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News

Camouflage nests

27 January 2015

A study by a research team at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland has revealed that birds are very good at colour co-ordinating their nests, deliberately choosing materials of matching colours to their environment, hence camouflaging their nests to protect their young...

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Making the blind see – fat can be good for you!

22 January 2015

Wren is a young working sheepdog who loves nothing better than to be out running in the fields amongst the sheep. However, disaster struck not long ago when Wren suddenly went blind and also became wobbly on her legs and was behaving oddly, seeming on edge and overactive...

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Max and the mouse...

20 January 2015

Eight month old Jack Russell Terrier Max turned up to see Willows' medicine Specialist, Kirsty Roe, not long ago because he was in serious trouble. He had been to his home vets for what had seemed to be a routine neutering operation two days earlier, but he just hadn't stopped bleeding since...

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No clouds in her eyes for Meg

15 January 2015

Meg's owner knew something was wrong when she noticed that one of her eyes had gone cloudy. This was back in 2013 when Meg, a wire haired terrier, was four years old. A visit to Willows eye specialist, Heidi Featherstone, showed that Meg had cataracts in both eyes...

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Friends Reunited

13 January 2015

After a visit to the National Trust’s Packwood House over the holidays, there was one lonely lost dog left behind by his loving but slightly forgetful young owner...

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Yogi pays a visit

8 January 2015

Christmas is a time for meeting up with friends both old and new. Earlier in the year, several members of Willows had enjoyed a visit to the recently constructed Guide Dog National Breeding Centre in Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire. It was lovely to meet the team and see the fantastic new premises, and Debbie Lynch, our Nurse Manager, was keen to return the favour and invite everyone back to visit Willows...

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Dexter learns to avoid a sticky end!

6 January 2015

Dogs love chasing and chewing sticks. Everyone knows this. However, what most people don't know is that this apparently innocent and playful activity can result in serious and life-threatening injuries – dogs running to catch sticks in their mouths can impale themselves on the sharp end and do themselves a nasty injury. We have mentioned the dangers of sticks before, but it is so potentially serious that it is worth repeating...

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A Happy New Year!

31 December 2014

A Happy New Year to all Willows’ clients, their pets and our referring vets!

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Willows mends a broken heart!

30 December 2014

Lacey, a generally boisterous Springer Spaniel, suddenly became very lethargic and had developed a swollen tummy. An ultrasound scan showed that the swelling was due to fluid accumulating in her abdomen, and it also revealed that there was fluid in her chest and in the sac around the heart (pericardium).

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Christmas Message

25 December 2014

A Christmas message from the Willows team...

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Ruby breathes a big sigh of relief

23 December 2014

It was all hands to the pumps when 11 year old Leonberger Ruby came into Willows waiting room for the first time in late August this year...

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Two more Christmases with a soul mate

18 December 2014

Luki came to Willows in June 2013 because he just couldn't stop coughing. Unfortunately, an X-ray and a subsequent CT scan showed that Luki had a tumour in his lung...

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Willows Loves Underdogs!

16 December 2014

With Christmas rapidly approaching, the staff at Willows have got together to help to make the lives of rescued dogs in Romania a bit happier, healthier, warmer and more comfortable over the holiday period...

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Anna eases the pain!

11 December 2014

Congratulations to Anna Bryla, one of the vets in Willows Anaesthesia team who recently gained the degree of Master of Science in Clinical Management of Pain, and not only that, Anna did it with Distinction! ...

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That festive feeling!

9 December 2014

Dotty, a pocket sized crossbred, came to visit Willows vet Noella recently for her second vaccination. Here you can see Dotty gearing up for her first Christmas in a very fetching outfit...

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Somewhere over the rainbow

4 December 2014

Whilst there may not be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, there is no doubt that knowledge can be a very valuable thing...

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Harry’s ‘midnight munchies’ mania

2 December 2014

Harry, a slightly crazy, but totally loveable Labradoodle, is now heading joyfully towards his second birthday. Willows’ eye specialist Heidi helped happy Harry’s owners to choose him as a puppy, through her contacts with a local Labradoodle breeder who has all his dogs eye tested by Heidi under the British Veterinary Association and Kennel Club Eye Scheme (which helps to combat inherited eye diseases in dogs). Since he was a puppy, Harry has been a regular and very welcome visitor to Willows for routine veterinary care such as vaccination, de-worming and neutering...

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Kane jumps for joy!

27 November 2014

You may recall that, a few weeks ago, we told you about Kane, who almost bled to death after some minor surgery because he turned out to have a blood clotting disorder called von Willebrand's disease. (http://www.willows.uk.net/news/m/news/view/396)

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The cat and the microchip – Percy reunited with his owner after 11 years!

25 November 2014

Percy the black cat went missing from his home in Henlow, Bedfordshire in 2003. His owner, David Allinson was devastated and did everything in his power to find him, including distributing thousands of leaflets and advertising in the local paper...

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Taming the tiger in your living room

20 November 2014

Analysis of feline DNA comparing domestic cats with wild cats has identified differences that might hold the key to domestication of our feline friends...

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A career working with animals?

18 November 2014

Several members of Willows' staff recently attended Arden School's 'Beyond 16 Exhibition' careers evening, which took place on Thursday 13th November at the school in Knowle near Solihull...

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Crabsticks & Custard!

13 November 2014

Eating the right diet is always important for any person or animal recovering from a surgical procedure. This is of particular importance for patients recovering from surgery of the mouth...

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Missing dog Jasper reunited with his dad!

11 November 2014

Jasper, a Border Collie, went missing when he was walking with his owner, Adam Nolan, on Scafell Pike last week. Adam’s subsequent post on Facebook about the loss of Jasper went viral...

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Froggy fun fundraiser for Animal Asia!

6 November 2014

A few weeks ago a number of Willows staff got involved in frog race (with wooden frogs!) in support of the charity, Animals Asia, and organised by the Heart of England Animals Asia Support Group...

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What’s in a name?

4 November 2014

It would appear that not only children’s names are influenced by television shows. Analysis of data from John Lewis pet insurance found that people are taking inspiration from TV series such Sherlock, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. Names such as Sherlock, Arya and Walter have been making an appearance, alongside more traditional names...

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Cock-a-hoop Cockapoo puppy Juke bounces back!

30 October 2014

Poor Juke and his new owners got off to a bad start when Juke became unwell from the day his owners bought him. He became very poorly with vomiting and diarrhoea and went right off his food...

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Thai’s tricky tumour

28 October 2014

Late in 2013 Thai, a 10 year old Boxer, was referred to Willows’ Oncology Specialist, James Elliott, after Thai’s vets had removed a growth from his lip...

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Chloe’s broken back comeback!

23 October 2014

Things went badly wrong for Bouvier des Flanders, Chloe, in April 2013 – her happy and very active life took a sudden catastrophic turn for the worse one day when she was hit by a car...

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Pebble’s pebble!

21 October 2014

Pebbles the cat was presented to Noella Cooper, one of Willows' first opinion vets, one evening last month. Pebbles' owner had noticed that her breathing had been very laboured that day. She was very depressed and not feeling herself at all...

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No more snuffles for Truffles!

16 October 2014

Truffles, a 13 year old Cornish Rex, first came to see us at Willows back in 2010. Over the previous couple of months Truffles had been snuffling and sneezing - she had recently developed a discharge from her left nostril, gone off her food and, worryingly, she was starting to lose weight...

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