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Ruby’s pearly whites

24 June 2014

Ruby is a six year old lurcher belonging to Laura, one of Willows’ Registered Veterinary Nurses. Laura noticed that Ruby had recently developed particularly bad breath (halitosis). Ruby was examined by one of Willows’ primary care team, Noella Cooper...

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Travelling abroad with your pet?

19 June 2014

If you are thinking of taking your pet abroad on your holidays, there are few points you need to bear in mind before you go...

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Kimi’s story

17 June 2014

Kimi was only a year old when we met him last May. His owners were desperately worried because he had been suffering from a very severe intestinal problem. He had been losing blood and protein through his intestinal tract and he had no interest in food which left him very weak and very skinny...

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Beware – grass seed alert!

12 June 2014

Now our brief English summer has arrived, it brings with it the season where we start to see problems associated with grass seeds. These issues commonly occur after dogs have been for a walk in the fields and often the signs come on quite rapidly...

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Perdita’s persistent problem

10 June 2014

Perdita is a pretty sprightly 14 and half year old female Labrador who has been a patient in our primary care clinic for many years. Over the last few months, Perdita had unfortunately been suffering from a severe ear infection and was being treated for it by Will, one of Willows primary clinic vets...

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Charlie versus the car

5 June 2014

Back in April, Charlie, a 10 year old Tibetan terrier, had a run-in with a car in a road traffic accident. As you might imagine, poor Charlie came off significantly worse than the car...

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Beavers back in Scotland!

3 June 2014

Beavers have been reintroduced to Scotland for the first time in 400 years. They were once common in the UK but were hunted to extinction in the 16th century for their fur, glandular oil used for medicinal properties and meat...

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Sam the Superdog!

29 May 2014

Sam is a lovely, sweet-natured nine year old Border Collie who has been a Blue Cross Education Dog and has also been a true companion to his loving owner, Linda...

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Daisy’s looking after her liver

27 May 2014

Daisy was 7 years old when we first met her last November. She had always enjoyed life to the full (including a trip to France last summer) and was always keen for her next meal – Daisy certainly knew the importance of calories to fuel her busy and energetic life style! As a result, Daisy’s owners knew there was something very wrong when she didn’t want to eat or go for a walk...

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Foaming at the mouth…

22 May 2014

Milo, a beautiful 11 month old silver tabby, had always had a weakness for eating things that older and wiser cats would have ignored. More recently, he had developed a taste for his owner’s foam rubber exercise mat! ...

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Rocky’s road to recovery

20 May 2014

Rocky, a 4 year old Shih Tzu came to Willows as an out of hours emergency in September 2013. Poor Rocky had been attacked by a dog a week before, and as a direct result he had needed to have his left eye removed by his own veterinary surgeon...

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Cat saves four year old boy from dog attack

16 May 2014

CCTV footage from a home in California shows how the family’s pet cat wards off a nasty, unprovoked attack by a neighbour’s dog on the cat owner’s son.

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Understanding our pets

15 May 2014

The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is an international network of experienced and qualified pet behaviour counsellors who take referrals from veterinary surgeons to treat behavioural problems in dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses and other pets...

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Update on Otto – a year on

13 May 2014

Otto, a handsome Hungarian Vizsla, became the star of the show last year when we featured him after he had been treated for meningitis by Willows’ neurologist, Roberto (‘Otto bounces back!!’).

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Pablo – an accident prone Pug

8 May 2014

Pablo first came to Willows in February this year (when he was only 3 months old), after an altercation with the family cat who had scratched him in his right eye...

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Cindy’s sad tale

6 May 2014

Cindy, a six year old mongrel was presented to our medical and surgical teams a few months ago with a puzzling and really challenging array of problems....

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Blue’s story – an update

1 May 2014

Remember Blue the Border Collie with the broken neck? He has now been back to Willows for a check-up with surgeon Bill Oxley, 5 weeks after his operation to stabilise the bones in his neck...

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Willows' orthopaedic education in the Far East

29 April 2014

A significant increase in the numbers of pets in China recently has led to a huge increase in demand for veterinary care. Until recently, postgraduate education for vets in China has been limited, meaning that Chinese vets could not learn some of the treatments we take for granted in the UK...

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Dog cloning, do you agree?

24 April 2014

A tiny cloned Dachshund puppy has been born in South Korea following a competition, offering the test tube procedure free of charge to a dog owner in the UK...

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Rajah bites off more than he can chew!

A lesson in why you should not throw sticks for your dog!

22 April 2014

Rajah is an active 4 year old crossbreed who loves nothing better than chasing after sticks. A couple of weeks ago he was doing just that when he went out of sight and then came back to his alarmed owner screaming and reluctant to walk...

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Harley – the coolest dog in town?

17 April 2014

Meet Harley, an 11 year old Yorkshire terrier, who first came to see Willows eye Specialist Heidi Featherstone back in 2008. At that stage Harley was diagnosed with a serious, potentially painful and blinding condition called ‘lens luxation’...

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Gimli – a tale of three precious kidneys…

15 April 2014

Gimli is a 10 year old extremely handsome male Bengal cat who we met in September last year. His owners had noticed he was losing weight and it was found that he had developed some lumps in his abdomen. Gimli was referred on to us by his local vet after investigations showed that he had kidney problems...

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Jed gets a break!

10 April 2014

Jed the Greyhound was meant to be enjoying a quiet life, having retired from racing and being re-homed to his new mum and dad; alas his retirement was not to run smoothly. Poor Jed sustained a nasty fracture...

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Bunny love – how to keep your rabbit safe from disease

8 April 2014

At Willows we recommend an annual vaccination to help protect your rabbit against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease, both of which are sadly fatal in the majority of affected rabbits...

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Huey’s good news story

3 April 2014

Huey is a four year old Jack Russell terrier who lives with two other dogs and loves swimming. Normally Huey runs upstairs every morning to greet his owners, but one Friday morning a few weeks ago he failed to show up at the top of the stairs. His mum thought this was unusual, and during the day Huey was a bit quiet and reluctant to go for his usual walk...

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Bra appeal!

31 March 2014

Willows’ female staff, family and friends have recently got together to support a worthy cause. The British Veterinary Nursing Association charity of the year, ‘Nowzad’, works to rescue, look after and re-home stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan...

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Jade wins through

27 March 2014

The owners of Jade, an 11 year old Standard Poodle, noticed back in autumn of 2013 that she had developed a lump to the side of her nose...

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Flora – is she lucky or unlucky?

25 March 2014

We first met Flora when she was only 2 years old. She is quite a small West Highland White Terrier but she has always lived with Great Danes and has certainly learned to stand up for herself! ...

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An Oscar winning performance!

20 March 2014

When one of our very ill feline patients needed a blood transfusion recently, in stepped action hero, blood donor Oscar! ...

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Jess gets back on (all four of) her feet again!

18 March 2014

Jess is a lively 10 month old English Springer Spaniel whose boisterous fun was brought to a halt about 6 weeks ago, when she suddenly went lame on her left front leg while playing with another dog...

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