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The Vet's Kitchen Blog

A complete list of all our expert health, nutrition and know-how guides



Back to School! - How to choose a dog trainer

Do you need help training your dog? Do you know the difference between a dog trainer and a dog behaviourist, and how to pick a reputable one? Get your dog back to school, with our guide to picking a dog trainer.
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10 Signs Your Cat's Stressed

Pandemic problems - Cats can suffer from stress too We’ve probably all read a lot about lockdown puppies and the behavioural problems owners are facing now they are returning to work, however there’s one family member that might be glad to see the back of us, our cat! 
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When should I switch from Puppy to Adult dog food?

You should always take into account the age and breed of your dog before feeding them. It's important to make sure your dog is receiving the right nutrition at the right time.
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Can Cats Suffer from Heat Stroke?

What is heatstroke? Heatstroke is where there is a sudden rise in body temperature. The internal body temperature then continues to increase and the body is unable to regulate itself to cool down. Most of us are aware that our canine companions can get heatstroke but what about our feline friends?
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What Affect Will Lockdown Have On Our Pets?

Vets warn of the the affects lockdown could have on our pets. Separation anxiety being at the top of the list. With our gradual return to the office, our pets will have to contend with us not being around as much as they are accustomed to. However, there are various steps you can take to help your pets with the transition.
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What is Pancytopenia in cats, and is it linked to pet food?

Pancytopenia is usually a very rare condition in cats. It is caused by suppression of bone marrow, the material that produces new blood cells. What are the symptoms, and how can you keep your pet safe? 

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Is Eating Grass Dangerous For Cats?

Tom came to visit the Klinic this month after being off his food and unwell for a few days. Vet Nic found that his discomfort was being caused by some grass blades lodged in his throat. Find out more about why cats eat grass, how to avoid any potential dangers and when to consult your vet.

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5 Top Tips For Feeding A Fussy Dog

Have you got a picky pooch? When it comes to mealtimes a fussy dog can be worrying for many owners, but there can be several reasons for choosiness and a change in routine may be all that is needed.
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Which Vet's Kitchen Dog Food Should I Choose?

Our short guide below will help you navigate to the best Vet’s Kitchen diet based on your dog’s age, weight and overall health.  Now we have a range of 1kg trial packs that make changing your dog's food a walk in the park!

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Changing Food for Senior Dogs

It's crucial you know what to feed your dog when they get older, in order to keep them healthy. Check out our advice on what you should be feeding your senior dog.
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Everything You Need to Know About Ear Mites in Cats.

You may be more familiar with fleas, ticks and worm but did you know ear mites are very common in cats?  Watch our Vet Know-how video so you know what to look for if you suspect your cat may have this parasite lurking in their ears.
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How do you clean your dog's ears?

Should you do it? How often should you do it? Watch our Vet Know-how video to get top tips and advice on what you should do.
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Best Way To Get Rid Of Fleas

How do you keep your pet and home flea free - watch our Vet Know-how video on how to rid yourself of these pests.
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Why do cats go to the toilet in strange places?

We get a lot of questions at our Vet's Klinic about cats urinating in inappropriate places - here's our Vet Know-how video with some help on what to look out for and do.
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How to clip your dog's nails

If you can't get to your veterinary clinic and your dog's nails need clipping this short Vet Know-how video may help.
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When should you neuter your dog?

Here's our balanced take on the pros and cons of when to neuter dogs - it's not a straighforward one so perhaps this Vet Know-how video will help.
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Should you neuter your cat?

Here's our Vet Know-how dowload on neutering cats - why should you consider doing it and when's best.
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Exercising with your dog? Stay safe with our top tips for warm-ups.

Exercising with your dog? Or perhaps your just walking with your dog a little more? Then these little doggie warm ups and stretches may help to prevent injury and keep your exercise buddy on top form! 
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Does my dog need a senior diet?

