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News

A fifth Specialist joins the orthopaedic team!

1 April 2015

Due to Willows continued expansion, we are very pleased to welcome RCVS and European Small Animal Surgery Specialist, Scott Rutherford, who has joined our orthopaedic team...

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Re-introduction of the Eurasian Lynx in the UK

31 March 2015

The last British lynx is believed to have disappeared from these shores in around 700 AD. The Lynx UK Trust has chosen an area near Huntly in Aberdeenshire, as well as two other sites in Norfolk and Cumbria, for a trial re-introduction of this ‘big cat’...

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Willows Welcome Two New Veterinary Surgeons

30 March 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have an additional two Veterinary Surgeons joining the Willows team; they will be joining our internship programme...

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The Curious Case of a Runny Nose...

27 March 2015

At 19 years old, Minou, a domestic long-haired cat, doesn't go outside very often. He spends most of his day at home, curled up on the sofa (what a life!). However, one day Minou's owner noticed that he had suddenly started sneezing and developed a runny nose and snuffly breathing...

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A step forward for registered veterinary nurses!

25 March 2015

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) recently announced that veterinary nursing is now a regulated profession. This is exciting for the team of 43 veterinary nurses at Willows – it signifies that all veterinary nurses will be registered by the RCVS and recognised as the true professionals that they are...

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NEW Dermatology Service at Willows

20 March 2015

We are delighted to announce that Jon Hardy MA VetMB MVetMed DipECVD MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology has joined the Willows team to offer our patients a Specialist-run Dermatology Service.

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Louis’ long fight back

18 March 2015

They say that cats have nine lives, but Louis the Norwegian Forest cat must have used up one or two of them when he was hit by a car back in April 2011...

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A helping hand for Holly’s hormones

13 March 2015

The owners of Holly, a beautiful one-year-old Labrador retriever, knew that something must be wrong when she went off her food (very unusual for a Labrador!) and developed signs of lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. Holly’s home vets found that she had a high calcium level in her bloodstream, and they referred her to Willows’ medicine team for further assessment...

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Roses Are Red...
Roses are red, Jason the stray, found his way home – on Valentine’s Day!

11 March 2015

On Valentine’s Day this year, a wandering cat was brought to Willows Emergency Service by a good Samaritan called Lisa. She had found the (so far, nameless) cat mooching in her garden and was concerned that it was lost...

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Police helicopter attempts Cheddar Gorge rescue only to find a goat kidding around.

9 March 2015

A member of the public called 999 after hearing what they thought was a cry for help whilst walking in Cheddar Gorge...

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Congratulations to two special(ist) vets, Mike and Bill!

6 March 2015

Willows’ veterinary surgeons Mike Rhodes and Bill Oxley have both recently been accredited as recognised Specialists in their respective fields by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (or RCVS), the UK vets’ regulatory body...

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The largest dog show on earth!

4 March 2015

More than 21,000 dogs will be heading to Birmingham this week to compete at Crufts 2015. Dogs will participate in breed judging, gamekeepers classes, obedience and agility championships, and of course the highly prestigious Best in Show.

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Ollie shoulders on!

27 February 2015

One day last summer, Ollie, a 7 year old miniature poodle, was skittering around the kitchen when he slipped and dislocated his right shoulder – ouch! ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Iggy

25 February 2015

Iggy Pop’s owner was very worried when Iggy declined his supper and, on finding a small scab on Iggy’s side, took him to his usual vet for examination. Iggy Pop was found to be dehydrated and running a very high temperature. X-rays taken by his vet showed an air-gun pellet embedded in the muscles of Iggy’s spine, near the small wound on his side...

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The life of Riley!

19 February 2015

Riley’s story started a year ago. Normally an active healthy four year old Great Dane, Riley’s owners brought him in to see primary care clinician, Noella Cooper for a health check. They had noticed Riley’s legs had been twitching when he was sleeping for the previous week or so, and that he had been depressed and suffering from mild diarrhoea. He had also been much slower on his walks...

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The eyes (and ears) have it! – Millen’s story

17 February 2015

Millen the pug has been under the expert care of Willows’ eye specialist Mike Rhodes since 2009 – Millen, who is now 6 years old, has a history of previous corneal ulceration and he has needed a corneal grafting procedure and ongoing medical treatment to keep his eyes healthy and to maintain his vision...

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Tucker walks again!

12 February 2015

When poor Tucker, an Old English Sheepdog, was only four months old puppy, he suddenly developed severe paralysis of his hindlimbs over a two day period. He was immediately referred by his vet to Willows and was seen by neurology Specialist, Sebastien Behr...

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Poppy the 'hip op' Border Collie!

10 February 2015

Poppy, a lively, athletic young Border Collie loves nothing more than playing a full-on game of Frisbee in the park with her owner. Unfortunately, during one of her more energetic moves, Poppy recently twisted her left back leg and dislocated her hip.

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The gift of a second Chance!

5 February 2015

Chance, a boisterous 7-year-old Boxer, was presented to Willows for assessment of a large growth (tumour) in his mouth. His owners were worried because they had started to see blood in his water bowl and bleeding from his mouth...

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Helping Heroes - vet nurse Laura rides again!

3 February 2015

We are proud to announce that Willows’ anaesthesia nurse, Laura Tobin, is hoping to raise at least £1,350 for the fantastic charity Help for Heroes, when she participates in the 280 mile cycle ride ‘Hero Ride West’ fundraiser this summer...

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A Sticky Situation!

29 January 2015

Caesar visited Willows' primary clinic Emergency Service two days before Christmas. He was only nine weeks old and had been with his new owner for just three days...

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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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