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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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Kane's life saved by his blood donor cousins...

14 October 2014

Kane is a six year old Dobermann who was referred to Willows as an emergency for uncontrolled bleeding. The day before, he had undergone routine surgery at his own vets to remove some small warts under his left eyelid and on his right flank...

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Taffy takes steps

10 October 2014

Taffy is a seven year old Welsh Corgi who lives with Katie, another Welsh Corgi. They love to play together (the way Corgi do, sitting up and growling!) and go for walks together. One day, Taffy suddenly became much quieter, yelping in pain, and he was uncharacteristically unwilling to play or go for walks with his friend...

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Winston looks to a bright future!

7 October 2014

Meet Winston, a cute little French Bulldog puppy belonging to Rhianne, one of Willows’ dedicated team of Veterinary Nurse Assistants...

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Your dog could be a life-saver!

2 October 2014

Dog Blood Donor Sessions at Willows

A significant number of the patients we see at Willows have life-threatening diseases associated with blood loss and severe anaemia. Some of these unfortunate pets need transfusions with blood or blood products, and many of our doggy patients have benefitted from treatment that would not have been possible without the help and support of the Pet Blood Bank...

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Hooray! Henri morphs out of orphan Olaf

30 September 2014

Olaf was born not too long ago near Redditch, Worcestershire. Everything was fine initially, but then tragedy struck - his mum was killed when she was hit by a car. Olaf was only 2 weeks old and far too young to eat solid food and fend for himself...

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Charlie gets that jaundiced feeling

25 September 2014

Charlie, a loveable five year old Pug, has recently had more than his fair share of health problems...

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Leo bounces back!

23 September 2014

Meet Leo, a beautiful six year old Domestic Short Hair. At the end of August, poor Leo became very unwell – he was off his food and feeling very sorry for himself. He developed a swelling of the right side of his face around his eye, and he couldn’t open his mouth...

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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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