We all hope our pets will never need emergency treatment, but sadly some will and emergencies always seem to happen at the most inconvenient time. The first and most important thing in an emergency is to check that it is safe for YOU to help the animal. You will do no good if you are injured,… Read more »

What Is Pyometra? Pyometra literally means pus in the womb/uterus and is one of the most common life-threatening conditions seen in female dogs and occasionally cats. Sadly this condition is still seen all too often at the veterinary practice despite the raised awareness about neutering. Pyometra can affect un-neutered female dogs (bitches) and cats (queens)… Read more »

The Kennel Club and PupAid are working hard to raise awareness about buying puppies. National Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) from 1st – 7th September 2018 aims to make sure that puppies live healthy, happy lives with suitable owners. The aim is to educate potential puppy owners/buyers, in the hope that they will source a puppy from… 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 »

At Castle Vets we often see rabbits, guinea pigs 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 pets are… Read more »

Owning and caring for a pet can be a huge source of enjoyment, but it is also a big responsibility and part of being a responsible owner includes knowing about and understanding the law surrounding pet ownership.  A surprising number of pet owners in the UK are not aware of the law, or of what they are required to… Read more »

How To Have Happy Cats

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 »