your pup used to being washed and dried and having their nails and ears checked. exposure from an early age will ensure happy grooming

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We also cater for pets with specific needs such as:

flea infestation – we will bathe your pet in a medicated flea wash and treat your pet orally with a treatment that lasts 3 months

Tick infestation– removal of all ticks and a medicated wash to soothe the skin and oral treatment for protection for 3 months

Skin problems– we have a range of products for use on pets who suffer rom skin allergies/conditions. (  a soothing bath can help improve your dogs skin condition and relieve them from irration.)

Dogs who dislike grooming– we offer a sedation service for dogs who dislike having to come to the groomers, this service is only available for dogs who would be unable to be groomed otherwise. It is the safest and most relaxed way for these pets to have their grooming done.

Cats– cat grooming is also available at both clinics, cats with long hair are often unable to manage to keep their coats tangle free so we are here to help.

 

It is also possible while your pet is in to have an appointment with Des to have their vaccinations brought up to date or have any concerns you may have checked.

A worming and flea treatment option is also available while your pet is having their groom

Contact us today to make an appointment

 

 

 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Aug 162016
 

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We are excited to be adding a new natural pet food to our range, the entire range includes no corn, no wheat, no soy and no gluten.

 

Unlike herbivores and ruminants, carnivores have a short, rather acidic digestive system, designed to digest meat and not grains. In truth, grains are included in the diets of dogs and cats due to their low cost. But this can take its toll on your pet, seeing as grains are the main culprits of problems such as obesity and skin allergies.
Naturea follows a Naturally Appropriate line of thinking, creating foods based on what your furry friend really needs. We use no grains, and only include ingredients that have been approved for human consumption. The Naturea diet’s main ingredients are meat or fish, complemented with sweet potatoes, fruits, vegetables, aromatic herbs and seaweed, and are low in carbohydrates.
The physical well being of your dog and cat is proportional to the quality of its diet. By feeding your pet Naturea, you are offering it a balanced, healthy life.

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The fresh meat and fish used in the Naturea Naturals, are removed from the bones and carcasses with a special machine for mechanical separation. After the separation process, they are refrigerated in stainless steel containers between 0º and 2º Celsius. By not freezing the meat we keep all the essential vitamins and amino acids, increasing the diets’ palatability. Fresh deboned chicken, lamb and salmon are delivered just in time for production and used up to 24 hours maximum and added to the other ingredients of our diets. With this high rigorous process and the freshness of protein sources we are contributing to your furry friend’s healthier and longer life.

 

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Aug 162016
 
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NEXGARD SPECTRA®  combines two active ingredients to offer broad spectrum control of the most common external and internal parasites of dogs in one convenient monthly treat. 
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This new soft, beef-flavoured chew represents the next generation of the popular NEXGARD® Chewables for fleas and ticks, now with the added benefit of treatment for roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
NEXGARD SPECTRA treatment comes in the form of a highly palatable chew that is readily consumed by dogs when offered as a treat. Created with soy proteins and braised beef flavouring, NEXGARD SPECTRA features a beefy aroma that dogs love; and, because it is vegetable-based it won’t trigger beef allergies. 
NEXGARD SPECTRA is safe for all breeds and puppies from 8 weeks of age and 2kg or more.
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ADMINISTRATION
NEXGARD SPECTRA Chewables can be given with or without food. A convenient single chew suitable for all dogs in everyday situations. 
As NEXGARD SPECTRA is an oral treatment, dogs may be handled immediately following administration and there are no restrictions on swimming, bathing and shampooing before or after administration.
PACK SIZES
NEXGARD SPECTRA is available in five chew sizes and comes in single packs and packs of three chews:
  • Very Small Dog for dogs weighing 2-3.5kg
  • Small Dog for dogs weighing 3.6-7.5kg
  • Medium Dog for dogs weighing 7.6.15kg
  • Large Dog for dogs weighing 15.1-30kg
  • Extra Large Dog for dogs weighing 30.1-60kg*
For dogs over 60kg administer the appropriate combination of whole chewables.
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Aug 162016
 

 broadline 3Most owners and vets alike will tell you that treating your cat for parasites at home can be very difficult, Broadline is an exciting new product that is applied to the skin at the base of your cats neck avoiding hiding tablets in food and struggling with your cat during parasite control treatments.

BROADLINE is a topical solution containing fipronil, (S)-methoprene, eprinomectin and praziquantel available in two volumes: 0.3mL to treat cats from 0.8 – 2.4 kg and 0.9mL to treat cats from 2.5 kg – 7.4 kg.

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BROADLINE controls flea bite hypersensitivity by flea control and will kill newly acquired fleas within 8-24 hrs.  It prevents flea eggs from hatching and can be used for the treatment and control of tick infestations, biting lice, roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms.

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This product can be used on kittens from 8 weeks of age.

Watch des talk about Broadline and show you how to apply the product below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WhCZeBZeIc

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