Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) is a rare, but often fatal disease that is affecting dogs in the UK. It is sometimes called ‘Alabama Rot’ by the general public and newspapers because it has similar clinical signs to a disease found in the USA that affected Greyhounds. The disease has affected and been diagnosed in 98… Read more »

Pet Eye Care

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 centre of the eye that lets light from the environment enter the eye Iris, the pigmented membrane that surrounds the… Read more »

May is National Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month. The aim 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… Read more »

Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are one of Britain’s most familiar wild animals and are easily recognisable even by the youngest children.  They generally live in parks and gardens where bushes and hedges provide perfect day-time hiding/sleeping places and the insect-rich lawns and flowerbeds make great feeding grounds at dusk. Hedgehogs eat all kinds of invertebrates such as beetles, caterpillars,… Read more »

Parasites are not something we really like to think about, but as responsible owners it is important that we safeguard our pets, and our families against them. A heavy burden of worms can cause suffering and illness in our pets, so it necessary to prevent this. Although it is rare, some types of worms also pose a risk… 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 »

Babesiosis In Dogs

UK Dog owners have recently become concerned about news reports of an ‘outbreak’ of Babesiosis; a disease usually only seen in parts of continental Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. National newspapers are reporting that one dog that has already died from the illness and that 3 more dogs are being treated by vets. We are… 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 »