26 Feb 2019

We are really lucky to be able to work with some great specialists who can offer referral services at Rowan.  One of these specialists is Hannah Stephenson  who visits regularly to provide heart scanning facilities to help diagnose heart disease in cats and dogs in the local area.  We work with others so that our clients don’t have to travel to access this specialiast care.

Hannah StevensonClick HERE for her blog to find out more and if you have any concerns about any aspect of your pet’s health or would like to take advantage of one of our complimentary clinics, get in touch!

Respiratory Rate

21 Feb 2019

One of the monitoring checks our vets and nurses undertaken regularly in practice is respiratory rate (breathing rate). Knowing what is normal for your pet makes it easier to identify when something may not be quite right, and breathing rate is one of these identifiers.
But how do you know what is a normal breathing rate for your dog? The only way to find out is to learn how to measure their respiratory rate and 15. Geriatric dog photorecord it, and we’ve found a great little app that can help with this.
Please do be advised that this is not a diagnostic tool or an indication of the overall health of your dog, just an aid to help owners understand and learn what is normal for their own dog. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, contact your vet.
Download the app HERE

Heart Disease in Dogs

15 Feb 2019

The most common disease of the heart in dogs is Mitral valve disease (MVD).  It can affect all breeds of dogs but is most common in small and heart_001medium sized dogs from around 4-5 years old.

Initially it might only be the detection of a ‘mumur’ through a routine health check that points to a potential problem.


Listen to what a heart mumur sounds like

Listen to what a normal heart beat sound like

Visit our YouTube channel HERE for a short video on MVD and the signs to look out for.  You can also download our information leaflet HERE to find out more.

If you have any concerns about any aspect of your dog’s health, call and book in to speak to a vet.






As with rabbits, heart disease in cats is difficult to detect.  It’s only when the disease is well established that signs might start to show themselves and even then, it’s not always obvious they have a problem. bengal-cat-1435179-s

So, what can you do as an owner?  Download our information leaflet HERE to find out more about the disease and how we can help you monitor the overall health of your cat.

Heart disease in rabbits is VERY difficult to detect as the symptoms are quite generalised, and it’s often detected only in the late stages of the disease when symptoms may become more apparent.
Life expectancy varies between breeds. Larger breeds such as French Lops and Continental Giants have a shorter lifespan and are classed as senior as early as 3-4 years old. Smaller breeds such as Netherland Dwarf may not be classed as senior until 8!
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Many heart problems in rabbits are due to a diet too rich in fat or a lack of exercise. However, heart disease has also been observed in fit and active rabbits too.
So, how can you tell if your rabbit might have a problem? The more subtle signs might include loss of appetite and a refusal to eat, fatigue and intolerance to exercise. They may have an extended tummy, produce hard and dry faeces or have diarrhoea. Further along, they may develop a nasal discharge a deep cough or snore when they sleep. They may also breath more quickly or mouth breath (breathing with their mouth open).
You can find out more about rabbits and the care they need HERE and if you have any concerns about your rabbit’s health in general, call and book in to speak to a vet.

Flystrike in Rabbits

24 Jan 2019

“Flystrike”, when flies lay their eggs on the bottom area of your rabbit, can be so devastating that the only humane option is to put the rabbit to sleep.  This is something we see regularly here at Rowan, particularly in the warmer months, so we wanted to share information on how to prevent this by Rabbit 1getting into some good routine care habits.

Download our information sheet HERE and if you suspect your rabbit may be suffering from fly strike, contact the vet immediately for treatment.

Pet Travel and Brexit

22 Jan 2019

With the anticipated changes to pet travel requirements because of Brexit, we are advising any pet owners who plan to take their pet to the EU after 29th MIMG_5813_001arch 2019, to contact us at least 4 months ahead of time to get the latest advice.

Further information can be found at the GOV.UK website HERE




15 Jan 2019

Worming your pet regularly not only looks after the health of your pet, but those of your family too.  We all hear the horror stories of what worms can do to us but they can have a devastating effect on our pets, particularly puppies and kittens.Flea 2

These parasites, like all parasites, use their host to feed and reproduce.   They lay their eggs inside the host which are then shed through the faeces so they can continue their lifecycle.

Download our leaflet HERE for more information, including the signs to look out for.   There’s a great resource HERE where you can assess how often you should be worming your pet, based on your lifestyle and circumstances.  Check it out and if you have any questions or need information on the products available, book in for a complimentary consultation with one of our RVNs.

Be in with a chance to win either full years supply of worming OR flea treatment in our Facebook competition (see post dated 2nd January 2019 on our page) or take advantage of our special offer of 25% off parasite products until 31st March 2019 (please ask staff for further details).


7 Jan 2019

An increasingly common parasite that we need to be aware of as owners of cats and dogs, are ticks.  Tick numbers are increTick Remover 1asing every year and are spreading throughout the UK.  You wouldn’t usually know your pet has a tick until it has attached, fed and swelled to a pea sized lump.

As you might be aware, ticks carry Lime disease which is a disease that can affect humans, sometimes with lifelong effects.

The best way to manage this parasite is to treat your pet with an effective tick treatment.  There are options available so talk to the staff and if you’re confident that you can remove them yourself, why not make the job even easier and get yourself a tick removing hook.

If you have any questions about parasites or treatment options, book in for your complimentary consultation with one of our RVN’s.

Take a look at our YouTube channel to find out more about ticks HERE and how to remove them HERE


4 Jan 2019

491370_dog-smJust saying or hearing the word can make a person itch and feel generally uncomfortable.  There is a lot of myth and misinformation about these critters and we wanted to give you the facts.  We also want to encourage our owners to get into good preventative health care routines for the start of 2019 so having all the facts available means you can make an informed choice.

Take a look at our short film HERE on the lifecycle of a flea and download our factsheet HERE on everything you need to know about fleas and how they affect your pet, you and your family.

If you do have further questions, why not book in for a complimentary parasite consultation with one of our knowledgeable RVNs and while your here, why not take advantage of our special offer on flea and worm products?  Ask the team for further information.