This week’s local news cycle has been dominated by the story of the chimpanzees who briefly strayed outside their pen in Belfast Zoo. This got me thinking, “what do I really know about these guys?” Well, I decided to do some research, and here is what I found.Chimps are a type of great ape - … Continue reading Fearing a Chimp Doesn’t Make you a Wimp
I think we can all agree that the NHS is a great institution. Sure, it has its flaws, but all of us have benefitted from the care provided as a result of the vision of Nye Bevan and his contemporaries 70 odd years ago. From the first breath we took in this world, it … Continue reading Should there be an NHS for Pets?
Following on from our previous and popular article about Kittens, this week’s article is all about puppies! Now, who doesn’t love a puppy? Many of you will have new puppies after Christmas - but as the old maxim goes “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”. I know all of our readers want … Continue reading How to Care for your New Puppy
Yay! You’ve got a new Kitten No doubt havoc and joy will have been created in your house in equal measure. Let’s face it, kittens are cute and can light up any room. But have you given much thought to how to care for the new addition? Of course you have! And you probably have … Continue reading How to Care for Your New Kitten
Molly in the sun.
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?