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News

Willows charity donation supports vital work of PetSavers!

22 July 2015

Willows have joined the £200 Project and supports the future of pet health...

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Willows' Wheelers!

20 July 2015

Recently the ‘Willows' Wheelers’ completed their first organised event, the Change Gear Sportive organised by Tudor Grange Leisure Centre. This was Solihull’s first Change Gear Sportive event.

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Allergies in pets...

17 July 2015

With July now upon us, and following the recent warm weather, allergy sufferers all over the UK are feeling the effects.

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Maggie is no longer cross-eyed!

15 July 2015

Meet Maggie, a lovely 2-year-old Japanese Akita who presented to the Willows Ophthalmology Service in April this year...

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Dog owners, be livestock aware!

10 July 2015

Dog attacks on sheep are becoming increasingly common when lambs are about, with one farmer recently being forced to shoot dead a black Labrador...

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Lifesaving treatment for Bailey

8 July 2015

Bailey is a very lovable young dog that was presented to Willows out of hours one evening as his owners had become very worried about him. Bailey had surgery at his usual vets the previous day and despite correct surgical techniques being performed Bailey had continued to bleed heavily through his surgical wound...

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Willows welcomes back specialist Andrew Parry!

6 July 2015

We are pleased to welcome back Andrew Parry to our specialist Diagnostic Imaging team...

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The concerning rise of the canine superbug - MRSP

3 July 2015

MRSP is the animal equivalent of the human superbug, MRSA, which is frequently in the news headlines. It is a worldwide problem, first appearing in the USA in 1999, with the first European case being reported in 2007...

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Chica and Saree break a Guinness World Record

1 July 2015

On Sunday 7th of June a mass of dogs and walkers arrived at the coastline of the North Sea in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever dog walk...

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Heat Wave Hot Tips!

30 June 2015

Dog’s die in hot cars!

With temperatures climbing today and predicted to stay high for some time, it is important to think about our furry friends.s...

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We are delighted to announce a new member of the Oncology team!

29 June 2015

We are delighted to welcome Elisabetta Treggiari DVM MSc MRCVS to our Oncology team, where she will be working alongside James Elliott BVM&S CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Oncology) MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology, European Specialist in Veterinary Oncology, and Stephen Baines MA VetMB PhD CertVR CertSAS DipECVS DipClinOnc MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Oncology.

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Are you taking part in Bring Your Dog to Work Day?

26 June 2015

Today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day - an annual nationwide event which raises money for charities that look after the welfare of dogs. This year, the charity is All Dogs Matter, that rescues and rehomes more than 300 dogs each year...

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Be prepared when travelling with your pet!

24 June 2015

Recently a famous actor got himself into a lot of bother over flying his pets to Australia without completing the relevant paperwork in advance...

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Demodex - This mites surprise you!

19 June 2015

Demodex are microscopic cigar-shaped mites living within the skin of every dog. Most of the time, you would never know they were there as they live within the hair follicles without causing problems...

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Novice beekeepers responsible for swarms in city centres!

17 June 2015

Swarming, the movement of a large group of bees (queen bee is closely surrounded by the workers) is a natural phenomenon, occurring in warm weather...

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Lilies and cats...

12 June 2015

Many items in the household can be harmful to cats, but only a small number of people know that lilies can be very harmful (toxic) to our feline friends...

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Purr-fect CPD Forum

10 June 2015

Willows recently hosted a feline-themed continuing professional development (CPD) day for veterinary surgeons and nurses. We were very honoured to be joined by guest speakers, Dr Andy Sparkes, Veterinary Director, and Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of International Cat Care, who discussed the aims of International Cat Care to raise awareness in how veterinary practices can ensure that our feline friends and their owners are not distressed by their visit to the vets....

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Google’s search for answers is over!

5 June 2015

Google is a 4 year old Siamese cat. He had been fairly healthy for most of his life, with only the diagnosis of feline asthma to contend with. However, around Christmas of 2014, Google’s owner started to notice scabs around his ears...

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Protect the title ‘veterinary nurse’

3 June 2015

There are currently no rules or regulations in place to protect the title ‘veterinary nurse’ which means that anyone, regardless of a lack of relevant training or education, can call themselves a veterinary nurse...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Tom Reilly CertECC RVN

29 May 2015

Our fourth feature highlights the role of Tom our Medicine Nurse. Tom joined Willows nursing team in 2011. Working with animals has always been Tom’s passion...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Lisa Hardman

28 May 2015

Throughout May, Willows have been celebrating their outstanding veterinary nurses, and our next feature highlights the role of Lisa Hardman, who is one of our student veterinary nurses...

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Dave and Skud – Itching to be the first!

27 May 2015

Siblings Dave and Skud are 4 year old Hungarian Vizslas, and have been inseparable since birth. It goes without saying that things like walking, playing, eating, and sleeping have always been done together. However, when Dave and Skud reached their first birthday...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Kylie Soar BSc DipAVN RVN

26 May 2015

Continuing with our celebration of Willows outstanding veterinary nurses throughout May, our next feature highlights the role of Kylie Soar, ward nurse co-ordinator. Kylie has been part of the team here at Willows for 6 years...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Laura Tobin BSc (Hons) RVN VTS (Anaesthesia)

22 May 2015

Our third feature highlights the role of Laura our anaesthesia nurse. Laura left school after completing her A-levels but at that point wasn't too sure what she wanted to study at university...

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Mystery solved for Ruby

20 May 2015

Ruby is usually an energetic Springer Spaniel, but recently she lost her zest for life, and her owners became very concerned as she had been vomiting on and off for a few weeks and was producing dark faeces. Her home vets referred Ruby to see Kirsty Roe, one of the medicine Specialists at Willows.

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Your dog could be a life-saver!

18 May 2015

Dog Blood Donor Sessions at Willows

A significant number of the patients we see at Willows have life-threatening diseases associated with blood loss and severe anaemia. Some of these unfortunate pets need transfusions with blood or blood products, and many of our doggy patients have benefitted from treatment that would not have been possible without the help and support of the Pet Blood Bank...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Claire Baber NCert (A&CC) A1 RVN

15 May 2015

Our second feature highlights the role of Claire our non- surgical assistant nurse manager. Claire has worked at Willows for 10 years and had a passion for animals from a very young age...

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Alabama rot, cause still remains elusive

13 May 2015

Since November 2012 more than 40 dogs in the UK are reported to have clinical and pathological findings similar to those reported in the USA in the 1980s in greyhounds associated with a condition called Alabama rot...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Amy Bowcott RVN DipAVN(Surgical)

8 May 2015

After joining the Willows team over 10 years ago, Amy Bowcott developed a skill and passion for working in the theatre environment and ensuring patients receive exemplary care...

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‘Paws’ for thought - Bob's story

6 May 2015

Bob is a lovely, people-friendly Labrador who at 9 years of age is now entering his senior years. His owners became very worried recently when Bob lost his typical Labrador’s enthusiasm for food and also became quite lethargic...

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