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Companion Animals

Sheep Measles

Sheep measles is a parasitic disease caused by a tape worm in dogs. The worm is contracted by the dog from eating raw sheep meat. It causes no symptoms in the dog, but is spread to sheep via dog faeces.When a sheep is infected with…

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Itchy Dog Time

If you are like me, the arrival of spring may have your eyes running and your nose blocked. It is allergy time. Likewise, we are seeing the usual seasonal increase in itchy dogs. For years we have used cortisone to suppress these symptoms but there…

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New Kidney Test

Let’s get the Facts Early The Kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood and removing waste, as well as fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. As animals age, kidney function often declines. Chronic Kidney Disease can occur because of a variety of reasons including…

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Dental X-rays

As with most things in veterinary medicine the improvements in patient care just keep on coming.At Highfield we have recently installed a new dental x-ray machine. 60% of the tooth lies under the gum and can only be evaluated by x-ray A dental x-ray allows…

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Caring for your pets over the Holiday Season

This probably seems like a dumb question, but have you thought of what you are doing with your pets while you are on holiday?Those of you who are organized have probably got them booked into a boarding establishment.  For those of you who are getting…

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Exercising With Your Dog

You’ve seen those ads on TV promising amazing results from all sorts of contraptions. Well, there’s no need to invest in fancy equipment. If you have (or can borrow) a dog, you have everything you need to get in shape now!!! The following exercises can…

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Toxic Algal Blooms

When you’re out exercising your dogs near ponds, lakes or rivers keep an eye out for toxic algae blooms and keep an eye on the ecan website. I have included a link below. Dogs that come into contact with algal blooms (swim in the water,…

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When is the right time to put your pet down?

In veterinary medicine we have the ability to perform euthanasia on animals. This is a task that we as vets don’t take lightly. It breaks our hearts when we have to put down healthy animals that have outgrown their owner’s requirements, but we cannot re-home.…

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