An update on our total raised for the Joshua Tree

Since our birthday last March we have given £1 from every vaccination to the Joshua Tree charity.

Our total raised for November and December was another £400, bringing our total to £2458

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Hollybank’s Brave Pet of the Month…Murphy!

Murphy is a lovely 5 year old Labrador who was very unwell recently. He came to see one of our vets when he was off colour and not eating as usual. When we examined him he was jaundiced, which means he looked yellow rather than pink when we looked in his mouth and in his eyes.

This can be due to several underlying problems, but suggests an issue with the liver or an abnormal breakdown of red blood cells. An issue with the liver can happen because the liver is not functioning very well, or with a blockage of the bile ducts that come from the liver.

We admitted Murphy for further investigations. Initially we took some blood and started him on some supportive fluids into his vein as he was very subdued and looking nauseous. The next day a specialist came in to scan Murphy’s abdomen. This helped us to rule some possible causes in and out.

Murphy’s results and scan suggested he had acute hepatitis, which meant he had sudden onset liver inflammation and potentially injury. In dogs, this can be due to viruses and infection but can also be in response to toxins. It is not always possible to know which of these is most likely.

We then needed to give Murphy’s liver time to recover. This involved supportive care with fluids and lots of TLC as well as supplements to help with liver function and a specific diet. Unfortunately in some cases the liver is unable to recover from the initial injury or insult. Thankfully in Murphy’s case he soon started eating small amounts of food and looked much brighter.

Murphy had to stay in the hospital on fluids for the next few days but was soon well enough to go home. He has had to come back and visit for some follow up blood tests but has been doing really well since.

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Christmas dangers!

With Christmas festivities just around the corner we wanted to remind you of some of the potential problems for our pets, in particular for those food loving animal’s who will beg, borrow and steal for some Christmas treats!

  •  Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mince pies: raisins, currants and sultanas can be toxic to dogs resulting in kidney failure. Even a few can cause illness. Grapes can also cause problems.
  •  Chocolate: both milk and dark chocolate contain an ingredient called Theobromine which can be toxic to dogs and cats especially when eaten in large quantities.  Signs can vary from GI upset to more serious complications such as tremors, seizures and heart disturbances.
  •  Sage and onion stuffing: Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and chives can cause gastrointestinal signs, abdominal discomfort and anaemia in both cats and dogs, which can have serious consequences.
  •  Macadamia nuts: problems include weakness, lack of balance, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal signs, lameness and joint pain.
  •  Foreign bodies: Small toys or bones can be ingested and pose the risk of intestinal obstruction. Also, silica gel packs found in many Christmas packaging can swell very rapidly in your dogs stomach posing a risk of intestinal obstruction.
  •  Pot pourri: This can cause significant and prolonged gastrointestinal upset in dogs.
  •  Christmas plants and flowers: Mistletoe, Pointsettias, Holly, Ivy and Pine needles can be mildly toxic and cause GI signs, salivation and depression.
  •  Ethylene glycol (anti-freeze): This is extremely toxic to both dogs and cats. Anti-freeze ingestion results in severe renal damage and quickly progresses to renal failure. The prognosis is often guarded.

If you have any concerns about your pet over the Christmas season just give us a call on 01606 880890. We have a 24/7 emergency line which will put you in touch with one of our vets.

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Our Christmas opening times

Richard and all at Hollybank would like to wish all of our clients and their pets a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Over Christmas and New Year we will be open:

Saturday 20th        9.00am – 12.00pm
Sunday 21st           24 hour Emergency Care
Monday 22nd         8.30am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 23rd         9.30am – 7.30pm
Wednesday 24th    8.30am - 5pm
Thursday 25th       24 hour Emergency Care
Friday 26th            24 hour Emergency Care
Saturday 27th        9.00am – 12.00pm
Sunday 28th          24 hour Emergency Care
Monday 29th          8.30am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 30th         9.30am – 7.30pm
Wednesday 31st    8.30am – 5pm
Thursday 1st          24 hour Emergency Care
Friday 2nd              8.30am – 6.30pm

Last Orders for all food and medications is on Monday the 22nd of December!

Please remember that if your pet is ill over the festive period we are always available and a vet or nurse is in the practice 24/7. Please call 01606 880890 to speak to the duty vet.
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The winning names!

Our Facebook name poll closed last week for our new baby Guinea Pigs. I am pleased to introduce you to…


and Marmalade

Both girls have settled in really well here at Hollybank. They are now enjoying getting out and about outside so pop by and say hello! When they are older they will be able to go out on visits with Nessa into schools and to meet local Brownie’s, Rainbows and Scouts!

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Names for our new girls!

Our facebook poll is now open. Please click on the picture below to go to our facebook page and have your say by voting for your favourite pair of names.

We look forward to finding out which ones you like!

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Here at Hollybank we have some exciting news…

Meet our two new additions!

Both girls are currently settling in and getting to know Nessa. We have already worked out who the cheeky one is…

…and who is the noisiest

… and that they are both very keen on sitting in the food bowl!

However we do need to choose some names for them both and this is where we would love your help. We have come up with a few name choices that we like. We will soon be putting up a poll on our facebook page for you to vote on your favourite names so keep an eye out for it over the next few days!



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Our October Update for the Joshua Tree

During October we raised a further £288 for the Joshua Tree Charity. We have been donating £1 for every vaccination since our 5th birthday.

This brings our total since March to £2058!


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Neutering…what, when and why?

Neutering your animal not only stops any unwanted litters, but also provides health benefits for your pet. For females it prevents pregnancy, false pregnancy and fatal uterine infections (pyometra), but also reduces the risk of reproductive related cancers, such as mammary or ovarian. For males it reduces roaming, fighting and urine marking, as well as preventing testicular cancer and decreasing the risk of prostate cancer.

Neutering is a surgical procedure and needs a general anaesthetic, so your pet will be with us for the day and as long as they are awake enough, will be able to go home the afternoon of their operation day. We advise strict rest for the first five days after the operation and we provide post operative pain relief and often a buster collar so your pet cannot lick its wound.

For females the procedure is known as “spaying” and the uterus and ovaries are removed, while for males, which is known as “castrating”, the testicles are both removed.

The age in which you can neuter your pets varies according to species and size, but generally dogs can be neutered from 4-5 months, cats can be neutered from 4 months and rabbits can be neutered from 3-4 months.

If you have any more questions regarding neutering your pet, or would like to book them in for neutering, please give us a ring on 01606 880890.

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Last year we told you about Sooty and Lottie, two of the runners up for the Royal Canin Weigh-in club 2013. This month Sooty is the star of Royal Canin’s Weigh-in club calender! Take a look at her page below.

If you would like any further information about how to help your pet maintain a healthy weight  just give us a call on 01606 880890 and have a chat with one of our team. Preventing excessive weight gain is important to help reduce stress on joints and organs, such as the heart, as well as to reduce the chance of developing other medical problems. It can also make a big difference to energy levels and quality of life.

Sooty before

Sooty after










Sooty before and after weight loss. Congratulations once again to Sooty and her owner for all their hard work!

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