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Avonvale Vets Stratford save puppy’s life after swallowing a stone


A young puppy was left choking and fighting to survive after swallowing a stone that blocked her airwaves.


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Vets throw open their doors for anniversary celebrations

A leading Warwickshire vets will be throwing open its doors and inviting friends old and new to help celebrate the fifth anniversary of one of its branches.

Avonvale Veterinary Centres’ Stratford branch is celebrating its fifth birthday in September and is holding a special event to mark the occasion.


Vet Esther Daniell and senior vet Connor Carson are inviting people behind the scenes during the open evening.

The branch, which was the first surgery in the town to win accreditation from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015, will be holding a celebratory open evening on Monday, September 30 from 6.30pm until 8pm.

Visitors can enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the practice, look at the state-of-the-art equipment, and see how a surgery operates and cares for people’s pets.

There will also be an interactive quiz, games and a tombola to raise money for Avonvale’s chosen charity, Cats Protection, and younger visitors will get the chance to dress up as a vet.

Head vet Connor Carson said: “We are looking forward to welcoming people to our celebratory open evening, whether they are existing clients or new to the surgery.

“It has been a hugely successful five years for us and we can’t wait to mark our anniversary.

“The event will give people the perfect opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes of a vet practice and they will learn a lot of really interesting things during the course of the evening.

“Our interactive quiz also promises to be a lot of fun.”

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Inka the lab ‘nose’ how to sniff out of trouble


Vet Victoria Collingwood used the otoscope to spot the seed.

A leading Warwickshire vet has described the grass seed she removed from a Labrador retriever’s nose as the biggest she has ever found in her career!

The large grass seed was removed from six-year-old Inka by Victoria Collingwood at Avonvale Veterinary Centres’ Stratford branch.

Inka had been out for a walk, in and out of hedgerows, when her owners noticed she was sneezing a lot and rubbing her face on the ground, so took her to Avonvale.

Despite nothing immediately visible up her nostril, her owners told Victoria they believed a grass seed was the problem as they had only recently experienced a seed issue with their other pet dog.

Inka was given a local anaesthetic up her nose and Victoria used an otoscope – which is more commonly used to check in the ear – to look further up the nostril.


The large grass seed which was removed from Inka’s nostril.

A large seed was discovered wedged about four to five centimetres up her nose.

Victoria said: “It really was quite far up, but once it had been located, we had little difficulty removing it with forceps.

Inka was a little star throughout the whole procedure.

She is a model patient.

“This was certainly the biggest seed I have ever found up a nose in my career so far!

“This case was unusual due to the size of the seed involved but, for dogs, problems associated with grass seeds are incredibly common at this time of year.

“Due to the seed’s shape they travel easily into the body and can get stuck.


Inka was described as a “model patient”.


“It’s important for owners to check their dogs after a walk and remove any seeds they find caught in the fur, paying particular attention to the feet and between the toes. Keeping the fur short around the feet can also help.

“If you believe your dog may have a grass seed caught somewhere, of they develop a swelling, or are unusually irritated or upset, then contact your vet as soon as possible.”

Inka’s owner Toni Senior, from Ullington, near Bidford on Avon, said: “The idea that it was a grass seed immediately sprung to our minds as our other Lab recently got one stuck in their eye.

“Luckily Inka was not too upset about having the seed removed.

“She is a dog that loves attention and cuddles and because of the wonderful way Avonvale have always treated her, she is willing to do anything they ask of her.

She behaves beautifully when there.”

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