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News

Willows Pug Club News

18 July 2012

Hugo goes through his rigorous exercise regime - do any of you lively pugs out there want to join in?

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Toxic Ponds – the dangers of Blue-Green Algae

16 July 2012

Poisoning from blue-green algae is mostly seen during the summer months. Blue-green algae grows in stagnant water or ponds where it forms ‘blooms’ that give the water a blue-green or ‘pea soup’ like colour. It can also look like blue-green paint on the surface of the water...

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Cat owners beware the ‘Lucky bamboo'!

13 July 2012

Lucky bamboo is not actually a bamboo but a member of the Dracaena genus. Other names for the plant include Ribbon Dracaena, Belgian Evergreen, Corn Plant, Cornstalk Plant, Dragon Tree and Ribbon Plant. Florists often use the plant to make very artistic designs (it can be trained into a spiral formation)...

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Why is my dog scratching?

11 July 2012

You may not have noticed, but it is now the summer (!), and this is the time of year when dogs are more frequently brought to the vet because they are itchy.

We all know how irritating (and sometimes painful) it can be to have a really bad itch that you just cannot stop scratching. Being itchy and constantly scratching can be just as distressing for a dog (not to mention its owner!)...

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Willows Pug News - Hugo helps with the housework!

10 July 2012

Here I am, just over four months old, and already making myself useful by helping to wash the dishes and dishwasher ... not sure why mum and dad shouted at me!

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Cow chased over a cliff by dogs...

6 July 2012

You may have heard an item in the news recently about a cow that was chased over a cliff in Cornwall by two dogs. The cow fell 20 feet, and although very fortunately it was unharmed, it was then attacked by the dogs. A family picnicking in a nearby field narrowly escaped injury as the cow ran towards them in panic, but onlookers who tried to rescue the cow fell over and were inadvertently stamped on. The cow was collected by the owner, a local farmer, who said he would have considered shooting the dogs had he been present.

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Willows Pug Club

2 July 2012

We would like to introduce you to the members of Willows Pug Club! Our vets Christine Heinrich, Karen Walsh, Noella Cooper and Malcolm McKee all love their Pugs. As you will see they (the Pugs, that is) are all lovable and mischievous little characters...

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Mr Bojangles is a big hit at Willows!

29 June 2012

It looked as if 3 year old Yorkshire Terrier ‘Mr Bojangles’ may have run out of luck when he fell down the stairs in April this year and became paralysed in all four legs...

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A Teddy in the garden

28 June 2012

Here is Teddy, of ‘Our Friend Teddy’ fame (see earlier feature) enjoying more relaxing moments at home in the garden. Teddy is happy and comfortable and looking forward to some better weather so he can get out more often!

 

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Flea treatments, how safe are they?

27 June 2012

French flea collar ban
Some readers may be aware that the French have recently banned the sale of ‘over the counter’ flea collars containing a drug called dimpylate, also known as diazinon. The French suspect that the chemical impregnated in the collars may be harmful and can be absorbed through the skin of anyone cuddling or sleeping with their pet...

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Adder – friend or foe?

26 June 2012

The adder (Vipera berus) is the only venomous snake native to the UK, and it is commonly found in southern and south-west England, west Wales and Scotland. In the Midlands, adders can be found in the Wyre Forest, Habberley Valley, Kingsford Forest Park and the Malvern Hills. The adder’s preferred habitat includes heathland, moorland and open woodland...

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Roxy goes weak at the knees – an interesting case

25 June 2012

Roxy, an 18 month old Dogue de Bordeaux, was presented to one of Willows' primary clinic vets with a two week history of progressive weakness, difficulty walking and regurgitation of food and saliva. Regurgitation is similar to vomiting, but it doesn't involve any retching or great muscular abdominal effort – undigested food almost falls back out of the mouth at some stage after eating...

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New! – once yearly rabbit vaccination at Willows!

22 June 2012

We recommend that all rabbits are vaccinated for two life-threatening diseases, myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD).

Myxomatosis is mainly carried by populations of wild rabbits and it is spread by insects such as flies, fleas and mosquitoes...

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Grass seed season is upon us

21 June 2012

Every summer many different grasses will shed barb-like seeds that can stick to the coat of an animal’s body and range in size from a couple of centimetres to only a few millimetres. In some cases the dart shaped seeds will burrow into the body...

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A word in your ear…

20 June 2012

We can only guess what Jack Russell Terrier Barley might be saying to Hudson, but it is probably “Thank you!”.

Barley has haemophilia, a life-threatening blood disorder where...

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Wet weather brings hidden dangers!

