Karl's corner

Hydrotherapy for Pets Date: February 15, 2022

Brrr, it’s a chilly one again today, isn’t it! As I gaze out on another cold, blustery February day I’m dreaming of a nice hot beach somewhere … a nap on the sand, a refreshing dip in the sea. Ah, bliss! I’m not the only one who enjoys a splash in the ocean though, my […]

Snow Joke! Date: January 25, 2022

Brrrr! It’s been a bit chilly lately, hasn’t it! Hands up who’s already fed up with defrosting their car every morning? While we’re beginning to see very early signs that spring is on its way, with evenings getting slowly but surely a little lighter and green shoots starting to peep through the soil, this weather […]

New Year’s Resolutions (from our pets!) Date: January 11, 2022

Happy New Year! Well, 2022 is here … I hope you all had a very merry festive period and that the New Year’s started well so far. For me, it’s been a busy one already and, a week in, those promises I made in good faith on 1st January are already starting to wane … […]

Merry Christmas … To All! (and Happy New Year!!) Date: December 31, 2021

Well, I’m writing this during the chaotic whirlwind that is the week before Christmas – I like to think of it as the storm before the calm! There’s an awful lot of preparation that goes into the festive season, from shopping to cooking to decorating homes and gardens, not to mention preparing for time off […]

Pets for Christmas? Date: December 14, 2021

We’ve all heard the well-known Dog’s Trust slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.’ This campaign has been running for many years – I certainly remember seeing it on car stickers when I was just a young ‘un – in fact, the phrase is so widely known it’s almost become engrained in […]

Dog Tired? Take a Cat Nap! Date: November 23, 2021

Ahhhh, I’m finally back at Underhill Towers after a loooong day and I’m desperate to put my feet up! I could just close my eyes and have a little snooze … but, with the little man wanting to play and the dogs needing a walk, there’s no chance of a cat nap. I have to […]

Stick injuries Date: November 9, 2021

It’s an image we’ve all grown up with – from greetings cards, to films, to cartoons; a dog chasing a stick is a familiar scene. How many of us have automatically picked up a stick and thrown it for a dog to chase? Dogs love to chase sticks, right? That may be the case, but […]

Bonfire Night Date: October 26, 2021

Remember, remember … last year when Fido spent several nights quaking behind the sofa and Kitty refused to go outside for a week? Hmm, yes, Bonfire Night – loved by many, hated by almost as many. While some pets barely flinch at the sight and sound of a firework, for others the loud bangs, squeals […]

My Hero! Date: October 12, 2021

It’s our job, as vets and veterinary nurses, to help animals – to be there in their time of need and do all we can to make them better. But, pets are such giving creatures this is rarely a one-way process. We all know that, if the need arose, our pets would have our back. […]

Old Pets on the Block Date: September 28, 2021

This week here at SLVC we were kindly given a mention on another blog. And not just any blog – oh no, this is the blog of the most senior feline in our care, Ollie the cat (AKA Mr Ollie). Ollie is 25 years old and – let’s face it – a bit of a […]