Guinea pigs are ideal as children’s first pets: they are small, friendly, benign creatures who enjoy socialising with each other and with humans.
Ferrets have been domesticated by humans for thousands of years, but for most of this time they have been kept as utility animals, rather than as pets.
Igloo is an active, energetic dog, going for long walks and loving rough play with Una’s other dog, another large Husky.
Madeline has taken two dogs into her home in the past two years.
Fluffy is Deborah's first dog, but the truth is that he really belongs to Senan, her 8 year old son.
Luna is Deirdre’s second dog: she also has a placid, easy-going twelve year old Collie called Bella.
Jason has four cats, and he's discovered over the years that if they have accidents or fall ill, it can be expensive to go to the vet to give them the care they need.
Julie has three dogs. While she adores them all, she calls Oscar her “heart” dog: there’s something special about him. He has an outstanding personality, making friends everywhere he goes.
Fiona took Kermit on as a rescued kitten from our vet clinic, and he’s been healthy for most of his life.
Kodi is a gentle dog, who enjoys socialising and playing with people and animals. During the recent snow storms, he was more excited than ever to go out into the local park and have fun.
Greyhounds make excellent pets, and Soldier is a good example. He is a quiet, good-natured dog, spending most of his time lounging around at home.
Holly is a high energy dog. Her ancestors would have been working Collies, bred to herd sheep over hillsides all day, every day.
Tuffers is a well named dog: he’s a tough little terrier. He has the coarse, wirey coat that’s typical of his breed.
Christina has been coming to see me with her family’s pets since she was twelve years old; Cassie is first dog that she’s owned as an adult, and I’ve been caring for her since she was a young puppy.
Kittens and cats often come into people’s lives in unusual ways, but the arrival of Miracle into Christina’s life was exceptionally bizarre.
Michael was fourteen years old when Lucy came into his life.
The family household is a busy place, especially in the morning when the boys are getting ready to go to school. One Friday morning recently, everyone was rushing around doing their own preparations.
Sambor - known as Sam - is originally from Poland, but he's lived in Ireland for thirteen years now.