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Harvest Mites

19th August 2019

Harvest mites are tiny animals living in dense vegetation, that eat plants and even tinier insects. However their bright orange larvae feed on mammals, frequently causing skin irritation. On warm days in late summer until the first frosts of winter, they climb up long grass and bushes waiting for something warm-blooded to pass! When they […]


Summer heat

17th June 2019

Well, the Irish summer is well and truly upon us. Yes, as I write this, I’m looking out at grey skies with not a bit of sun to be seen. At least it’s meant to get a bit warmer later this week… On a serious note, despite the poor weather so far this year, we […]


Pet Passports and Brexit

5th April 2019

As Brexit seemingly interminably continues, the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have issued new guidelines for pet travel between the UK and Ireland. At present, it is adequate to have an EU Pet Passport but that will change in the event of a No-Deal Brexit, as the UK leaves the EU […]


A dog is for life

22nd February 2019

‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.’ It is a brilliant saying, capturing the crucial essence of the commitment that has to be made before taking on a dog (or cat, or rabbit). The slogan is 40 years old, but unfortunately the message still doesn’t get through to everybody. The charity behind the […]


Food Toxicities

22nd January 2019

Here at Beaufield one of the most common presentations we see is the sick dog with a dodgy stomach. There are, of course, many possible reasons for vomiting and diarrhoea, including infectious and parasitic conditions, but there a lot of them are also due to dog’s eating something they really, really shouldn’t have. As well […]


Look what we found in the dog’s duodenum!!

23rd November 2018

What to do when your dog swallows something they really shouldn’t have! It’s a common enough presentation here at Beaufield, with owners traipsing in with a guilty-looking dog before replying the information that ‘Max has swallowed… (insert item here).’ Socks are definitely one of the main offending items. We’ve often heard tales from owners of […]



8th November 2018

You may have read recently about Alfie, the Lurcher who went missing from his home in June from Kildare and was found recently in Galway. Here’s a link to a video of his reunification with his family. Fantastic, isn’t it, to see the joy from the family as they are reunited with their pet […]