How to Reduce Stress in Your Cat Prior to Visiting the Vets

Does your cat get worried about going to the vets?It is no secret that cats don’t like being told what to do.  So what happens when you have to go to the vets for their annual checkup?  When it comes to the vets, cats seem to have a sixth sense.  You book the appointment, plan … Continue reading How to Reduce Stress in Your Cat Prior to Visiting the Vets

What (not) to Look Out for When Buying a Pup

One of my very good clients informed me today that summer is a popular time for families to get new puppies.  This was news to me - I thought that people generally got dogs around Christmas time.  But I was labouring under a misconception.  Summer holidays are actually the times that families feel that they … Continue reading What (not) to Look Out for When Buying a Pup

Should we Still be Whipping Racehorses in the 21st Century?

This week we shall turn to the equestrian world.  As related a month ago in this column, you will be very aware that Downpatrick is a cradle of modern horse racing.  We have one of the finest courses in Ireland and been blessed by the visits of some equine superstars.  I see no reason why … Continue reading Should we Still be Whipping Racehorses in the 21st Century?

Antibiotic Resistance – A New Plague?

Please forgive the melodramatic title.  But trouble is brewing in Lecale, right under our noses.  And indeed inside our noses.  In these divided times, this is a problem that has the potential to unite us all, rich and poor, old and young.  The problem has the rather unsexy name of “Antibiotic Resistance” (AR), but I … Continue reading Antibiotic Resistance – A New Plague?

Downpatrick as the Cradle of Horseracing?

Now, when folk think of Downpatrick, they think of many things:  St Patrick, history, great pubs, fantastic veterinary care.  However, I doubt many think that it is the cradle of horse racing, but it is.  We do of course have a famous race-course - Downpatrick Race Course, which has just hosted a festival of racing … Continue reading Downpatrick as the Cradle of Horseracing?