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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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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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