Cherry Eye

20 Sep 2018

Did you know that dogs have three eyelids?  There are two which are visible which are the ones you can see when they blink.  The “third eyelid” is normally hidden away below the inner corner of the eye and is where the tear producing gland lives.cherry eye

The gland is also invisible, held in place by a ligament, but some dogs inherit a ligament weakness which means that the gland pops out of its normal place and looks a bit like a “cherry”.  As this condition is genetic it tends to affect both eyes but not necessarily at the same time.

Surgery can be performed to attach the gland back into a more normal position and is highly effective and successful in resolving this eye problem.

As well as looking after the physical health of your pet, it’s really important that we look after their mental health too.  Our pets may be domesticated but they still harbour deep rooted behaviours from their wild past that they must be allowed to express.

From the smallest hamster to the largest dog, they all need mental and physical stimulation to ensure that their all round health is caterSafeStixed for.

Cats are natural hunters and you may have been lucky enough to have received a “present” of a mouse or bird.  Their need to express this natural behaviour is strong and there are many toys available that can allow them to express their “hunt and kill” instinct without perhaps having the live prey part.

Dogs love to run, chase and fetch.  Stick injuries are a common occurrence so again, choosing a toy replacement like the Safe Stix toy not only allows them to express their natural behaviour, but also avoid a potentially nasty injury.

Even the smallest hamster likes to run around exploring their environment so perhaps an enclosed ball will allow them to do this whilst being safe.

Whatever the natural instinct of your pet, help them to express these natural behaviours by sourcing toys or activity opportunities that will keep their brain exercised too!

We are looking to recruit an experienced and flexible part-time receptionist with a passion for customer service.  This is a challenging role working mainly at the Hillock Lane practice, with an expectation to work at our Blackpool branch when required.

We pride ourselves on our family approach to veterinary care and work hard to build strong and trusting relationships with our clientComputer Key Boards.  It’s important to us that all our pets receive the “Gold Standard” health care that they deserve and as part of the client care team, you will represent the first impression that a client and their pet will experience.

You will need to demonstrate:

  • 5 GCSEs grade C or above (including Maths and English) or equivalent
  • excellent customer service skills
  • experience of working in a busy reception environment or other, face-to-face customer service role
  • excellent telephone manner
  • excellent computer skills with the confidence and ability to learn to use a new practice management system
  • ability to take ownership of tasks to a high standard of completion.
  • excellent problem solving skills
  • an ability to understand and manage basic financial accounts (credit control)
  • an ability to multi-task in a high pressure environment
  • an ability to apply a common sense approach to tasks, problems or complaints


The role offers an average of 21 hours per week (across 3 days with a 1 in 4 Saturday morning shift), with an expectation and ability to cover sickness absence and holiday periods when required.  We offer a company pension scheme, staff discount (after completion of a three month probationary period) and 5.6 weeks holiday per year (pro-rata) and great CPD opportunities.

If you’ve got what it takes and you’re interested in working for our great team, please complete the application in full and return by Friday 28th September 2018 to:


Jacqui Leach, Practice Manager, Rowan Veterinary Centre, Hillock Lane, Preston, PR4 1TP

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Bladder Stones

10 Sep 2018

Bladder stones in dogs is a condition we see often and is very similar to the stones that a human can develop.  It’s an uncomfortable and often painful condition that can result in regulaIMG_8174_001r urine infections and even a complete blockage so it’s really important to watch out for the sometimes subtle signs that there might be a problem.

One of our very own staff has had experience of this condition with her own dog suffering from recurring stones.  She has kindly shared her experience as an owner of what the condition has meant for her and her dog, Sweep.  Download her blog HERE and if you have any questions or concerns about your own cat or dog, get in contact.

A condition that almost exclusively affects male cats, is “urethral obstruction”.  This is when the urethra of a male cat becomes blocked making them unable to urinate.  This is an incredibly painful and life threatening condition and requires the immediate attention of a vet.

It happens because the urethra of a male cat is much longer and much narrower than a female cat and so much more lKatKor Pictureikely to become blocked.  It can cause acute kidney failure and death within 2-3 days if not addressed and treated quickly and appropriately.

So what is it that blocks the urethra?  As with humans, cats can be affected by stones that can become lodged in the tube.  They can also develop a “plug” made up of proteins, cells and crystals and other debris within the bladder, and sometimes it is because of swelling and spasm of the urethra due to inflammation.

