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 »

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 »

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 »