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News

Mapping the Labrador: how well do you know yours?

18 September 2014

The Labrador is the UK’s most popular pedigree dog, with several hundred thousand of them currently living in our homes...

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Rare birds and insects come to Britain

16 September 2014

It is thought that the warm summer this year has tempted exotic birds and wildlife to the UK...

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Pug Club News

9 September 2014

Willows Pug Club member, Klaus has just been on his summer holidays in the Wye Valley in Wales...

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Wheat a nasty cough...

2 September 2014

Marley, a 3½ year old female Doberman, likes nothing more than bounding through the fields looking for fun and adventure. One day in July she returned from a walk with a nasty cough that produced occasional blood and worsening bad breath (halitosis)...

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Baby tapir, Zathras, born in Chester Zoo

28 August 2014

Zathras, a very cute tapir calf, was born earlier this month at Chester Zoo. He is the first tapir to be born at Chester Zoo for eight years, and his father, Cuzco, was born there 22 years ago...

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Willows’ star Student Veterinary Nurses!

26 August 2014

Congratulations to two of Willows’ student veterinary nurses, Vicky Austin (on the left) and Lou Halsey who won Student of the Year awards in the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing course this year.

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A Champion’s comeback – Matt’s story

21 August 2014

Eleven year old Lurcher, Matt, was a racing and ‘Lurcher beauty’ champion when he was younger. Matt had retired and was taking life a bit easier, but over the last two years he had become more and more weak and wobbly on his legs and he was groaning and seemed uncomfortable, despite drug treatment from his local vets...

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Dexter bounces back!

19 August 2014

Dexter is a 4 year old Springer Spaniel who first came to see us at Willows in August last year, after he had been unwell on and off with a fluctuating high temperature for the previous eight months. Despite some previous response to antibiotic treatment, Dexter had become very ill and short of breath before coming to Willows, and X-rays taken by his regular vets had shown some fluid accumulation in his chest...

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Chunk goes on holiday

14 August 2014

Chunk, a rumbustious 6 year old Bassett Hound, was presented to James Elford, one of Willows neurologists, in October 2013 after his owners noticed that he was reluctant to get up and he wasn’t walking quite normally...

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Willows – a vet student’s perspective

12 August 2014

Willows offers Clinical Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) placements to final year veterinary students, that allows you to gain a fantastic insight into referral-level veterinary practice and to work alongside specialist veterinary surgeons...

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Dragon Boat Race for animal welfare

7 August 2014

Willows Veterinary Nurse, Claudia (front row, second from the left), recently joined a team of 16 other willing and able volunteers to man a dragon boat on behalf of the Heart of England Animals Asia Support Group, in aid of the charity Animals Asia...

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Rosie gets into trouble

5 August 2014

This is Rosie, a four year old domestic short haired cat (i.e. a moggy!) who was referred to Willows medicine service with a four to six week history of retching (which was worse after eating), and a foul smell which was thought to be coming from her nose. Rosie also had an occasional cough and a very occasional sneeze...

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Elsa walks tall!

31 July 2014

Elsa is a loveable 7 year old Great Dane who has lived with her caring owners for the last 3½ years, after being rescued by the Great Dane Adoption Society...

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Oscar just gets younger every day

29 July 2014

We first met Oscar almost a year ago when he was referred to us one Saturday evening with severe abdominal pain and vomiting. His local vets had struggled to control his symptoms, and when they were worried there was nothing more they could do for him, they were keen to send him to us...

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Wesley ... a true ‘wonder dog’!

24 July 2014

While we see many cases at Willows where it is clear from the start what the problem is, and we just need to decide on an appropriate treatment plan, it can sometimes be very difficult to get the bottom of the problem when dogs present with a very painful tummy – if only our patients could talk! ...

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Dyson powers his way back from the brink

22 July 2014

Dyson is a 9 year old (very handsome!) chocolate Labrador. He had a very trouble free life for many years with his only problem being some stiffness and lameness due to arthritis...

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The continuing story of Eli from Barbados…

17 July 2014

You may remember Eli, a lovely little Bajan terrier who came to us from Barbados last year (see: Eli flies in from Barbados!)

Unfortunately at that time, Eli arrived with severe complications due to an advanced cataract and had to lose his right eye. At that stage his left eye was normal but, back in Barbados, Eli’s committed owners have been on red alert, watching for any changes to Eli’s remaining (left) eye...

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Labradoodle Paddy walks again!

15 July 2014

Back in March this year, Paddy, a high-octane 3 year old Labradoodle, was out in the park doing what he loves most – chasing a ball with his owner. Suddenly, Paddy fell and yelped and was immediately unable to walk or wag his tail...

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Tiny Juliet's big issue

10 July 2014

Juliet is a cute little 6 month old Chihuahua who went to her local vets for a routine spaying operation. The surgery went well, and Juliet went home to make what should have been an uneventful recovery. However, a few days later she became lethargic, went off her food and had suspected pain in her tummy and possibly in her neck...

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Missie gets put back together

8 July 2014

Poor Missie was found by her owner outside her house one day, covered in dirt and unable to stand on her back legs...

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Alfie pulls through

3 July 2014

One morning in May this year, Alfie, a handsome 12 year old Beagle, came to see primary clinic vet Will because he had vomited once that morning and had been very weak and off colour since...

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Don’t throw sticks for dogs!

1 July 2014

At Willows we not uncommonly see dogs that have sustained injuries to their mouths, necks and chests after picking up or chasing sticks thrown innocently by their owners...

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Running for our lives!

26 June 2014

On Sunday 22 June, one of our Imaging Specialists, Lizza Baines, took time out from the clinic to complete the 5k Race for Life in Solihull with her two daughters. This is the third year the three have taken part in the race together...

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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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