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OAPs “Old Age Pets and their care.

Jess’ Blog……

 

“I don’t understand how my family keep sneaking up on me and I am regularly being woken up by them which really spooks me. I saw that squirrel again I do think he waits till I jump at the tree and then he runs. I must remember not to run after him my left leg is aching again, hopefully Mary will give me that nice tablet again, it tastes quite nice and tomorrow morning I’ll be feeling better able to check the woods out when we go for a walk.”

 Jess, aged 13 years

 

OAPs June offer

In June we are planning on helping clients with elderly pets. We will offer health checks for pets over 8 years of age for £18.

This will allow us to look at their eyes, teeth and ears and see what state they are in. We will listen to their hearts to check for any abnormalities, in cats particularly we will look at their eyes to see if they are showing any signs of hypertension, a hidden disease of elderly cats. If clients are able to bring a urine sample in we will check how well the kidneys are concentrating the urine and check for Diabetes (there will be a small charge for this service). Please ask the reception staff when booking in for tips on collecting a urine sample.

For many clients it is actually the behaviour of their pet as they age which can be the first sign that something isn’t quite right and being able to come in and chat may help us find out what is behind the behaviour. The causes can be varied, pain associated, anxiety due to deafness or sight changes. Our pets do also suffer from senility or cognitive dysfunction, chatting with us about behaviour changes may lead to a choice of drug to help.

Often clients are worried about skin lesions or growths and are afraid to ask what to do. But it is far better to deal with a growth when it is small than ignoring it and then finding extensive surgery is necessary.

We hope by encouraging clients to ask for a health check we can offer our Older Pets a better quality of life.

Jess’ mum, Mary

 

 

 

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What a fantastic open day

We held our Open day last Saturday, May 11th, it went really well and we owe a big thank you to everyone who supported us by baking cakes, helping us on the day and everyone who came along.

Aimee with Sean the dog on the open day

Aimee with Sean the dog on the open day

Our great staff had worked hard all week planning displays and setting out the rooms we invited 4 animal charities to come along, Cats Protection, Dogs for the Disabled, Hedgehog Rescue and Rabbit Rescue Group. They set out their stands and it was a great way of raising awareness for the different species. We’d like to say thank to them as it helped give the day a great buzz and our clients gained so much from them.

Becky with Caroline cutting the cakes

Becky with Caroline cutting the cakes

 

The morning did get off to a baking theme with members of staff and clients arriving with fantastic cakes and cookies. Our staff  Laura, Becky, Aimee and Claire made some fantastic cupcakes and cookies. Mrs Meatyard, Mrs Springate made cakes for us to sell on behalf of the charities. Jessica Lang made a fab cat cake for the staff. We raised £67.40 for the charities.

 

Lizzie beautifully face painted as a dog checks the new kennels out

Lizzie beautifully face painted as a dog checks the new kennels out

Aimee  face painted for the children and they looked fabulous, Lizzie the dog popped into our shiny new kennels with Karoline our nurse there, just in case. Our fluffy 6ft dog seemed to create a bit of a street presence with passing traffic finding him entertaining. Even the adults wound down their windows to have a chat with him while the dogs went frantic barking at this enormous dog. So I owe a big thank to my son Sean who spent a long hot time in the dog suit. Leon our work experience also helped run “Scan Rufus” for his chip and lots of prizes being given out .

 

Nikki Underwood-Tandy took some “Gorgeous Moggies” photos for us and worked really hard getting our four legged friends to co-operate on the day. No mean feat ! A big thank you to Nikki and Jo for coming along on the day. Rob also took some great photos of our little clients.

Paula and myself had a great time meeting clients and showing them our new surgery. The over whelming response was how much space we have and how the layout is pet friendly. We were really pleased !

If you missed the open day but would like to visit please give us a call and we will show you behind the scenes.

Thank you to everyone.

Mary

Amelia loving her best friend Sean the dog

Amelia loving her best friend Sean the dog

 

 

 

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Thank you !

It’s been a busy few weeks for us here, so not much updating done I am afraid. However we felt it was time for a few thank yous.

Firstly a big thank you to everyone involved in changing our building from an empty damp shell to the bright new veterinary surgery that it is today. Thanks to Intastruct from Kenilworth who took on the project, Mark Simmonds plumbing, Peter Cox who dealt with the damp, Paul Clarkson electricians, to all the Daves, DW flooring, DW Home Improvements, Dave Thompson telephone engineer, David Reed It guru, Bob Golightly veterinary management systems, Andrew Dade anaesthetic consultant, and Tom from Sign depot for the lovely signs. I hope I haven’t missed anyone.

Thank you to Dreamscape for setting up such a lovely website, and Shirley Whiting for her helpful comments. We are very grateful to Alex Mustard and Nikki Underwood Tandy for allowing their photos to be used. Also Linsey Ward, Sam Gratrix,  Sophie Robinson, Rebekah Ward, and Helen Gotevbe.

 

Emscote Vets Day 1Our Staff, Becky, Karoline, Laura, and Clare who has stepped in to help, definitely deserve thanks for all their enthusiastic work during this last few weeks, being cheerful through IT adversities and getting all our stock sorted. Although Mary and I do think they are moving things just to confuse us for fun!