Did you know dogs over 7 years are considered senior? From this age many dogs could benefit from a senior diet and the added nutritional benefits it provides.
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Why is my dog scooting along the floor or biting their bottom?

If you dog is scooting or biting their bottom it could be they have a problem with their anal glands. Our Vet's Klinic veterinary nurse explains what you can do to help. 
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Is chocolate toxic for dogs?

We all love to treat our dogs but some treats really should be avoided.  Did you know that chocolate is toxic to dogs?  Watch our video to learn more.
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Can my pets get
sunburn?

Like us, both dogs and cats are affected by the sun’s UV rays and just like us they need to take care to protect themselves from sun damage.

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5 Signs of Antifreeze Poisoning

Antifreeze poisoning is most common at the chilliest time of year. Here's our guide to what to look out for if you suspect your pet may have ingested antifreeze.
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How To Help Your Cat Lose Weight

More than five million cats in the UK are overweight - is puzzle feeding the answer?
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11 tips to keep your dog swimming safely

Whether your dog likes water or not, we've popped a handy little guide together to keep them safe!
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Everything You Need to Know About Vet’s Kitchen’s New Packaging

Our new packaging means that, when you buy our pet food, you will be making the best choice for your pet and the environment.
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Separation anxiety in dogs after the Covid-19 lockdown

Find useful advice for dog owners on how to deal with separation anxiety in dogs after the Covid-19 lockdown.
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Long Walks - Consider Your Dog's Health

Before planning a long dog walk consider your dog's fitness and what strain you're putting on their joints. Read more about how long walks effect your dog here.
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Everything You Need To Know About Harvest Mites and Dogs

As the "harvest" name suggests July and September are the most common times of year to get a mite infestation.  If your pet suddenly starts itching it may be the cause. Read more here.
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Dangerous Festive Treats For Your Pets

Christmas foods to avoid. Much of the food we eat over Christmas can be dangerous and even life threatening to cats or dogs. Here's a list of foods to avoid.
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3 Common Ingredients That Make Dogs Ill During Halloween

With Halloween gaining more popularity in the UK, it's important to watch out for the potentially deadly objects and foods for your pets. There's a fair few common objects and foods that come out at Halloween that have the potential to make your pets very ill. Read on to find out how to avoid this happening. 

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7 Tips to Make Sure Your Pets are Safe on Bonfire Night

Bonfire night can cause a lot of upset to pets. They will perceive the loud and unpredictable noises as a threat. We've collated the best tips for you.
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5 Things You Need To Know About Puppy Socialisation

Did you know, at the beginning of life, puppies go through a critical stage of development when they are open to learning about new situations and environments. After this age anything new that they haven’t come across before will be met with apprehension. Read more about how to socialise your puppies correctly.
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What Puppy Vaccination Should You Get?

Do you know why you need to vaccinate your puppy? Do you know what it does or why your puppy needs two? Read our article to find all the answers to your vaccination questions.
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Can Dogs Get Dementia?

Did you know that dogs can get dementia? Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is an age related illness being seen more and more regularly. Here is our guide to the signs of CCD.
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How To Train Your Puppy

Puppy training is a very important part of ensuring your new puppy grows up to be a well socialised and trained member of the family. Read our guide for some top tips.
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What Are The Benefits Of Owning A Pet?

We all love our pets, but have we ever stopped to consider why we love them? We've written an article to look into what benefits cat and dog ownership has on us.
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A simple guide to reading pet food labels

Do you know what to look for on your pet food? What is good or bad? We've put together a simple guide to help
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8 Things to Consider When Taking Your Pet On Holiday

Going on holiday when you own pets is tricky, so we've got a guide for whether you are taking them with you or going it alone.
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8 Ways to Reduce Travel Sickness in Dogs

Do you know if your dog suffers from travel sickness or are they anxious to be around the car? Here's 8 Ways to reduce car sickness in your dog.
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How do I work out the calories in pet food?

