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Addison’s disease, also called hypoadrenocorticism, is a potentially life-threatening disease caused by inadequate levels of hormones.
Allergies in Cats and Dogs
Information from our Veterinary Dermatology Specialists on common allergies affecting cats and dogs including fleas, food allergies and atopic dermatitis.
An Introduction to Hydrotherapy Fact Sheet
Our Therapy and Fitness Centre team explain what hydrotherapy treatment involves and its benefits.
Anaesthesia Residency Programme (ECVAA)
Davies Veterinary Specialists (DVS) is an approved training centre for ECVAA
Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma Fact Sheet
Anal sac adenocarcinoma is a malignant tumour of the anal sacs of the dog.
Antibiotics Resistance Fact Sheet
Why do we need to worry about antibiotic resistance? Our fact sheet explains why the responsible use of antibiotics is so important for veterinary medicine.
Brachycephalic Upper Airway Obstruction Syndrome Fact Sheet
Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) is an umbrella term for a number of anatomical abnormalities seen in dogs
Brain Tumours Fact Sheet
Brain tumours in dogs and cats are unfortunately as common as they are in people.
Canine Cutaneous Mast Cell Tumours Fact Sheet
Mast cell tumours in dogs are common tumours of the skin.
Canine Primary Hyperparathyroidism Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and available treatment for primary hyperparathyroidism in dogs.
An overview of the procedures and techniques available to our Cardiology patients.
Cataract Surgery Owner Information Sheet
Information for pet owners on cataract surgery, including the procedure itself and aftercare required.
Chemotherapy in Dogs and Cats
Information for pet owners on chemotherapy treatments for dogs and cats.
Condition: Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (‘Dry Eye’)
‘Dry eye’ is an eye disease commonly found in dogs. It occurs when insufficient tears are produced from the tear glands.
Conditions of the Third Eyelid Factsheet
Dogs and cats have an extra eyelid called the 'third eyelid' or the nictitans or nictitating membrane, at the inside corner of their eyes.
Information from our Ophthalmology team on the different types of corneal grafts available to treat deep corneal ulcers.
Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Failure Fact Sheet
Cruciate ligament rupture is a relatively common and debilitating knee injury in dogs.
Davies Veterinary Specialists Guide on How to Keep Hot Dogs Cool
Davies Veterinary Specialists guide on how to keep hot dogs cool.
Our Diagnostics Nurses care for your pet throughout the process of investigating their condition.
Diarrhoea in Dogs and Cats Fact Sheet
As well as being potentially unpleasant for the pet owner, diarrhoea in dogs and cats can be associated with a number of potentially serious underlying conditions.
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease affecting the muscle of the heart and is most commonly seen in medium to large-breed dogs.
Direct Claims – Q and A
Information for pet owners considering making a direct claim for treatment at Davies.
Dirofilaria Immitis (Heartworm) Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners on Dirofilaria Immitis or Heartworm in cats and dogs.
Distichiasis or ‘extra eyelashes’ Fact Sheet
Distichiasis is a common condition in dogs. It occurs when eyelashes are abnormally positioned and emerge too close to the eyelid margin.
Elbow Dysplasia Fact Sheet
Elbow dysplasia means that there has been abnormal development of the elbow joint.
Electrophysiology Study / Catheter Ablation Fact Sheet
An electrophysiology study is a procedure used to study the flow of electricity in the heart...
Enucleation is the term given to describe the removal of an eye. It is only performed if an eye is blind and likely to be painful long term.
Epileptic Seizures and Epilepsy Fact Sheet
A seizure (also known as fit) is a non-specific short event with an abrupt start and termination.
Fact sheet for Veterinary Professionals on Guidelines for Feline Anaesthesia
Recent guidelines for feline anaesthesia. These provide comprehensive recommendations for current best practice.
Feeding an Exclusion Diet Fact Sheet
Dietary allergy or intolerance can underlie a number of diseases. This fact sheet from our Internal Medicine team explains how feeding an exclusion diet can help.
Feline Diabetes Insulin Therapy Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners on Insulin therapy in the treatment of Diabetes in cats.
Feline Diabetes Monitoring Fact Sheet
This fact sheet explains how we monitor the treatment and progress of cats diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.
Feline Diabetes Overview Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners from our Internal Medicine team on diabetes mellitus in cats.
Feline Diabetes Treatment Fact Sheet
This fact sheet covers the general principles for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in cats.
Feline Hyperthyroidism Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for hyperthyroidism in cats.
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis is the most common condition affecting the lower urinary tract in cats. Find out more in this fact sheet from our Internal Medicine team.
Feline Injection Site Fibrosarcoma
Feline ‘Injection Site’ or ‘Vaccine Associated’ Fibrosarcoma is a rapidly progressive and aggressive tumour affecting cats.
Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Fact Sheet
Oral squamous cell carcinoma is a cancer that arises from the cells that produce the lining of the mouth and throat including the gums, tongue, cheeks and tonsils.
Fever Fact Sheet
Fever in dogs and cats is an increase in body temperature because of an increase in the body’s thermoregulatory set point.
Fixed price TPLO
Fixed Price Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO) now available from Davies Veterinary Specialists.
