Neil McIntosh

Neil McIntosh

Neil McIntosh is first and foremost a practising vet who is passionate about the health and welfare of his patients. Occasionally involved in TV and radio work, he writes a weekly pet health column for the Daily Record, the Greenock Telegraph and the Largs News. He is delighted to try and answer any questions you might have. 

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English springer puppy

I'm 15 years old and about to buy a ten week old cocker spaniel bitch. At the moment it is being fed on Beta puppy food as I'm planning to…

English setter

Gun dog health: My dog has always lost a lot of weight towards the middle of the shooting season.

Jack Russell hop

There are two likely possibilities and I am afraid each might require a surgical intervention, which is not what you will want to hear. Luxating patella The patella, or kneecap,…

Gundog breed Labrador

I agree, but many working dogs are affected by arthritis and it can be a very debilitating and frustrating condition. There are a number of steps you can take to…

polydipsia in dogs

Excessive thirst (referred to as polydipsia or PD on veterinary case notes) is not in itself a diagnosis, but it may be indicative of disease. There are, of course, some…

Labrador

Underactive thyroid – known as hypothyroidism Let me list your dog’s clinical signs: Lethargy Weight gain Bilaterally symmetrical alopecia Skin changes Itchy skin It would seem most likely that your…

bloat in dogs

Risk and factors of bloat in dogs A recent study by the Royal Veterinary College’s Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System, which looked into the frequency, risk factors and survival of…

Young sprocker spaniel

Q: My three year old sprocker spaniel had a good summer, even though she failed to conceive after two matings. Since the season started she has been beating with me…

dog with injured tail

What can you do quite legally in England which could cost you a fine of up to £5,000 or even six months in jail if you repeated it in Scotland?…

My children have been ‘gifted’ a couple of ex-working male ferrets by a friend and, although not biters, they smell pretty bad, pee everywhere and can be quite aggressive to…

My dog passed this! What is it? I thought roundworms were long and smooth and tapeworms were like flat grains of rice!

We have a two-year old working Cocker spaniel that’s extremely fit and full of energy. However he has always had a dry nose that has got worse recently: it bleeds…