19 June 2012

The wet weather we have been experiencing has provided the ideal environment for slugs and snails to flourish, and keen gardeners are no doubt very busy just now, sprinkling their Hostas with slug pellets! If you are a pet owner, however, you need to avoid any slug bait products containing the toxic chemical, metaldehyde...

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Twin Pekes

18 June 2012

We are always delighted to see Maizi and Sonny – two of Willows’ regular visitors.

Sonny first came to see us in 2009 when he had trouble with sore eyes. Willows Eye Specialist, Christine Heinrich, found that his eyes were being irritated because hairs on the folds of skin...

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Our friend Teddy

15 June 2012

At the grand old age of 15, Teddy has found a new home with a loving family. His new owners fell for Teddy when they saw him recently in Birmingham Dogs’ Home. Unfortunately Teddy had cloudy eyes due to old age, and both eyes soon became very sore. Teddy’s vet referred him to see Heidi Featherstone, one of Willows’ Eye Specialist vets...

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Dental disease in our pets – something to chew over!

28 May 2012

Healthy teeth and good oral hygiene are just as important for our pets as they are for us – apart from making your pet’s breath smell sweeter, a healthy mouth means less chance of painful dental disease and also less chance of bad effects of oral disease on your pet’s general health.

A build up of tartar and bacteria in the mouth can cause sore gums (gingivitis) and eventually result in damaged teeth and tooth roots that require extractions. Dental disease can also result in a nasty odour (halitosis), due to the build up of bacteria in the mouth.

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Syringomyelia

24 May 2012

Syringomyelia is a relatively common condition, especially in breeds like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Griffon Bruxellois, in which it is suspected to be an inherited disorder. Other names that have been used to describe this condition include syringohydromyelia, Arnold-Chiari or Chiari-like malformation, and caudal occipital malformation...

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Prize winners announced!

23 April 2012

As a result of our popular competitions at the 2012 BSAVA World Congress, held at the NIA and ICC in Birmingham on 12-15 April, we are delighted to announce that there are seven lucky winners of a mixture of iPads and ophthalmology text books...

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Willows at BSAVA/WSAVA Congress

13 April 2012

Willows has had a very successful start to BSAVA/WSAVA Congress as exhibitors at the ICC in Birmingham. Hundreds of visitors came to our stand on the first day to meet members of our staff and to take part in our competitions...

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Arthritis (osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease) in Dogs and Cats

10 April 2012

Although several types of arthritis exist, in the majority of cases and especially in older dogs and cats, the term ‘arthritis’ is commonly used to describe osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease.

Osteoarthritis results from destruction of the cartilage layer, together with a change in the amount or consistency of the lubricating fluid...

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Disease in rabbits

30 March 2012

It is worth noting that rabbits are ‘prey animals’. This means that in the wild they will not want to give outward signs of illness as this would single them out as an easy meal for a fox! They have a fantastic ability to hide illness until it may be too late to treat them. You should always be aware of the amount and type of food your rabbit is eating, how much it is drinking and the quantity and nature of the urine and faeces.

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Responsible dog ownership

21 March 2012

Owning a dog brings great happiness to both owner and dog but also brings responsibility for the lifetime of the pet. Dog owners have an obligation to their dog and their community to ensure that their pet is a happy, socialised and well-trained animal...

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External parasites (Ectoparasites) in Cats

16 March 2012

Several types of external parasites can affect your cat. Most common and well-known are fleas, but ticks, ear mites and several other types of mites are seen on a regular basis, too...

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Worming your Dog

15 March 2012

Several types of worms can affect dogs and it is usually impossible for you to know whether your dog is infected with worms. Unless a dog is severely infested or has tape worms, it is not possible to notice worms in faeces – usually only microscopically small worm eggs are passed with the faeces.

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Diabetes

13 March 2012

As in humans, dogs and cats with diabetes mellitus are unable to control the level of sugar in their blood. This is due to a lack of, or inability to use, a hormone called insulin. Insulin allows the tissues of the body to absorb glucose (sugar) from the blood in order to provide energy...

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Cat Grooming

12 March 2012

Short haired cats usually take care of their own grooming, so much so that a cat spends up to one third of its waking time grooming itself. A cat's rough tongue acts like a brush. Long-haired cats need some help with their grooming, otherwise their hair will start to tangle and form matts. Regular, preferably daily, brushing or combing is advisable to prevent any matts from forming...

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Dog Grooming

9 March 2012

Regular grooming should be part of the routine care for every dog. It ensures that your dog is always clean and good looking, and it can also be ‘quality time’ for both owner and dog. Additionally, many health problems can be picked up early when the dog is groomed regularly...

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