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Pet Advice

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Find all the information you need on how to choose the right pet and how to keep pets healthy and happy

Fleas & Ticks

My cat has fleas: what should I do?

Over the last few weeks you’ve noticed that your cat’s constantly grooming itself and it’s started to develop bald patches over the base of its tail.  The presence of...

Worms

My cat has worms: what should I do?

The humble earthworm is commonly known as a gardeners’ best friend, yet hiding in amongst the same patch of earth you can also find more sinister creatures that have potential to cause...

Diet

Feeding your cat: a few points to consider

Cats are obligate carnivores meaning that they must have animal derived proteins in their diet - meat. They also have a higher protein requirement when compared with other...

Husbandry

Five Freedoms

At Doolittle’s Dispensary we put animal welfare at the forefront of everything we do.  Your pets give you unconditional love as a given, but to ensure they are kept in tip-top...

Vaccinations

Why should I vaccinate my cat?

Cats can be vaccinated against a number of diseases, including conditions that can ultimately prove fatal. Most cat vaccines provide protection against the cat flu viruses and the feline...

Worms

Worm Egg Counts: an essential part of your horse worming programme

Worm egg counts are an essential part of any worming programme for horses. With evidence coming to light that some types of worms are now showing resistance to particular wormers, i.e. the...

Health

Vaccinating your horse

It’s quite common in the UK for horses to be vaccinated against tetanus and equine influenza. Vaccination is the only proven method of protecting against these diseases, which can...

Husbandry

The Five Freedoms: what every pet deserves

At Doolittle’s Dispensary we put animal welfare at the forefront of everything we do.  Your pets give you unconditional love as a given, but to ensure they are kept in tip-top...

Parasites

My dog has fleas: what should I do?

Your dog won’t stop scratching and when you take a closer look, you notice that there are creepy crawlies moving amongst the fur. It appears that your dog has a flea problem....

My dog has ticks: what should I do?

Ticks are an increasing problem in the UK. A study by the University of Bristol in 2009 found that 15% of dogs examined randomly at...

Diet

Feeding your dog: don't overdo it

We are in the midst of a canine obesity epidemic, with one third of dogs being overweight.

This can be largely attributed to one...

Care

Caring for your dog in hot weather

What a weekend! Doolittle’s HQ in Swansea has been bathed in glorious sunshine, giving us perfect conditions for the passing through of the Olympic torch on Saturday and 

Worms

My dog has worms: what should I do?

The humble earthworm is commonly known as a gardeners’ best friend, yet hiding in amongst the same patch of earth you can also find more sinister creatures that have potential to...

Vaccinations

Why should I vaccinate my dog?

Vaccinating your dog is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner. Some of the infectious diseases can be particularly debilitating and in some situations, they can even prove...

Lungworm

Lungworm

Lungworm, Angiostrongylus vasorum (also known as French Heartworm), is a parasite that infects dogs and if left untreated is often fatal.  

The immature stages of the...

Husbandry

The Five Freedoms: what every pet deserves

At Doolittle’s Dispensary we put animal welfare at the forefront of everything we do.  Your pets give you unconditional love as a given, but to ensure they are kept in tip-top...

Worms

Worming your hens

Keeping chickens is becoming increasingly popular and it’s immediately obvious to see why.  Chickens are incredibly entertaining and of course they also provide us with eggs....

Fly Strike

Fly Strike: how to spot and help prevent it

Fly-strike is a common condition of rabbits that usually presents itself in spring and summer months.  It starts when flies lay eggs in skin wounds or on chapped skin around the...

Diet

Feeding Rabbits: a simple guide

Rabbits are now the third most popular pet in the UK, yet we still see problems with their husbandry, especially their feeding. 

Rabbits are herbivores (plant eaters) and as such,...

Husbandry

The Five Freedoms: what every pet deserves

At Doolittle’s Dispensary we put animal welfare at the forefront of everything we do.  Your pets give you unconditional love as a given, but to ensure they are kept in tip-top...

Should I vaccinate my rabbit?

Should I vaccinate my rabbit is a common question we get asked by rabbit owners on a daily basis. The simple answer is ‘Yes.’

Rabbits can and should be vaccinated against...