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National cat awards 2018



National Cat Awards 2018 – entries now open!

Now in its tenth year, the National Cat Awards celebrate the difference cats make to our lives by highlighting heart-warming stories of devotion, companionship and courage.

Owners may nominate their cat for one of five categories:

  • Hero Cat – Cats that save the day
  • Most Caring Cat – Cats that positively impact a person’s health or wellbeing
  • Furr-ever Friends – Tales of friendship between children and cats
  • Outstanding Rescue Cat – Fabulous felines adopted from animal charities
  • Purina® Better Together – Celebrating the special bond that has transformed and enriched the lives of both a feline and human

Sponsored by PURINA® for the seventh year, a panel of celebrity cat-lovers has the hard job of selecting the deserving winners who will be presented with their awards at a star-studded ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday 2 August.

The overall winner will inherit the title of National Cat of the Year from Genie – a cat from Lincoln who helped schoolgirl Evie Henderson battle bone cancer.

Entries for the five cat categories can be made between now and noon on Friday 9 March. Further information is available at https://www.cats.org.uk/national-cat-awards

K-Laser success!

We have been using a K-Laser at Summerhill for about 6 weeks now and have already had some great results. It has many different applications but mainly we have used it for acute or chronic musculoskeletal problems and to help with wound healing. It’s a safe, non-invasive, drug-free technique that promotes the body’s own reparative processes and reduces pain. Class IV infrared laser waves can be harmful to the eyes if viewed directly, so owners and staff must wear protective glasses, and if pets are being treated around the head end, they need to wear special dog goggles too! Here are a few of our patients so far.

K-Laser therapy


At Summerhill we have been trialling a new exciting piece of equipment called a K-Laser. It is a class 4 therapeutic laser which delivers specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light into the body to encourage healing. During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved. Class 4 lasers are more highly powered than other types of lasers, which means they can penetrate deeper into tissues and provide therapeutic doses in a shorter time period.

Laser therapy can be used for a wide variety of conditions but is most commonly used for musculoskeletal problems. These can be short-term problems like a muscle strain or longer-term problems like arthritis. It is also commonly used to enhance wound healing, either following routine surgery or following some sort of trauma, such as a road traffic accident or a dog attack.

Our trial period started last Thursday and we had a full day of treatments: dogs, cats and a few staff members! So far the feedback has been very positive, however, repeated treatments are necessary for most conditions. For the next three weeks, we are offering laser treatment at a significantly discounted price.

Long-term our standard prices are as follows:

Musculoskeletal treatment: Single treatment £21.60. Course of 6 sessions £102.00.

Wound treatment: Course of 4 sessions £70.80.

Post-op surgical site, special price: £9.60.








Alternatives to ‘lampshade’ collars

If you are worried about your pet having to wear a ‘lampshade’ collar after surgery, talk to our nurses. Depending on the position of your pet’s wound, and their body shape, an inflatable collar or a medical t-shirt may be suitable instead. These are often much better tolerated, leading to a happier and faster recovery!