Pet of the Month – Fergal


Our pet of the month is a tribute to a wonderful Cat – Fergal. Although Fergal has sadly left us, this does not mean we cannot take a moment to celebrate what a fantastic boy he was.

Fergal was diagnosed with cardiac condition over a year ago and during his many visits and hospitalisations he proved to be an amazing patient.

He was so comfortable and happy, in fact, he purred so much that we found it incredibly difficult to take respiratory parameters!

His easy demeanour gave us a false sense of confidence – we all thought we had suddenly perfected the art of giving cats tablets – not an easy thing to do! However, it was just that Fergal was super and a true gentleman/cat.

Fergal settled in so well and would settle beautifully in his kennel and give us an enormous amount of affection. He managed to maintain his lovely nature while battling with his condition.

When you really think about it, the bond that we have with our pets is remarkable. We cannot converse with words, but we still manage to communicate and bond in the most miraculous of ways. We couldn’t speak to Fergal, but this didn’t stop him from demonstrating love and affection and showing a real sense of character. He was a loving creature who had the perfect combination of gentle tenderness and courageous grit. If only we could all be a bit more like him. We will miss him, but we are truly glad to have got to know such a handsome, beautiful cat.

Thank you to his loving parents for the wonderful pictures.




Superstar – Dori

Dori became part of the Cranbrook family a few years ago, suffering with a chronic skin condition. Her story is a simple one; one of everyday struggles that many pet owners face. She and her family have faced these roadblocks with determination and ease.

We think Dori’s lovely nature and her owners fantastically proactive mindset make them superstars.

Dori’s family not only implemented a diet trial recommended by Tom – not an easy thing for any owner – especially a cat owner; but, earlier this year, they teamed up with Tom once again to manage her newly diagnosed diabetes. The treatment involves injecting Dori twice a day with insulin, bringing her into the practice regularly for blood tests and undergoing a weight loss regime. Unlike their canine friends – it is slightly more difficult to get cats to exercise and they cannot go without food as long as dogs do. Therefore, any diet changes need to be monitored closely as any sign of anorexia needs to be dealt with immediately.

However, the family dealt with this swiftly and with great success. They worked with their vet to make sure Dori had the best chance. We cannot stress enough that the relationship between patient, client and vet is so, so important.

Dori’s stoicism and her parents determination and positivity makethem superstars! Well done.

Superstar – Mickey

Mickey was brought into us by one of our clients after being found abandoned in a nearby depot. Mickey was in very bad shape, not only in bad condition and underweight for a kitten of his age (approximately 5 weeks old) he was also suffering from conjunctivitis and a serious viral condition.

We immediately placed Mickey in our isolation ward and he was nursed intensively by our staff. This sweet little kitten was barrier nursed and cared for daily, allowing him to have the love and affection he deserved, as well as the treatment his condition required.

If Mickey had not been brought to us straight away he most certainly would not have been able to survive. We are indebted to our lovely, responsible clients who brought Mickey in and we are overjoyed that they are now his new family! Mickey was discharged several weeks later and is enjoying a life that he deserved, in a happy home.

This is story that not only involves superstar Mickey – but also his amazing new parents who found him, sought help for him and gave him his best possible life.

We think this is pretty special indeed.