Medicinal Cannabis

You can’t fail to have noticed the rise of medicinal cannabis- it’s all over the news and social media. It’s a subject that causes strong feelings, so I thought we’d take a look at the current state of knowledge. What is medicinal cannabis? I’m going to assume you know what cannabis is- it’s a plant that contains more than 400 …

Mel’s Pet Taxi

I’m always really interested in what our clients get up to when they’re not in the surgery, and especially when it involves animals! Many of you know Mel Loveridge – it’s hard to miss her! Mel is a groomer in Banbury and is a HUGE fan of pets. She’s a wonderful, king, loving person who goes out of her way …

What a mess!

Keeping the house clean with pets is tough- mud, blood and hair are all part of the package. I asked my friend and neighbour Mark Smith of @surfaceclean for a few tips on keeping the forces of dirt at bay. I’ve recently been called out to a couple of jobs to clean stains left by animals, urine and vomit. Early …

Out of Hours Emergencies

When you need a vet, you really need a vet. Let’s face it, our pets are like our children, mysterious individuals that sometimes get injured, show pain or inexplicably start to produces gallons of diarrhoea. No amount of Googling lessens the worry. You could try the “Ask a Banbury Vet” Facebook group, but ultimately you can’t beat speaking to a …

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 …

10 ways your pet insurance can let you down

We deal an awful lot with insurance companies, and I think I’ve seen every trick in the book when it comes to reducing the payout they give you! So, what are the top issues that cause problems in pay out? (and I’m excluding simple reasons like taking out a policy when the condition already exists!)   1. Policy doesn’t cover …

Win a Christmas Hamper for your pet

The holidays are coming which means only one thing…Christmas is getting closer and to get us all in the Christmas spirit we are offering our clients a chance to win a luxury hamper packed full of goodies for your cat or dog. All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page To be in with a chance, …

How to repair a cruciate ligament in less than 3 minutes

We take pride in being able to perform most surgeries here in Middleton Cheney. Here’s a video of John performing a cruciate repair: The cruciate ligament in the stifle (knee) prevents the lower part of the leg (tibia) sliding backwards and forwards in relation to the upper part of the leg (femur). Rupture tends to occur when the stifle is …

We need a general handyman!

We need a general handyman for a couple of days per month to keep the place running and looking spic and span. You will be able to set your own hours and will be paid on an hourly basis. Duties will include repainting, landscaping, minor building work such as boxing in pipes and tiling, repairing broken furniture etc. If you’ve …

Reduce fireworks stress for your pet

November can be a particularly stressful time for pets – the loud sudden bangs and pops produced by fireworks can reduce many animals to nervous wrecks. The good news is there’s lots we can do to prepare them and reduce that anxiety. Signs of stress in cats: Hiding away behind or on top of furniture Trying to run away Soiling …