We need protein in our diets to live. Proteins are an essential part of life. In a typical Lecale diet, protein comes from plants and animals. But there is another untapped source: insects. Are you put off by the thought of sitting down to a grasshopper-burger, or perhaps a mealworm quiche? Read on as … Continue reading Should We Farm More Insects for Food?
Should All Dogs in the Pound be Neutered Before Rehoming?It is a sad fact of life in our society that there are unwanted dogs. Sometimes this is because their owner’s can’t cope with them anymore due to a change in circumstances. But often it is because of an unexpected litter of unwanted pups has been … Continue reading Should All Dogs in the Pound be Neutered Before Rehoming
Summertime is nearly over, and autumn is fast approaching. Livestock have enjoyed a particularly good summer weatherwise but soon forage will run short and they will have to be housed for the the wetter months. As every farmer knows, housing is essential in our climate. It protects animals from the worst of the winter weather, … Continue reading Time to Vaccinate your Calves
This week, by popular demand, we have an article for our farmers. Castration is a relatively common procedure involving beef cattle in many parts of the world, including our own. Castration is performed mainly to control breeding and reduce fighting in the herd. Another useful outcome is that the reduction in aggression of the animal … Continue reading Does Age of Castration Affect Daily Weight Gain in Beef Cattle?
Summer is in full swing now and it has been a busy season at Downe Vets. This is the time of year that many of our clients are preparing to depart on holiday. Being an animal-loving bunch, many decide to take their dogs with them to the continent and we often get asked the question … Continue reading Going on Holidays With Your Dog? They Need a Passport Too!
What’s the Weirdest Animal Treated by Downe Vets?A question that I often get asked at parties is “What’s the weirdest animal you have treated?” When asked this question, I often pause, knock back my cosmopolitan cocktail and start picking my teeth with the little umbrella from the glass. I need this stitch in time because … Continue reading What’s the Weirdest Animal Treated by Downe Vets
Cows Get Sunburn Too!It isn’t just people who can get sunburnt in this hot weather that Lecale is enjoying. Did you know that cows can get sunburnt too? It’s true! Cows are as susceptible to sunburn and heatstroke as we are. This means that farmers need to be aware of these diseases and take precautions … Continue reading Cows Get Sunburn Too
Summer's Here! Time to apply sun lotion to the cat. Thank God we finally have great weather. It has been hot and sunny for the past few days, and this is likely to continue for the next few months. FInally, a real summer season. Our furry friends enjoy summer as much as we do, … Continue reading
Following on from our article a fortnight ago, this week we will discuss how to encourage our spikey friends to take up residence and thrive in your garden, if you are lucky enough to have one. If you don’t have a garden, never fear, there are excellent facilities in the local area where hedgehogs are … Continue reading Create a Hedgehog Sanctuary in Your Back Garden
It’s Time for Our Hedgehogs to Wake up! Who doesn’t love hedgehogs? They are one of the cutest members of our countryside population. The hedgehog is one of our true hibernators. They spend the autumn and winter in a state of hibernation, and wake up in late spring. Given the cold spring that we have … Continue reading News