Flea Control Measures Fact Sheet
Fleas are parasites. As they are currently ubiquitous in the UK it's important to take adequate flea control measures. Read on for our Dermatology Specialist's advice.
Fluid in the Abdomen Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners from our Internal Medicine team on Fluid in the abdomen (Ascites) in dogs and cats.
Frequently asked questions for skin problems in dogs
Information for pet owner's on skin problems in dogs. Most common skin problems, allergies and scratching
Fungal Nasal Disease Fact Sheet
Fungal (mycotic) infection of the nasal and paranasal sinuses is a well-recognised cause of chronic, mucopurulent discharge in the dog.
Glaucoma Fact Sheet
Information for Pet Owners on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Glaucoma in cats and dogs.
Haematuria (blood in the urine) Fact Sheet
Haematuria is the medical term used to describe blood in the urine that occurs due to bleeding in the urinary system.
Hydrotherapy and Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet
Our Therapy and Fitness Centre team explain how hydrotherapy can help with the treatment of Osteoarthritis.
Hydrotherapy following Spinal Surgery Fact Sheet
Our Therapy and Fitness Centre team explain how Hydrotherapy can be used to aid recovery after spinal surgery.
Information on the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for cats affected by Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).
IMHA (Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia) Fact Sheet
Advice from our Internal Medicine team on IMHA - a disease where the body’s immune system destroys its own red blood cells.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners on the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatments available for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs and cats.
Inflammatory CNS Disease Fact Sheet
Inflammatory CNS disease is a broad term used to describe a number of neurological disorders in dogs and cats causing inflammation of the central nervous system (CNS).
Insurance and RSA Customer Claims Fact Sheet
Your guide to how we can help with RSA Group insurance claims and payments.
Intervertebral Disc Herniation or “slipped disc” Fact Sheet
A slipped disc is the most common cause of paralysis in dogs.
Ischemic Myelopathy Fact Sheet
Ischemic myelopathy in dogs is a vascular disease of the spinal cord (myelopathy) caused by a lack of its blood supply (ischemia).
Kennel Cough Fact Sheet
Learn more about Kennel cough and why vaccination is important if your pet needs to stay with us.
Kennel Cough Information for Referring Vets Fact Sheet
We are trying to refine our policies for protecting referred canine patients against kennel cough.
Laryngeal Paralysis and Collapse Fact Sheet
Laryngeal paralysis occurs when the vocal folds are unable to abduct (open) in response to exercise or respiratory demands.
Leishmaniasis Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners from our Internal Medicine team on the infectious disease Leishmaniasis.
Information from Davies Veterinary Specialists Veterinary Ophthalmology team on the causes, symptoms and treatment for lens luxation in cats and dogs.
Lymphoma in Dogs Fact Sheet
Lymphoma in dogs is primarily a cancerous condition of the lymph glands.
Lymphoma in the Cat Fact Sheet
Lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells. In cats there are multiple manifestations of this disease and they are typically distinguished by the anatomical site that is affected.
Maintaining a healthy weight for our pets
Our guide to helping your pet maintain a healthy diet and body weight.
Megaoesophagus/Megaesophagus (MO/ME) in Dogs Fact Sheet
Information from our Veterinary Internal Medicine team on the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment available for megaoesophagus (MO/ ME) in dogs.
Mitral valve disease
Information for pet owners on the signs, treatment and prognosis for dogs affected by Mitral valve disease.
Myasthenia Gravis Fact Sheet
Myasthenia Gravis (MG) literally means grave (gravis) muscle (my-) weakness (asthenia).
Myositis Fact Sheet
Myositis is an inflammation of the muscle. Myositis in dogs can be a serious and painful condition. It can be an early indicator that the animal is ill in some other way.
Neuro-Diagnostic Tests Fact Sheet
A definitive diagnosis is essential to the optimal management of patients with neurological disease. This is achieved through the application of a range of diagnostic tests.
Neurological Examination Fact Sheet
Our Fact Sheet explains what to expect during your pet's neurological examination.
Neuromuscular Disorders Fact Sheet
An overview of the neuromuscular system in animals and common disorders affecting it.
Neutraceuticals – Dietary Supplements
We look at the evidence behind using supplements to help promote joint health in dogs.
Non-Healing (‘indolent’) Corneal Ulcers in Dogs
Our Veterinary Ophthalmology team discuss the causes, symptoms and available treatment for non-healing or indolent corneal ulcers in dogs.
Non-regenerative Anaemia in Cats and Dogs Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners on the signs, causes, diagnosis and treatment for non-regenerative anaemia in cats and dogs.
Information for Pet Owners on the causes, symptoms and treatment options for Osteoarthritis in dogs and cats.
Our Environmental Policy
At Davies we are committed to the continual improvement of our environmental performance in relation to our services and operations.
Pacemaker Fact Sheet
Pacemakers are used when the heart beats too slowly (bradycardia) or even stops for prolonged periods of time.
Pain Management and Acupuncture
At Davies we take a holistic approach to pain management with the aim of maintaining a pet's quality of life when surgery is not an option. Find out how Pain Management Clinic can help.
