Case of the week – Maya’s story

Some of you may have seen pictures of Maya in the Ask a Banbury Vet Facebook Group. She, and her owner Hel have been on a stressful journey with a serious eye condition which ultimately resulted in the loss of her eye. I was so impressed with the way they both handled what was a frustrating and difficult time that …

Raw Feeding- What’s the Evidence?

Raw feeding generates a lot of passion on both sides of the debate, with a lot of claims being made for its benefits and potential dangers. So what’s the evidence? Pros: Closer to a “natural diet” Less residue as more digestible Potentially better gastrointestinal and dental health. Claims for health benefits such as improvement in coat and skin; elimination of …

Are animals conscious?

It’s a question I get asked frequently- how conscious do I think our animals are? And it’s not an easy question to answer, especially if you don’t subscribe to areligious interpretation. Ask some someone 100 years ago and they would have replied that the body needs a “vital force”, some mysterious power flowing through its sinews to animate it; you’ve …

Novelty Dog Show 2018

The biggest party in town is coming to People’s Park on Sunday 8 July. Join us for a day of fun and excitement with games, stalls, funfair, food and drink – and lots more. The park will come alive with music and action and admission is free. The party will start at 10.30am and continue until 3pm. Mansion Hill are …

The Vet’s Scrapbook No. 3

“The Vet’s Scrapbook” brings together all the inspirational and wonderful things we’ve seen written about animals over the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy them. John Banbury Bark in the Park Sunday 8th July 10.30am – 3pmAs part of the Town Mayor’s Sunday we’ll be running the fantastic “Bark in the Park” dog show. See you there! What’s vet …

Should I neuter my pet?

It’s always a tricky decision when it comes to deciding whether your cute bundle of fluff should be given the chance of having a litter, or whether they should be neutered. I believe we should only do surgery when absolutely necessary (and then the minimum intervention possible) so how do we decide? In this article I’ll look at the procedure …

We’re now offering stem cell therapy

Perhaps one of the more important developments over the last few years is the use of stem cell therapy, and I’m delighted to say we’re now offering it here at Mansion Hill! If you have a dog or cat on pain killers for arthritis, or other muscle or joint problems, and you want to reduce or stop the drugs then …

Blandford fly bites

Insects suck. Sometimes.

Who doesn’t love this time of year? Long, warm evenings, inspiring mornings and weekend afternoons in the garden. But what about those pesky insect critters? The warmer temperatures stimulate activity and breeding – but who are the main villains? Flies (bottle) Not so much the adults but their babies cause issues in rabbits. The maggots (larvae) of the green bottle …

Hedgehog Awareness Week May 6th – 12th 2018

Hedgehogs are an icon of our wonderful countryside; who couldn’t fail to be charmed by these spiky, furry, sweet creatures> Unfortunately the population of British Hedgehogs is in freefall, by up to 50% in rural areas over the last 20 years. There is no obvious cause to this decline. Road deaths, loss of habitat, pesticides and badgers have all been …