Oakbarn’s Muddy Dog Challange for Battersea.

Oakbarn’s Muddy Dog Challange for Battersea.

 

And so it was, on a surprisingly sunny Sunday in May, that the team of Oakbarn Vets, a nine year old girl, and a collection of dogs took on the Muddy Dog Challenge in Windsor Great Park in aid of Battersea Dog and Cat’s home. As the team prepared mentally for the rigours ahead and the dogs greeted each other with barks, bundles and the customary sniff, it soon became obvious that perhaps the greatest immediate danger would be sunburn!
Once registered, and with the precision of “One Man and His Dog” the team were herded into the warm-up “pen”, where Mr Motivator was on hand to get the blood pumping and the muscles limbered up for the adventure. It was then to the start line and a short jog down the hill to an oversized paddling pool filled with mud and an array of dirty cloths suspended at head height. This set the tone for the 5kms ahead. Weaving along paths, through woods, up and down hills, across a pond all the time waiting to see what muddy man-made challenge lay ahead. In the main, and irrelevant of size, the dogs took it all in their stride (perhaps it’s because they’re all so well trained, or perhaps it was the fact that they were encouraged to get caked in mud for once). There was the occasional carry and refusal to jump in a “ball pit” but nothing that presented too much of a problem for the energetic four-legged pack.
The last obstacle was a no-go zone for the dogs, it was for owners only. Spectators were gathered around a muddy ditch about 15 meters across and with steep banks on either side. It had been churned into a particularly sticky bog. Many a shoe had been lost by previous participants, sucked to a gloopy grave. Crossing the waist deep hazard was hard work, especially for the youngest and smallest member of the team, with tired legs progress was slow and every step exaggerated in an attempt to get one foot at a time clear of the sludge. Eventually all of the team made it to the other side and scrambled up the bank to collect their patiently waiting dog and sprint for the finish line for a medal, glass of water and a hose down in the dog/human wash station satisfied in knowing that through the teams effort and the generosity of all those that sponsored a grand total of £1400.00 and counting was raised for the charity. Our part in helping raise £191,400 for Battersea! A huge thank you! There are lots of photos of our challenge cli. ik here to have a look and maybe a giggle! https://www.flickr.com/gp/oakbarnvets/42Rp9p

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Easter Dog Show Results!

Easter Dog Show Results!

What a fantastic day we had on Easter Monday, the sun was out and dogs from far and wide did their best to strut their stuff and win a prize!

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Brexit Update and Pet Travel

Brexit Update and Pet Travel

With the delay of Article 50 and the UK leaving the EU, now pushed back to the 31st October, pets that were trying to plan their summer holidays can breathe a sigh of relief!

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Easter Opening Times

Easter Opening Times

With the Easter Holidays now upon us (hurrah!) we are here for your pets as usual, except for the Bank Holidays, when our hard working team will have a couple of days off.

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Brexit Update

Brexit Update

With the 29th March rapidly approaching and Brexit arrangements still very much in flux, it is important to realise this may have serious implications on your plans to travel with your pets.

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Hedgehog Awareness Week!

Hedgehog Awareness Week!

Our native hedgehogs need our help, a close relative of the shrew their numbers have been declining over the last few years but you can do simple things to help.

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Lungworm and your dog

Lungworm and your dog

Slugs and Snails! Does your dog eat them?  If the answer is yes then your dog could be at risk of lungworm.

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Muddy Dog Challenge for Charity!

Muddy Dog Challenge for Charity!

Here at the Barn we don’t seem to learn, and like nothing better than getting wet and muddy for a good cause!

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Christmas Drawing Competition Winners!

Christmas Drawing Competition Winners!

Wow!  We’ve been blow away by all the talented entries recieved at the Barn this year for our annual Christmas Drawing Competition!  Have a look at the gallery below for the 12 winners who will be made into a 2019 Calendar.    Extra congratulations to Hektor with his great picture of Miss Beverly his cat who was our grand winner, but we hope all 12 of the winning entries have enjoyed their christmas goodies!

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Case of the Month November 2018

Case of the Month November 2018

Claude is our amazing case of the Month – if you are squeamish about eyes this is probably not one for you but read on to see how his eyesight was saved!

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Christmas Drawing Competition 2018

Christmas Drawing Competition 2018

Last year you may remember we had a drawing competition and we had such a fantastic number of entries so we thought we would hold it again! Many of you will have seen last years winners proudly displayed at the Barn.

