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Nature’s way: A vet’s tale

Paul Boland

From opportunist graduate to medical pioneer, Liverpool based vet Paul Boland talks about how he got his first break in the world of veterinary surgery and how he sees natural remedies and stem cell enhancement as the future of the practice. “It was probably All Creatures Great and Small,” explains Paul Boland when reflecting on what first got him interested in a career in veterinary surgery. I loved that, and the books. I was a keen ornithologist and used to do bird watching while listening to Everton’s games on the transistor radio.” The son of a Dublin-born painter and decorator, Boland had his heart set on a career as a vet from the age of 11 and now he and his business partner, Geoff Potts, run two of Liverpool’s most well known practices. But it wasn’t the usual journey into veterinary surgery for Toxteth-born Paul. “Usually you have to practice… Read more »

What to do if your dog has liver disease

Vets Corner

In his regular help and advice column, Paul Boland looks at how dietary modifications and supplements can reverse the effects of liver disease in dogs.  The liver is an amazing organ with an extraordinary number of functions: it eliminates toxins; it produces proteins, urea, coenzyme Q10, cholesterol, bile acids and albumin; it maintains sugar and fat levels; it’s even involved in drug metabolism. In fact, the liver is so resilient with such a reserve capacity that it can regenerate itself more than almost any other organ, and even if it malfunctions on a number of occasions, it can recover. Animals usually only show signs of liver disease when more than 70% of liver cells (hepatocytes) are dead or damaged. The most common causes of canine liver disease include some form of hepatitis, poisoning by a pharmaceutical drug or other type of toxin or, less commonly, biliary tract disease or some… Read more »

Christian Drapeau on Stem Cells Being The Building Blocks of the body

Christian-Drapeau

Stem cells travel to different damaged organs and become cells of those organs to repair them – they work like a building block of the body. It’s like a brick in a house. What if we have a brick that will make the foundation, the wall, the side walk, the garage, the storage unit? What if I have a brick here that if I have a problem with the side walk, I just put it there and it becomes the side walk? Or I put it in the foundation, it becomes the foundation. I have a problem in the garage, I put it in the garage wall, it becomes the garage wall. I break a window I just put it in the window, the brick becomes a window. Wouldn’t it sound a bit like fiction? We would laugh at this whole concept and yet that is exactly what we have… Read more »

The best way to deal with a travel sick dog

Vets Corner

Paul Boland explores what options are available to pet owners whose dogs can be something of a handful when embarking on a long car journey. One advantage of staying in the UK for a holiday or a long weekend is that we can take our beloved pets with us. Sure, with the introduction of pet passports, it’s easier to book dogs on flights and ferries these days, but most of us feel much more comfortable taking our fury friends on slightly shorter haul journeys – and this often involves a car trip. I hear from many people about how they struggle to get their dogs into a car and then, once they are in the car, they are unsettled, aggressive and quite often sick. Although many owners of dogs in my practice attribute the signs of stress to misbehaviour, there are a huge number of stressors in the lives of our pets,… Read more »

Best ways to help a cat with feline cystitis

Vets Corner

Feline idiopathic cystitis’ (FIC). This is a very common condition in cats and, although definite causes of this condition have not yet been established, they are thought to include viral infections, immune dysfunction, a deficiency of the glycosaminoglycan layer that protects the inside of the bladder and an abnormally permeable bladder. We do know that these signs tend to recur, with episodes decreasing in frequency as cats get older. There’s also an extremely strong link between its development and environmental stress. Cats are very sensitive to stresses like moving house because of the unique way a cat’s brain works. A clear neurohormonal link has now been discovered, and stressful situations tend to manifest themselves in the urinary tract. Many vets will tackle this problem by using a cocktail of pharmaceuticals such as antispasmodics and tranquillizers to help the urethra relax and dilate, antibiotics, urine acidifiers aimed at dissolving any struvite… Read more »