Larkmead News

New Puppy or Kitten - Time to Think About Noise Sensitivities!

Studies have shown that animals born earlier in the year are more likely to have noise sensitivities/fear of fireworks in later life. This is because when animals are younger, their brains are...

Travelling Abroad this Summer

  With the unknown future surrounding Brexit, pet travel to Europe is one of the many things affected by the ongoing negotiations and we do not have a definitive answer on how UK pets will be able...

Emerging Diseases of Pigs

  Biosecurity, both as a country and on farm, is paramount as pressure rises from diseases not seen in the UK before and our endeavours to reduce antibiotic usage. Be aware that viruses can...

Preparation for Lambing

  Lambing time is always stressful and hectic, so putting in the groundwork now can help reduce the workload then. Vaccination Ewes should be fully vaccinated against clostridial disease and...

New Year - New Look for your Pet?

  January is traditionally the month when we kick off our new years resolutions and for lots of us, that means a healthy eating campaign with the aim of shifting a few of the Christmas pounds. ...

The Perfect Storm for Acidosis

There has been a lot of talk about forage this year, with the late spring and dry summer some farms, particularly in the South of England, may be short of forage for winter 18/19.  If that applies...

Tis the Season to be Wary!

As the big day gets nearer, we prepare ourselves for the dogs who have eaten Christmas cake and chocolates! It's so easy for us to put our slice of cake down to answer the phone (or leave...

Keeping your Pigs Healthy - A Simple Guide for Smallholders

Following some simple biosecurity rules can not only help keep your own pigs healthy and disease free, but also help to protect the national pig health status.  With African Swine Fever  and...

Looking After Your Pets Routine Healthcare Needs

In modern society we understand the benefits of good nutrition, looking after our bodies and preventative healthcare - the same applies to our pets. We want them to lead long and happy lives and...

Care of Alpacas in Winter

As we come into winter, there are a few things to think about in terms of caring for our alpacas: Vaccination