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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diet for working dogs

I’m often asked by owners of gundog breeds what they should be feeding their dogs. They want to know all about the healthiest diet for working dogs. Here are some…

food allergies in gundogs

Q: My three-year-old red Labrador bitch is pretty much itchy all the time. I am considering trying a low allergy diet. Is this worthwhile? How can you deal with food…

Labrador gundog

“My eight year old Labrador is a bit slow to get going now and is usually lame by lunchtime, when I rug her up and put her in the vehicle.…

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,…

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…

Hypothyroidism in dogs. What owners need to know

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…