News & Advice

Mastitis sampling project

February 6th, 2024

APHA is undertaking a ewe mastitis bacteriology project during the 2023/2024 lambing season. The aim of the project is to improve surveillance of the different bacteria causing mastitis in ewes and to provide antimicrobial resistance data. In addition, samples will also be used to provide surveillance for other organisms that may play a role in […]

Nematodirus battus, keep an eye on the forecast this spring…

February 6th, 2024

Nematodirus is a worm that can cause sudden death and significant growth reductions in lambs. It is different to other worms because the larvae survive within the egg on the pasture, allowing infection to pass from one lamb crop to the next year’s lamb crop. This means pasture that had ewes and lambs on in […]

Further Bluetongue Update

February 6th, 2024

A case of the notifiable disease, Bluetongue was confirmed in a cow near Canterbury, Kent, on 11 November, following routine testing. As of 4th Feb, there have now been 83 Bluetongue cases on 44 premises in Kent and Norfolk. Most cases have been in cattle but some have been found in sheep. Until recently all […]

Emergency preparation for pet owners in Northamptonshire

January 21st, 2024

Emergency kits, nutrition, shelter and more… what you need to think about ‘in case of emergency’ for pets this winter.

Winter paw care: protect dogs in from road salt

January 14th, 2024

Dehydration and digestive issues are just two of the risks associated with rock salt ingestion in dogs. Learn more in our article.

XL Bully Dogs

January 8th, 2024

At the end of 2023 XL Bully type dogs were added to the list of banned breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act. This does not mean that all existing XL Bully type dogs will need to be euthanised, but it does mean that there is now strict legislation involved. Does my dog count as an […]

Antifreeze: the killer sugary taste loved by cats

January 7th, 2024

Learn how to protect pets in Northamptonshire and how to avoid antifreeze associated risks.

Towcester Vets explain why Veganuary is a bad idea for cats & dogs

December 21st, 2023

If you’re taking part in Veganuary for health reasons in 2024, you might be wondering if your pet would benefit too. Get the answers you need here.

Update on Bluetongue cases in UK

December 20th, 2023

Update on Bluetongue cases in UK A case of the notifiable disease, Bluetongue was confirmed in a cow near Canterbury, Kent, on 11 November, following routine testing. A Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) was implemented within 10km of the case. Following active surveillance, in total 30 cases have been identified on 17 premises with 12 different […]

Valuable advice for cat adoption in 2024 from Towcester Vets

December 14th, 2023

Adopting a cat from a rescue centre can be a wholesome way to introduce a new feline friend to your family. Read our essential questions to ask.

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