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Cooling off!

Cooling off! It has been very humid lately, even if it hasn’t felt particularly ‘scorchio’. Anyone who has arthritis will know, that along with windy weather, this plays havoc with arthritis pain and discomfort. It also affects puppies and older dogs quite badly as they struggle more to control their …


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Water safety

Water safety There is nothing quite like playing in and around water when the mercury rises and many of our furry friends would agree. However, the heat can bring water born problems for humans and pets alike. We don’t want to spoil the fun, but we do want you to …


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The green, green grass has seeds!

The green, green grass has seeds! Hayfever sufferers hate the onset of the grass pollen season but as a pet owner you need to be vigilant when the grass starts to seed. There’s nothing more satisfying for our dogs – and the outdoor cats, to go snuffling around in amongst …


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Heart Murmur – the million dollar baby

Heart Murmur – the million dollar baby The Flannigan household is ruled by three very special long haired Persian cats – Lily (nearly 10) Harry (soon to be 9) and Livie Graceland Elvis Presley (turning 5 in a few months and don’t ask about the name, suffice to say words …


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Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia As an extension of the Archduke Ralph’s journey with arthritis we are looking at other common long term conditions experienced by some of our VIPPIES family. The first of these is Hip Dysplasia a condition that can be confused with, and often leads, to arthritis in later life. …


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Tokyo 2020 here we come!

Tokyo 2020 here we come! After a bit of a mixed week of wanting to walk a bit further, adding in a short hill as part of his physiotherapy and then a day or two of limping and being quite tired of a morning, the Archduke Ralph continues to amaze. …


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Waving not drowning!

Waving not drowning! The Archduke Ralph would never cast himself as a water lover but he is getting to grips with this hydrotherapy malarkey. He has had a couple more sessions since the last update and things are going ‘swimmingly’. He is now at the stage where he goes straight …


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If only they could tell me where they live…..

If only they could tell me where they live….. VIPPIES often get called in when a pet goes missing or if one is found. Recently Sheena found a dog that was wearing a collar and, although the contact number was faded it was no longer the right one. “It’s so …


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Lead on!

Lead Safety At the start of the Spring Bank Holiday the BBC published a piece about the dangers of dog leads to human health (BBC Health) it seems “thousands of people could be at risk from lacerations, friction burns, fractures and ligament injuries.” As ever it appears to be down …


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Lets Build Some Muscle!

Let’s build some muscle! The review of Ralph’s new medication regime was a bit of a disappointment. The Gabapentin was helping the Onsior and YuMove but the Archduke was still very stiff. I was also concerned about his heavy breathing.  The Vet at Witham View gave him another thorough check …


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