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Keeping your pet safe this Christmas

13 December 2013

Christmas is traditionally a time for family, food and frivolity. For most pet owners an emergency visit to the vets might be the last thing they would anticipate during the holiday season, but for some unfortunate pets this can be the end result of a little too much festive cheer. Many apparently harmless foods and other items around the house can be a potential cause of poisoning or illness in our pets...

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Full of ... poo? Literally

10 December 2013

Meet Meg, a gorgeous, playful Border Collie.

Meg had been suffering bowel and skin problems for some time. In addition to having problems going to the loo, she was itchy and had lost a lot of hair from around her back end...

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Meet Abbi – the mud loving Cocker Spaniel!

5 December 2013

Abbi was recently referred to our internal medicine service as an emergency after she had suddenly become unwell and gone off her food over the previous three days. She had started vomiting and had developed signs of severe pain in the region of her tummy...

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Wagging tails tell a story

3 December 2013

Researchers in Italy believe that dogs wag their tail more to their left side when they are anxious...

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It’s a Family Affair!

29 November 2013

Meet sweet mum and daughter pugs, Penny and Lexi, recovering in our Intensive Care Unit after having both had airway surgery on the same day with Willows’ soft tissue surgical Specialist Chris Shales...

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Poppy gets a new hip, and heads for a new lease of life!

28 November 2013

Over recent months, Poppy, the five year old yellow Labrador Retriever, had become reluctant to exercise as well as being lame and stiff in her back legs. Because her owners were concerned, they took her to see her local vet, who unfortunately diagnosed severe arthritis in her hips, and despite several months of medical treatment, her problems continued to get worse...

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Behaviour in puppies

25 November 2013

A study has shown that puppies obtained from pet shops, rather than from breeders, are more likely to have behavioural issues, such as showing aggression towards family members, other people and dogs...

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Scottish Wildcat kittens bring hope for the future

22 November 2013

Scottish wildcats are currently endangered in the wild with only a few hundred thought to survive outside captivity. However, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, near Aviemore, has recently welcomed two new arrivals...

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The happy and sad faces of Cavalier Max

20 November 2013

Max, a very sweet little 4 year old Cavalier King Charles, developed very sore eyes in early August. Unfortunately Max’s symptoms deteriorated despite the best efforts of his usual veterinary surgeon. Max’s vet then called Willows’ eye Specialist, Heidi, one morning and requested immediate referral, as poor Max had developed a very deep ulcer in the surface of his left eye...

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Willow comes to Willows

18 November 2013

This is Willow an eight year old cat who, back in August, had a barney with one of the three dogs he lives with. Despite the fact that they normally tolerate one another quite well, on this occasion Willow overstepped the mark and received a serious bite to the jaw as his punishment...

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Ozzie’s awakening

15 November 2013

Ozzie, a 10 year old domestic short hair cat, was referred to Willows because he had been behaving very oddly for the previous 10 days...

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Snail watch – a slimey story...

13 November 2013

Scientists at the university of Exeter have tracked the activity of 450 garden snails using fluorescent UV paint, LED lights and time-lapse photography. The research is part of a project looking at the transmission of the dog lungworm, Angiostrongylus vasorum...

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Bess gets the GIST of things...

11 November 2013

Ten year old Springer Spaniel, Bess, was referred to see one of the soft tissue surgery team at Willows, following the discovery of a mass (a lump) in her tummy during a routine examination at her usual vets...

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There’s nothing plain about Savannah!

8 November 2013

Savannah, a four year old Siberian Husky, had only been to see Willows’ eye specialist Christine Heinrich in April, but by September she obviously thought it was time to come back and see someone in another department! When she was out walking, Savannah had suddenly cried out and immediately developed signs of holding her tail down low, crying out in pain and walking very slowly...

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Willows Facebook Cutest Pet Competition
And the winners are...

6 November 2013

Willows Cutest Pet Competition is now closed, and after reviewing all entries and checking the validity of the votes cast, we are delighted to announce that the winners are...

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A pregnant puppy at 3 months? We hope not!

