Molly the Collie in rude health You may have seen recent social media posts about at “Killer” dog virus circulating in Lecale. In fact, many of our clients have approached us with questions about this virus. The name of the virus is parvo which means “small” in Latin. The truth is that this virus is … Continue reading Parvo Dog Virus in Lecale?
Cats are great pets. They are friendly, sociable and really value time spent in their owner’s company. In fact, there are around 8 million cats kept as pets in the UK. That means that approximately 1 in 3 households owns a cat. However, these figures are in fact an underestimate. For every cat with … Continue reading Why Are There So Many Stray Cats?
When we talk about “worming” cattle, we of course mean the opposite. Our aim is to get rid of all of the worms that they are carrying. For our farmed animal populations, worm infections are ubiquitous. In this article we will discuss roundworms, lungworms and fluke. These are the three big parasitical infections of cattle. … Continue reading Why Worm Cattle?
As a man, I feel that in this week’s article I am going to a place where angels fear to tread: giving birth. I can already see the letters and social media comments winging their way to Downe Veterinary clinic from the ladies of Lecale, but hear me out. This weekend the lovely Slieve Donard … Continue reading Does Giving Birth Hurt?
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