Cats and their Weight

14 Jan 2021

#didyouknow that 44% of cats in the UK are considered to be overweight or obese?  Sharing is definitely not caring when it comes to giving your kitty human tidbits. Check out the comparison chart below for other examples but feeding your cat just 1oz of cheese as a treat is the calorie equivalent to giving them 3 chocolate bars!

Extra weight not only affects your cats day to day life but also their long-term health.  Those extra pounds can cause additional health issues for them, such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and heart disease.  Usually the hardest step for an owner takes is to acknowledge that their cat is overweight.

Weighing it up!

So how can you ensure that your cat isn’t getting more nutrition than they need? Whatever you feed your cat, it’s important to follow the product feeding recommendations, which can be found on the packaging, which will provide the recommended daily allowance for that particular product. Don’t forget, if you feed a combination of wet and dry you will need to reduce how much you give of each food type to stay within the total daily calorie recommendation i.e. feeding 50% wet food, 50% dry food would need an owner to halve the recommended daily amount for each food type because combined it would total their daily calorie allowance. You will also need to include any “treats” you might give your cat in the total daily calorie amount.

For some really in-depth information about feeding your cat or kitten, visit the International Cat Care website HERE

You can also make your cat work for their food like they would in the wild. Place dry food into a toy dispenser or hide dry food around the home for them to sniff out. Not only will this keep them entertained, it will increase their movement, helping them to burn calories.

Your Dog’s Weight

12 Jan 2021

Obesity in pets in the UK is a massive problem.  Up to 50% of pets are above their ideal weight for their breed, age and sex.  This extra weight also causes additional health issues such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease, subsequently increasing the cost of care for the owners as a result.   According to a 2020 PDSA survey, 16% of dog owners and 17% of cats owners have admitted to feeding more treats to their pets since the start of lockdown and dog owners have also been more likely to have fed their pet more human food as part of their dog’s main meal during the same period.

Would you know if your dog was overweight?  In fact, how would you tell if your pet had any issue with their weight at all?  It can be difficult to tell with an untrained eye but there are some easy and simple visual cues owners can check for, other than actually weighing your pet, that will give a good indication as to your dog’s weight and overall body condition. Visit our YouTube channel HERE which shows how you can check your dog’s body to get an idea if their weight is an issue.

Visual Clues

Download this chart HERE to help you identify your dog’s body condition score.

Additional Health Issue

#didyouknow obesity shortens life expectancy and reduces quality of life – up to 2 years on average off the life of an average dog if they are obese which is equivalent to around 8 years off a human life!

So, what can you do?

If you think your pet is overweight there’s lots you can do! January is #nationalwalkyourpetmonth so what a great opportunity to think about all the ways in which you and your pet can improve your overall physical and mental health.  It’s scientifically proven that exercise, even walking, and being outdoors can improve your mental and physical health, so what have you got to lose!!  If you take the plunge, why not tag us in pictures of your walks #rowanvets #nationalwalkyourpetmonth.  We’d LOVE to see you and your pet getting healthy and fit.

Weighing your dog’s food is another good way to ensure that you are not overfeeding your pet.  Don’t forget to include and account for any treats you give your dog as part of their daily calorie intake.  

Here’s a handy chart to show how those treats can add up!

7 Jan 2021

COVID-19 Update

This is an update on how we will deliver our services in response to the recent lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19.  We will continue to protect our staff and our clients during this difficult time and we want to again thank you all for your patience and understanding while we adjust to the many changes presented to us.  We want to ensure that we are able to stay open to continue to provide services as best we can and when your pet desperately needs us. 

These changes are in response to and to comply with the legal requirements of the lockdown as well as to adhere to the additional veterinary guidance we have received.

We will continue to provide emergency care and care for sick animals.  In all cases, please do contact the team to discuss your requirements either via telephone on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or via PetsApp.  If you haven’t registered for the app you can do so using the links below.  It is a way to contact us via your mobile device without having to call.

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Treatment and Consultations

Where we can we will provide advice and treatment remotely so as to reduce the need to travel and minimise contact.  However, please understand that this isn’t always possible when ensuring the best care of the patient.

As the variant strain of COVID-19 is more contagious than previous, we will continue to manage consultations in the same way we have been during the pandemic.  This does mean that you will not be able to accompany your pet into the building.  We do understand that this is worrying for owners and we want to reassure you that your pet will be treated with great care and respect during their examination.  Once the examination is completed, the vet will discuss their findings and recommendations with you.

We will also continue to provide repeat medication as it’s important that pets receive medication to manage existing conditions.  We can post out medication when needed (for an additional cost of £4.68 – First Class, Signed For), but you may also collect items from the porch.   

We will continue to offer 2nd vaccinations as part of a course already started to ensure protection and vaccinate new puppies and kittens in their first year. 


Unfortunately we will not be offering any routine services such as boosters, nail clips, neutering and routine dental procedures, as these are not deemed essential.   We appreciate that this is not ideal and we will work hard once lockdown has ended to contact you to catch up with these procedures.  Anything that is already booked will be honoured but new bookings will not be made until after the lockdown.

Christmas Poisons

16 Dec 2020

Our furry friends are a big part of our Christmas celebrations but it’s worth keeping in mind that all the lovely things we have around at this time of year to help us celebrate can pose a real risk to our pets.

Visit our YouTube channel HERE for a short film on what those items are so that extra care can be taken to help keep your pet safe.

If you are concerned that your pet may have ingested something they shouldn’t there are several places you can get help and advice.  In an emergency you can call 01772 639800 or you can access animal poison advice at or by calling 01202 509000.  There is a charge for this advice of £35 between 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and £45 at all other times.


