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  • Should I get pet insurance?

    Posted By: Lynn Broom, 17 Aug

    The options in veterinary medicine have progressed and improved hugely in recent years and, whilst not appropriate in all circumstances, advanced diagnostics and surgery are now available. With this comes increased costs and specialist treatment can easily run to several thousand pounds. Accidents, injuries and illnesses often come ‘out of...

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  • Anna trains farmers in Africa with Send a Cow

    Posted By: Anna - Farm Vet, 3 Aug

    Shepton Vets is a member of XLVets; this means it is part of a group of 50 or so independently owned veterinary practices that work together, sharing knowledge and experience.  One of the great things about working for a practice that is a member of XLVets is the opportunities that arise as a result of being part of this large community of vets.  I...

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  • When a kitten gets caught up in a cat fight…

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 27 Jul

    Cat fights are a common result of a large amount of cats in a small residential area, so related injuries are often seen at the vets. However Freckles’ case was a lot more unusual than most – because of the severity of the injuries, and also because she was caught in the crossfire! Freckles had only just started venturing outdoors after...

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  • Tetley has a sore eye

    Posted By: Sarah - Vet, 20 Jul

    We quite often see dogs and cats with sore eyes at the surgery, and the cause can vary from a mild conjunctivitis to a serious problem that can even lead to the loss of an eye so they always warrant a check . Recently, Vet Josh saw Tetley who is a sprightly older gentleman, with an uncomfortable eye caused by a corneal ulcer. The cornea is the clear...

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  • Samson has a retained testicle

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 13 Jul

    One of the most enjoyable parts of being a vet is meeting the adorable new puppies and kittens that visit us, and getting the chance to give them a healthy start in life.  Getting their healthcare right from the very beginning is essential, helping to prevent problems occurring in the future.  As well as being a lot of fun, it’s also...

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  • Butch has an unusual lump in the throat

    Posted By: Josh - Vet, 6 Jul

    Owners know their animals better than anyone, and they certainly know when their pets aren't feeling quite right. In fact many people bring their pets in to us because they feel they' just aren't themselves', or they are 'not quite right'; it is then our job as best we can to work out what might be going on and get them back...

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  • Charly gets into trouble on the farm

    Posted By: Gudi - Vet, 29 Jun

    In a busy mixed practice, we have to expect that the phone can ring at any moment with an emergency. And when it’s our farm office that receives an urgent call from a farmer, we can usually be pretty sure the problem is with a cow or a sheep. But this was not the case with the call that started this story, and the result required collaboration...

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  • Megan needs surgery for a uterine infection

    Posted By: Lynn Broom, 22 Jun

    You know your own dog and you know when something isn’t normal. Megan’s owners realised she had not been ‘quite right’ since her season started 3 weeks previously. Megan was a bit quiet and off her food. She was drinking more  and had more discharge than was normal at this stage. She had a slightly raised temperature...

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  • Flystrike

    Posted By: Faye - Vet Nurse, 15 Jun

    It has finally got to that time of year where we can start to enjoy a little bit of sunshine. However, as the warmer months approach, spare a thought for any indoor and outdoor rabbits. Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK after cats and dogs; however their health and welfare needs are often very much misunderstood. During the summer...

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  • Merlin and his many trips to the vets

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 8 Jun

    Dalamatians are an unmistakeable and much loved breed, but seven year old Merlin is definitely a familiar and recognisable face at the practice due to his regular visits because of various ailments over the past few years. As if having a spinal problem in his neck wasn’t enough, Merlin then had problems going to the toilet that resulted in surgery,...

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  • Thomas the Dachshund

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 25 May

    There are several different ways of taking on a pet.  Many do research for weeks or months, and then find the most appropriate breed for them at their local rescue centre or from a breeder.  Equally others fall into it, as fate plays its part.  The owner of Thomas however is one of those incredibly kind soles that takes on pets when...

