Pets and Halloween

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for everyone, especially families with children. ‘Trick or Treating’ has certainly become much more popular in Reading over the last few years and we are even starting to see organised events in some areas. It is lovely to see everyone getting into the Halloween spirit, but please spare… Read more »

Stiff and painful joints can have a big negative impact on your pet’s general health and quality of life and, although it is seen more commonly in older pets, it can affect pets of any age. If you can spot the signs you will be able to take action and help reduce discomfort and pain… Read more »

Complementary therapies are methods of trying to treat illnesses and problems, which work alongside or instead of conventional medicine. The word ‘complementary’ refers to the fact that they may be used in addition to the conventional medicine advised by your veterinary surgeon. Some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture are based on older or traditional forms… Read more »

What Is Pyometra? Pyometra is a infection in the womb and literally means pus in the 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… 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… Read more »

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 »

Pets Get Allergies Too

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 breathes them in. Pet allergies are one of the more common problems that we see in practice with symptoms ranging from scratching and… Read more »

At this time of year at Castle Vets we start to see a lot of patients (particularly dogs), with grass seeds and plant awns embedded in various parts of the body. During the warmer summer months grasses and plants start to dry out and their barbed seeds begin to scatter. These can cause major problems… Read more »