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How can we use natural remedies to slow cancer growth?

Vets Corner

Finding out that your dog has a tumour is a nightmare for any pet owner.  And if surgery is out of the question then the only treatment usually available for a Soft Tissue Sarcoma  is chemotherapy or radiation therapy. But as Paul Boland explains, there are some natural remedies that can slow down the growth of the tumour. Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are malignant tumours of connective tissues, muscles and fat that usually invades neighbouring tissues i.e. they are locally invasive. They tend to recur after surgery and high grade STS tend to metastasize (spread) through the bloodstream to the lungs and liver. In cats, STS can develop at injection sites. In the limbs of dogs STS can be what we call non-resectable i.e. they are impossible to remove surgically because they are locally invasive making it impossible to remove the entire tumour. Also, because they tend to recur you need to… Read more »

Vet of the Year nomination for Natural Health Vet’s Paul Boland


It’s been a great start to the New Year already for us here at Natural Health Vet with our very own Paul Boland being nominated  for  Petplan’s 2015 Vet of the Year award. Petplan works closely with the veterinary profession and sees first hand the fantastic work that goes on in veterinary practices across the UK. The Vet of the Year award provides an opportunity for people to recognise the hard work and dedication of veterinary staff and provide a great opportunity for pet owners to say ‘thank you’. Speaking about the nomination Paul said he was “delighted” that all of his hard work has been recognised. “To receive this nomination for all the hard work I have put in over the year really is a great end to 2014,” he said. “It gives me a great sense of achievement and makes everything I do seem worthwhile.” You can see more about the Petplan… Read more »

Health checklist for felines of a certain age as Senior Cat Club set to open in 2015

Cat care

None of us are getting any younger and the same can be said for our pets too. Obviously the life expectancy of a cat is much shorter than us humans, but with a little care and attention, a healthy cat should be able to live well into its teenage years. Our Senior Cat Club will open in January 2015 run by Emma Donald RVN ISFM CertFN DipFN with consultations run by our feline friendly nurses and is designed for cats aged 11 and over to provide owners with advice and education their pets needs in order to continue providing a comfortable, healthy and fulfilling life in their older years. Your cat can have a physical examination to include blood pressure and heart and respiratory rates, have their nails clipped and  coats groomed, as well as a routine urine test sample. It’s also an opportunity to discuss any worries you may have concerning your cat and a chance to understand… Read more »

It’s possible to fight bowel statis and here’s how

Vets Corner

Bowel stasis or ileus is a common condition of domesticated rabbits which can be very serious and life threatening. But you will be pleased to hear you can help to prevent this happening again with some natural changes to your rabbit’s environment and diet. Let Paul Boland tell you more. In the wild rabbits graze on grass, flowers and some root vegetables throughout the day meaning that there is always food in the stomach and bowel. This dense fibrous food is fermented in its large caecum as rabbits are hind gut fermenters, like cows. Rabbits have two types of pellet stools. The two types of pellets that rabbits produce are called faecal pellets which they leave behind and caecotrophs. Unable to digest all of its food the first time rabbit pass pellets that have a mucus covering called caecotrophs which are soft and pungent and are normally arranged like grapes. These… Read more »

Why a lost claw can be a warning sign for your pet

Vets Corner

There are many people who wouldn’t think about taking their dog to the vet just for the loss of a nail. But this could be the first signs of Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO), and if not treated, it can lead to lameness or maybe something more serious. So let Paul Boland tell you what you need to know about a disease which attacks a dog’s immune system. SLO is an autoimmune disease which specifically attacks an animal’s toenails. The phrase autoimmune simply means the body’s immune system is attacking itself instead of foreign substances such as bacteria or viruses. However, if the immune system reacts to things which are essentially benign, then an allergic reaction is created. The disease often starts as claw loss but may also be present as dry distorted, split, fragmenting of the claws and interestingly, it is usually highly localised and other skin abnormalities or systemic… Read more »