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  • A farm vets view

    Posted By: Rob - Farm Vet, 18 May

    I have been enjoying the sunshine over the last couple of weeks; it is amazing how quickly things change. The young lambs are running around the fields and lots of beef and dairy cattle are out grazing. This gives some of our clients a small break from all the winter work of bedding up cattle, cleaning them out and feeding them. Several of the beef...

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  • An unusual case of arthritis in Stanley the puppy

    Posted By: Josh - Vet, 11 May

    Puppies are extremely inquisitive and curious, and as such will often eat things they shouldn’t do (as many owners know all too well!). Because of this it is not unusual for us to see many puppies for digestive upsets such as vomiting and diarrhoea. When Stanley, a 5 and a half month old Cocker Spaniel, initially presented with diarrhoea...

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  • Murphy needs help with a dislocated jaw

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 4 May

    Waking up at the weekend after a hard week at work usually brings the possibility of relaxation – perhaps a lie-in, a leisurely coffee and a bit of time to yourself. However, as the owners of Murphy, a five year old cat, awoke one Saturday morning they did not get the relaxing start to the weekend that they were looking forward to. Instead they...

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  • Arry the parrot and his regular blood tests

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 27 Apr

    Birds don’t make up a very large number of our patients at the practice, which makes their visits and appointments all the more interesting. One avian patient that we have grown accustomed to welcoming to the surgery is a 20 year old African Grey parrot – affectionately known as ‘Arry! Having arrived with a history of medical issues,...

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  • From TB to Small Animal Vet

    Posted By: Lynn Broom, 13 Apr

    Having qualified as a vet 18 years ago I have seen and treated a significant variety of animals. These have ranged from the smallest including hamsters, budgies and geckos up to the largest including bulls and stallions. Four years ago I traded in the comfort of a small animal clinic to work on farms almost exclusively TB testing cows which involves...

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  • Greg's travels in Australia

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 16 Mar

    A week into the Australian job and I feel just about settled into Aussie life. The veterinary practice I am working at is situated at Central Coast - an area of suburb approximately 80km north of Sydney, and is surprisingly, on the coast! That’s a definite benefit to living here (as well as the constant sunshine) and means I get to enjoy the...

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  • Greg's travels in Australia

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 16 Mar

    A week into the Australian job and I feel just about settled into Aussie life. The veterinary practice I am working at is situated at Central Coast - an area of suburb approximately 80km north of Sydney, and is surprisingly, on the coast! That’s a definite benefit to living here (as well as the constant sunshine) and means I get to enjoy the...

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  • 100 Keyhole spays

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 2 Mar

    Veterinary medicine is an ever-developing world and, as a practising vet, it is important that I keep up to date with advancements in our knowledge. In fact, continuing professional development is not only a strict requirement, regulated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, but is an enjoyable and rewarding part of the profession. My regular...

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  • An ongoing cough caused by an unusual problem

    Posted By: Josh - Vet, 23 Feb

    Animals presenting with a cough is something we see every day here at the vets. Often these can be managed simply with the right medications, however sometimes further investigations are needed to find the exact cause of a cough. Perhaps the most common reason we see for coughing is a simple viral infection known colloquially as kennel cough –...

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  • Heart disease in Cavaliers

    Posted By: Sarah - Vet, 9 Feb

    The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is an old and well established breed in the UK. With their engaging gentle natures, they make lovely family pets, and Thomas is a good example. He lives with his owners and 3 other Cavaliers. They make an impressive pack when they are all together. Unfortunately, there are some health problems that are fairly common...

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  • Bella fractures her foot

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 26 Jan

    Going for a walk with your dog on a Sunday is part of our culture, even if your dog is a 1.9kg toy breed.  Bella the lively 1.9kg Chihuahua cross Pomeranian was enjoying her weekend activities, as any dog would, when a freak fall caused a lot of stress for her and her owner. One minute Bella was fine and then she let out a shriek and was instantly...

