Reducing Risk

I was lucky enough to share a really good curry with four pilots and two air traffic controllers last weekend. As the evening wore on talk swung around to all things aeronautical, and with over a hundred years of flying experience between them it was fascinating to listen in. Between filthy tales of what goes on in foreign climes and …

Help! My dog’s eaten a …

It’s embarrassing and it can be a bit of a nightmare! You put something down for a moment, or you forget to pick it up and before you know it your darling pooch has wolfed it down. The variety of things dogs seem to find tasty is a never ending source of amazement for me- from obvious things like a …

Why’s my pet limping?

“He’s been limping all week, but he doesn’t seem painful” is something I hear on a regular basis! So what’s going on? A limp is an interruption in the normal rhythm of a gait- whether that’s in walk, trot, canter or gallop. A good rule of thumb is that for forelimb lameness they have a head dip or nod on …

An Introduction to Heart Disease

The heart is an amazing organ- every second of every hour of every day of every year of our (and our pets’) lives it must continually keep pumping blood around our bodies. If it misses even just a few beats it has a dramatic effect on us. Imagine lifting a small dumbbell every second, for 24 hours a day for …

Pet Theft – a chance to make a difference

Over the years we’ve seen a steady increase in the numbers of pets being stolen from people’s homes – national figures show an increase of 24% in the last 3 years! Unfortunately since pets are regarded by the law as good and chattels, any punishment for an offender is limited to the cost of the pet; this bears no resemblance …

Our new vet – Dr Katy Julien

You may have noticed a new face this week! I’m really pleased to say that Dr Katy Julien MRCVS has agreed to come and work for us for two days a week. Katy and I qualified at the same time back in 2000, although like David she is a London graduate. I’ve known Katy for 15 years- we met in …

Cruciate repair – What do I need to know?

The cruciate ligaments are ligaments within the knee (stifle) that stop the bones under the knee (the tibia and fibula) sliding back and forth against the bone above the joint (the femur). The are arranged in a “cross” arrangement – hence “cruciate”. The cranial, or anterior, cruciate ligament (CrCL / ACL) is particularly prone to damage in dogs- especially in …

Mansion Hill Vets Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 28th September join us for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.There will be loads of cakes, snacks and goodies for you to munch on between 9 am and 12 pm, all funds raised are for Macmillan Cancer Support. We will also have a raffle with a selection of fantastic prizes to win! If you have any questions or would like …

An important message regarding new client registrations

From Monday 24th September 2018 we are closing our books to new client registrations, and opening a waiting list for pet owners who wish to become clients. A practice can only support a certain number of clients per vet – beyond that number vets become unable to devote the time required to properly diagnose and treat your pet. The surgery …

Why does my dog eat poo?

It’s pretty disgusting, but “coprophagia” is seen in lots of dogs! CAUSES Coprophagia is very common- don’t worry! It sometimes is a normal life stage event e.g. inquisitive pups or post birth bitches. However, underlying medical or dietary problems can cause it- digestive enzyme problems, parasites and poor diet can cause it. It can also stem from underlying behavioural or …