They say cats have nine lives - it's fair to say little Tilly Needham may have used one of these to overcome a huge setback at only nine weeks of age.

Tilly, a Norwegian Forest Cat, came in to see vet, Eve Tarleton, at nine weeks of age for her first vaccinations.  She was healthy but not eating very much and only weighing in at a tiny 0.95kg.  Tilly returned a few days later still with very little appetite and now very lethargic behaviour.

Our popular First Aid evening for dog owners is back this month!  It is being held on Tuesday 24th October here at the hospital, starting at 7.30pm.  The evening will include practical demonstrations, interactive teaching and talks from some of our vets.  There will also be refreshments provided during the evening.  Places are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment.  You can book by calling our reception team on 01572 722646 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The evening costs £10 per person or £5 if you are a member of our adult dog club or puppy club.

This lovely little pup, Murray Brown, a Hungarian Wirehaired Visla came in to see vet, Catriona Laird as an emergency case one Sunday afternoon.  Murray, who was only fifteen weeks old, had eaten a quantity of chewing gum (which contains Xylitol) while out on a walk.

Xylitol is a natural, sugar-free sweetener commonly found in chewing gum, mints, sweets and toothpaste.  Ingestion of this substance in dogs can cause acute, life-threatening low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) within 15 minutes.  A larger ingestion can result in acute liver necrosis and ultimately, liver failure.

by Will Bayton BVMedSci BVMBVS


Most of us enjoy a good fireworks display, but as we move into Autumn towards the festive period many pet owners are unable to enjoy this time because of the effect fireworks have on their dog or cat.  Some pets seem genuinely traumatised by the loud bangs and crackles, or the flashes of light from the sky, and this can leave owners feeling distraught.  No one wants to see their pets so anxious but is there really anything we can do?  Are some pets beyond help?

Our nursing team has a reputation for providing gold standard patient care. As a result, we are able to recognise and reward our nurses’ skills, professionalism and dedication. Our clinical team is growing and we would very much like to hear from registered vet nurses, with at least three years’ nursing experience who are keen to contribute to and share in our success.

Enthusiastic, self-motivated and resilient, you will enjoy keeping pace with our wide and varied caseload and demonstrate strong communication skills.

A generous rota and package is offered. With lots of scope for personal development, CPD is encouraged and funded. Why wouldn’t you want to join us? Have a look at our website and Facebook page.

For more information please contact Helen Franklin, Head Nurse, on 01572 722646. Apply with CV and covering letter to Dawn Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In a recent client survey 93% of those who responded would like to use an online booking service for routine vet appointments.  VetBooker is a client interaction portal for veterinary practices which will work alongside our Practice Management System to allow registered clients to book online appointments.

The system has now gone live, initially just for booking vaccination appointments and other options will be available soon.  To register with VetBooker you need to have the email address you want to use listed on your client records with us.  To do this you can give our reception team a call on 01572 722646 or alternatively send them an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once your email address is set up on your client records go to: and follow the instructions to sign up - our clinic code is 244793.

Please contact Tina Edwards, our VetBooker co-ordinator, for more details on 01572 722646.



In a recent client survey over 90% of those that responded chose email as their preferred method of contact.  We've taken this feedback on board and aim to use email as much as possible in the future for our client communication.

We already send out a monthly e-newsletter with seasonal advice, recent hospital cases, information on our monthly promotion and staff news.  If you have an active email address on your account you will already receive this automatically on a monthly basis.

In short, a lot less than we would like, Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) or, Alabama Rot, as it is more commonly known, continues to frustrate vets worldwide.

It was covered in the UK national news in recent weeks following a spate of confirmed cases seen across the country since the start of the year.  The disease was first diagnosed in America in the late 1980's, hence the nickname.

In a recent survey over 90% of our clients chose email as their preferred method of contact.  In light of this we would like to send out more of our client information via email.  This might be alerts about upcoming client evenings, our monthly e-newsletter or reminders about your pet's annual vaccinations.

If you don't currently receive our e-newsletter at the start of each month then we don't have an active email address for you on our system.

Please send your email address details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your full name and postcode.

Email addresses are held securely in our Practice Management System and are never passed to third parties.

Catriona recently saw a 13 year old Jack Russell terrier in clinic, Lottie Dickinson, who presented with an enlarged stomach.  Her owner had noticed no change in appetite or exercise and cutting down on her food had made no difference to the apparent weight gain. 

Our April newsletter should be winging its way into your inbox.  If you don't receive it automatically please sign up via the 'Contact' page on the website or email me directly:

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Click here to read about our Pet Club promotion to celebrate National Pet Month (NPM), advice on 'safe' toys, Easter tips to keep your pets safe and staff news.



Zoe is the full-time Lab Technician here at Oakham Veterinary Hospital.  Having gained a degree in Animal Science from Nottingham University she came here to run the lab and is still here more than ten years later!

Zoe's expertise and the technology we have available means that we are able to provide a full range of haematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, cytology and parasitology services.

Zoe spends her spare time exercising her Hungarian Vizsla, Lilly, and taking part in 'Ironman' competitions where she has qualified for the World Championships twice in recent years.