Choosing a Boarding Kennels

Cherrydown Vets does not recommend any particular boarding kennel or cattery but we do believe it is important that owners choose the right one for their pet. Going away and being separated can be stressful both humans and their pets, so it is important to make the right decision to minimise anxiety. As well as …

Fleas

Even though you may have the cleanest pet in the world and your house is sparkling, your furry friend may still get fleas. It is commonly assumed that fleas jump from one animal to another but that is not the case. Pets generally pick up fleas from infested areas such as the local park, your …

The Siamese Cat

The Siamese is one of the most popular domestic cat breeds across the world. Their distinctive head shape, striking eyes & slender body make them easily recognisable. They are thought to be one of the oldest existing breeds of cat and to have come from Thailand (formerly Siam). The Siamese was much revered and for …

The Vets Says – Dry Eye

Introduction The medical term for Dry Eye is Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, usually abbreviated to KCS and is where insufficient tears are produced leaving the eye drier than is usual. It is also seen in cats, but is more common in dogs. Imagine getting grit in your eye & not having tears to help wash it away. …

An In-Depth Look at Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)

Arthritis strictly means inflammation of the joint and there are many possible causes of this. When we talk about arthritis we are usually talking about a specific type of arthritis called degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis. DJD is the commonest joint disease seen in many different breeds of dogs and cats and is often …

Hip Dysplasia Part 1 – What it is and what causes it.

Hip dysplasia is a common condition in dogs. It predominantly affects larger breeds of dog and is particularly common in German Shepherds, Labrador retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Great Danes and St Bernards. However, any breed of dog and even cats can be affected. To fully understand it we must first consider the normal hip joint. …

Is your pet on the phone?

They say “there’s an app for that…” and they mean it. We were really chuffed to find out there’s now an app designed for the pet owner. The RSPCA has launched its My Pet app, which – amongst other things – includes: * RSPCA news * A diary to store your pet’s info as well as reminders for …

Paws, the Vet’s story

Continuing from our last post, vet Kevin Wood tells us more about Paws’ emergency visit to the clinic. Paws presented out of hours as an emergency after vomiting for the previous 24 hours. He had managed to bring up two small balls of what appeared to be part of a toy, although it was difficult …