This is Milly who has been coming to see one of our Veterinary Surgeons, Laura, for management of her Atopic Dermatitis (itchy skin) for some time now. Milly’s condition is quite advanced and both Laura and her owner have been working hard to manage her allergies.

Laura is currently studying towards here PgC Small Animal Dermatology Certificate and has been given exclusive access to a new product called Cytopoint that hopefully will help Milly.  Laura was 1 of only a small group who were specially invited to the official UK launch of this new product and given access to use the product exclusively before it is launched nationally later in the year.

Cytopiont is a new long lasting monthly injection for the control of atopic dermatitis in dogs. It is the first monoclonal antibody to manage this condition. Because Cytopoint is a biological therapy and not a drug, it is naturally broken down by the body and therefore has very minimal side effects. It has been used now in the USA for 2 years with great success.

Milly had her first injection today and will be one of the first dogs in the UK to receive this treatment so as a practice we are very excited at the opportunity not only to help Milly but to help Laura with her studies and for the practice to be able to offer this to our clients in the future.


Laura and Milly

Ever wonder what fleas feed on or how long they can live?  Well, wonder no more!!!  Here are 9 curious facts about those pesky fleas.

  1.   Fleas have four life stages:  egg, larva, pupa, biting adult.
  2. Fleas feed on the blood of their host – humans, birds, reptiles and wild and domestic animals.
  3. The female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.
  4. A flea can live more than 100 days without a blood meal.
  5. The female flea consumes 15 times her own body weight in blood daily.
  6. A flea can jump up to 8 inches high, or approximately 150 times its own height!  That’s like if you could leap over tall buildings in a single bound.
  7. Pets with fleas may develop anaemia, tapeworms or intense bouts of itching (pruritus).
  8. Some pets may develop an allergy to flea saliva, which causes severe irritation and itchiness.
  9. The best way to check for fleas is with a flea comb.

Dog Fleas and ticks CS4

Cats get hot too!

29 Jun 2017

There’s been a lot of hints and tips on how to keep our canine friends cool in the hot weather but not too much on how to keep our feline friends cool.  Heat stroke in cats is as dangerous for them as dogs and signs of it can be agitation, stretching out and breathing rapidly, extreme distress, hot skin, glazed eyes, vomiting and drooling.  Here are some useful tips to make sure they’re safe and comfortable:

  • It might be an obvious one but making sure your cat has access to water – they can’t survive long without it.
  • If there isn’t any natural shade in your garden, create one using cloth or cardboard over an area to keep the sun out.  Make sure they don’t get locked in any out-buildings at the end of the day.
  • Give your cat a brush as matted hair can trap heat and is especially important for long-haired cats.
  • Conservatories and greenhouses are a particular danger for cats as they heat up quickly, magnifying even moderately warm temperatures and tend to exclude cool breezes.
  • A damp towel for them to lay on can help to cool the hottest regions of their body like their tummy, paws and armpits.
  • Try to encourage your cat to chill on a hot day as running around can quickly exhaust and dehydrate them.
  • For indoor cats, try to create a cool and quiet retreat indoors behind a chair or on a wooden floor.
  • For outdoor cats, try to keep them indoors in particularly hot weather.  Open windows and turn on a fan to get the air circulating.
  • Cars are also a danger for cats so try to avoid car travel and never leave them in a car for any period of time.
  • Cats are also susceptible to sunburn, particularly those with white ears and noses so the application of a pet sunscreen can help but if possible, keep them indoors.

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May Bank Holiday 2017

28 Apr 2017

We will be closed on Monday 1st May 2017 and Monday 29th May 2017 for the Bank Holiday period.   As always there is an emergency vet available throughout the period and you can access them in an emergency by calling 01772 639800.

Have a great weekend!

Coco Corry 21110


21 Apr 2017

So, we have two lucky winners of our Easter colouring activity.  Youngsters who came to see us at our Hillock Lane practice or our Blackpool branch over the Easter period were invited to colour in a picture to keep them entertained (with the added “encouragement” of a mini chocolate egg).

Entries were drawn on 18th April and as you can see, there’s some serious colouring talent out there!  Well done and congratulations to Elise and Eve who have each won a large Lindt Easter egg.  Winners have been notified and are able to collect their egg from the main reception at each location.


Easter Egg 2017



Animal Poison Line

11 Apr 2017

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service launched a pilot helpline for pet owners in 2016.  Following feedback they have decided to offer a separate service to pet owners with effect 10th April 2017.
The line is open 24 hours a day and calls recieved between 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) will cost £20 and any outside of these hours will cost £30. Owners will not be advised on specific treatment but will offer a triage service which will let owners know if a trip to the vet is required.
The telephone number to call is 01202 509000.
Poisons Number

Our quarterly newsletter is now available, with a focus on the general health of your pet as well as some potential hazards during the Easter period.  Just for fun there is a little wordsearch and if you happen to visit us before 18th April with your youngsters, please do get them to enter the Easter colouring activity to be in with a chance to win a large Lindt Easter egg!

Spring 2017


29 Mar 2017

The bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us so thoughts of school holidays, chocolate and some time of work might be on the cards.

We are closed on Friday 14th April and Monday 17th April 2017.  As always please call 01772 639800 in an emergency outside of these hours if you require our services.  We are open as usual on Saturday 15th April 2017.  If your pet requires regular medication, please ensure you have enough medication for the holiday period.  Please contact us at least 48 hours before so we are able to arrange stock if required.

If you are due to visit us during the school holiday period, we are running our annual Easter colouring event to try and help keep the littles ones occupied.  Just ask for a picture and some colouring pencils from one the client care team, and get your children to do their best colouring in!  Pop their name and a contact number on the back and hand it back to the team and the first one drawn at random on Tuesday 18th April 2017 will win the gorgeous golden egg.  There are two eggs up for grabs – one at our Hillock Lane practice and one at the Blackpool branch.

Easter Egg 2017

Mothering Sunday!

23 Mar 2017

Flowers are a popular gift at any time of year but with Mother’s Day almost upon us we thought we’d just remind everyone of the hazard that Lillies can present to our cats. We’ve attached some information but if you have any concerns about your cat please call to seek further advice. Otherwise, have a happy and safe weekend and hope all you hardworking Mum’s out there have an AWESOME Mothering Sunday!!!

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Say Cheese!!!

7 Mar 2017

We are excited to share a great offer that you might be interested in.  You may recall a couple of years ago our annual calendar comptition had a great winning prize of a photo session with CatsDog, a local photographer.  The pictures they produce are just awesome and recently one of our own vets took advantage of a session with Rubix and as you can see, the outcome is pretty spectacular!

As we really wanted our lovely clients to be able to access this great photographer, they have offered a 40% discount to any clients who book a session with them.  Please just enter the code ROWAN40 when booking, and we’d love to see any pictures.


Rubix Bear Catsdog Voucher Offer