Obi arrived in the Howarth household when he was only 8 weeks old. He was like a Disney puppy, with soft fur, a small body but a large head, and big brown eyes with long eyelashes.
Like many cats, Inky is fastidious about her appearance, spending a lot of time grooming herself, and in particular, cleaning her head with her front paws.
Pancho was rescued by Maria two years ago. He was a normal, fit, healthy collie at first, but a few months ago, Maria noticed that he was not quite right after long walks.
Ralph, a three year old Persian cat who has long fur that becomes matted if not regularly clipped off
Ralph is a cream-coloured Persian cat, with orange-yellow eyes and the flattened nose that is typical of his breed.
Ginger had been a completely normal puppy, playing enthusiastically, and eating hungrily. Over a twelve-hour period, everything changed.
Whenever I travel abroad, my eye is drawn to any animals that I encounter.
Sooty is a typical example of a “family pet”. Rosie is twenty two years old now, which means that she was a six year old girl when Sooty arrived in the household as a puppy.
Itchy skin is a common problem in pets. There are many causes, ranging from allergies to fleas, with dozens of other possible reasons.
Lameness is very common in pet dogs, and it is much more common in some breeds.
Cats are nimble and gymnastic creatures, jumping onto walls which look much too high to climb, and leaping across gaps which seem impossibly wide. They have an innate ability to judge distances and heights.
As a Rottweiler, Titan is a giant dog, weighing over 60kg (around 10 stone). He is a good-natured animal, which is just as well.
When Cheeky was brought in to see me, the main thing that her owners had noticed was a skin rash along her back and on her underside.
Whoopie just loves going for walks, and she has always adored chasing sticks. She has her own routine – she finds a stick herself, brings it to Mandy’s feet, and then barks until Mandy throws it.
Most cats arrive at my vet clinic in cat carrier cages, and these are usually carried in by the owner.
As a vet, it can be difficult to leave your job behind you, even when you go on holidays overseas.
Chico is a large, striking-looking black cat with yellow eyes.
Dog-napping is on the rise, with more and more pets being stolen from suburban gardens and homes across Ireland.
Sheila visited Sharpes Hill Animal Sanctuary in County Wicklow shortly after reading a book about the First World War, featuring a soldier called Pasha.