7 Dec 2020

Last month we launched a new facility to continue to improve how we deliver our services.  PetsApp is an app you can access from your mobile device which allows you to interact with the team at Rowan on a digital level.

Initially we are looking to streamline our new way of working as a result of COVID-19.  This means clients being able to request things like repeat medication or food, allow clients to send a picture of a post-operative wound for a vet to look at or perhaps share a video of a limp your dog has developed.  It also allows us to send out payment requests so clients can quickly and easily process payment for services and goods without having to call us on the telephone.

PetsApp has a lot more functionality and we are very excited about introducing and developing this over the coming months so stay tuned.

If you haven’t registered your pet, click on the link below for the site that you normally visit.  Please note that you will need to register each pet individually.



Photo by Rhaul V. Alva on Unsplash

It has been a year of restrictions, new rules and social isolation.  During the initial lockdown earlier in the year, there were a record number of pets bought and sold.  Sadly, there has also been a record number of pets that have been abandoned or put up for rehoming because owners found they no longer had the time or were unable to care for their pet when they went back to work. 

With this in mind and with Christmas looming,  we wanted to raise awareness of the importance of making a measured and informed choice to introduce a pet to your family.  Christmas is another time where pets are bought either as an addition to a family or as a gift for someone else.  We would always recommend not choosing a pet as a surprise gift but in any case, doing your research is vitally important. 

To help educate and inform we’ve provided information on how to Choose a Healthy Pet, The Cost of Veterinary Care and the Importance of Insurance.  There’s also information on the life-time costs involved in owing either a Cat, a Dog or a Rabbit, all designed to help you to make an informed choice about owning a pet. 

If you want advice or have any questions, contact the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 and the team will be happy to help.

Monthly Mashup

30 Nov 2020

Well, here we are again at the end of a month! Where did November go and where did this year go?

We have been talking about “Skin” in November. We’ve collated all the topics in one handy newsletter so you can take a look at some common skin issues that might affect your pet or keep it safe to refer to later. Download your copy HERE

With the Christmas celebrations looming, don’t forget to get prepared for the holiday period and order your pet’s medication in plenty of time. Not able to call? Why not download our new app which was launched earlier in the month. You can order medication, food, flea and worm products and even pay through the app!

Click on the links for the practice you visit, add your pet’s details and you’re all set to go.–whitegate-drive

If any of the issues mentioned in the newsletter are affecting your pet, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 who can advise how to access our services.


24 Nov 2020

A big concern for many owners is the stress and anxiety both pets and owners experience as a result of fireworks.  During the recent 5th November celebrations, many owners struggled to help their pet cope and with New Year looming these concerns become a reality once again.  It’s not just indoor pets that experience it.  Small furries, such as rabbits and guinea pigs can be affected too so it’s important to consider them as part of your plan to help your pets during this time.

We have some great tips to share with you that can help your pets to cope. Click on the links for tips for dogs HERE, for cats HERE and for small furries HERE.

There are also lots of products available to help ease your pet’s stress, both traditional and complimentary.  Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs are devices which you can plug into a socket in your home, very much like an aroma diffuser plug.  This product releases pheromones which replicate those released by their mother when they were kittens and puppies.  These pheromones help to calm your pet if placed in the area where they feel safe, like their bed or den.  These products, along with the recommended tips, can go a long way to help your pet cope with stressful noises. This is not something that you can put in place and have it work overnight. These steps can take time so it’s good practice to start preparing now.

If you would like more information on how to help your pet, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 who will be happy to advise.


18 Nov 2020

Hyperkeratosis is a skin condition where excess keratin is produced causing a thickening and hardening of the skin.  It particularly affects the nose and paws of dogs and cats and can lead to the skin cracking leaving it at risk of infection.

Noses and paws are VERY sensitive areas for dogs and cats so any pain and discomfort will be felt badly, particularly if the area becomes infected. 

There are several causes of hyperkeratosis.  It can be inherited, with Labradors and Golden Retrievers being breeds that are prone to the condition.  If the condition is inherited it usually shows itself in the first year of the dog’s life. 

If the disease develops later in a dog’s life it is usually as a result of another underlying issue, such as parasites or an inability to absorb certain nutrients. It can also be as a result of contracting Distemper, although this disease is now very rare because of vaccination.

There is no cure for hyperkeratosis.  However, the condition can be managed very successfully with the goal being to reduce the symptoms and to prevent secondary infection.  This usually involves softening and removing the hardened skin on the paws and nose to minimize any secondary infections and to help make the areas much more comfortable for the pet.

If your pet is affected by any of the issues described, please call the team on 01772 639800 who will be happy to help.


17 Nov 2020

Seborrhoea is a skin condition that can be the result of an underlying health condition such as Cushings.  Seborrhoea is where the cycle of skin shedding and replacement is not working correctly, very similar to Psoriasis, both of which humans can also suffer. 

The skin is red and is covered with a greasy-looking white or yellowish layer of scaly skin.  It usually affects the skin areas that are rich in sebaceous glands such as the back as can be seen in the picture.  There is also a distinctive odour associated with this condition which owners may notice.

Both cats and dogs can suffer from this skin condition and part of the process of treating the problem is identifying the underlying cause of the issue.  As you can see from the pictures, once the vet knows the cause of the condition and a treatment plan is developed, the results are quite remarkable!

If your pet is itchy or you think they may be suffering from a skin issue, call the practice on 01772 639800. The team will be happy to get you booked in.