Entries by Michael Clarke

Is My Cat Stressed?

Just like humans, cats can get stressed out. While stress in cats doesn’t always materialise in the ways you might expect, if you know what to look for, it’s not too difficult to spot an anxious moggy. It is important to keep an eye out for signs of stress in your cat; a stressed cat […]

How to Shampoo Your Dog

Like humans, doggies can get smelly. Sweat, muck and all the rest – so bathing your dog is a necessity. But it’s not as easy as taking your car to the jet wash. Your four-legged dirt-machine can be a tricky, sensitive and even snappy kind of terrier once they’re in the tub (and we don’t […]

Withy Grove News August 2020

Staff Changes Sadly, Charlotte Noy has left the practice to seek her future elsewhere, she has moved to a practice in Wales and we wish her every success. She has been replaced by a Veterinary Nurse, also conveniently called Charlotte – although she would prefer to be known as Lottie, who has moved to us […]

Hyperthyroidism in Cats

About Hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism was not recognised as a problem in cats until 1979. It is now considered a common disease of cats. Both male and female cats are equally affected. It is thought that Siamese and Himalayan cats have a decreased risk of developing hyperthyroidism. What is the thyroid gland and what does it do? […]

Rolo refuses to roll over

Meet Rolo, a very handsome one year old Jack Russell Rolo gets ill Rolo came to us with diarrhoea and vomiting whilst we were in ‘lockdown’. During this time we are not letting clients in the building and maintaining social distancing, so we had to get his story outside (fortunately in the sunshine!) whilst standing […]

Chips With Everything ( Particularly Cats )

Most dogs that come to us now are microchipped, but if you look at any lost and found website, the number of un-microchipped cats (as well as parrots, rabbits and tortoises) is still very high. How important is microchipping my cat? Unlike dogs there is no law to have your cat microchipped but it is […]

What is a heart murmur?

How does my dog’s heart work? Your dog’s heart pumps blood around its body. Each heartbeat delivers fresh blood, rich in oxygen and nutrients, to all of the vital organs and tissues. Inside, the heart is divided into 4 separate chambers. There are valves between the upper and lower chambers, which open and shut in […]

Should I have my pet neutered?

There are three questions; Should we get our cats and dogs neutered? What are the advantages and disadvantages? How old should they be when they have the surgery? There are lots of opinions on the above topics, but what are the facts? Cats   For cats that roam free the main reason for neutering is […]

Why does my cat scratch the furniture?

  Cats scratch for two main reasons, to keep their claws in good condition and scratching releases a unique scent which is a marker for them as well as for other cats. Bored cats, or cats that like attention will learn that if they scratch the sofa they get more attention from the owner than […]