IMPORTANT UPDATE – LOCKDOWN JANUARY 2021
1. We are still open and able to continue working, and the clinic hours are unchanged.
2. All appointments and surgeries that are currently booked will be honoured, unless you would prefer to delay the appointment or convert it to a video consultation (if appropriate)
3. Vaccinations will continue to be carried out – given the number of dogs and cats who had to repeat a vaccine course despite best efforts last time, we would prefer to avoid both over-vaccinating and leaving them open to preventable infections
4. Post-op checks and some more routine patient reviews will be done remotely via video
5. Spays and castrates will be delayed, unless you have a male/female pair or a welfare reason
6. Nail clips will be done if there is a welfare concern
7. We cannot carry out home visits during a lockdown
8. We can deliver your pet’s repeat prescriptions and flea/worming medication if required, but may need to have a set day of the week for deliveries.
We had planned to allow clients back into the waiting room next week, but unfortunately that will have to be delayed until at least the end of the lockdown period.
Please wear a mask if possible when communicating with us in person, and keep a distance of 2m as per government guidelines.
For ease of communication during this time, we would encourage you to download PetsApp (available for iPhones and Android). It is free of charge to you as a pet owner, and works similarly to WhatsApp with some additional functions. It makes video calls very easy, also enables us to email you forms and documents, provide quick updates on your pets when they are hospitalised or having surgery, and you can even pay your invoices through it if you wish.
Our phones continue to be very busy, and we were not managing to keep up with the calls during the last lockdown. If you can order prescription medication via our website or via PetsApp, please do so. If you have a question that does not require an immediate answer, or are sending us a post-op update, please use PetsApp or email the clinic where possible to try and keep the phone lines open for emergencies and unwell pets.
If you have any concerns, especially if you are shielding and might have difficulties getting your unwell pets seen, please get in touch. We’ve learned a lot from the last lockdown and there will always be a way to make sure your pets are looked after!
Stan and Dalya
COVID UPDATE – 3rd November 2020
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) have now clarified the government lockdown advice as it pertains to veterinary practices. The BVA advises that practices must continue to work in COVID safe ways, and that veterinary professionals should exercise clinical judgement to assess and triage essential animal health and welfare needs in the context of the lockdown.
With that in mind, we need to balance the welfare of pets under our care with a responsibility to protect our community and the mandate to stay at home as much as possible.
We shall therefore implement the following measures from 5th November until 2nd December:
– we shall honour all appointments currently booked; however if you have an appointment booked and think your pet’s appointment can be deferred by a month than please contact us at the earliest opportunity and we’ll reschedule for December
– November vaccinations shall be deferred until December; October vaccinations can still be booked in and all pets due in October should have received their reminders by now
– puppy, kitten and rabbit primary vaccination courses will continue
– requests for neutering will be considered on a case by case basis; most neuters will be delayed
– nail clipping will be deferred until December, unless the nails are causing discomfort
– routine dentistry where pets appear to not be in discomfort will be deferred until December
– puppy social visits can continue, as we’ve already seen a negative impact on puppies who missed out on these during the first lockdown
We are still offering video, telephone and email consults where appropriate. Please note that we did find them substandard for most unwell patients during the first lockdown – there is no substitute for a physical exam!
In the event of practice closure for 14 days due to a COVID positive team member, we shall endeavour to keep the telephone lines open as much as possible, and shall arrange for any urgent cases to be seen by a neighbouring practice. We shall not be able to dispense any medication during such an event, so if your pets are on long-term medication (including parasite prevention) please make sure that you have at least 2 weeks of medication at home at all times.
Repeat prescriptions can now be ordered via the website, the order page is in the “Contacts” tab, which on some browsers may appear as a large white dot at the end of the menu on the front page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do contact us.
Best wishes and stay safe,
Dalya and Stan
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