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Small Animal Articles

  • Chocolate dangers for your pet

    With the great annual chocolate-eating times of Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter coming round regularly it is important to remind everyone of the potential hazards of chocolate to our pets. Dogs especially, with their great sense of smell, can easily find our hiding places and can eat large quantities very rapidly. Puppies are at particular risk, due to their small size and desire to want to chew everything. Cats tend not to eat chocolate so are at much lower risk.

  • Ecigarettes and dangers for your pet

    Some readers may have come across reports in the media of serious, as well as fatal, poisonings in dogs and people due to exposure to the liquid in “E-cigarettes”. Fortunately the actual number of cases is small so far but members of the public need to be aware that nicotine, in all its forms (i.e. tobacco, nicotine replacement gums or patches, agricultural pesticides, and e-cigarettes or ENDS) is hazardous. It is suggested that as little as 1mg/kg body weight is toxic, and 10 mg/kg can be lethal.

  • Scintigraphy

    Nuclear scintigraphy is an imaging technique that is noninvasive (does not require surgery), and involves administering radionuclides (radioactive elements called isotopes or tracers) attached (tagged) to drugs that travel to a specific organ in the body. The radionuclides emit gamma radiation which can be imaged with a specialized machine called a gamma camera. The location and amount of the radionuclide within the organ can help assess the function of the organ. The animal may be awake for nuclear scintigraphy, if they are cooperative, but they usually require sedation.

  • X-ray machine

    X-ray

    Radiography, or x-ray, is used by medical professionals such as doctors and vets to diagnose and treat medical conditions.