Dogs and Arthritis

18 Oct 2018

Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs and affects 4 out of 5 older dogs. This progressive and non-curable disease focuses on the moving joints.  So how can you tell if your dog is suffering from this disease?

Some of the visible clues might be:

  • Changes in posture.15. Geriatric dog photo
  • Sleeping more than usual.
  • Change in temperament.
  • Weak hind limbs and difficulty going to the toilet.
  • Difficulty getting comfortable.


For more great information on this disease click HERE   This site provides in-depth information on the causes, the signs and the long term management of this painful condition.

We’ve also got a great short film on our YouTube channel HERE which helps owners to identify the signs.

Cats and Arthritis

15 Oct 2018

There are many reasons why your cat might start to develop arthritis but the hardest thing for owners is identifying that they might beBetty Cat 1 in pain at all.  As we know, cats are fantastic at hiding pain; it’s an in-built biological survival skill that they can’t seem to shrug off!!

So how can you tell?  Well here are some of the classic signs that they might be struggling:

  • Reduced mobility; a reluctance or hesitance or even refusal to jump up or down.
  • Reduced activity; increase amount of time spent resting or sleeping.
  • Grooming habits; matted and scruffy coat.
  • Temperament changes; being more irritable or grumpy when handled or stroked.

A great way to identify changes is through observation and we have a great little film of some of the ways your cat might start to move if they are in pain from arthritis.  Click HERE to view the film and if you have any concerns, call and book in with one of our vets.

How old is your cat?

12 Oct 2018

Download the information leaflet HERE


The Pain of Ageing

10 Oct 2018

Our pet’s care needs will change over the years.  Ageing is a subtle process and it can creep up on us without warning.  It’s the same for our pets so it can be difficult for owners to know when our pets are starting to feel the effects of age.  The effects of ageing and the pain that can sometimes accompany it, can depend on the size and breed of your pet, particularly dogs.  How does an owner tell when their pet might need some lifestyle changes or medical intervention to make sure that they live a longer, healthier and pain free life?15. Geriatric dog photo

Identifying a pet that is beginning to feel the effects of ageing generally or from an age related illness, can come about in several different ways.  It could be that an owner has noticed a subtle change in their pet’s behaviour; they may have been brought to see a vet because of a limp that they have developed or an owner might seek advice because their cat has started to urinate in the home for no reason.

Our pets cannot communicate to us with words but they do a great job of telling us through their bodies; it’s just knowing what to ask and observing closely what they’re telling us.  We have a great little check list of questions that you can ask yourself.  Even if you have a young pet, asking these questions will help you understand what is normal for your pet so any changes will be more apparent.  Download the questionnaire HERE and if you need advice or guidance, contact us to book your complimentary Senior Pet consultation.

Rowan Veterinary Centre is a small animal, first opinion veterinary practice in Lancashire with an excellent reputation in the area.  We pride ourselves on our family approach to veterinary care and work hard to build strong and trusting relationships with our clients.  The practice has a strong focus on mental wellbeing within the veterinary profession and we strive to promote a healthy and happy workforce.

Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

We are looking to recruit a veterinary nurse.  The position would suit either a newly qualified or soon to be qualified person.

Working from purpose built premises with excellent in-house facilities, we pride ourselves on knowing our clients and their pets well.

  • Are you an ambitious, passionate and driven qualified or soon to be qualified nurse?
  • Do you share our focus of “Gold Standard” care for patients, clients and colleagues?
  • Do you have a desire to develop a special area of interest?

This is an exciting opportunity for a confident person to help drive the business forward and to contribute to the continued excellent care we offer.  The role is primarily supporting the vet and includes but is not limited to,  in-patient care, anaesthesia monitoring, consulting, placing IV catheters, taking blood samples, lab work, preparing patients for theatre, cleaning and stock ordering and control.  There is the expectation that in time, the successful candidate will develop and run their own clinics and consultations in an area of special interest.

Nurses work a rota-based week of approximately 40 hours and a rota-based OOH weekend in support of the vets.  Rate of pay would be dependent on experience with additional remuneration for on-call duties.  We offer a company pension, 5.6 weeks holiday per year (pro-rata) and extensive CPD opportunities.

Auxiliary Nurse (Veterinary)

We are looking to recruit an auxiliary nurse to join our established nursing team within our busy small animal practice.  The successful candidate would be required to work at both our purpose built Hillock Lane practice and our Blackpool branch, and apply a flexible approach to their work hours.

The role includes maintaining high standards of cleanliness, inclusion on the nursing rota to undertake anaesthetic monitoring and in-patient care, occasional reception duties, stock control and ordering of resources.  It also involves supporting the vets with lab work and patient handling.  Full in-house training will be given.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and friendly individual with a strong passion for animal care and welfare.  The successful candidate will receive full support and guidance in this role and will contribute to the high standards of care that we provide.