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  • Marley has a dislocated hip

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 12 Jan

    Saturday mornings at the practice are often a busy time, with a mixture of routine appointments and emergencies that are dealt with as they arrive. Marley is one patient who came in as an emergency when he came home unable to use one of his hind legs. He was bought straight into the surgery where it became clear he was very uncomfortable in his right...

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  • Sheep with smelly feet

    Posted By: Bibby - Farm Vet, 15 Dec

    Recently, I have been to several farms to help come up with a plan to reduce lameness in their flocks. Lameness in sheep is a major welfare and economic challenge. It is estimated to cost the industry £24 million, with 3 million sheep lame in the UK at any one time. There are several reasons why sheep become lame. The most common causes in...

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  • Indy needs help with her persistent intestinal problems

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 8 Dec

    One of the most common problems seen at the practice is vomiting and diarrhoea. Often these will resolve fairly quickly, in a number of days. However in some cases they can persist longer, and then further investigation is needed to find out what is causing the problem. One such case was Indy, a lovely 6 year old crossbreed dog. She presented with...

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  • Rooney’s toe gets sent off

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 1 Dec

    A swollen toe can be an uncomfortable cause of bother, or an unfortunate injury for a footballer, but unlike his namesake, Rooney the Labrador’s condition was far more serious. Rooney is an excitable dog who just wants to make friends but rarely stays still! A swelling by the dog’s nail noted by his owners led to a crucial surgery after...

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  • A Pet’s not just for Christmas it’s for life

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 24 Nov

    Getting a new puppy or kitten can be an exciting and rewarding time, however it can also be a very demanding one. As we come up to Christmas, the number of new puppies and kittens that we see starts to increase. It is important to remember just how much of a time, money and energy commitment they really are! In particular, in the first year of ownership...

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  • Disley learns to cope with 3 legs

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 17 Nov

    A lot of patients we see on a day to day basis sometimes only need to be treated with medication, and will need little further investigation other than a good detailed clinical assessment by a vet.  However, when medication fails to improve symptoms, or things don’t appear straight forward then we have to investigate further in order to...

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  • Being a male Nurse in a “female” nursing world

    Posted By: Callum - Student Nurse, 10 Nov

    My experience within the veterinary practice has been great fun throughout the 3 years I have been working. I started when I was 15 as a kennel assistant on a Saturday placement and really enjoyed being part of the team. Since then I have worked my way up through the ranks and I am now a full time student nurse, studying one day a week at college and...

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  • Should we really vaccinate? - The truth behind our pet vaccines

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 3 Nov

    With the age of the internet and social media, there appears to be more controversy than ever surrounding vaccines, be they for ourselves, our children, or our animals. As pet owners, there is no obligation for vaccination, and it will always be your choice, but as vets we have a duty of care for your animal and it is our job to recommend the best...

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  • Repair of broken Jaw allows Simba to eat again

    Posted By: Josh - Vet, 27 Oct

    Cats are inquisitive by nature and natural hunters, which often means that come night time many will venture outdoors to explore their surroundings and exhibit ancestral behaviours. Not uncommonly they bring back their catches to display to their owners! Unfortunately, because of these behaviours, it is not unusual for cats to be brought into us having...

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  • What happened to Ollie?

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 20 Oct

    When you’ve finished that hard working week on a Friday afternoon most just look forward to getting home and relaxing.  For some that relaxing would involve taking the dog for a walk or even sitting with the cat on the sofa and watching a bit of T.V.. That was how Ollie’s owners may have wanted to spend Friday evening but they soon...

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  • Lumps on Sandy's stomach cause concern

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 13 Oct

    A very common reason for pets being bought into the vets is because their owners find an unexpected lump. This was the case for Sandy, a 9 year old Shih Tsu. Her owner had noticed a number of lumps appear on Sandy’s stomach, around her teats. We were not entirely sure how long they had been there but her owner bought her in as soon as she found...

