'Orphan Season' is usually from March until August each year. This is when there are a high number of wildlife young born such as baby hedgehogs, fox cubs, badger cubs, fawn and lots of baby birds. Each animal has a variety of ways they help their babies grow up and leave their home, venturing into the big wide world. Baby animals may seem as if they have been abandoned, even though their parents are often very close by. Although it is tempting to assist these babies in acts of kindness, we recommend leaving them where they are and contacting your local wildlife rescue centre for advice. (Our nearest one is RSPCA Southridge - 0300 123 0704.)
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What to do if you find a baby bird
Please, please, please do not pick up baby birds, many will fall from the nest at this time of year and some will continue to be fed by their mother UNLESS they have the scent of another animal or person. If you see a baby bird on the floor, please leave it alone. Find out more
Tips on improving a dog's recall, lead walking and more...
We asked Joe at Green Dog Walking for some advice on improving a dog's recall, lead walking, and on how to quickly clean dogs after a muddy walk! Some fab answers here
Ralph & his cut paw
Ralph came in to see us a little while ago after he suffered a nasty cut to the pad on his back foot. Ralph was so well behaved he allowed Dr Oli to examine the cut well enough to realise that unfortunately it needed to be stitched up. We are not sure exactly what Ralph cut his pad on, but the cut itself was about 1 and ½ cm long and had gone right through his pad. Read his story
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