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No-one wants their pet to be ill, but we are always here for you. In these pages, we seek to provide some advice about some of the most common ailments a pet may suffer from.

Please note that this is general advice only, and we urge you to always seek medical or surgical advice for your pet. Our professionally-qualified team consists of vets and nurses, who have your pet’s best interests at heart. Outside of regular hours, our 24 hour emergency service is available. Our 24/7 clinic is based at our Glenfield hospital where staff are present around the clock.

Is your pet itching, scratching, chewing or frantically biting themselves?

If so, you are not alone: itchiness is one of the most common reasons that clients bring their pets to see us, and it can mean that your pet has a skin problem.

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Although not the nicest things to think about, anal gland impactions and the stinky smells they cause are important to understand and look out for in your pooches!

Dogs with anal gland issues not only smell, but they are often very uncomfortable. It’s useful to be able to identify any issues so we can address them quickly.

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This is a common disease in middle aged and older cats. It is technically known as hyperthyroidism.

The two thyroid glands are oval shaped and lie one on each side of the trachea (windpipe) on the underside of the neck. They produce thyroxin (thyroid hormone), which controls the speed of the cat’s metabolism.

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Cats have 2 kidneys, located in the abdomen just below the spine. They are part of the urinary tract, producing urine that flows out of the kidneys down narrow tubes called ureters to the bladder.

Cats are designed to live in deserts where there is very little water, so they naturally produce very concentrated urine.

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What is a normal ear like?

The normal ear canal and ear flap are lined with smooth pale pink skin. The ear canal is usually empty and conducts sound down to the ear drum. Some breeds of dog have hairy ear canals.

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What is arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, usually in the legs, causing joint stiffness, pain and lameness.

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