Calories = energy and it is important to know how many calories a dog or cat food gives your pet. Do you know how to work this out?
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Pet Travel to Europe after Brexit

Concerned about your Pet’s Passport after Brexit? Find useful information & advice here.
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12 Ways To Keep Your Pet Cool

Usually it's raining in Britain so we don't need to worry about our pets' overheating but what if it's hot?
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5 ways to entertain your dog during lockdown

Struggling to keep your dog or cat entertained whilst you isolate? Find boredom busters for dogs and cats here
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Can my dog or cat get sunburn?

Cat and dog sunburn is possible, so find out how to keep your four-legged friends safe in the sunshine
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Fun and easy tricks to teach your dog during lockdown

Learn these fun & easy tricks to teach your dog during lockdown as homeschooling can be fun for dogs too!
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Should I Choose A Grain-Free Dog Food?

Is your dog suffering with a food allergy? Many food intolerances are treated with a grain free diet but other canine food allergies are more difficult to treat.
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No Tricks Just Treats - Can Your Pet Can Eat Pumpkin?

Pumpkins are great fun at this time of year, but also a great source of fibre for your cats and dogs. Keep reading for more pulp facts, not fiction.
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The Best Diet For Cats

Cats are predators and are biologically programmed to require meat as part of their diet. Find out more about why meat is a key part of your cat's diet.
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Wasp and Bee Stings on Pets and How to Treat Them.

Until they get stung, our dogs and cats can see chasing wasps and bees as great entertainment! Here's our guide to recognising and treating an insect sting.
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The Truth About Cranberries

We've all heard about drinking cranberry juice for urinary problems, but does it work? And more importantly could it work for our pets? We uncover the myth of cranberries.
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Nutritional Support For Heart Disease In Dogs

How can diet help to slow progression of heart disease and increase quality of life for dogs.
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Dog Supplements - a top-up of what your dog needs

Our supplements can give your dog a little boost - top-up gravey supplements specially formulated for healthy joints, skin and digestion.
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8 Ways to Help your Dog or Cat Lose Weight.

Helping your pet lose weight will make them healthier and happier - here's how.
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Seaweed, good at keeping the grey matter going

Our vets know that Seaweed is good for brain health; this is why it is in our Senior diet.
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What exactly does hypoallergenic mean?

Hypoallergenic. A word we're hearing more and more, but what does it mean? Vet's Kitchen's nutritional adviser, Fiona Firth explains.
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Wet and dry food, is one better than the other?

Have you ever wondered what is the benefit of wet or dry food? We've written a small article to show you the difference.
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6 Nutrients to Boost Your Pets Immune System

Like humans, our animals have an immune system to defend their bodies but is there anything we can do to support it?
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Nutritional Support For Dementia In Dogs

Our dogs are living longer lives which therefore means we see more age related illnesses. But did you know changing their nutrition might help make their longer lives more comfortable?
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7 Essential Ingredients To Look For In Weight Loss Pet Food

If your dog or cat needs to lose a little weight, it can be difficult to know where to start. The theory is simple, eat less and burn more calories. But in reality, this can be more difficult.
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What Is Ash In Pet Food?

When you see ash or crude ash in pet food, you instinctively think of burnt pet food. But what if that isn't correct? what if ash is actually a good thing?
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Complete Guide To Commercially Prepared Dog Food Diets

Clinical Director, Jenny Philp BVMS MRCVS at Vet's Klinic talks about deciphering the nutritional value of commercially prepared dog food diets.
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How much food should I feed my dog?

Our vets know that with protein, quality and quantity are very important
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Benefits of chicory for pet's digestive health

We include chicory in our products because our vets know that it is great for digestive health
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5 Benefits of Prebiotics and Probiotics in Pet Food

Upset stomach? Adding certain ingredients in your pets' diet can often benefit digestive health.
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How many calories does my dog or cat need?

