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Dr. Pete Wedderburn, DVM

Ireland Online and at my clinic


  • Worked in Africa studying cattle parasites, worked in the UK in mixed farm and pet practice, worked around the world as a locum, bought my own clinic in Ireland, Gained an extra qualification in veterinary diagnostic imaging, developed a career in the media (writing, radio, tv and internet) in Ireland and the UK, set up my own new website to offer veterinary advice to everyone, everywhere, all the time at www.petfix.com


Qualified as a veterinarian in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1985. Have done minimum 30 hours continuing education every year since then, to keep myself up to date.


I am a companion animal veterinarian, with my own practice (employing five vets and five nurses) and I also have an online focus at my website, www.petfix.com.


I have been married for over thirty years to Joyce, and I have two daughters, Anna and Ella. We are all animal-mad, and we live with cats, dogs, hens, ducks and goldfish. I am passionate about triathlons in my spare time.


Abscesses In Cats: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Abscesses are common in cats. This article aims to explain all about abscesses, including the possible consequences for your cat's health. What Is An Abscess? An abscess is an accumulation of pus under the skin, causing a fluid-filled swelling, sometimes referred to as a pocket of pus. The tissues adjacent to this swelling are often discolored, inflamed, and painful. What...

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What To Do If Your Cat Is Hit By A Car: A Step-By-Step Guide

If your cat spends any time outside, the biggest risk to their health is the motor car. Road accidents are one of the most common reasons cats need to be taken to the vet urgently. Vets have special abbreviations which they commonly use: HBC means “hit by car”, while RTA means “road traffic accident.” If your cat is hit by...

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Jaundice (Icterus) In Cats: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A diagnosis of jaundice (icterus) in your cat can be worrying for cat owners. Read on for clear facts about what this means, and about the possible consequences for pet health. What Is The Difference Between Jaundice And Icterus? There is no difference between jaundice and icterus—both words have precisely the same meaning. Both are used to describe the yellow...

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Cat Suddenly Lethargic and Weak: Causes & Treatment

Sudden lethargy in cats is a common and serious symptom of illness in cats. Read on for a simple, clear explanation about why this can happen, and what you should do if your cat is affected. What Is Sudden Lethargy? Sudden lethargy is a situation where a cat suddenly loses energy and interest in life. The definition of lethargy is...

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Food Allergies In Cats: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

This article aims to explain the details of cat food allergies and provide a simple, clear explanation of this common type of allergic disease for pet owners. What Are Food Allergies? Food allergies in pets are allergic reactions to proteins in the food, with inflammation of various body parts following an allergic reaction to those proteins (allergens). Food allergies (also...

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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

What Is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)? FIV virus, is the abbreviation for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. This is the pathogen which causes Feline AIDS, which is the abbreviation for Feline Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. There are parallels with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causing AIDS in humans. How Common Is FIV? FIVs common all around the world, but the precise prevalence varies...

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Why is my cat drinking a lot of water

Why Is My Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water?

Most cat owners know how to monitor the general health of their pets, by observing their appearance, their daily habits, and their appetite. But it’s less well known that monitoring their daily water intake is a simple, extra way of ensuring that your cat is in optimal health.  Most often, people don’t realize that their cat is drinking excessively until...

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Cerebellar Hypoplasia In Cats: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

This article aims to explain the details of cerebellar hypoplasia in cats: this is the term that is used to describe an anatomical deformity of a kitten’s brain that leads to abnormal movements and gait. These kittens may be described as having “wobbly cat syndrome” or “CH cats”: they have been born with a serious physical abnormality. This neurological disorder...

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Radial Hypoplasia In Cats: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

This article aims to explain the details of radial hypoplasia in cats. This is the term that is used to describe an anatomical deformity of a cat’s front legs that leads to an unusual appearance and gait in cats. These cats may be described as RH cats, twisty cats, squittens, or kangaroo cats. Despite some of these cute-sounding names, such...

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Vet Approved Cat Stool Chart: Decoding Your Cat’s Poop

Why use a cat stool chart? Because your cat's feces is one of the biggest indicators of their health. Put simply, a healthy cat should have healthy stools. While there are many specific health issues that can cause signs from constipation to diarrhea, it’s a simple rule that normal faeces (or stools) are a good sign that your cat is...

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