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  • New Exotics Ward

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 6 Oct

    At any veterinary practice, kennels and a cattery are required to hospitalise pets. This may be for the day, prior to or following a procedure, or can be to administer treatment and provide nursing care to an ill patient, possibly extending to overnight or weekend stays. Dogs and cats must be ideally kept separate, minimising stress so as to aid their...

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  • Time for Bed

    Posted By: Sue - Veterinary Nurse, 29 Sep

    Now the days are getting shorter and the nights colder, tortoises are beginning to slow down ready for hibernation. Tortoises naturally stop eating and start digging in, preparing themselves for a long sleep. It is really important to keep giving them a warm bath through this stage. When the temperature drops below 15c they stop metabolising their...

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  • Willow gets a lump on her leg

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 22 Sep

    It frequently seems to be that our pets become unwell while we are away on holiday. Unfortunately this was the case with a lovely, 1 year old Golden Retriever called Willow. She was being looked after by family members and was bought to see us when they noticed a lump inside her right hind leg. It had appeared quite suddenly and they were rightly concerned....

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  • How to look after your pets teeth

    Posted By: Josh - Vet, 15 Sep

    No one particularly likes going to the dentist, and certainly most of our pets aren’t too eager to let us look in their mouths for too long, but dental hygiene is very important to your pets overall health. Everyday I’m asked how best to keep animals teeth clean and often how to improve their breath, but there’s a bit more to it...

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  • Wild bird releases make rewarding experiences

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 7 Apr

    The job of a veterinary surgeon can be challenging at times, but the tough experiences are usually outweighed by the rewarding moments. Working with wildlife can be an exciting ‘by-product’ of being a small animal vet in general practice, and there are few more rewarding moments in the career than releasing a wild animal back into its natural...

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  • Ozzy stops eating

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 31 Mar

    One of the ways we know if most of our canine patients are feeling alright is if they eat and enjoy their food.  It’s one of the most fundamental pleasures in life for us all.  However, dogs at times can push this a little too far, eating some of the most disgusting things.  However, their extreme desire to eat anything and everything...

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  • The Mystery of the Dying Lambs

    Posted By: Bibby - Farm Vet, 17 Mar

    I was asked to look at a group of lambs, these lambs were born the previous spring, some of the group had died and the remaining animals were in poor body condition, despite being feed additional concentrate and having access to hay. The owners of these animals were very worried about them. We discussed the history of the lambs, this group were...

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  • Maisie's cough causes concern

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 10 Mar

    One of the appeals of being a vet is that the day can be very variable.  Anything could walk through the door at any point and it’s never a profession where you would complain of being bored!  This was certainly the case when Maisie, a 6 year old cross breed, walked in just over a month ago. Maisie originally came in as her owner...

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  • Miaowing Missy’s weight loss cured by surgery

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 3 Mar

    Missy is a 13 year old cat who had been very well looked after and content in her home for her life until over the course of a few months she started showing unusual behaviours. After a trip to the vets a very common condition was diagnosed and then successfully treated with a straight forward but delicate surgery. Missy had been showing more and...

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  • Ozzy the Wolfhound

    Posted By: Sarah - Vet, 24 Feb

    There can be few more magnificent sights in the canine world than a fully grown Irish Wolfhound. Osiris (or Ozzy as he was affectionately known) was typical of the breed, gentle and mild mannered, but one of the biggest puppies we’d ever seen at the practice. As he grew, he reached a maximum weight of over 90kg, and his owners were justly...

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  • Billie, the gentle giant needs surgery

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 17 Feb

    Billie is a lovely Dogue de Bordeaux who came to visit us one Monday afternoon. She was not quite right and had a bloody fluid coming from her rear end. This rang some alarm bells with us as it is often a sign of a pyometra. This is an infection of the womb and can be very serious. It can become very enlarged, and filled with pus and cause them to...

