Sarah and her Boxers

My Life with Boxers

First, meet me!

Hello! My name is Sarah and I have worked at Court Vets since December 2019.  Previously, I have worked at another Vet practice for 13 years whilst my children were young.  I was a Dental Nurse for 10 years before that, so I have a background in client care.

I want to tell you about my experience with Dog Cancer.

My Puppy!

I have had 4 Boxer dogs during my adult life and have had cancer in 2 of these.

In 1997 my husband and I brought a puppy Boxer, we called her Quattro meaning 4, (our other boxer at the time had 3 legs and was called Tripod).

Quattro was rejected at birth by her mum and so the breeder hand- reared her.  We brought Quattro home at 8 weeks and all was fine for a short while.  We then noticed she was very snorty and snored a lot.  This is normal with the Boxer breed, but this was quite excessive.  On consultation with a vet, he proceeded to trim back her Nasal Phalanx, under General Anaesthetic, as it was too long.  The piece taken out was sent to a laboratory for histology and it was found to be a rare cancer of the nasal phalanx.  It had never been seen in one so young.  Unfortunately, the cancer returned and took our Quattro at 16 weeks old.  We missed her greatly but after a couple of months we went on to adopted Copper from Bath Cats and Dogs home and she was with us until the age of 9 years.

My Rescue Girl

We rescued our most recent boxer aged 7 months in 2009, after our twins had gone to school.  Luna (short for Lunatic) has always had a zest of life and is never still.  I found a lump on her knee joint in 2015.  It was small, about the size of a pea but it didn’t look nice, and by this time I was working at the vets, so I took her to work to see my vet.  The lump was removed and sent to a laboratory for Histology.  Unfortunately, it came back as Grade 4 Mast cell.  We were referred to an oncology specialist and she had investigations to see if it had spread to other organs.  Thankfully it hadn’t, and after 6 months on chemotherapy she has never looked back.  I worry over every lump and bump I find on her but get them checked out every time and no more Mast Cells have been found.  She had been cancer free for 4 years now.  In March she will be 11 and is just as bouncy as ever.

Please if you notice anything wrong with you pet, go to the vet and get it checked out.

Court Vets during Covid 19 lockdown

To all our Wonderful Clients

Thank you so much for your understanding of and compliance with our increased social distancing measures during the Covid-19 pandemic. Animal welfare is at the core of our values however it is also our duty to do everything we can to protect human health, particularly those in our community who are most at risk in this unprecedented situation. For this reason, we have suspended all routine face to face appointments and now only see in person, those cases where the animal will suffer without our care.

Please note our temporary opening hours which are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm. If you need to speak to an emergency vet outside of these hours, please first contact the surgery on 01367 710595.

Where possible all non-urgent appointments will be performed by phone call or a video consultation service where our vets can perform consultations and prescribe remotely. These are chargeable as a telephone consultation. To book a phone or video consultation, please call the surgery on 01367 710595. If you need to be seen, we will explain our procedures to keep you safe while we examine your animal at the surgery.

Medication and food: It is important that pets on long term medications continue to receive these. You can request repeat medication, flea and worm treatment or food by telephone or by emailing enquiries@vets-surgery.com. All medications may be delivered or posted to you or can be collected by a “non-contact” collection box at our practice.

Three weeks ago, we put a hold on all vaccinations during the initial lockdown period as we felt it was important to conform to the Government’s advice on social distancing to protect the NHS and save lives. As lockdown continues, we need to balance this with ensuring that pets do not become ill with preventable diseases. Following advice from The Royal Veterinary College and the vaccine manufacturers, we will now offer vaccinations to the most high-risk animals from 14th April as follows:

  • Puppies may be vaccinated from 10 weeks and will be able to start going out from one week later then they will have a second vaccination 2 weeks later.
  • Kittens should be kept in until 12 weeks of age, then may start their vaccination course.
  • For adult cats and dogs, their annual booster can be delayed by one month if they are one year of age and up to two months if they are two years of age or older.
  • Rabbit boosters may be delayed by one month.

If your pet falls into any of these categories, please call the surgery to book your vaccine. Please be aware that our ‘phones are very busy in the morning and that there may be a wait before a vaccination slot is available.

Our team are doing an amazing job during these exceptional times and we thank you for your cooperation and help in making these measures work. Together, with your help we can be here for you and your pets as and when you need us through this pandemic. Stay connected on our latest news on our Facebook. Stay safe everyone.

With thanks from all at Court Vets