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11 April 2024

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Dr. Fiona's Tip - Chronic Health Edition

Chronic health issues can affect our beloved pets just as they do us humans. From arthritis to allergies, seizures to skin conditions, recognising the signs and knowing how to manage these conditions can greatly improve your pet's quality of life. Here are some insights into common chronic health issues and how to address them:


  • Signs: Look out for increased sleeping, stiffness when getting up, and reluctance to move during walks.
  • Management: Maintain a healthy weight, engage in low-impact exercise, and consider joint supplements or prescribed medications for pain relief.


  • Common allergens: Environmental airborne allergens like pollens.
  • Signs: Itchiness, scratching, ear infections.
  • Management: Bathe frequently with a gentle shampoo, clean ears regularly, and consider topical or oral medications as prescribed by your vet.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tears:

  • Causes: Genetic predisposition and high-impact activities.
  • Prevention: Maintain a healthy weight and minimise high-impact exercise.
  • Treatment: Surgery is usually recommended, with various options available depending on the dog's age, size, and breed.

Chronic Skin Conditions or Masses:

  • Identification: Consult your vet for proper diagnosis and management.


  • Signs: Seizures may occur without warning signs.
  • Response: Ensure your pet is in a safe space, speak soothingly, and seek immediate veterinary attention once the seizure has subsided.

Regular check-ups with your vet are essential for early detection and effective management of chronic health issues in pets. By staying informed and proactive, you can help ensure a happy and healthy life for your furry companion.

For more personalised advice and guidance, don't hesitate to reach out to our team at Highfields Vet. We're here to support you and your pet every step of the way.

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