Thursday 23 June 2011

"Pete the Vet" has left Blogger


After three years of using Blogger as the host for the "Pete the Vet" blog, I've decided to migrate across to Wordpress. I've exported all of the blogs from this site, and I've set redirects so that if people visit www.petethevet.com, they'll go there automatically. This message is just to let folk know that I won't be updating this site anymore - go to my Wordpress blog if you want to follow my updates.
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Friday 17 June 2011

Washing dogs - what to use?


On East Coast FM this week, we discussed how to keep dogs clean..... listen by pressing the play button below:


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Wednesday 15 June 2011

Washing up liquid can harm dogs: watch this video


On Ireland AM this week, I brought along Apollo - a lovely Black Labrador who developed an ulcer on his eye after he was accidentally splashed in the face when being bathed using washing up liquid. Find out more by watching the video here. Click here for full post

Sunday 12 June 2011

Are Ginger cats more intelligent than others? My Pet Subjects column this week....

Are Ginger cats the smartest? Preventing dog urine from burning grass? Hair-chewing cats? Responsible dog breeding? Read this week's Pet Subjects column here: Click here for full post

Saturday 11 June 2011

It's time for the UK government to take action on dangerous dogs

A new Dog Control Bill for England and Wales is slowly working its way through the House of Lords. Read more here: Click here for full post

Monday 6 June 2011

Terrapins, dogs eating ice-cubes & more: my Pet Subjects column

Rehoming terrapins, dogs crunching ice cubes, dog-lazy dogs & cats making tracks in gardens. Read here: my latest Pet Subjects column Click here for full post

Friday 3 June 2011

Rescuing baby birds - radio discussion

It's common to find baby birds, apparently in trouble. What should be done with them? Listen to this radio discussion to find out. Click on the play button below:


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Thursday 2 June 2011

On TV3: dealing with abandoned baby birds


On Ireland AM this week: what to do if you find a baby bird apparently abandoned in your garden. Watch by clicking here. Click here for full post

Wednesday 25 May 2011

Spay Week Ireland on Ireland AM


It's Spay Week in Ireland, and on Ireland AM this week, I explained the benefits of having pets spayed and neutered. Click here to watch. Click here for full post

Monday 23 May 2011

Wild animals in circuses: why are they not banned?

Most folk in the UK want the use of wild animals in circuses to be banned. Why won't the government do this? Read my blog on this here. Click here for full post

Sunday 22 May 2011

China's "one dog" policy

Some cities in China have introduced a policy of "one dog per household". Could such a policy work in the UK and Ireland? Read my blog on this here. Click here for full post

Saturday 21 May 2011

Pet Subjects column: are howling dogs distressed?

Pet Subjects column: howling dogs, Can two homes share a dog? Are balconies safe for cats? And Rabbit Awareness Week. Read more here. Click here for full post

Friday 20 May 2011

A cockerel killer's on the loose

There was a murder-mystery saga in the UK recently, with the kidnappings and deaths of local roosters after their dawn crowing had upset a local resident. To find out more, read my blog on this here. . Click here for full post

Thursday 19 May 2011

Treating itchy dogs: radio discussion

Last week we discussed diagnosing the cause of itchy skin in dogs: this week the subject was how to treat dogs with allergic skin disease. Click on the play button below to listen.


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Tuesday 17 May 2011

Ireland AM: a visit to boarding kennels


On Ireland AM today, I visited boarding kennels in Co Kildare to find out what goes on behind the scenes..... watch here Click here for full post

Sunday 15 May 2011

Pet Subjects column: gerbils, dogs and cats

Pet Subjects column:can gerbils smother in deep bedding? An over-attached cat, chemo or radiation for a dog with cancer & a neutered greyhound that's mounted by other male dogs. Read it here: And here is the rest of it. Click here for full post

Saturday 14 May 2011

Radio discussion: Why do dogs itch?

