In the same way as many human psychological problems can be traced to childhood experiences, behavioural problems in dogs can often be linked with incidents that happen early in life to puppies.
Kitty, a six week old stray kitten who was rescued by Ciara after being badly injured when thrown from a moving car
Ciara often drives along the road between Knockananna and Tinahealy in County Wicklow. It is a typical Irish country road, with small hills and bends to negotiate.
Alfie, a two year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who had changed from a bright, active dog into a dull, lazy slowcoach who had gained a lot of weight
A few years ago, there were two brothers in Britain who appeared in court because they had allowed their dog to get fat.
Lily is a home loving cat, but she does enjoy spending time in the back garden and surrounding area. She doesn’t venture far, and if Lydia ever goes out to call her, she soon comes scampering back inside.
The new puppy seemed very healthy, but Isabelle’s mother had noticed that she had a pot belly. She asked me about it when Tilly was brought in for her first vaccination.
Sophie is a home-loving cat, and when there was no sign of her for three days, her family knew that there was something very wrong. They searched everywhere for her, and had almost given up hope.
One of the most common questions that I am asked repeatedly is very simple: “How can I stop my dog from moulting so much?” Saul is a typical example of the type of animal whose hair loss causes ..
Finzi is now around just over a year old, and it's time to get her spayed. Like many people, we had planned to do it earlier, but she came into season, so we had to wait until that had fully settled.
On Ireland AM this week, we discussed the fact that this November is Pedigree Pet Dental Care Month.
Lauren’s family originally thought that Geri was a tom cat, christened Jerry after the “Tom and Jerry” cartoons.
Maisie, a female Boxer aged 6 months who has been deaf since birth due to a genetic abnormality that is common in white animals.
Maisie is an unusual Boxer – she is completely white, apart from a few blotches of black spots around her muzzle. Her right eye is a clear blue colour, also caused by an absence of pigment.
It's Halloween today, and the peak of the fireworks season is upon us in Ireland. It's estimated that around 50% of pets are upset by the loud squeals and bangs of fireworks.
Louis, a two year old male cat who had been staying away from home for days, and was coming back battered and bruised.
As a kitten, Louis used to stay around the family home all the time. He loved being in the house, and he enjoyed playing with humans.
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.
This week on Ireland AM, Pete discusses how best to protect our pets this Halloween. How to help pets deal with fireworksDogs, in particular, are often stressed by the explosive sounds of bangers and rockets.
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.