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 »

Eye Health

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 »

Our July Pet Of The Month is Mousse,  a gorgeous 4 year old domestic longhair cat. Mousse came in to Vets Now at Castle Vets as an emergency, following a Road Traffic Accident on 15th June; he was in shock and had breathing difficulties. The Vets Now team examined him and confirmed that he had ruptured his diaphragm and… Read more »

Every year veterinary practices across the Uk see many cats that have been brought in to them because of accidental poisonings or accidents that occur inside or just outside their own homes. Cats are naturally very curious animals and this, coupled with their drive to keep themselves scrupulously clean through grooming, can put them at risk… Read more »

Our winner this month is the lovely 3½ year old, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sammy. Sammy has been coming to Castle Vets for socialisation and habituation visits because he was absolutely terrified of visiting the practice and was so nervous that the vets could not examine him properly. Sammy’s dedicated owner has been working with veterinary… Read more »

This handsome boy is 5 year old Bertie Bertie came in Castle Vets to see the vet in early May because his right eye was very sore due to an infection or injury. Unfortunately Bertie’s eye did not improve with treatment, his condition got much worse and his eye ruptured.  Bertie needed an operation to remove… Read more »

Pet Allergies

Just like humans, our pets can suffer from allergies to things such as foods, mites and pollens, with the allergens entering the body through the skin or when your pet eats or breaths them in. Pet allergies are one of the more common problems that we see in practice with symptoms ranging from scratching and… Read more »