Health Insights

Dog Diet: What to feed my dog?

Dog Diet: What to feed my dog?

How do you know if your dog is eating a healthy, balanced dog diet? And what food is better for them - dry, canned, or semi-moist? 

It can be a bit of a maze working out how to feed your dog nutritious and healthy meals. So, we thought we'd make things simple and break down the different types of food available, and what nutrients your dog needs to be at his fittest and healthiest! 

Dogs Diabetes: What is canine diabetes?

Dogs Diabetes: What is canine diabetes?

Most of us are aware of diabetes and the risks it poses to our own health. But did you know that you can also find diabetes in dogs?

In this mini-series, the Felcana veterinary team will be covering all the main questions you might have about dogs and diabetes, from how to detect the signs and symptoms of diabetes in dogs, to prevention, treatment and disease management.

Say Cheese! - Pet dental care explained

Say Cheese! - Pet dental care explained

You brush your teeth every day, but do you brush your pet’s teeth every day? Just like with in humans, dental care plays a vital role in the overall health of your pets. By taking a few minutes a day to spend on your pet’s oral hygiene, you can help fight off dental diseases and keep your pet’s teeth shiny and healthy!

Is my cat too fat?

Is my cat too fat?

More and more often, cats that present to the vets are overweight or obese. It’s estimated that between 40-55% of cats in the UK fall into the overweight or obese weight category. Chubby cats may look cute, but excess weight and body fat is dangerous and can predispose cats to disease like arthritis, urinary tract disease, and diabetes. Thankfully, being aware that this is a risk makes it easier for cat owners to assess their own cats and keep them fit and healthy.

How do I know that my pet is getting enough water?

How do I know that my pet is getting enough water?

Many of us lead hectic, busy lives where we’re out of the home for a portion of the day and not able to monitor accurately how much our pets are drinking. But as dedicated pet owners, we always want to make sure that our pets are getting enough fresh water to keep them healthy.

Firework friendly tips for your pet

Firework friendly tips for your pet

We all know that one of the most exciting parts of the 4th of July celebrations are the huge, beautiful fireworks displays all over the USA. However, fireworks aren’t very popular with pets.

In fact, research by the RSPCA has shown that 45% of dogs in the UK exhibit symptoms of fear when they hear fireworks. Felcana's vets have put together our top tips to keep your pets calm and safe during fireworks.

Keeping your pets cool this summer!

Keeping your pets cool this summer!

We're in the middle of a heatwave!And whilst the weather might seem glorious to you, for our fur covered friends it can get uncomfortable. In fact, high heats can even be very dangerous for them. 

It's important to understand that cats and dogs can't regulate their temperatures in the same ways we can, and what you can do to keep your pet healthy and comfortable during the hot summer months. 

Why does my dog scratch so much?

Why does my dog scratch so much?

'All that scratching is driving us crazy – can you give us something to stop it?' Unfortunately it's often not that straightforward. Itchy skin, scaly skin, patchy hair loss and thinning hair are just a few of the symptoms of skin disease. While some skin cases are simple to fix, others can be quite a challenge: the trouble with skin disease is that there are many possible causes, which can make investigation difficult, time consuming and costly! 

Pet Healthcare at Home

Pet Healthcare at Home

We're a nation of pet lover, and our cats and dogs bring us a lot of happiness. We all want to do our best for them, but with the cost of veterinary treatment on the rise, what can we do at home to help keep our pets in tip top condition?

Canine Obesity

Canine Obesity

Tit-bits and treats all add up when it comes to calorific intake – we have all heard the analogy that if you feed a dog one cookie it is the equivalent of us eating a whole hamburger. While pet owners, and I am as guilty as the next, ignore these analogies the statistics are speaking for themselves. Current research shows that over 55% of dogs are classified as obese and this is a statistic that is rising year on year.

Why do I need to worm my pets?

Why do I need to worm my pets?

When you adopt a new fluffy puppy or bring a small kitten home, parasites aren’t really the first thing you think about.

So the Felcana team decided we’d lend a helping hand and explain the importance of protecting against parasites, in particular, worms.

First Aid For Pets - Cuts and Wounds

First Aid For Pets - Cuts and Wounds

The daily routine of an average cat or dog brings with it several occupational hazards, and one of the most common of these is risk of coming back home with a hole in the skin where there isn’t supposed to be one.

Veterinarian Nick Marsh sheds some light on basic first aid for pets.

The Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Cats

The Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Cats

Cats are the second most popular pet in the UK, with an estimated 7.5 million cats now kept as pets. Of these, roughly 10% are being kept as indoor cats, so what are the differences between keeping a cat indoors as opposed to allowing access to the outside world?

Canine Osteoarthritis

Canine Osteoarthritis

The most common signs of osteoarthritis in the patients I see are lameness, stiffness, exercise intolerance and inability to climb or jump into the car or onto the sofa. The development of osteoarthritis is most commonly a slow, progressive, process and it is very easy for owners to overlook the development of osteoarthritis in their pets.

What happens if my pet is accidentally poisoned?

What happens if my pet is accidentally poisoned?

What happens if my pet is accidentally poisoned?

We love our pets and want to keep them healthy and happy. But sometimes accidents do happen! In 2015, the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) received 10,893 enquiries about known or suspected poisoning cases in animals.