Research lays out extent of English bulldog’s health issues

Health of the UK’s English bulldogs is substantially lower than other breeds and urgent action is needed to reduce serious health issues, say researchers. In the latest study from the RVC on a specific dog breed, health issues known about for a century were still compromising the breed, while extreme body shape in today’s dogs … Read more

Canine eye case rise prompts warning

The head of ophthalmology at a referral center said his team has seen a significant rise in cases of dogs with diabetes being referred too late to save their sight. James Oliver, head of the ophthalmology team at Dick White Referrals (DWR) in Cambridgeshire, called for better education on the need to urgently refer dogs … Read more

TVM set to launch new licensed treatment for corneal ulcers

TVM is launching a new eye drop this month to support treatment of corneal ulcers in dogs and cats. The company said its new ophthalmology product Stromease is a “ready-to-use, anti-collagenase eye drop, indicated for the supportive treatment of corneal ulcers in dogs and cats”. Corneal ulcers are a common occurrence, with a number of … Read more

Gold medal RVN sets sights on championing vet nurse role

Sophie Connolly, group nursing manager at Park Vet Group. A rowing world record holder and gold medal winner is now putting all of her energy into highlighting the “varied and vital” role veterinary nurses play in practice to mark Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) 2022. RVN and group nursing manager at Park Vet Group Sophie … Read more

Future’s so bright Duke’s gotta wear shades

A referral center in Wiltshire is advising that dogs that need protection from bright light are fitted with specially-designed pet sunglasses. With temperatures on the rise, Eastcott Veterinary Referrals is helping dogs with eye problems beat the blinding glare by recommending visors and sunglasses that have been specifically designed for animals. Distinctive designs Ida Gilbert, … Read more

Ocular protection and helping blind pets adapt to life

For many people, the news their pet is going, or has gone, blind can be devastating, especially when the condition is incurable. No matter the cause, the main concern for the owner and diagnosing vet is likely to be maintaining or maximizing the patient’s quality of life. Blinding conditions Generalized progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is … Read more

Busy first year for ophthalmology practice

An independent, specialist-led ophthalmology referral service has celebrated its first anniversary in a permanent base, having started life as a wholly mobile service. Focus Referrals moved into its premises in Banbury early in 2021, having previously been hosted by general practices across Oxfordshire and the west midlands. But the caseload had grown to such an … Read more