We know how many calories a human needs to survive day by day, but what about our four legged friends?
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Dandelion & Parsley in Vet's Kitchen Cat Food

We use dandelion and parsley in our cat food but do you know why they are so good?
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Why Do Cats Eat Less in the Summer?

We explain why the season, temperature and environment can all affect a cat's food preferences.
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Everything You Need To Know About Feeding Your Puppy

Top Vet Know-how tips on feeding your growing puppy.  Puppies grow at a rapid rate and to maintain healthy development they require more energy and nutrients from their food than adult dogs.  Learn more.
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Canine Roadmap out of Lockdown

Vet’s Kitchen have created a 5-point plan, with a cheeky nod to Boris Johnson’s Roadmap out of Lockdown, to help owners make sure their pets are reintroduced to the world gently and risk-free. This means laying the foundations with some coping mechanisms and lots of strokes and reassurance.
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Why is sniffing so important?

Did you know that your dog can use each nostril independently and that dogs can sniff out everything from currency to mobile phones and disease? Read on to find out how you can harness the power of your dog's nose, and why sniffing is good for dogs.
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How do you know if your pet is a healthy weight?

With more and more pets becoming overweight our Vet Know-how video shows you what you should be checking to keep your pet at a healthy weight and in tip-top shape.
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Can your pets catch the Coronavirus?

Adrian Caunter, Clinical Director at Vet's Klinic gives us the latest advice on COVID-19 and your pets.
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Arthritis in Dogs - Management & Treatment

What if your dog is showing signs of arthritis? Read more on how to manage and treat osteoarthritis in dogs.
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A Guide To Heart Disease In Dogs

It is estimated that up to 15% of UK dogs will suffer from some kind of heart condition during their life. Our article talks about the signs, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.
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Ninety Percent of Owners Can't Identify if Their Pet is Overweight, Can You?

90% of owners of overweight pets believe their pet to be the correct weight. However, if our pet is moderately overweight, we could be shortening their lives by up to two years.
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Why Can't My Male Cat Pee? Treatment And Prevention

Our Movember topic this week is urinary disease, commonly known as blocked cats. If your male cat is straining to urinate, here is how it can be treated and prevented in the future.
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Helping to Manage Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

We see kidney disease all too frequently in cats and dogs; this article touches on the causes, diagnosis and treatment options available for your canine and feline friend.
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3 Reasons Your Male Cat Is Not Peeing

Movember is all about men's health and a problem that frequently occurs at this time, is blocked cats. This is a urinary disease where there is a blockage in the urethra. Read on to find out more about what to do if your male feline can't pee.
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Movember Mutts - Prostate Disease In Dogs

We are talking about prostate disease as one of our topics in Movember and prostatic problems are just one of the health issues, that male dogs can suffer from.
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How To Keep The Older Dog Happy, Healthy And Active

The following article has been created by K9 active, focusing on how to take care of older dogs keeping them physically and mentally active.
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4 Dog Sports To Improve Your Pet's Fitness

Want to improve your dog's fitness this summer? There are many dog sports available like flyball and agility. We speak to Vet Nurse, Katie Alder to find out more.
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6 Things You Need To Know About Running With Your Dog

Running with your dog is a great way to get fit and develop a bond between you and your best friend.
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What do I need to know about diabetes?

Diabetes Mellitus is a complex condition which can affect our pets, read more learn about the disease
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Pets and Grain-Free Diets

We investigated DCM in pets & the link with grain-free food. Find helpful advice from our team here.
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Animal Physiotherapy

Insights from Charlotte, our Resident Veterinary Nurse and Artaine, a qualified physiotherapist for animals.
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9 Ways To Stop Your Dog Eating Poo

Is your dog eating poo? Find out why this might be happening, and how to stop it.
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Best Foods For Diabetic Dog's and Cats

How to spot diabetes in your pet, plus managing your diabetic dog or cat’s health
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