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Christmas Opening Times 2018

Christmas Opening Times 2018

As always at the Barn we will be offering 24/7 veterinary cover over the holiday period.

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Pets Passports, Travel & Brexit Update

Pets Passports, Travel & Brexit Update

With discussions regarding Brexit still not reaching any agreement there are concerns regarding the pets passports and what will happen if the UK leaves the EU on the 29th March 2019 without a deal.

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Case of the Month – October 2018

Case of the Month – October 2018

Here at the Barn we try to stay abreast of the latest development in Veterinary medicine and surgery but similar to the human medical profession things develop fast. We try to avoid the situation of becoming a “Jack of all trades and master of none” and so from time to time we call upon veterinary colleagues to bring their expertise and specialism to the practice.

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Case of the Month – Sept 18

Case of the Month – Sept 18

Meet Luca who had a very sore knee.  For those footballers and skiers out there you probably know all about Cruciate Ligaments but did you know dogs and cats can rupture their cruciate ligaments too?

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Case of the Month – August 2018

Case of the Month – August 2018

This is not just brave Spot’s story, who ended up in a whole load of trouble after miscalculating a jump over a wall, but also Shelley the labrador and her fantastic blood cells that she donated to save Spot’s life. +++ Warning surgical photographs in main article!  You have been warned!  +++

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Case of the month – July 2018

Case of the month – July 2018

Take a deep breath, how long can you hold it for? We are willing to wager, not as long as amazing Chris the tortoise who managed to survive, despite a seven hour drowning session!  Read on for his amazing story …

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Case of the month – June 2018

Case of the month – June 2018

In a multi-cat household, it can be difficult to identify the culprit when you know someone is not right at home. However after careful deduction it soon became apparent that Willow, a 2 year old Maine Coon cat had been off her food for a few days and was losing weight. (**Be warned surgical photos are contained within the main article!**)

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Our Summer Newsletter is Here!

Our Summer Newsletter is Here!

Welcome to our summer newsletter!  If you managed to survive GDPR, you should have your own email copy (if not, and you would like to subscribe just let us know!). Otherwise follow this link!

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Case of the Month – May 2018

Case of the Month – May 2018

Paloma is a robust two and half year old female guinea pig who lives with her sister Popcorn. She had a long standing history of ovarian cysts that had never caused any problems and was generally a very happy pig.

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Case of the Month – April 2018

Case of the Month – April 2018

Spring is in the air and we have a bevvy of bitches at the practice all due to whelp over the next few weeks! Dogs are unusual with only two seasons a year, breeding from them can be a challenge.  Having your own pups can be incredibly rewarding but there are several questions you should ask yourself first –

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Case of the Month – March 2018

Case of the Month – March 2018

Read on to learn about Herbies amazing story of near suffocation – from the inside! Herbie has just turned 1 year old and he is generally very pleased with himself. Being a handsome English bull Terrier he has plenty to be pleased about and if you dare to ignore Herbie he will soon muscle in for some attention whether you like it or not.

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Brrr!  Tips for keeping your pets safe in this snowy weather.

Brrr! Tips for keeping your pets safe in this snowy weather.

Despite the arctic conditions we are still open at the Barn to look after your pets but here are some top tips that you can use to help them in this very cold weather.

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Easter Opening Times and Charity Dog Show

Easter Opening Times and Charity Dog Show

Wishing you all a happy hippity hoppity Easter! Easter Monday we will be hosting the Charity Fun Dog Show for the Guildford Lions at Shalford Park, GU4 8AA. Registration for classes from 11am. Show starts at 11.30am we hope to see you there!

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Case of the Month – February 2018

Case of the Month – February 2018

It’s not only furry critters that we look after at the Barn – read on for Juliette’s story –  an African Hedgehog needing life-saving surgery!

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First Aid Course!

First Aid Course!

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our First Aid Course earlier this month!

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New Year! New Nurse!

New Year! New Nurse!

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Case of the Month – January 2018

Case of the Month – January 2018

Read gentle giant Daisy’s story with the biggest spleen you’ll ever see!  (Warning some gory pictures follow!)

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Christmas Opening Times

Christmas Opening Times

As always at the Barn we will be offering 24/7 veterinary cover over the holiday period. If in doubt phone our usual number 01483 455355 for further details. Normal opening times 8am-7pm Weekdays and 9am till 12 noon Saturdays. We will operate as usual apart from:-

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Christmas is here and the winners are…….

