Get your pet health questions answered with new Ask the Vet feature

The Mail's new online feature, Ask the Vet, in association with the Ash Tree Veterinary Practice.

The Mail's new online feature, Ask the Vet, in association with the Ash Tree Veterinary Practice.

Pet-lovers can now get top tips and advice from a Harborough veterinary expert with our new online feature, Ask the Vet.

Launched this week in association with the Ash Tree Veterinary Practice of Northampton Road, Harborough, it will allow pet-owners to get their questions answered on any pressing pet topics.

The Mail has teamed up with resident veterinary expert Nigel Jacklin to answer a selection of your pet-related questions each week.

Mr Jacklin is an experienced vet in all aspects of pet health, with particular interests in orthopaedics and cardiology.

He has worked exclusively with pets since he qualified from Cambridge University nearly 20 years ago and has always practised in the East Midlands, with the last seven years spent at Ash Tree Vets.

He splits his time between Ash Tree’s main surgery in Market Harborough and the branch surgeries in Kibworth, Desborough and Rothwell.

Mr Jacklin (pictured, inset, with his pet dog Poppy) lives in the district with his two cats, Thomas and Lucy, his west highland white terrier Poppy and not forgetting his wife and three children.

Ash Tree Vets was established in Harborough nearly 50 years ago and has developed into a dedicated small animal practice.

The Ash Tree team now includes ten vets, seven nurses and 14 receptionists.

The practice estimates that nearly half the people in the Harborough district share their home with a pet. Dogs and cats are still the most popular with nearly 50 per cent of households having one or the other – or both.

Rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, birds, rats, mice, reptiles and insects make up the rest which means there is always plenty for the vets to look after.

Whether your concern is your dog’s drinking habits or your cat’s coughing, Mr Jacklin will be on hand to give his first-class opinion.

To submit a question to the Mail’s Ask the Vet online feature, email your question to or

The Mail will publish the best questions on our website towards the end of each week and then pick the best questions each month for a newspaper column.

He looks forward to hearing from you.

Story by Alex Blackwell

Follow Alex on Twitter, @BlackwellHarb.




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