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 […]

Winter Walks Date: November 27, 2023

It may not officially start until 22nd December according to the astronomical calendar, or 1st December by the meteorological calendar but, whatever the ‘official’ sources say, it very much feels like winter has arrived already … especially if you have a dog or dogs to walk. The evenings are dark, the weather’s cold, the leaves […]

Lest We Forget Date: November 10, 2023

On Remembrance Day, we honour those who have fought for our freedom in wars past and present. Those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives, as well as those who’ve suffered physical or mental trauma as a result of the horrors they experienced through war. As well as the humans, we should also […]

Caring for Your Pet After Surgery Date: October 24, 2023

So, your pet has had an operation and the vet has given them the all-clear to go home and start their recovery. But, how do you care for your pet at home and ensure they recover well? No matter what the surgery, whether it’s a routine operation or something more serious, your pet will need […]

Feline Fine? How to tell if your cat’s unwell… Date: October 7, 2023

Cats are often known for being aloof and naturally stoic creatures who are adept at hiding how they feel. Part of this comes down to natural instinct – when their ancestors lived out in the wild, any signs of illness or weakness could lead them to being preyed upon, so if they were injured or […]

Dangerous Dogs Date: September 23, 2023

There’s been a lot of talk in the media recently about dangerous dogs, specifically the American XL Bully, following recent attacks. It’s believed that 6 of the 10 fatal dog attacks in the UK last year are linked to XL Bullies and 3 of the 7 fatalities this year, too. Figures for non-fatal attacks are […]

The NTAAs – National Television Animal Awards Date: September 18, 2023

Hello people inside Karl’s computer … it’s Ziggy and Poppy here. This is a pet takeover! We’ve noticed an injustice so we’re here to right some wrongs! A couple of days ago the Underhill’s were watching something on that big black screen in their front room that they’re periodically transfixed by. We don’t always join […]

Adopting from Overseas Date: August 28, 2023

It’s estimated that there are around 600 million dogs in the world and, according to WHO (World Health Organisation), a staggering 200 million of these are strays. That’s a huge percentage, equating to one in three dogs in the world without a home. According to IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals), […]

Overseas Travel with Pets Date: August 14, 2023

At this time of year, a lot of people are holidaying or at least thinking of holidays … and there’s an age-old question: should you take your pet on holiday with you? Many of us choose a pet-friendly holiday if we’re travelling within the UK and pets are welcome in many more places nowadays. Once […]

Introducing: Pet Blood Bank Date: July 21, 2023

This week’s blog is a bit of a ‘Did you know?’… I’d like to introduce you to ‘Pet Blood Bank UK’ (www.petbloodbankuk.org), a UK charity which offers an amazing service that I think few people are aware of. Most of us know of the concept of donating blood as humans, so that blood transfusions, platelets, […]