West Acres Blog

Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons, also affectionately known as “beardies”, are a type of lizard named for the folds of prickly skin around the neck which expand when they feel stressed or threatened. They originate from Australia where they can be found in a range of different habitats....

Equine Kissing Spines – Diagnosis & Treatment

Kissing Spines, also known as Dorsal Spinous Process Impingement (DSPI) is a condition that poses a significant issue for horses and their riders. Here’s a quick look at the most important things you need to know about this equine malady. What exactly is Kissing Spines/DSP?......

Farming with Nyala: A few things to consider

The Nyala buck (officially known as Tragelaphus angasii) is a medium-sized antelope with a build similar to that of a bushbuck and the face of a kudu. In the wild you can recognise it by looking out for a light chestnut to chocolate-brown pelt that......

The symptoms and treatment of feline & canine arthritis

Knowing the symptoms of arthritis in cats and dogs is vital if you want to determine whether your pets are experiencing any discomfort and helping them to stay comfortable into old age. At West Acres Animal Hospital we believe prevention is better than cure, so we've put together a handy reference sheet for the diagnosis and treatment of feline and canine arthritis....