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News

3D printing the way forward to help Marmite March on!

23 October 2015

Marmite a lovely young cat came to Willows earlier this year after getting in a spot of bother after he had been outside...

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Butterflies under threat but short haired bumblebees on the rise

21 October 2015

Did you know that climate change may be having a devastating effect on British butterflies? ...

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Petplan Veterinary Awards 2016

18 October 2015

The Petplan Veterinary Awards recognise the fantastic work that goes on in veterinary practices across the UK. Petplan has worked closely with the veterinary profession for over 39 years and hosts these independent industry awards to recognise the hard work and dedication of veterinary staff caring for our pets. If you think Willows Veterinary Centre & Referral Service or one of our team deserve to win, please take a moment to complete the nomination form below! ...

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Cancer detecting sniffer dogs approved by NHS

16 October 2015

The charity Medical Detection Dogs has gained approval for further trials by the NHS on dogs capable of sniffing out prostate cancer in urine. An initial study has shown that the dogs can detect the cancer in up to 93% of cases.

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Vicky is victorious!

14 October 2015

Vicky has gained an American qualification of Veterinary Technician Specialist in Internal Medicine...

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NEW Cardiology Service at Willows

13 October 2015

We are delighted to announce that Mike Martin MVB DVC MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and Chris Linney BVSc GPCertSAP CertAVP(VC) MRCVS Veterinary Cardiology Clinician have joined the Willows team to offer our patients a Specialist-run Cardiology Service...

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Giant hogweed warning...

9 October 2015

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) have advised people to be on the lookout for hogweed, also known as giant hogweed, giant cow parsley, giant cow parsnip, hogsbane and keck...

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Willows Wheelers ride again...

7 October 2015

Last weekend, the Willows wheelers were out again helping to raise money for the Marie Curie hospice via the Tommy Godwin Challenge ...

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Patches breaking story...

2 October 2015

Patches, an adorable young chap at just 9 months old, has had to use up the first of his nine lives! He came home one day after adventures outdoors and was unable to bear any weight on his back right leg...

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All Ears for Ollie’s Problem

30 September 2015

Ollie is a bouncy 1½ year old Cockapoo, but in March of this year, his owners became concerned when he developed very painful ears. He had never had a problem like it before, but there was a strong smell and discharge was seen around the ears...

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Go Nuts for Red Squirrel Week

26 September 2015

Go Nuts for Red Squirrel Week is taking place from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 4 October. Red Squirrels are only found in certain areas of the UK, which is why The Wildlife Trusts are working to protect them - and encouraging you to help too...

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Is your dog microchipped?

25 September 2015

Until now, microchipping has been advisable although not an essential part of dog (and other pet) ownership; a cheap and easy means of ensuring that should your dog go missing, you could be quickly reunited. Around 58% of dogs in England are currently chipped...

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Marley breathes easy... one year on…

23 September 2015

When Marley, a young Doberman, returned from a walk with a nasty cough and worsening bad breath, her own home vets referred her to Willows when they discovered that she had plant material lodged in her left lung...

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National Eye Health Week

21 September 2015

The sixth annual National Eye Health Week is taking place 21st-27th September 2015. Eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together...

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Beware NERF gun darts!

18 September 2015

Many people remember having great fun with NERF guns at some point in their childhood. Invented in the 1970s by Parker Brothers, NERF products were the world’s first official outdoor toys for indoor use, and their marketing slogans promised that one can ‘throw it or fire it indoors; you can’t damage lamps or break windows and you can’t hurt babies or old people’...

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The curious case of Eva…

16 September 2015

Eva is lovely 6 year old Labrador but her owners became concerned when she started to develop small hairless lumps on her nose...

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History of domesticated rabbits

11 September 2015

According to the RSPCA, there are estimated to be approximately 1.7 million rabbits kept as pets in the UK. But have you ever wondered how rabbits ended up as domestic pets? ...

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Daisy looking for love!

9 September 2015

A lovely young dog called Daisy, was presented to Will Robinson, one of Willows’ general practice vets earlier this year...

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History of domesticated cats

4 September 2015

Do cats really have nine lives? Do they always land on their feet? Are black cats lucky or unlucky? There are many myths and legends surrounding cats, but how have they ended up as one of the top three most popular household pets in the world today?

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Toxic Ponds – the dangers of Blue-Green Algae

2 September 2015

Blue-green algae is most commonly seen during the summer months. It 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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International Bat Night - 29 - 30 August 2015

28 August 2015

Bat Night has taken place in over 30 countries for the past 18 years. It aims to educate and inform the public about the way bats live, their habitats and encourages people to see and hear bats in their natural environment by taking part in a whole range of events organised by local bat groups and wildlife trusts across the country...

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Adding up to a real problem – record year for the UK’s only venomous snake

26 August 2015

2015 has become a record year for sightings of the Adder: the UK’s only venomous snake. So much so, that the 4 foot long snake can now be spotted regularly around parks, woods and forests in the UK. Although Adders try to avoid humans and animals wherever possible, dog walkers should remain vigilant, as bites can be serious and even fatal to the inquisitive canine. Adder bites to humans also occur, and in recent years, an average of 1-2 cases have been reported to the UK National Poisons Information Service each week...

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History of domesticated dogs

21 August 2015

Statistics indicate that there are over 9 million pet dogs in the UK, in all shapes, sizes and colours, but how have these wild, wolf-like creatures transformed into man’s best friend?

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Freya's story...

19 August 2015

Willows love to hear how their patients are recovering and a local referring practice has recently updated us on how Freya is getting on with her hydrotherapy sessions...

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Your dog could be a life-saver!

17 August 2015

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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International Homeless Animals Day - 16 August 2015

14 August 2015

Originally began in America in 1992, but is now celebrated in over 50 countries on all six populated continents. The aim is to raise awareness of homeless and abandoned pets, feral animals and to educate people about the importance of neutering domestic animals...

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Miracle dog Tucker still going from strength to strength...

12 August 2015

Tucker, an Old English Sheepdog, had been referred to Willows as a puppy in 2014 with a very severe condition affecting the nerves in his hindlimbs called polyradiculoneuritis...

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Bullying birds/gangster gulls...

7 August 2015

A famous name from the world of music and television has allegedly commissioned little crash helmets for his beloved Yorkshire Terriers, Squiddly and Diddly, following the recent seagull attacks on small dogs...

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Grace wins the show!

5 August 2015

We always love to hear how our patients are getting on and Grace’s owners have recently been in touch to let us know how she is doing, following her surgery 3 years ago...

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Research shows that dogs can tell if someone is being mean to their owner!

31 July 2015

Have you ever been snubbed by someone and been given the impression that your dog has given them the cold shoulder? ...

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