Christmas is here and the winners are…….

Wow!  We’ve been blow away by all the talented entries recieved at the Barn this year for our annual Christmas Drawing Competition!

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Naughty or Nice?  Father Christmas is Watching!

Naughty or Nice? Father Christmas is Watching!

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Case of the Month – December 2017

Case of the Month – December 2017

The case of the month for December is a lovely Bracco Italiano puppy called Zak who needed emergency surgery to treat his intussusception.

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Case of the Month – November 2017

Case of the Month – November 2017

Who wouldn’t like to be irresistible? To attract the attention of the opposite sex wherever you go, whatever you do?

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Get Drawing!  Our Christmas Competition is back!

Get Drawing! Our Christmas Competition is back!

Back by popular demand is our Christmas Drawing Competition!

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Fireworks are here!

Fireworks are here!

Firework season is here! Although enjoyed by us, our pets often do not feel the same! Here are some top tips in helping your pet through the stresses and strains of firework night.

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Case of the Month – October 2017

Case of the Month – October 2017

Ever heard of the saying that things come in threes? We have had a whirlwind of cases needing endoscopy in the month of October!

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A new solution to itchy dogs – Monoclonal Antibodies

A new solution to itchy dogs – Monoclonal Antibodies

An exciting new development for the skin world has arrived in the form of a monthly injection!

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Case of the Month – September 2017

Case of the Month – September 2017

Bing is an 8 year old Siamese cat who loves nothing more than a day filled with adventures followed by an evening of fussing.  Unfortunately his exploring instincts landed him in trouble recently when he was hit by a car whilst dashing across the country lane near where he lives. Thankfully his owners were quickly on the scene and rushed him over to Oak Barn Vets for treatment.

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Fireworks – start preparing now!

Fireworks – start preparing now!

Sadly we are getting nearer to that time of year that many a pet owner fears….firework night!

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#NoHiding Competition last few days!  Have you voted?

#NoHiding Competition last few days! Have you voted?

Over the summer months we have run a photo competition #NoHiding.  Closing date is 31st August and we’ve had some fantastic entries.

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Physio comes to the Barn!

Physio comes to the Barn!

We are very excited to let you know that as of September we are able to offer in house physiotherapy at the Barn!

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Case of the Month – August 2017

Case of the Month – August 2017

Let us introduce you to Romeo an adorable dwarf hotot rabbit weighing in at just 1 kilogram.  Can you spot the obvious problem with this picture after poor Romeo had a bit of an accident?

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Case of the Month – June 2017

Case of the Month – June 2017

Well it’s been an exciting couple of weeks!  Read on to hear the fantastic story of Jet, her emergency caesarian and a happy ending!  How many pups can  you count?

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Case of the Month – May 2017

Case of the Month – May 2017

As you can see Jack is rather handsome. He is an 8 year old German Shepherd cross Golden Retriever who enjoys an active life including chasing rabbits, long walks and accompanying his owner out riding.

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Case of the Month – July 2017

Case of the Month – July 2017

Douglas is a lovely Dalmatian. Most people think of Dalmatians being spotty, bouncy and a little bit bonkers! Douglas is all of these (in the nicest possible way!) but he also has another trait encountered by many male Dalmatians, he makes bladder stones!

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#NoHiding Competition!

#NoHiding Competition!

We’ve had lots of fantastic entries to our #NoHiding Competition.  This is to highlight awareness of parasites that can plague our pets, our houses and even us!!  Given the amazing summer weather we are experiencing we have seen a surge of these problems over the last few weeks.

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So nearly there!

So nearly there!

Thanks to your amazing generosity and our hair-brained antics we have nearly reached our target for our fundraising for Cranleigh RDA!

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RHD-2 OUTBREAK!

RHD-2 OUTBREAK!

Sadly we have experienced several sudden deaths in rabbits this week from a nasty viral infection.

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Unusual patients!

Unusual patients!

No two days are ever the same at the Barn!  Have a look at this tiny baby bat that Rosie our lovely receptionist rescued.  We suspect it was attached to its mother and accidently fell off when she flew into the house by mistake.

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We did it!  Colour Rush News!

We did it! Colour Rush News!

A massive well done to the Oak Barn Team who managed to complete our charity challenge last weekend!

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