Itchiness is a common problem in dogs during the summer months. What makes dogs itch? Listen to our discussion on East Coast FM to find out more. Just click on the play button below.


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Sunday 8 May 2011

Why do people hate the RSPCA?

The RSPCA works on behalf of animal welfare in the UK, yet the organisation seems to be losing popularity in some quarters. Read my blog on this here: Click here for full post

Saturday 7 May 2011

Pet Subjects column: a rabbit with wonky ears

My Pet Subjects column from the Daily Telegraph today: a rabbit with a floppy ear, vets' obligation to animal welfare, tapeworms from Europe & lungworm in cats. Read more by clicking here. Click here for full post

Thursday 5 May 2011

The latest stray dog statistics in Ireland


On East Coast FM today, we discussed the latest statistics from dog pounds in Ireland. Click on the play button below to listen.


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Wednesday 4 May 2011

Be Kinder to Rabbits - on Ireland AM


This week on Ireland AM, I brought a pet rabbit, Mr Rabby, along with me. We discussed general rabbit care, stressing the need to keep rabbits in pairs or small groups, and the benefits of letting rabbits out and about in the garden so that they can enjoy life. Watch the video by clicking here. Click here for full post

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Worms and ticks in dogs and more: viewers' pet questions on Ireland AM


More viewers' questions about their pets on Ireland AM's web-only video. Click here to watch. The queries were:
1. How can I tell if my dog has worms?
2. How can I prevent my dog from getting ticks? And can my dog get ticks in my back garden?
3. We have adopted a stray cat. Do we need to do anything before introducing him to my other two cats?
4. My dog licks his feet all the time. Why?
5. My dog has been coughing for a few days. What should I do? Click here for full post

Saturday 30 April 2011

Can I wash my goldfish with shampoo? This week's Pet Subjects column

From dirty goldfish to thirsty dogs, bullying cats and the reason why cats like to head butt humans.... read my weekly Pet Subjects column here. Click here for full post

Thursday 28 April 2011

Pet questions and answers on TV3


Watch the video of pet questions and answers from TV3's web only service by clicking here. I answer the following queries:
1. My puppy has a thinning coat - should I be worried?
2. My dog is afraid of other dogs and this is causing problems on walks. What can I do?
3. My Labrador scratches his left ear and howls. What do you think is wrong?
4. Do I need to have my dog vaccinated against fleas?

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Wednesday 27 April 2011

Avoiding stick injuries in dogs - on Ireland AM


Chasing sticks kills dogs. There are plenty of safer toys- we discussed some on TV3 this morning. Watch here. Click here for full post

Saturday 23 April 2011

Chocolate poisoning: a common problem at Easter


On the Telegraph website this morning, I blogged about the dangers of chocolate to dogs. Read the blog here. Click here for full post

Friday 22 April 2011

Veterinary blog listings: "Pete the Vet" gets a mention :-)

RN Central - a website for both medical and veterinary nurses - has listed this blog among the "50 Best Blogs for Veterinary Students". Read the rest of the list here. Click here for full post

Thursday 21 April 2011

Radio interview: ISPCA comments about Irish dogs being exported to UK


Should dogs be exported to the UK to be rehomed? Or is it "better for them" to be simply euthanased? Listen to the background to this saga by clicking on the play button below


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Wednesday 20 April 2011

Dogs being rescued in China

A remarkable rescue of dogs on their way to slaughter took place in China this week. Read more in my blog here. Click here for full post

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Video questions and answers on TV3

This week on Ireland AM, I answered a few questions from viewers as follows:
1. Why does my dog chew his front feet?
2. My Boxer eats a bag of apples or pears every week. Is this a problem?
3. My hamster has a lump under his ear and it's starting to smell. What could it be?
4. My dog has very severe separation anxiety. What can I do?
5. My dog has been on thyroid tablets for a year but is still lethargic and overweight. What else could be going on?
6. What can I give a dog that's constipated?
Click here to find out my answers.
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