Woodside vets warn about grass seed dangers to cats and dogs

Grass seeds are a common problem during the spring and summer months and can easily brush off the tops of long grass stems onto your pet’s body whilst they explore the outdoors. The seeds have pointed ends and are exceptionally sharp. They become trapped in your pet’s fur and, due to their shape, they can…

Kirkcaldy vets report on grass seeds & freshly cut grass hazards

It is the season when issues related to grass seeds are quite common in pets, especially for dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors. Grass seeds can attach anywhere, but they most commonly attach to long fur between the toes and around the ears. The ends are sharp, and so they work their way…

Kirkcaldy vets discuss exercising your puppy and kitten

Puppies and kittens often have endless amounts of energy and enthusiasm; this is a great way to view the world, and we should encourage this optimism to help create confident cats and dogs. Harnessing this energy into appropriate exercise regimes will also result in happier, healthier pets. How much exercise does my puppy or kitten…

Vets in Fife list top 10 hazards to watch out for this summertime to protect your pets

Summer brings longer days, warmer climates, new adventures and outdoor socialising, which with pets in tow, can be made even more enjoyable! However, when the temperatures rise, the dangers to our pets increase too. To keep pets safe, you should be aware of the potential hazards, as well as some top tips to help prevent your pet from endangering themselves throughout…

Protect your pet from the sun

As we head into the summer months and temperatures start rising, it’s important to remember that your pets are most vulnerable at this time to many injuries and illnesses brought on by hot weather including sunburn, foot pad burns, dehydration, and the most dangerous of all, heatstroke. While heat stress is more common during the…

Vets in Leven advice on guinea pig space requirements

Did you know that there are guidelines for minimum space requirements for housing guinea pigs? 🐹 We have pulled together some guidelines for you to ensure that your guinea pigs have the space they need to keep fit and healthy. When you’ve chosen your guinea pigs, it is important to consider the space they will…

Cadham vets discuss ear mites in cats and dogs

The ear mite (Otodectes Cynotis) is a mite that lives on dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets. It is typically found in the ear canal but can also live on the skin of your pet. They are caught through direct contact with another carrier animal and may be seen as a white speck, about the size…

Separation from your pet

How do you feel about the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions? Relieved? Anxious? If we could ask our pets the same question, we’re fairly certain their answers would put them in one of two camps; those who are looking forward to the peace and quiet and those dreading not being with us 24/7. If your…

Protect your dog against Kennel Cough

Does your dog come into regular contact with other dogs? Maybe out on walks, at the park, or when they’re staying in kennels? If so, we’d highly recommend a Kennel Cough vaccine or booster. Kennel Cough, or infectious tracheobronchitis, is a very contagious respiratory disease. It’s transmitted by close contact with an infected dog and can…

Woodside vets advice on bacterial skin infections in dogs

Bacterial skin infections can have many causes, including allergies. Regardless of the reason, skin infections require swift action as they can cause itching and pain. Some dogs are more vulnerable to develop bacterial skin infections than others. It’s important to check common areas like the paws, groins, and armpits. Skinfolds are particularly prone to skin…