Walking your dog safely in autumn and winter

The nights are getting darker and there’s a chill in the air, but your dog still needs regular walks in order to stay fit and healthy. Here are some suggestions to keep both you and your pet safe whilst exercising during the coming months. Make yourself visible…

Hungry Labrador Ellie is feeling fine after shedding a few stones

One-year-old labrador Ellie-May was brought into our Eccleshall practice after swallowing a number of pebbles that had become dangerously lodged in her stomach.   Our vet Ellie Chiswell performed surgery to ensure all of the stones were removed, so that Ellie-May could make a full recovery. Ellie-May’s…

Cardiomyopathy in cats

There are a number of different heart diseases that can affect our cats; however, cardiomyopathy is the most common. But what is it and how do you know if your cat has it? We explore further below: What is cardiomyopathy? The term cardiomyopathy covers any disease that…

Riding your horse safely in autumn

Autumn brings with it cooler temperatures, darker nights and many beautiful changes. Of course, most horses are tolerant of seasonal changes, but to ensure you remain safe, there are a few things you should consider over the coming months. Here are our five top tips of how…

Mitral valve disease (MVD) in dogs

There are many different heart conditions that can affect our dogs; however, mitral valve disease (MVD) is by far the most common. But what is MVD, and how do you know if your dog has it? We explore further below: What is mitral valve disease (MVD)? Also…

Preparing your pet for a change in season

As we move from one season to another in Stafford, we think about the number of layers we need to wear and whether we need to alter our daily routine to cope with the changes. Whilst we consider the alterations we need to make; it is important…

Accessing our services

Whilst visiting us in Stafford, we’re here to provide you and your pets with the best experience, in the safest way. Our practices, as always, have extensive hygiene measures in place. We are still encouraging social distancing, face coverings and contactless payments. However, we are very happy…

Cat Friendly Clinic accreditations at Shires Vets

At Shires Vets we’re proud to be hold a gold Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation at our Stone practice, and silver accreditations at Stafford, Eccleshall and Eaton Park, as well as being members of the ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine). We recognise that cats are unique creatures…

Preparing your pet for firework season

Fireworks are used throughout the year to mark significant seasonal celebrations in Stafford including Bonfire Night, Halloween, New Year’s Eve and Diwali. Whilst they are enjoyable for humans to watch, pets can often get scared of the loud bangs and bright flashes. Preparing your pet early can…