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 […]

How Much Is That Doggy in the Window? The Cost and Commitment of Pet Ownership Date: June 15, 2021

Why, when we talk about the price of things, do we automatically sound really old?!? “Ay, I remember the days when a penny sweet was actually a penny!” There’s always a touch of nostalgia in reminiscing about the good old days when you could have a good night out with a tenner in your pocket […]

‘Tell Me Where It Hurts’ Date: June 1, 2021

Well, I’m writing this on a particularly damp and miserable May afternoon. When will spring finally set in?!? With rumours abound about a forthcoming heatwave I’ve got everything crossed that June will be a better month, weather-wise (and you should try typing with crossed fingers…it’s really not easy!). As things begin to open up again […]

Super Sniffers – Medical Dogs that Can Sniff Out Illness Date: May 11, 2021

Any dog owners will know that their pets have a penchant for sniffing. Sometimes, their constant need to smell every single tree, stile, lamppost, or blade of grass can be incredibly frustrating when you just want to walk and they keep stopping to take in the delightful scents of the local area. It’s all part […]

Pets Gone AWOL Part 2 – What to Do If You Lose Your Dog Date: April 27, 2021

How are you all doing? It’s beautiful weather at the moment – really puts the proverbial ‘spring’ in your step, doesn’t it! (Apologies if it’s started chucking it down by the time you read this – that’s the curse of mentioning the weather!) On days like these I’m so pleased that I’m a dog owner. […]

Catching an Escapee – How to Deal with a Houdini Hamster (or Other Small Animal) Date: April 13, 2021

Small animals can make great pets and soon become mini additions to the family, providing endless hours of entertainment with their funny little ways. Watching a hamster filling its cheeks with food, doing laps on a wheel or careering around the house in a ball is hours of fun! The tamer they become, the more […]

Here’s Looking at You, Kid! Capturing Your Pet in a Portrait Date: March 30, 2021

As we tiptoe cautiously closer to an easing of some lockdown restrictions and take baby steps in the direction of a more ‘normal’ way of life, I started to think about all the different ways we’ve passed the time during this last year as we’ve been in and out of lockdowns and, for the most […]

The Impact of the Pandemic on Zoos & Wildlife Parks. Date: March 16, 2021

Now, I’m about to state the obvious, so prepare yourselves… this last year has seen our lives change in so many ways. If we could invent a Doc Brown style time-travelling car and nip back to early 2020 to warn our past selves what was coming, we’d never have believed it. There’s hardly a single […]

“No! Don’t Eat That!” What to Do If Your Pet Eats Something They Shouldn’t. Date: March 1, 2021

As I was perusing the news the other day (a rare moment of calm whilst the little man was temporarily otherwise engaged), I came across an article about a Cockapoo who’d eaten a discarded facemask. In fact, the pooch, called Patch, also wolfed down a sock, which is the only thing the owners were aware […]

Valentine’s Day – A Whole Lotta Love for Pets Date: February 15, 2021

Brrrrr… it’s chilly out there at the minute isn’t it! We’ve had a little coating of the white stuff here but not much to write home about; plenty of sub-zero temperatures though. Thankfully, as I write this, I’ve got a nice warm glow because I’m going to be talking about luuuuurve. Soppy, starry-eyed, warm-you-from-the-inside, love. […]