We provide a complete range of services for dogs to help keep them fit and healthy.
Healthcare for healthy pets is what we are aiming for but when things go wrong and your dog becomes sick, we are there 24/7 to provide the appropriate advice and treatment to make them better again.
Below are a selection of information and advice sheets for some of the more common queries we receive about dog health.
Why not also check out our Blog page where we regularly talk about interesting doggy topics?
If you have concerns about your dog, call us on 01243 842832 and we will be pleased to help you.
BOOSTERS – Are they really necessary? Primary (puppy) vaccination is essential if the major killer diseases that were rife only a relatively short time ago are not to once more become a scourge. However there is evidence today that some vaccine injections may not be essential. If you have any... read more »
Arthritis is a complex condition involving inflammation of joints. It is very common, especially in older dogs. There are many causes but, in general, the degree of arthritis is directly related to the age of the animal. Just as with us, the older a dog is, the stiffer the joints... read more »
Like cruciate disease, patella luxation is another relatively common cause of a hind leg lameness in dogs that we see regularly at AlphaPet. It is caused by the patella (knee cap) slipping onto either the outside (lateral) or inside (medial) side of the stifle (knee joint) when an animal is... read more »
Canine Neutering advice Here at AlphaPet we are strong believers in preventative healthcare. Prevention is always better than cure! One of the most important things we can do to aid with this motto is to neuter dogs at an early age, if they are not being used for breeding. In both... read more »
There are many common behaviour problems that affect dogs. Most of these result from inappropriate training or failing to recognise early enough when things are not going quite right. At AlphaPet, we recommend that puppies are started as early as possible with their behaviour training and we encourage all new puppies... read more »
I was told my neighbour’s dog had died of chocolate poisoning. Can this be true? Yes it can. Chocolate contains an alkaloid called Theobromine. This is a drug which is used as a diuretic, heart stimulant, vaso dilator, and also smooth muscle relaxant but it can be poisonous in... read more »
I was totally unaware that dogs have dental problems. Is it common? Dental disease is probably as common in dogs as in man and is probably just as painful. Dogs however do not have the same powers of communication of their discomfort and therefore until relatively recently a lot... read more »
Many drugs in tablet form, licensed for use in dogs, have been specially formulated with palatability in mind. However if the dog is at all suspicious he is unlikely to eat the tablet voluntarily irrespective of how pleasant it may taste. Can I train my dog to take tablets? Yes,... read more »
Ear preparations are supplied in order to assist in clearing up your pet’s ear complaint. The condition is not uncommon and there are a number of possible causes. You will have been advised regarding the frequency of application but we thought it would be worthwhile just setting out the various... read more »
Your veterinary surgeon will have discussed the frequency and application of the eye medication prescribed but it may be useful to have these notes as an aide mémoire. Applying the medication It is always useful to have someone to hold the dog for you if at all possible. Hold the head... read more »
I have been told my dog has sugar diabetes. What does this mean? Diabetes mellitus, (DM) or sugar diabetes, is a complex disorder of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism caused by the body’s inability to produce or to utilise adequate amounts of insulin produced by specialised cells in the... read more »
The correct medical term for this disease is Hypoadrenocorticism. This term means that there is diminished or lowered hormone production from the outer part or cortex of the adrenal gland. What are the adrenal glands? The adrenal glands are paired glands situated adjacent to the kidneys. Each gland essentially consists of an... read more »
How can I determine if my dog is just acting like a "puppy" or is too excitable or disobedient? Many excitable and rowdy behaviours that we see in puppies will diminish with time and with appropriate early training. The unruly dog is one that continues to be difficult for... read more »