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News

All Clear for Clio!

27 November 2015

Clio a beautiful Staffordshire Bull Terrier came to Willows because she had developed a mass below the hock (ankle) joint, which had grown rapidly over the previous few weeks. A fine needle aspirate had been taken at her usual vet’s, this had shown that the mass was a soft tissue sarcoma (a malignant tumour of fibrous tissue.

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Worrying increase in puppy smuggling

25 November 2015

Illegal puppy dealers have taken advantage of a change in the Pet passport rules. Under previous rules a puppy could be vaccinated from 12 weeks of age but would not be able to enter the UK for six months after passing a rabies blood test...

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Sago Palm Toxicity

20 November 2015

The Sago Palm is an ornamental plant that can be toxic to pets. One dog recently died from ingestion as a result of liver failure...

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Taking care of our healing hands

18 November 2015

Willows is one of the longest established and one of the best known Specialist level referral practices in the UK. Our Specialist vets are amongst some of the world’s most experienced and respected in their fields. We are totally committed to providing the highest levels of patient and client care.

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Alma wins the battle…

13 November 2015

Alma a young cross breed had a tough start to life living on the streets in Romania. As a puppy she had an accident and broke several bones in her right back leg. The broken bones healed but unfortunately she was left with a deformity of her leg...

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Shelley’s story...

11 November 2015

Meet Shelley, a beautiful 10 year old Cocker Spaniel who was referred to Willows to see Oncology Specialist James Elliott. Unfortunately Shelley had a lump in a rather awkward place, it was just inside her back passage...

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World Radiography Day - 8th November

6 November 2015

November 8th marks the anniversary of the discovery of x-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. World Radiography Day is celebrated each year within the field of human medicine to recognise the vital contribution that diagnostic imaging makes to healthcare.

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Conker Crazy, please be aware of the dangers!

4 November 2015

Conkers is a traditional game played by children which provides great fun at this time of year! The conkers, or horse chestnut seeds, tend to fall from the trees at this time of year and land on the ground. Please be mindful when playing conkers whilst there are dogs in the area, as they contain aesculin a type of poison that is harmful to dogs...

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Firework advice for pets...

30 October 2015

It’s that time of year again! For those of you with dogs and cats with firework phobia, the season can appear endless...

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Titus beats the battle!

28 October 2015

Titus is a beautiful, 6-year-old, Flat Coated Retriever who was presented to James Elliott, medical oncology Specialist for investigation of a large, very fast growing tumour inside his oral cavity (mouth). The home vets for Titus had taken a sample (biopsy) of the lump which unfortunately revealed an unusual type of tumour which the pathologists were not sure exactly what sort of cancer it was. A specialised test called immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed which helps determine its type and this revealed a T-cell lymphoma. It is very unusual to find this type of cancer in the mouth.

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3D printing the way forward to help Marmite March on!

23 October 2015

Marmite a lovely young cat came to Willows earlier this year after getting in a spot of bother after he had been outside...

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Butterflies under threat but short haired bumblebees on the rise

21 October 2015

Did you know that climate change may be having a devastating effect on British butterflies? ...

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Petplan Veterinary Awards 2016

18 October 2015

The Petplan Veterinary Awards recognise the fantastic work that goes on in veterinary practices across the UK. Petplan has worked closely with the veterinary profession for over 39 years and hosts these independent industry awards to recognise the hard work and dedication of veterinary staff caring for our pets. If you think Willows Veterinary Centre & Referral Service or one of our team deserve to win, please take a moment to complete the nomination form below! ...

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Cancer detecting sniffer dogs approved by NHS

16 October 2015

The charity Medical Detection Dogs has gained approval for further trials by the NHS on dogs capable of sniffing out prostate cancer in urine. An initial study has shown that the dogs can detect the cancer in up to 93% of cases.

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Vicky is victorious!

14 October 2015

Vicky has gained an American qualification of Veterinary Technician Specialist in Internal Medicine...

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NEW Cardiology Service at Willows

13 October 2015

We are delighted to announce that Mike Martin MVB DVC MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and Chris Linney BVSc GPCertSAP CertAVP(VC) MRCVS Veterinary Cardiology Clinician have joined the Willows team to offer our patients a Specialist-run Cardiology Service...

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Giant hogweed warning...

9 October 2015

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) have advised people to be on the lookout for hogweed, also known as giant hogweed, giant cow parsley, giant cow parsnip, hogsbane and keck...

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Willows Wheelers ride again...

7 October 2015

Last weekend, the Willows wheelers were out again helping to raise money for the Marie Curie hospice via the Tommy Godwin Challenge ...

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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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