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Patches breaking story...

2 October 2015

Patches, an adorable young chap at just 9 months old, has had to use up the first of his nine lives! He came home one day after adventures outdoors and was unable to bear any weight on his back right leg...

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All Ears for Ollie’s Problem

30 September 2015

Ollie is a bouncy 1½ year old Cockapoo, but in March of this year, his owners became concerned when he developed very painful ears. He had never had a problem like it before, but there was a strong smell and discharge was seen around the ears...

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Go Nuts for Red Squirrel Week

26 September 2015

Go Nuts for Red Squirrel Week is taking place from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 4 October. Red Squirrels are only found in certain areas of the UK, which is why The Wildlife Trusts are working to protect them - and encouraging you to help too...

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Is your dog microchipped?

25 September 2015

Until now, microchipping has been advisable although not an essential part of dog (and other pet) ownership; a cheap and easy means of ensuring that should your dog go missing, you could be quickly reunited. Around 58% of dogs in England are currently chipped...

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Marley breathes easy... one year on…

23 September 2015

When Marley, a young Doberman, returned from a walk with a nasty cough and worsening bad breath, her own home vets referred her to Willows when they discovered that she had plant material lodged in her left lung...

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National Eye Health Week

21 September 2015

The sixth annual National Eye Health Week is taking place 21st-27th September 2015. Eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together...

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Beware NERF gun darts!

18 September 2015

Many people remember having great fun with NERF guns at some point in their childhood. Invented in the 1970s by Parker Brothers, NERF products were the world’s first official outdoor toys for indoor use, and their marketing slogans promised that one can ‘throw it or fire it indoors; you can’t damage lamps or break windows and you can’t hurt babies or old people’...

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The curious case of Eva…

16 September 2015

Eva is lovely 6 year old Labrador but her owners became concerned when she started to develop small hairless lumps on her nose...

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History of domesticated rabbits

11 September 2015

According to the RSPCA, there are estimated to be approximately 1.7 million rabbits kept as pets in the UK. But have you ever wondered how rabbits ended up as domestic pets? ...

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Daisy looking for love!

9 September 2015

A lovely young dog called Daisy, was presented to Will Robinson, one of Willows’ general practice vets earlier this year...

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History of domesticated cats

4 September 2015

Do cats really have nine lives? Do they always land on their feet? Are black cats lucky or unlucky? There are many myths and legends surrounding cats, but how have they ended up as one of the top three most popular household pets in the world today?

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Toxic Ponds – the dangers of Blue-Green Algae

2 September 2015

Blue-green algae is most commonly seen during the summer months. It grows in stagnant water or ponds where it forms ‘blooms’ that give the water a blue-green or ‘pea soup’ like colour. It can also look like blue-green paint on the surface of the water...

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International Bat Night - 29 - 30 August 2015

28 August 2015

Bat Night has taken place in over 30 countries for the past 18 years. It aims to educate and inform the public about the way bats live, their habitats and encourages people to see and hear bats in their natural environment by taking part in a whole range of events organised by local bat groups and wildlife trusts across the country...

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Adding up to a real problem – record year for the UK’s only venomous snake

26 August 2015

2015 has become a record year for sightings of the Adder: the UK’s only venomous snake. So much so, that the 4 foot long snake can now be spotted regularly around parks, woods and forests in the UK. Although Adders try to avoid humans and animals wherever possible, dog walkers should remain vigilant, as bites can be serious and even fatal to the inquisitive canine. Adder bites to humans also occur, and in recent years, an average of 1-2 cases have been reported to the UK National Poisons Information Service each week...

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History of domesticated dogs

21 August 2015

Statistics indicate that there are over 9 million pet dogs in the UK, in all shapes, sizes and colours, but how have these wild, wolf-like creatures transformed into man’s best friend?

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Freya's story...

19 August 2015

Willows love to hear how their patients are recovering and a local referring practice has recently updated us on how Freya is getting on with her hydrotherapy sessions...

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Your dog could be a life-saver!

17 August 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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International Homeless Animals Day - 16 August 2015

14 August 2015

Originally began in America in 1992, but is now celebrated in over 50 countries on all six populated continents. The aim is to raise awareness of homeless and abandoned pets, feral animals and to educate people about the importance of neutering domestic animals...

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Miracle dog Tucker still going from strength to strength...

12 August 2015

Tucker, an Old English Sheepdog, had been referred to Willows as a puppy in 2014 with a very severe condition affecting the nerves in his hindlimbs called polyradiculoneuritis...

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Bullying birds/gangster gulls...

7 August 2015

A famous name from the world of music and television has allegedly commissioned little crash helmets for his beloved Yorkshire Terriers, Squiddly and Diddly, following the recent seagull attacks on small dogs...

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Grace wins the show!

5 August 2015

We always love to hear how our patients are getting on and Grace’s owners have recently been in touch to let us know how she is doing, following her surgery 3 years ago...

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Research shows that dogs can tell if someone is being mean to their owner!

31 July 2015

Have you ever been snubbed by someone and been given the impression that your dog has given them the cold shoulder? ...

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Tum-thing’s squeaking!

29 July 2015

Earlier this year Polly, a lively young Labrador, got herself in a spot of bother when a game of fetch went a little wrong! ...

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National Marine Week - 25th July – 9th August 2015

24 July 2015

Each year The Wildlife Trusts celebrate the UK's amazing sea animals and plants during National Marine Week and this year they are celebrating dolphins! ...

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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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