Posts Categorized: Special Interest topics

By Dr. Kathy Enright Our everyday garden plant and plant products can be very dangerous to our 4 legged friends. Plants were discussed in our earlier post. Today we are going to focus on the other garden and plant products that can be poisonous to our pets. Poisons such as Rodenticides were made to kill

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By Dr. Kathy Enright Any medication given to any person or animal can cause an allergic reaction. Unfortunately we often don’t know until we have taken something if we are allergic or not. Think of penicillin in people. So some human medications can cause adverse reactions, and some perfectly ‘safe to humans’ medicines act like

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By Dr. Kathy Enright Human food, harmful or poisonous? It depends on the food but yes, some of our human foods are extremely harmful to our pets and we need to be mindful of what products are safe and what ones are not. So the obvious things like alcohol, caffeine can be very dangerous to

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By Dr. Kathy Enright Our FINAL stop on the ‘mite train’  is Scabies, Demodex & Harvest Mites Sarcoptic Mange (SCABIES): infection with a microscopic, parasitic mite Sarcoptes scabei. Sarcoptes is contagious, and most dogs catch the disease via direct contact with infected individuals. People and cats can also be transiently infected. These animals tend to be

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By Dr. Liza Curman Our first stop on the mite train is Ear mites: Part 3 Ear mites are small, whitish-grey in colour and are visible to the human eye. We use a piece of equipment called an Otoscope to visualise them in your pet’s ear canal. They move away from its light. However, there

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By Dr. Liza Curman Lice are a parasite that can infest both dogs and cats.  This infestation results in a condition we call Pedunculosis. There are two types of louse that affect dogs which are differentiated by their feeding habits, namely ‘chewing/biting lice’ (Trichodectes canis) and sucking lice (Linognathus setosus). The species of lice that

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By Dr. Borislava Trifonova & Dr. Kathy Enright In preparation for the approaching warmer weather (we hope), March at Clare Street & Shannon Vets is all things ‘Creepy & Crawly’. This week we are focusing on Ticks. We all know these little fellows suck blood, don’t we? But do we know why is it important

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