Thank you to friends and family who have helped, especially Mike and Rob, our long suffering husbands, and Andy for helping sort out DIY and washing machines etc. Thanks to Jo and Nikki Underwood Tandy for sorting most of our furniture and then moving it. Also thanks to Dennis and Sean for their furniture moving too.

 

The biggest thanks however is for all the lovely support we have received from our clients. The number of cards, flowers, chocolates and messages of support have overwhelmed us. We have been very happy to see so many clients, faces we knew and new ones, bringing their pets in. There has already been a wide range of interesting cases, keeping Batt Lab our local Coventry laboratory run by Professor Roger Batt busy and we have already had good use from our ultrasound scanner and digital X-ray machine.

So thank you from Mary and myself!
Paula

 

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The start of a practice!

February 2013

 

emscotefrontage2When Mary and I started planning our new small animal practice I don’t think we had any idea of what we were getting into.  We are both experienced veterinary surgeons, but starting a practice from scratch has required many different skills and specialist knowledge, and involved many people, without whom we wouldn’t even be close to opening.  We saw the building and realised what a great potential it had, being an open ground floor, office space above and with a good sized car park behind, but even getting our lease sorted was a long drawn out procedure.  Then we had to learn about planning applications for change of use.

Trying to work out how to make best use of the space was a great exercise in spatial awareness and involved  head intastructscratching and multiple redraws on squared paper and the input of an architect and technician to draw the plans for the council.  Then after a nail biting 8 weeks, we finally were granted change of use, definitely a night for celebration.  There wasn’t any time to relax, now we had rent to pay so this immediately lead onto a search for a builder.  We went with local company Intastruct, who have been really helpful, even with our daftest questions.  In fact I have adopted a straightforward approach with many of the specialists, from solicitors to builders, from accountants to telecoms.  If I am getting bemused by them, I just explain that I know exactly how to spay a bitch, which I assume they don’t, but treat me as novice in any other field.

We initially encountered some damp problems  and a few hiccups as the build progressed, but it has been amazing to see the partitions up and the practice take shape from an empty shell. The first time we walked in when the walls were up was a great moment.  Instead of being in an disused shop, we were standing in the prep room, visualising where the counters and cupboards would be, where the anaesthetic machine and table would be best.   We could see how every room was taking shape, and realised some had more room, others would need adapting from our original plan.  The electricians have decided doing veterinary surgeries is great for them.  Few buildings require such a density of  socket for phones and wiring for data cables, telephones etc.  As I write this walls are being plastered, painted, doors fitted and soon the floor will be in.  Then the kennels built and we will need to fit the practice out.  Hopefully soon we will have a building to be proud of showing you around.

Paula

 

 

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Emscote Vets launch Facebook page and start tweeting

In these days of social media we decided we would launch our Facebook page before we opened to let everyone know who was going to be  filling the space between the Lord Nelson and the barber on Emscote Road.  Embracing this allows us to keep you updated on our progress and keep in touch with you.  It can also mean a good excuse to share a cute photo.  When doesn’t a sweet puppy raise an smile? cutepuppy As we move on it also gives us an easy way to update you on on any disease outbreaks locally that can then be shared.  For instance last year we had several local pet rabbits that sadly had to be euthanased due to myxomatosis.  Facebook is an ideal platform to raise awareness, and  for explaining that all rabbits can be at risk as it is spread by biting insects, and that they can be vaccinated against this horrible disease.  It has also been useful sometimes to help reunite pets with their owners, though we would recommend microchipping as preferable!

 

cropped-warwickrocks-avatarWe are new to tweeting but again we felt it was something we needed to explore to find its uses.  This is a journey for us too.  We have found there are many  groups on there supporting the local community  and the Warwick Rocks campaign.  At present we are just finding our feet, but hopefully this will be a fun way to help us keep you up to date too, or give you a smile for the day.

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Emscote vets makes the ” small furry promise”

Small-Furry-Promise

Supreme Pet foods have a think rabbit campaign, and we are pleased to announce that we will be signing up to their “small furry promise”.  As we have designed the building ourselves it has allowed us to create separate dog and cat wards, which can have the appropriate diffusers ( Feliway and Adaptil ) to help keep the different species calm and allow cats a quieter environment.  Unusually it has also  allowed us to build up a separate rabbit and small furry ward to keep rabbits away from species that in the wild would hunt them, which is a much less stressful experience for them.

Over the last 8-10 years I have developed a real interest in rabbit andgandalf andstripey small pet medicine and surgery.  They can be such wonderful, characterful pets and deserve to be treated as such.  It has certainly been a challenge at times, for instance trying to keep a dwarf hamster anaesthetised whilst I amputated her cheek pouch, or the first time I spayed a rat, with a bleeding uterine tumour, removing masses on rats that are huge in comparison with the rat which I have found very rewarding.

I have been closely involved with the local rabbit rescue for years and so have performed hundreds of rabbit spays and castrations.  I have also therefore treated many  difficult and chronic cases handed over to them , and this has forced me to expand my knowledge, try less well known drugs, different combinations etc, which has given me invaluable experience for treating new patients.

So we sign the promise !

 

Paula

 

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