Karl's corner

Welcome to Karl’s corner! Date: February 5, 2020

This is the place where I share my latest news and thoughts online. My aim is to give our clients an insight into the latest goings on here at Saint Leonard Veterinary Centre, and also to bring to their attention any matters I think important concerning the healthcare of their pets. I hope you find […]

Dog Breed Stereotypes … Fact or Fiction? Date: August 12, 2022

We’ve all heard stereotypes about various dog breeds – Rottweilers are aggressive, Chihuahuas are yappy, Retrievers are good with kids, Collies are highly trainable … and these are just a few. I mean, these ‘facts’ are pretty much a given aren’t they? We’ve heard them so many times they must be true. Well, not necessarily. […]

Doggy Paddle Date: July 22, 2022

With the searing hot temperatures that we’ve been experiencing recently, we’ve all been looking for ways to cool off. It’s been too hot for dog walks in the daytime – early mornings or late nights have been our only options for a cooler wander – but even then it’s been pretty warm! My dogs have […]

Pets Get Social Date: July 8, 2022

During a few minutes’ downtime the other day I was having a quick scroll through social media on my phone, as you do, and it suddenly struck me that amongst the ‘people you may know’ and ‘recommended follows’ were a great number of pets. Well, I do know a lot of pets, probably many more […]

Dog Agility Date: June 24, 2022

Summer’s here, the suns out, and I’ve just been for a lovely walk with the dogs. I wondered as I wandered, as you do, whether they ever get bored of their walks? They seem to enjoy them, sniffing every second blade of grass and alternating between steady mooching and flat out bounding through the woods […]

Puppy Love: Pets and Dating Date: June 10, 2022

When I was in the supermarket the other day, I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation between two ladies in the queue about their online dating experiences. Now, I’m not usually in the habit of eavesdropping but my ears pricked up at the mention of dogs so naturally, my veterinarian spidey senses took over and […]

The Price of Puppy Farms Date: May 23, 2022

We all know that the pandemic, and the associated lockdowns, brought about an explosion in pet ownership. Sadly, this sudden increase in demand saw some unscrupulous breeders putting profit over principles (which they appear to be totally devoid of) leading to an increase in unlicensed, illegal breeding. You may have heard of ‘puppy farms’ – […]

Cat Cafés – Cute or Cruel? Date: May 10, 2022

Being a vet and dad of a toddler can mean life’s pretty hectic but I had a rare opportunity for a chilled out morning the other day, and I sat in the sunshine enjoying a cup of coffee with Ziggy purring away on my knee. It was bliss! Like many cats, whether he sits with […]

Walkies! Date: April 25, 2022

We’ve been treated to some lovely spring weather recently and, along with the glut of Bank Holidays that occur at this time of year, it’s been a perfect excuse to get out with our faithful friends and explore some of the wonderful Derbyshire countryside that’s on our doorstep. Poppy and Betty love nothing more than […]

Pets and the Cost of Living Crisis Date: April 12, 2022

Well, regular blog readers will remember that in my last blog I tentatively mentioned the beautiful spring-like weather that we were enjoying. I knew at the time it was a risky thing to bring up and, as predicted, I jinxed it! Sorry…! The temperatures have swiftly plummeted and today, as I write, the rain is […]