The signs that your cat has a blockage are a repeated attempts to urinate without success, crying or discomfort when straining to urinate and an increased agitation and perhaps even vomiting.  This is an emergency situation so contact your vet immediately.

If your cat is moving into their senior years, call and book in for one of our complimentary senior cat clinics.  This is a great way to monitor the health of your cat.

September is #urologyawarenessmonth so we will be looking into conditions that affect the bladder and kidneys and the challenges it can present to both dogs and cats.  We’ll also be sharing information on other conditions that we see here regularly at Rowan so we can help our owners to know what to look out for and to understand when itIMG_5012_001‘s important to seek veterinary treatment.

We’ll also be providing information about how to help your pet manage the often frightening and stressful firework season as well as keeping you up to date with any exciting news and events.

Don’t forget, we do offer many complimentary consultations with our RVNs if it’s appropriate so if you have questions about your pet’s weight, parasites, senior cats, neutering etc.


30 Aug 2018

Thinking of those who are missing through conflict, migration and disaster on #dayofthedisappeared and remembering also that every year thousands of dogs and cats disappear, some of whom are never seen again. 

Micro-chipping your pet increases the chances of a missing pet being reunited with their rightful owner easily and quickly.  It is in fact the law in the UK that all dogs are chipped from 8 weeks of age and that contact details are kept up to date by the registered keeper.

You can still choose whether or not to chip your cat but as they are just as likely if not more so than a dog to wander away from home, it’s probably worth considering having  them chipped.

It’s a very cheap, quick and simple process with pet and owner contact details that can be entered and updated on-line.  Get in contact if you need further information or need to book in.

Cats and Poisoning

28 Aug 2018

Cats can be much more susceptible to poisoning for several reasons.  They groom regularly and thoroughly so may be exposed to substances deposited on their skin and feet.  They are also small in size so even a small dose may be hazardous.  They also like to roam so the potential to come across a toxic substance in an environment that is very different to home, is also quite high.

It’s impossible to know what your cat gets up to all the time.  Concentrating on the home environment where  we have a level of conLaughing Cattrol is a great place to implement some measures to reduce the likelihood of a poisoning episode for your cat.

So, what can you do?  Lillies are a highly toxic plant that can cause kidney failure in your cat.  If you are looking to make improvements to your garden then these should probably be avoided and if you like the scent of fresh flowers in your home, it might be worth looking for an alternative.

Cats are very sensitive to paracetamol and can cause liver injury.  For those owners who perhaps don’t have small children in the home, it can be easy to forget that our feline friends might also be tempted to have a nibble if they are left out.

DIY is something most people take part in and particularly when the weather is fine, the urge to make our homes look pretty is high.  Some products that are regularly used for projects can be poisonous to your cat; white spirit is one of these.  It can irritate their skin, eyes and gut and can cause breathing difficulties.

Download our leaflet HERE for information on other household products that could cause your pet a problem.  You can call us for further advice if you think your cat may have ingested something is shouldn’t or you can contact the Animal Poison Line on 01202 509000.  For further information on this service and the costs involved visit,

Be prepared!!!

23 Aug 2018

It might seem a little early in the year to mention fireworks but they are used much more frequently and for many more celebrations than Bonfire Night or New Year and it’s never too early to prepare.amazing-beautiful-breathtaking-clouds_001

So,  what can we do as owners to keep our cats safe?  Download our leaflet HERE for plenty of hints and tips on how to prepare beforehand and what to do whilst fireworks are being set of .  If you need any further advice on pheromone options and products, book in for a complimentary consultation with an RVN who can also discuss how to implement some of the recommendations and advice given in the leaflet.

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure which is a common condition in older cats.  The most common reason for a cat to have high blood pressure is as a result of another, underlying medical condition such as kidney disease or an overactive thyroid gland.

High blood pressure can cause damage to a cat’s body, the most serious of which are:Blood Pressure Machine_001

  • bleeding into the eye and changes to the retina, potentially causing detachment. This can affect a cat’s vision and even blindness.
  • bleeding into the brain which can cause “odd” behaviour such as a wobbly or drunken gait, seizures, dementia or coma.
  • thickening of the heart muscle leading to heart failure.
  • damage to the kidneys and potentially kidney failure.

Having your cat’s blood pressure checked regularly is a great way to identify any changes before they affect other organs in the body.  This check is included as part of the complimentary check at a senior cat clinic consultation so if you’re concerned, get booked in.

Click HERE to see a short film on how we take a cat’s blood pressure.