Paroxysmal Dyskinesia Fact Sheet
Paroxysmal dyskinesias (PDs) are episodic movement disorders in which abnormal movements are present only during attacks.
Paroxystic Events Fact Sheet
A paroxystic event is a non-specific term used to define an abnormal event of the body with an abrupt onset and an equally sudden return to normal.
Patellar Luxation Fact Sheet
The patella or ‘knee cap’ is a small bone (sesamoid bone) situated within the tendon of insertion of the quadriceps group.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Fact Sheet
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is one of the most common congenital heart defects in dogs.
Patient Care Nurses
Find out what's involved in the role of a Patient Care Veterinary nurse at Davies.
Payment Policies – All Your Questions Answered
Our Finance team answer all your questions about insurance claims and payment.
Perianal Fistulae (anal furunculosis) Fact Sheet
Perianal fistulation (anal furunculosis) is frustrating and well-recognised condition in the dog.
Pericardial effusion refers to the presence of fluid in the sac that surrounds the heart - the pericardium.
Perineal Rupture Fact Sheet
Perineal rupture occurs almost exclusively in the male dog, although rare cases are reported in the bitch, and the cat.
Pets in their home environments
Our Therapy Centre team offer advice on how to ensure your home provides an appropriate and safe environment for your pets.
Polydipsia in Dogs and Cats (increased drinking) Fact Sheet
When a pet starts drinking more than usual, there may be serious underlying disease.
Portosystemic Shunts Fact Sheet
Portosystemic shunts (PSS) are abnormal single or multiple blood vessels which directly join the blood supply from the intestines to the main circulation.
Pre-authorisation and Insurance claims
What you need to do if your Insurance Company requires pre-authorisation before treatment at Davies.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Fact Sheet
Progressive Retinal Atrophy describes an inherited disease of dogs that causes slowly progressive blindness over a period of months or years.
Puppy and Kitten Murmur Clinic – Referring Vet Information
We are pleased to offer a puppy and kitten murmur evaluation clinic at a discounted fee to facilitate early diagnosis for these patients.
Puppy Murmur Clinic
A heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound that may be heard by your veterinarian during a wellness examination.
Ranulas, Mucocoeles and Salivary Gland Disease Fact Sheets
A salivary mucocoele is a benign swelling of the head or neck which can usually be surgically treated.
Recognising signs of pain in your pet
Useful tips from our Therapy Centre team on identifying signs of pain in your pet.
Regional local anaesthetic techniques
A major role of the anaesthetist is to ensure management of any pain a patient may experience. Regional local anaesthetic techniques offer one of the most effective ways of doing this.
Information for pet owners on the causes, risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis of retinal detachment.
Sustainability Initiatives at Davies: Your Questions Answered
Find out more about why and how we became iiE Accredited and what we mean by CSR
Syringohydromyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS) Fact Sheet
Syringohydromyelia is also known as Chiari-type malformation (referring to human disease) and caudal occipital malformation syndrome.
Our Theatre Nurses play a vital role in ensuring that each and every surgical procedure runs as smoothly as possible.
Thiamine Deficiency (Vitamin B1) Fact Sheet
Initially most cats will show anorexia and some degree of vomiting preceding neurological signs which include fairly rapid onset of impaired vision, dilated pupils, ataxia, vestibular signs, tremors and seizures.
Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy or “TPLO” Fact Sheet
TPLO is a surgical technique used for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament failure in dogs.
Tracheal Collapse Fact Sheet
Tracheal collapse is a form of tracheal obstruction caused by flaccidity and flattening of the cartilaginous rings which support the trachea.
Training your dog to understand face masks fact sheet
Six steps pet owners can try at home to help acclimatise their dog to seeing people wearing masks on walks or during a visit to their vet.
Treatment for Epilepsy in Dogs Fact Sheet
Advice from our Veterinary Neurology team on treatment for epilepsy in dogs, including side effects of common drugs and options for long-term treatment.
Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis in dogs and cats
Our Veterinary Dermatology team provide information on the different anti-itch treatment options available for atopic dermatitis in dogs and cats.
Use of Probiotics in cats and dogs Fact Sheet
Information for pet owners on the use of probiotics and prebiotics in dogs and cats.
Vestibular Syndrome in Dogs and Cats Fact Sheet
Vestibular syndrome refers to a group of diseases that affect the balance system which is also known as the vestibular system.
Veterinary Interventional Procedures (Interventional Endoscopy and Interventional Radiology) Fact Sheet
In Interventional radiology (IR) minimally invasive procedures are performed usually using fluoroscopic image-guidance.
Vomiting in Dogs and Cats Fact Sheet
Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of the stomach contents through the mouth.
Warming up and cooling down
Our Therapy Centre team offer advice on warm-up and cool-down routines for dogs.
What to do if you experience a road closure on Higham Road…
What to do if Higham Road is closed when visiting Davies
When it’s time to say goodbye
Bereavement advice and support for pet owners, including links to organisations offering support for pet loss.
Wobblers in Dogs Fact Sheet
Wobblers in dogs is a descriptive name given to a number of conditions affecting the cervical spine of large and giantbreed dogs.