Experience of working with animals and a strong desire to continue to develop their own skills and knowledge is essential.  Previous work experience within a veterinary practice is desirable.

The position is full time with an out-of-hours and weekend rota.  Rate of pay is £7.83 per hour with an average of 35-40 hours per week with additional pay for on-call duties.

We also offer a company pension scheme, 5.6 weeks holiday per year (pro rata) and both external and in-house training.

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 Tuesday 23rd October 2018 to:   OR Hayley Winston (RVN), Head Nurse, Rowan Veterinary Centre, Hillock Lane, Preston, PR4 1TP

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It’s never too early to plan and prepare your pet for the firework season.  There are lots of things owners can do to help remove or reduce the effects the noises the season produces, has on your pet.

It can be an incredibly stressful time for a pet who is sensitive to noise and if you can also appreciate that their sense of hearing is much more acute, it can be difficult for us humans to appreciate how scary it can be for them.Bigger Version of Cat and Moon

So what can you do to help them?  Firstly, we are here to help so book in for your complimentary consultation with one of our RVNs.  They can discuss all your concerns and also advise on potential pheromone options that are available.

Don’t forget our small furries such as rabbits and guinea pigs who might live outdoors.  Download our tips HERE on how to help them during the season.

There’s also some great information on the International Cat Care website, with a poster available to download HERE

Download our Top Ten Tips HERE for help and ideas for both dogs and cats.

Neutering is a routine surgery that sometimes causes owners stress and worry about whether they are doing the right thing or not.

While any operation carries some risks, it’s much safer for a younger pet to go under anaesthetic than it is for older pets should they face health problems due to being unneutered later in life.  So why would you put your pet through this procedure?

The main benefits are those related to the long-term health of your pet.  Neutering prevents certain types of cancer like testicular and ovarian cancer.  Female pets will also have a reduced risk of contracting breast cancer and “pyometra”, an infection of the womb which can be fatal and requires emergency surgery.  Neutering improves the chances of your pet living a longer and healthier life.IMG_4900_001

The most obvious benefit is avoidance of an unwanted litter and the costs involved; a potential caesarian birth, microchipping, vaccination and parasite treatments for the new puppies  as well as the responsibility of finding  new homes for them all when they reach the right age.

Rabbits in particular are a great example of how this procedure can improve their life span.  90% of unneutered rabbits develop cancer of the uterus by the age of 5!

Some owners worry that the personality of their pet will change after the procedure.  Certain types of usually UNWANTED behaviour  such as urine marking, roaming and stress associated with coming into season may diminish, but their overall personality remains the same.

Take a look at our short film HERE to show what goes on behind the scenes during the procedure.  We also have a great leaflet which you can download HERE but for further information or to book in for a complimentary neutering information consultation, call us on 01772 639800/01253 766352

Our final topic on eye health is one to make the eyes water.  Gizmo came to see us last week as he suffers from “Distichiais”.  This is a condition where an eyelash grows from an abnormal spot on the eyelid.  In Gizmo’s case, the eyelash grows towards his eyeball which irritates and causes trauma, resulting in an ulcer.  Gizmo has several eyelashes on both his top and bottom eyelid of both eyes that grow like this.  To reduce the risk of further trauma and development of ulcers, he comes in and has them plucked.Close Up Eyeball with Eyelas_001

As you can see from the pictures, it’s hard to believe that something so small can cause so much trouble but the eye is a very sensitive area and as humans, we know how horrible it feels to have an eyelash floating around irritating our eyes.  His Mummy has assured us that he is MUCH more comfortable and is back to his usual self  and recovers very quickly from the mild sedation required to  undertake this delicate procedure.


24 Sep 2018

Like humans, dogs have a lens which is located in the middle of the eye.  It is normally clear but can develop a cloudy opaque “cataract”.  This condition blocks the light from reaching the back of the eye which results in poor vision or even blindness.  Cataracts are often confused with the normal aging change called “lenticular sclerosis” which have very similar symptoms.  The good news is that with a standard eye examination the vet can tell the difference.Dog Eye

Surgery is an option if their vision is severely compromised but it’s also important to remember that dogs do adapt very well to having poor vision.  If you have any concerns about your pet’s eye sight or eye health in general, call us and book in.

Blindness in Cats

21 Sep 2018

One of the most common causes of blindness in cats is hypertension (high blood pressure).  High blood pressure causes damage to the small blood vessels in the back of the eye which can lead to bleeding or fluid leaking out of the vessels.  This in turn causes the retina to detach and as the light-Cat Eye 1sensitive cells at the back of the eye no longer work, blindness will occur.  Sometimes bleeding may appear towards the front of the eye which can be easily seen so might alert an owner to a problem.  However, this is not always the case so regular monitoring of your cat’s blood pressure is a great way to protect their eyes from this issue.  To see how we take a cat’s blood pressure, visit our YouTube channel HERE