These pesky blood-sucking parasites are a year-round problem for our pets and they can be a real nuisance. They can really make your pet’s life miserable by causing symptoms ranging from minor irritation and scratching to hair loss, severe allergic reactions and anaemia (This is made even worse if they start biting the humans in… Read more »

At Castle Vets we often see rabbits and rodents with a variety of dental problems. The teeth of most animals (including humans) stop growing after the initial development period, but rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rodents have teeth that grow continuously throughout their lives, which means dental problems will develop if these animals are unable… Read more »

Ticks and Harvest Mites are small parasites that survive by feeding on different animal hosts, including mammals, birds and even humans if they get the opportunity. They can be a real nuisance for affected pets, often causing irritation, inflammation and sometimes infection and disease. Ticks There are many tick species in the UK but the… Read more »

Stress and anxiety related cat behavioural problems and illnesses are occurring more frequently than ever before; this is mainly due to the ever increasing cat population that sees our cats living in multi cat households or being forced to share territories and live in close proximity with strange cats. Behavioural problems and illnesses are not… Read more »

Summer is here (so they say) and the weather is definitely starting to warm up (hooray!). Most of us will be outside in the hot weather, soaking up the sun or enjoying walks and trips with the family and our dogs. However, the heat can pose serious risks to your dog’s health if precautions are… Read more »

Many families own dogs and many children can benefit from sharing a home with a dog. Taking care of a dog can help older children learn to plan and be responsible, while exercising and playing with a dog at any age is an great way to release excess energy and keep fit. A dog can also… Read more »

Eye Care For Pets

Your pet’s eyes function in the same way that your own do and are made up of the same components including Cornea, the transparent outer covering of the eye Pupil, the circular membrane in the center of the eye that lets light from the environment enter the eye Iris, the pigmented membrane that surrounds the pupil… Read more »

We all know that our pets make us feel good when we have them around but did you know that owning a pet can improve your health and happiness? It only takes a few minutes of interaction with our pets to help us feel less anxious and less stressed. Our bodies actually go through physical changes… Read more »

The aim of National Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month is to help create awareness of the importance of the veterinary nursing profession. Veterinary Nurses are sometimes the unseen workforce in practice and many pet owners still have no idea how important veterinary nurses are to their pet’s care and wellbeing whilst they are at the veterinary practice…. Read more »

Spring Time Pet Care Tips

Spring has arrived in Berkshire; the weather is getting warmer (and hopefully staying that way), the daffodils and crocuses are starting to reappear and there is blossum on the trees. This is a great time of year and many people will be starting to spend more time outside, whether it be pottering around in the garden,… Read more »