4 November 2013

Meet Zoe – the adorable German Wirehaired Pointer puppy that came to see Willows’ medicine team at the beginning of October with a VERY swollen tummy and failure to grow properly...

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Remember, remember... It's Guy Fawkes night again!

1 November 2013

It's that time of year again when we humans, who enjoy nothing better than a spectacular firework display on a crisp November night, inadvertently cause stress in a high proportion of our not so firework-friendly pets...

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Willows Facebook Cutest Pet Competition
Entry of the Week - Final Week

1 November 2013

The picture which you've voted as Entry of the Week (final week) on the gallery pages of Willows Cutest Pet Photo Competition has been submitted by Mr Lee Nuttall and is titled ‘big norman’...

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A new lease of life for Harley

30 October 2013

Twelve year old Border Collie, Harley, is a much-loved family pet with a long and distinguished career in the agility ring. When he started to slow down his owners naturally thought that it was just due to old age creeping up on him, as it does for all our patients and, unfortunately, for we humans, too! ...

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Willows takes Gold for being Cat Friendly!

28 October 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have been officially certified as a Cat Friendly Clinic at Gold level  by the International Cat Care (iCatCare) charity...

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Charlie bounces back with the help of The Pet Blood Bank

25 October 2013

We first met Charlie the spaniel when he was 6 months old. He was usually a very energetic, action-packed puppy who was constantly looking for mischief with his friend Ophelia (a 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier)...

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Willows Facebook Cutest Pet Competition
Entry of the Week - Week 17

25 October 2013

The picture which you've voted as Entry of the Week (week 17) on the gallery pages of Willows Cutest Pet Photo Competition has been submitted by Mrs Joanne Watling and is titled ‘Kirby The Chorkie’’...

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Willows 'Phone a Friend for the Pet Blood Bank Campaign 2013'

23 October 2013

Following the success of our Pet Blood Bank Campaign in August this year, Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service will be holding a second blood donation day on Tuesday 12th November 2013 here at our state-of-the-art hospital....

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Paws for thought – Gemma’s story

21 October 2013

Gemma is a lively 2 year old Border Collie who came to her current owners from a farm because she lacked confidence around sheep (we cannot all live up to expectations!). Unfortunately Gemma is so lively that she recently slipped her lead when she was out for a walk, and ended up with her left hind paw being crushed under the wheel of a passing van.

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Willows Facebook Cutest Pet Competition
Entry of the Week - Week 16

18 October 2013

The picture which you've voted as Entry of the Week (week 16) on the gallery pages of Willows Cutest Pet Photo Competition has been submitted by Miss Justine Matthews and is titled ‘Neka our 5 month old Norfolk Terrier’...

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Eli flies in from Barbados!

16 October 2013

Eli is a very sweet little four year old Bajan terrier (Bajan meaning Barbadian) – a crossbreed terrier to us in the UK! He lives with his family in Barbados with a menagerie of rescued stray cats, horses, a Rottweiler and a Golden Retriever, as well as various chickens and other birds. Eli lives the life of Reilly, running on the beach, sailing and swimming in the sea – he is quite rightly the apple of his owners’ eye! ...

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Cat deaths caused by over-the-counter flea treatments for dogs

14 October 2013

The charity International Cat Care (ICC) has asked for reclassification of over-the-counter flea products containing the chemical permethrin to be sold only with accompanying verbal advice to customers...

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Willows Facebook Cutest Pet Competition
Entry of the Week - Week 15

11 October 2013

The picture which you've voted as Entry of the Week (week 14) on the gallery pages of Willows Cutest Pet Photo Competition has been submitted by Ms Juliet Dearbergh and is titled ‘Zany’ ...

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Flea fact finding…

10 October 2013

We would be grateful if you could spend a few moments on this short survey to help a vet student with her dissertation. All entrants have a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fleatreatment

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The sting in the tail!

9 October 2013

We’ve all been enjoying the lovely balmy autumn weather over the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately this means some of the not so friendly garden beasties are still about...

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