Larkmead News

Would you know if your cat had toothache or your dog had dental disease?

Too often the importance of dental hygiene is overlooked in our cats and dogs – and during dental awareness month we wanted to highlight this. Having dog or cat breath isn’t “normal” for our pets...

"Stamp Out BVD" Funding

DEFRA has announced a new £5.7 million fund for farmers to tackle BVD in England. BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea) costs the UK cattle industry an estimated £60 million per year. What is BVD? The name...

Summer Issues - Stings & Grass Seeds

Dogs and cats love to chase buzzing insects. Unfortunately, this means that insect bites and stings are fairly common, especially at this time of year. With most stings your pet will experience...

Critically Important Antibiotics

Critically important antibiotic usage has come to the forefront of both vet and farmer attention in the past few years. Red Tractor requirements are aligning with milk contracts to restrict the...

What are Red Mites?

If you have, or are thinking of getting chickens, one of the biggest problems you will face are Red Mites. Red Mites are blood sucking parasites that live in the cracks and crevices of your...

Rabbits - Move Away from Muesli

Last week was Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) and at Larkmead we held a Rabbit Open Evening at our Great Western Park branch. Owners came along with their bunnies to see vets Ginny and Laura and for ...

Iceberg Diseases in Sheep

There are several chronic wasting diseases of sheep that are often insidious in onset, but can be economically costly. They are often referred to as “iceberg diseases”, as the noticeably thin ewes...

Making the Most of Your Grass

Grazed grass is the cheapest feed for ruminant livestock; in terms of feed, good quality spring grass is hard to beat.  Improving grazing efficiency – get more feed from the same area

Ticks - An Update

As pet owners, many of us are aware of ticks and some of the risks they carry. Ticks are creepy crawlies that bite and bury into flesh to feed on blood. Once they have had their fill, they just...

Tick Season is Upon Us!

Ticks are a group of parasitic arachnid species similar to spiders, scorpions and mites that range between 0.5 - 11mm in size, depending on the lifecycle. Ticks survive by feeding off mainly bird...