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  • The Labrador who stopped eating

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 10 Feb

    It can sometimes be difficult to detect signs of illness in our pets. However when a Labrador stops eating their food, it is usually a worry! One such Labrador, who came to visit us, is Quin. He is a lovely, friendly and usually very lively chap. However, when he was brought in, he had stopped eating and become very quiet and sleepy. We gave...

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  • How a healthy weight is important for our pets too!

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 27 Jan

    January is a time of year filled with resolutions and good intentions for healthy eating plans and new exercise regimes. Most of us are aware of the importance of these for our own health and well-being but the importance for our pets is often overlooked. We frequently feed them treats, titbits and left overs often without appreciating how much extra...

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  • Cat’s coughing and sneezing reveals unusual answer, twice

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 20 Jan

    Cats can cough and sneeze fairly regularly without concern, but if these symptoms happen daily for over a week then a trip to the vets is warranted. In most cases infections such as cat flu can be to blame, but in Pickle’s case he got more than he bargained for after eating some grass. Pickle is a young, and usually healthy cat, so when he...

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  • Daisy and Dinky get spayed using our new laparoscopic bitch spay technique

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 13 Jan

    One of the most common procedures a small animal vet will carry out on a day to day basis is neutering. It’s not that we do this for fun but for one of many advantages that this can give our patients, owners and our community in general.  The many benefits include: It obviously reduces the numbers of unwanted or feral dogs and cats; it can...

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  • Pickle gets treatment for bladder stones

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 6 Jan

    Routine vaccinations are part of daily life here at the surgery. These appointments are a useful time to give our patients a full health check, as well as making sure they are fully protected against preventable disease. Pickle, lovely Norfolk Terrier, came to visit us for her regular booster. While at the surgery, her owners mentioned that she...

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  • What is a Veterinary Nurse?

    Posted By: Emma Maguire Veterinary Nurse, 20 May

    It’s May, so welcome to National Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month!  I am proud to be a Registered and listed Veterinary Nurse and have worked in practice for over 30 years. I was recently taken aback to discover that (according to a British Veterinary Association survey) some 57% of people don’t know what a Veterinary Nurse does....

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  • Vets Diary - Hyperthyroidism in Cats

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 6 May

    Not all of our patients necessarily make life easy for either us or their owners when they are ill.  Amelie the 11 year old cat was one patient that could be put into that category.  As a Tortoiseshell cat,  she very much believed she could choose her times to do things and if receiving treatment was not in her plans then she had her...

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  • Smallholder Lambing Workshop

    Posted By: Bibby - Farm Vet, 24 Apr

    Shepton Vets Smallholders Club holds practical workshops throughout the year for Smallholders across Somerset. The latest meetings were evening Lambing Workshops which were run in January and March for clients preparing for lambing season. This is always a very popular event, as the workshops provide knowledge and skills, giving the smallholders the...

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  • Vets Diary - Lizzie is April's Pet of the Month

    Posted By: Greg - Vet, 21 Apr

    Old English sheepdogs are an unmistakeable and much loved breed, and 10 year old Lizzie is the perfect example of one. However, like other larger breed dogs, they are at risk of a life threatening form of bloat. Having owned the shaggy coated dogs for most of their life, Lizzie’s owners were aware of the signs of this condition and fortunately...

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  • Vets Diary - Baise is March's Pet of the month

    Posted By: Martin - Vet, 1 Apr

    Our dogs’ diet can often be a source of worry – and amusement. We go to great effort to choose the right food for them; we want to ensure they get the best nutrition and we worry about palatability and whether they enjoy their food. This is all very important and the concern is understandable but it may seem strange at times that we worry...

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  • Vets Diary - Tizzy is Pet of the Month for February

    Posted By: Ellen - Vet, 26 Feb

    Tizzy is a very friendly and energetic little Jack Russel puppy. She came to visit us a few weeks ago when her owners noticed a swelling had developed underneath her right eye. It had happened overnight and had not responded to antihistamines, which had been given on veterinary advice. Tizzy was not concerned by the swelling and was eating and drinking...

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