Karl's corner

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 […]

A Heart Warming Letter. Date: September 23, 2021

This letter made me feel lovely and warm inside so I wanted to share it (after getting Jane’s permission). Dear Karl I have been meaning to write to you for ages. I knew this would be hard to write and more than a few tears have been shed writing it! From the bottom of my […]

Two’s Company: Pet Friendships Date: September 14, 2021

The other day, as I watched Poppy and Betty racing around together on their walk, I thought how nice it was for each of them to have a playmate. Yes, they have moments where they get on each other’s nerves (don’t we all!) but for the most part, they’re best buds. It was, for a […]

Pets At Work Date: August 30, 2021

One of the best things about my job is that I get to spend the whole day with loads of animals. Ok, I know that kinda goes without saying for a vet, but I honestly feel like it’s a privilege to have all these lovely furry characters at work. Even when they’re poorly, animals have […]

Dogs on Tour Date: August 16, 2021

Holidaying with Your Faithful Friend   Ah, I do love to be beside the seaside! Living in ‘landlocked’ Derbyshire, a trip to the sea always feels like a holiday – whether it’s lying on a beach enjoying the warm climes and azure blue of the Mediterranean or a spending a couple of days in the […]

Hotting Up! Date: July 26, 2021

How to Keep Your Pets Cool When Temperatures Soar… Phew, what a scorching week it’s been! I hate to moan about this glorious weather when it’s such a rarity but, while it’s utterly blissful when you’re on holiday and have a pool or the sea to dip in, working and dashing about doing ‘normal life’ […]

Thanks, but No Thanks Date: July 10, 2021

How to discourage your cat from bringing you gifts… Well, I can’t start this blog without a mention of the football – England are killing it right now! If ever the nation needed a lift the time is now, and the team are certainly delivering. Having secured their spot in the finals, all we can […]

Canine Brainiacs. Date: June 28, 2021

The Smartest Dog Breeds Just like humans, all dogs have their moments where they can go from seeming like highly intelligent creatures to, well, a little less so. One minute they’re obediently sitting and giving you their paw on command, the next they’re patiently waiting by a closed door when the one next to them […]