It’s getting to that time of year again when we’ll all have the opportunity to spend some quality time with our family, friends and pets over the Christmas holiday.  In case you do need us though, as always we will provide 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency veterinary care.  Please do call us on 01772 639800.  Our closures are as follows:

Monday 25th December 2017 – CLOSED

Tuesday 26th December 2017 – CLOSED

Monday 1st January 2018 – CLOSED

Don’t forget to order any medication that might be required for your pet for the holiday period!

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The Flea Lifecycle

27 Nov 2017

It’s important to understand why, as pet owners, we recommend that you treat your pet regularly for fleas.  It can take a full 12 weeks continuous protection to break the flea lifecycle of any population that is already established.  In order to tackle any new introductions, the treatment protocol must be continued so that you can be sure your pet and home are not affected.  If you can see fleas on your pet then you can be sure that this is only a small percentage of the population (5%).  That leaves a whopping 95% of a flea population that is not visible to the human eye!

Come and speak to our team about how to prevent or treat fleas and the best way to tackle the issue.

Flea Lifecycle

Dental Care

24 Nov 2017

Just like humans, our pet’s teeth are at risk of decay and can cause them difficulties with eating and drinking.  It can also be quite a smelly experience for the owners with the bad breath that usually accompanies poor dental health.  Our pets are great at hiding pain from us so it’s not alway obvious that there’s a problem.  Click on the link below to find out more about what to look out for and how you can help your pet maintain good oral hygiene.       Dental Care Brochure

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We are delighted to say that we have received nominations for the Annual Pet Plan Awards 2018. Both Emily and Hayley have received individual nominations and the practice has received a nomination too.
We are really pleased and want to thank those who nominated the staff and the practice as it really does mean a lot!
Pet Plan Veterinary Awards 2018

Winter Hazards!

15 Nov 2017

It’s well and truly Autumn and the colder weather is settling in.  A great opportunity to snuggle up with our pets on a dark evening or experience the beautiful sunrises we have in the Fylde at this time of year. Either way, with Christmas looming pet owners need to be aware of the potential dangers to our pets from all of that lovely food that will be around as well as other general household products that we use at this time of year to manage our environment and our health.  We want to help you with some useful information to keep them safe and to try and avoid a trip to the vets.

Click on the link below to download your free information leaflet and keep it to hand but if you have any questions you can contact the Veterinary Poisons Information Service directly on

01202 509 000


Monday to Friday (8am to 8pm) £20

Monday to Friday (8pm to 8am) £30

Weekends & Holidays (24 hours) £30


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Hillock Lane, Warton – 01772 639800

The Old Bank, 369 Whitegate Drive – 01253 766325

Emergency Out of Hours – 01772 639800

Winter Hazards

We are looking to recruit an experienced and flexible receptionist for our busy, local veterinary practice reception team working mainly at our Hillock Lane branch but with the possibility of occasional shifts at our newly refurbished Blackpool branch.

We pride ourselves on our “family” approach to veterinary care and look to deliver an excellent customer experience at all times.  As the initial contact for our clients, the reception role is vital as it represents the first impression our clients receive.   As such you will be required to have a high standard of presentation, have excellent telephone, administrative and computer skills and be able to multi-task in a high pressure environment.  The ideal candidate will have a flexible and “can do”, approach to their work with a strong eye for detail and a willingness to undertake further training when required.

The rate of pay is £8 per hour with an average of 35 hours per week.   To apply, please send your CV along with a covering letter (of no more than two sides of A4) to; Kelly Paton, Head Receptionist, Rowan Veterinary Centre, Hillock Lane, Preston, PR4 1TP (email

Closing date for applications is noon on Friday 20th October 2017

Firework White

It’s getting to that time of year again where all across the country people will be celebrating with fireworks.  This is great for humans but can be VERY distressing for our pets.  There are several steps that can be taken to help them during this time, but here are some helpful tips to help you prepare:

  • Provide a den or hiding place for your pet.
  • Use an Adaptil® or Feliway® diffuser as close to the den or hiding place as possible or where your pet spends most of its time.
  • Keep dogs and cats inside during fireworks and check that their microchip is up to date.
  • Walk your dog early in the evening before fireworks start.
  • Ensure windows, doors and cat flaps remain closed during firework season to both prevent pets escaping and reduce the noise.
  • Ensure your cats have access to enough litter trays during firework season, especially if you’re keeping them inside.
  • Provide distractions in the form of new toys and chews. Draw curtains and put the TV on to mask any noise.
  • DO NOT punish your pet as this will only make your pet more distressed. Equally, do not reassure your pet during their fear response as this will confirm to them that they have something to fear.   Remain as neutral as possible.
  • Try not to leave your pets alone when fireworks are going off.
  • Continue to use Adaptil®or Feliway® after the party or fireworks season ends.

If you need any further information or advice, do please call and book a complimentary consultation to discuss other options on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352.


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Transport your cat to the vet!

This is always a tricky issue for owners of our feline friends.  Cats can become very stressed when they are removed or are outside of their usual environment.  Here are some tips to help address this issue:

  1. Baskets should be sturdy and escape proof. Top opening versions are ideal.
  2. If you are transporting more than one cat, bring them in in separate carriers to avoid defence aggression under stress. If the cats get on very well at home put the carriers together.
  3. The cat should regard the basket as part of the furniture. It can be incorporated as a bed with the lid off.  This is to creat a positive association between the cat and the carrier.
  4. The carrier should smell familiar to the cat. Items of the owners clothing or some of the cats bedding can be put inside.  In addition, Feliway can be used 30 minutes before putting the cat in the basket.
  5. Cats need to be able to hide so cover the carrier while travelling, particularly if you have a wire carrier (which offers a wider opening making it easier to put your cat in and take your cat out).
  6. Ensure the carrier is secure in the foot well of the car or with a seatbelt, and is on a level surface.
  7. Talk reassuringly to the cat on the journey and avoid loud music.
  8. Spare bedding is advisable in case of accidents.
  9. On arrival at the vets, it is beneficial to use the cat only waiting area.
  10. Towels can be provided from reception to put over your cat basket and placing your cat basket on a chair may be beneficial. Hiding or being up high are coping mechanisms for some cats in an unfamiliar environment to help reduce stress.

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Stick Injuries

1 Aug 2017

Stick injuries are a common cause of injury in our dogs.  It can vary in the outcome; getting stuck in the teeth to the full penetration of a stick into any part of the dog’s body, mouth or face.  Injuries to the chest, mouth and eyes have been seen and there is a risk of infection as well as the obvious pain and discomfort this can cause.  If your dog is a keen stick chaser, please do consider a safer alternative such as  Kong Safestix.  This is a safe toy  replacement which can be thrown by an owner in the same way as a stick and it is a much cheaper option to the potential cost of a stick injury.  They are also really tough so even the most fervent of chewers would struggle to destroy it!

Kong SafestixStick Injury with Arrows