Here are some useful articles relating to dog care:
Ever wondered about vaccinations? Why they have to be repeated or whether the rumours and opinions you hear are true? We have written the following article to answer all these questions and more:
- What diseases do we vaccinate against?
- Is vaccination safe?
- How important is vaccination?
- Is 'over-vaccination' real?
- What's this titre-testing thing?
- Does my pet get the same vaccine every year?
- How does Ashwood Veterinary Clinic look after my pet's health through specific vaccine recommendations?
New puppy? Check out our Puppy Essential Health and Vaccination Package. This is the best value and highest quality complete Puppy Pack you will find anywhere, offering you around £140 worth of treatment for just £50!
German Shepherd Advice
German Shepherds are one of our favourite breeds at Ashwood. Given the right environment, socialisation and care they can be fantastically affectionate and caring pets. However, there are a few health conditions which German Shepherds can be a little more prone to:
- Allergies: These include itchy skin and dietary sensitivity. There are numerous options available to help get on top of allergic skin disease, which we'll be happy to advise you on.
- Hip dysplasia: This is a well-recognised issue in German Shepherds. We are often involved in 'hip scoring' for breeders to help select parents with good hips. However, if your pet does have hip dysplasia, there are lots of different ways we can help them.
- Elbow dysplasia: It isi important that young German Shepherds are not over-exercised to prevent problems developing with their elbow joints. A good rule of thumb is five minutes of exercise for every month per day. Any signs of front leg lameness should be investigated as soon as possible.
We will explain more about these issues and tell you how to avoid some of the main concerns when you are in for your Essential Puppy Pack or your first Ashwood consultation.
We love Pugs (especially Kelly our receptionist). They are generally little bundles of happiness and are great with people of all ages. However, there are a few health conditions which Pugs can be a little more prone to:
- Skin issues: Pugs can sometimes be more prone to developing skin tags and other lumps and bumps. If they appear, they are usually benign, but we would recommend a check with one of our vets just to be on the safe side.
- Obstructive airway syndrome: Due to their short, flat faces, Pugs are prone to a condition known as brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. This is where air has to travel through narrower, more obstructed airways in order to reach the lungs. It can result in noisy breathing, snoring, and/or choking whilst eating or drinking. If you hear a lot of snoring or any signs of choking, we would recommend booking a consultation with one of our vets so that we can perform an airway assessment.
- Weight issues: Pugs tend to love their food, and can easily become too heavy for their small size. This is the last thing they need as it can make breathing even harder for them. We recommend keeping a record of exactly how much and what your Pug eats every day (including any titbits or treats), as this will make it easier to adjust their diet according to their weight and body condition. If you want to check whether your pet is overweight, Sophie shows you how in this video.