Get a hold on Winter Worries!

Get a hold on Winter Worries!

As I write this, it is the 17th November – too early to mention the C word? Nevertheless, it’s always good to start getting prepared to keep our pets safe, as it’s beginning to look a LOT like Christmas… Many of our festive favourites contain ingredients that are...

The Firework Funk

The Firework Funk

With winter fast approaching, a familiar dread settles over many of us who share our homes with our pets – firework season. 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear during fireworks. Whilst there is no quick fix, there are actions we can take to reduce this fear....

Interview with Ola Jankowska from Blackwater Vets

Interview with Ola Jankowska from Blackwater Vets

What made you become a vet?  It sounds like a cliché but I think most vets are driven by a passion for animal welfare. For me it was about making a difference to animal welfare but also recognising the wonderful bond we share with our pets and so it was also about...

Shrimp’s Story

Shrimp’s Story

It was a hot summer’s day in Mersea when a little ginger kitten, Shrimp, now named Theo, was brought to our front door. He had been the subject of conversation on the island for a few days as people could see his eye needed veterinary attention, but no one could get...

Research and rescue

Research and rescue

  Rescuing has become increasingly popular in the UK. It is amazing to offer a dog or cat a second chance at life in a loving home. Of course, we all want your new member of the family to fit in and feel at home for a successful adoption. With that in mind, here...

Obesity – prevention not cure!

Obesity – prevention not cure!

By Ashleigh Pedder (Bsc Animal Science) and Lana Charge (Msc Veterinary Physiotherapy, CCBW, Canine Hydrotherapist) The most recent data states that 51% of dogs and 44% of cats in the UK are overweight or obese. Many owners do not recognise that their pet is...

Why Cats can benefit from a Cat Friendly Clinic

Why Cats can benefit from a Cat Friendly Clinic

‘We recognise that because of their unique nature and needs, taking cats to visit a veterinary clinic can be very stressful, both for cats and owners.  The Cat Friendly Clinic programme is designed to help address these issues’  https://catfriendlyclinic.org/ Q:  How...

Is your pet living with pain?

Is your pet living with pain?

In the wild, if an animal gets injured, it has little choice but to live with pain.  It will continue to follow behaviours essential to life such as eating, and will often hide signs of pain to look less weak to other animals. This is assisted through the release of...