Suzie and her partner have three dogs , and up until now, the animals have been the centre of their home life.
Hardy was a well-known dog in Ireland twelve years ago, when he was rescued by Ash Animal Sanctuary in Co Wicklow.
As Susie has grown older, she now spends most of her time sleeping, and so she has stopped wearing down her own nails.
As a one year old male dog, Patch is beginning to be strongly influenced by his hormones.
Daisy has always been a happy, healthy dog, but since she was a young adult, she has had episodes of strange breathing.
Jade is a typical three year old Doberman: full of energy and continually active. She enjoys exercise and she loves her food, tucking into her breakfast and dinner hungrily.
Alfa is a rescue dog: Julie took her in from the Wicklow SPCA a few months ago.
Lily and her sisters Poppy and Zinia found their three pets as young adult rabbits at the DSPCA animal shelter, just over a year ago. They are sisters from the same litter, and they get on well together.
Renata has owned Ted since he was a pup: she bought him from a breeder in Warsaw, in Poland, where she was living until recently.
Like many cats, Louis is territorial. He sees himself as the king of his local jungle, which in his case means Anne's back garden.
Maeve has owned Golden Retrievers before and she knew about the importance of choosing a high quality animal from a genuine breeder.
Emma bought Millie when she was just six weeks of age, and one of the first things she did was to bring her to see me.
When Rob noticed a tiny red lump on the inside of Poppy's foreleg, he didn't worry too much. Maybe she had bumped herself, or been bitten by an insect.
The change to Inky happened gradually, over a few months. She had always been an easy going, placid animal who had got on well with other cats.
One of Rachel's earliest memories is going to collect Beau when he was a puppy. She was just three years old when her family drove to a breeder in the countryside to see the litter of pups.
Danielle and her boyfriend, Brian, had just come back from work and at 6pm, Brian opened the back door to let Angel back into the house after going out to the garden.
Lorraine rescued Johnny Hobo as an adult dog when he was six years old: he was in the pound after being picked up by the dog warden as a stray.
Ann Marie adopted Cleo from the DSPCA as a young adult dog and she settled well into the family household: she's a gentle, good-natured animal, getting on well with everyone.