Entries by Michael Clarke

BOAS constrictor (of breathing)

In the veterinary profession and elsewhere people are raising awareness of the issues brachycephalic animals face as a result of their breeding. Brachycephaly refers to a short skull shape, which gives the appearance of a flattened face. It can affect dogs, cats and rabbits. Dogs In the past ten years there has been a rapid […]

Vets Go Wild (life)

Every year we treat large numbers of wild animals brought in by the public or RSPCA. This year the dry weather has meant more dehydrated animals, particularly hedgehogs. We have also had lots of birds, especially young ones. The advice is generally that young birds, unless obviously injured, should be left where they are. Their mothers are often […]

Weird things rabbits do

Have you noticed your rabbits doing something strange? The 2nd – 10th June is Rabbit Awareness Week. Our bunnies can bemuse us with their strange behaviour. Our vets answer 7 common questions about the odd things our furry friends do: ‘Why do my rabbits lick me?’ Does it seem like your rabbits are trying to […]

Hamilton has an F1 Fracture

Meet Hamilton, a seven year old black and white feline. He suffered (what was almost certainly) a car accident and fractured his tibia in two places. Spookily, Hamilton has the name of Lewis Hamilton and a mechanic at the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix this weekend also suffered a double tibial fracture. X Ray and Surgery […]

Easter Chocolate Warning

Remember to keep chocolate treats safely away from your pets’ reach this Easter, as findings released by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveal that in the North West 65% of vets saw at least one case of chocolate poisoning in pets over Easter holidays in 2017. Poisonous Chocolate can be highly poisonous to pets, with […]

Ollie gets dragged through the fence!

Ollie was sniffing around his yard when he heard another dog outside. So, being an inquisitive sort of canine he stuck his nose through a hole in the fence to have a smell of the new comer. Unfortunately the new comer was not as friendly as Ollie had hoped. It was a cross bred who […]

Shadow comes into the limelight

As you are probably aware, we do a lot of work for various local animal charities. One of these is the Preston branch of Cats Protection (CP). Any cats they are taking on to rehome come to us where they have a full health check, blood tests, neutering (if not already done) and anything else […]