What items in my house/garden could be dangerous to my pet?

The most common poison cases we see here in City Vet are as a result of exposure to household items. These could include: common foods (e.g. chocolate, coffee, grapes/raisins, nuts, yeast dough), human/animal medicines garden plants e.g. lilies and cats (very toxic and can cause kidney damage) garden pesticides, animal insecticides, rotting rubbish or compost…

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Do I need to vaccinate my adult dog?

The best answer is yes, you should vaccinate your dog to protect it against many serious diseases that still threaten dogs’ lives and health. Vaccination basics Puppies are vaccinated when they are young and many people believe that once their pet is vaccinated as a pup, they do not require any further vaccinations but this…

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Last month at City Vet!

Buddy Buddy, a 4 year old Pomeranian had a swelling under his left jaw area which had been present for a few weeks. The hair was clipped and a thick, syrupy liquid was removed and sent for laboratory analysis and it proved to be saliva. Buddy was diagnosed with a salivary mucocoele; a soft, fluidy…

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City Vet’s newsletter for March

Spike Spike is a green Iguana who came to City Vet because part of his tail had turned black and it was beginning to become increasingly black along its length. Once our vet had examined Spike, he suspected that Spike’s tail had been damaged and the blood supply affected so it had become necrotic, meaning…

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Is Chocolate Poisonous to dogs?

In April 2011, Pete Wedderburn wrote a piece on chocolate poisoning in small dogs for The Telegraph coming up to Easter. You can view the original piece here. Everyone knows that fireworks are dangerous to pets. Yet this time of year – Easter – is a far riskier time for dogs for a simple reason:…

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Pet Obesity

What is Obesity in Pets? Obesity is an excess of body fat and is the most common nutritional disease in cats and dogs. An animal is considered obese when their body weight exceeds their optimum bodyweight by 15% or more.  Obesity in the pet population is quite literally a growing problem! Obesity is simply caused…

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Things to do if your pet has Arthritis

By November 6, 2015 · · · · 0 Comments

Hill’sTM Pet Nutrition and City Vet in Limerick in Ireland have got together to produce this essential guide to caring for your pet with arthritis. With some extra care and the support of your local veterinary practice, your arthritic pet can live a happy life. Find out how here. Don’t ignore it if you see…

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Pet Safety at Halloween

Halloween is upon us again and many pet owners are now dressing up their pets and decorating their homes for Halloween. In this blog, we will deal with the safety issues this can pose and how to have a pet friendly Halloween celebration. There is also a blog on how to help your pet should…

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Halloween Tips for Fearful Pets

A large percentage of dogs and less so of cats become stressed or fearful around Halloween as they are exposed to excess noise, excited children, costumes, visitors etc.  This can also be a very stressful time for owners, many of whom are unaware as to how to help their pets.  We have put a few…

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New Microchipping Laws

By September 4, 2015 · · 0 Comments

In March 2013, Minister Simon Coveney T.D. announced that from 2016 all dogs will be required to be microchipped by law. There is still a very significant number of dogs not microchipped but numbers are expected to rise in the run up to 31st March 2016. For microchipping to work, owners must make sure that…

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