Lungworms are a group of parasites that can affect both dogs and cats. Lungworms are much less common than parasites such as fleas, ticks and tapeworms, but the associated problems with a Lungworm infection can be far more severe than with other more common parasites. Canine and Feline Lungworms cannot be transmitted to people. In the… Read more »

We would like to introduce you to Gizmo, who was nominated to be a Star Pet by the Castle Vets team this week 11 year old Gizmo was involved in a road traffic accident on 14th January and was initially triaged and given emergency care by Vets Now. He was in severe shock after being run… Read more »

Pets go missing from home for a whole variety of reasons and stray animals are usually picked up by members of the public, then passed on to the local dog wardens, animal charities or taken to the veterinary surgery if they are injured. If they cannot be identified by means of a microchip or id… Read more »

Ear Health

Ears are very sensitive organs that are not only necessary for hearing, but are also responsible for maintaining balance. In some animals they also play a very important part in communication, with them using their ears to express what they are feeling, for example pricked up ears are usually seen in alert animals and ears laid… Read more »

Cystitis (which literally means inflammation of the bladder), Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Idiopathic Cystitis are terms that are used by veterinary surgeons to describe the problems associated with the bladder or difficulty urinating. We see urinary problems in many of our feline patients, both males and females, of all ages. Urinary crystals or… Read more »

Caring For Older Pets

Our pets are living much longer than ever before, thanks to modern advances in veterinary care, medicine and nutrition which is great news. Old age comes to different animals and breeds at different times, for example, a cat may be considered as a senior at around 9-11 years old and a rabbit at around 4-5… Read more »

Kennel Cough, which is also known as Canine Infectious Bronchitis, Infectious Tracheobronchitis and Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), is a highly contagious upper respiratory tract infection that can affect our pet dogs and is one of the most widespread canine infectious diseases in the UK. Although it is called Kennel Cough, dogs do not only… Read more »

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that affects the concentration of glucose (or sugar) in the blood; dogs and cats become diabetic when their bodies do not make enough insulin or if the body is unable to use (is resistant to) the insulin that is produced. Insulin is… Read more »