Dog theft is on the increase in the UK with and estimated 3500 thefts reported in 2013, so we want to make dog owners aware of this worrying trend. The theft of a much loved pet and companion can be absolutely devastating to the whole family and it is not just something that happens to pedigree dogs…. Read more »

This lovely girly is Apple-Pie, a 4yr old Pointer. Apple-Pie had a bad road traffic accident in August and was immediately referred to the Royal Veterinary College for surgery to fix her badly broken left hind leg. Apple-Pie had to have her bones pinned and an external fixator applied to keep the pins in place,… Read more »

This lovely boy is Diego, a 5 year old Bengal cat. Diego initially came in to us as an emergency case in April because he had ingested something toxic. The toxins in his body caused extreme mouth ulceration and more seriously, kidney failure. At that time Diego was given a very guarded prognosis because we… Read more »

Seasonal Canine Illness

The Animal Health Trust is warning dog owners to remain alert this autumn, as a mystery dog illness is expected to reoccur in the upcoming months. Whilst we at Castle Vets in Reading have not seen any cases of this illness in the Reading area, we would like to warn dog owners of the potential… Read more »

Every year in the UK it is estimated that over 250,000 pets go missing. Last year 126,000 stray dogs were handled by local authorities and of these 77% were not microchipped. In June and July alone, we at Castle Vets have had owners reporting 42 missing cats, 8 missing dogs and 1 missing rabbit; only… Read more »

Most cats find travelling outside their home to be a very stressful experience. Cats aren’t stupid, they know that the cat carrier means a trip to the vet where they will be poked and prodded, often when they are already feeling under the weather. Or it could be a trip to the cattery while you… Read more »

Travelling with your dog

We travel with our dogs for a variety of reasons; it may just be for the occasional short trip to the vet or the park, but occasionally we also like to take our dogs on longer journeys or away on holiday with us. At Castle Vets we often get asked about the best way to transport… Read more »

Bertie, a lovely 2 year old Pekingese, came in to us at the beginning of March because he was having difficulty passing urine and was feeling a bit under the weather. Bertie had a urine test that revealed blood and an alkaline pH, and an ultrasound scan which confirmed that there were some uroliths (bladder… Read more »

Lenny is a Golden Retriever who we think was born in March 2012. He came into our lives when the RSPCA brought him in as an emergency case in October 2012. His owners had decided to sign him over to the RSPCA because they couldn’t give him the care he required. When Lenny arrived at… Read more »

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is defined as the use of physical techniques for the treatment of injuries and movement dysfunction. In the world of human medicine, physiotherapy is already a valuable aid in the recovery of many conditions. Physiotherapy is available for dogs, cats and other animals and is rapidly becoming recognised as a useful therapy for the… Read more »