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Happy New Year from all at Letchworth Vets. Hope 2020 is a happy and healthy one for all you and all your pets
Remember, remember fireworks aren’t just in November and… NEW YEARS EVE means fireworks! Firework celebrations can be extremely frightening for our pets…Please HELP them feel safe!Read Full Story
The Team at Letchworth Veterinary Centre would like to wish our clients and their pets Merry Christmas and all good wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2020
Day 24 of our advent calendar, we have Cloud and Toast waiting by the tree for Santa
Day 23 of our advent calendar, we have Humbug covered in the Christmas decorations
NO amount of chocolate is safe for your cat to eat. Did you know that even the smallest piece of chocolate can make your feline companion very sick!Read Full Story
Day 22 of our advent calendar, we have belle lining up to see santa
Day 21 of our advent calendar, we have Rueben hiding among the tree
Day 20 of our advent calendar. We have Rufus, he will be helping santa lead the way in the sky on christmas night
Alcohol can cause an array of serious health problems, the most common symptoms being vomiting, depression, visible dizziness and breathing difficulties.Read Full Story
Day 19 of our advent calendar, Reg all dressed up waiting for santa
Certain types of nuts, macadamia nuts in particular, can cause our pets to suffer vomiting, depression and hyperthermia if they eat them. They’re also a choking hazard.Read Full Story
Day 17 of our advent calendar, we have Archie loving his christmas hat
Day 16 of our advent calendar, we have Treacle making friends with Rudolph
Day 15 of our advent calendar, Penny trying to keep the elf under control
Day 14 of our advent calendar, we have Trevor with his santa hat on
Day 13 of our advent calendar, this is Ziggy he's been helping wrap all the presents
Day 12 of our advent calendar, Ben looks like he's enjoying the christmas decorations
Day 11 of our advent calendar, Can any one spot Hardy hiding in the tree
For repeat prescriptions and food orders please note the following dates for last requests: Christmas Friday 20th December... New Years Friday 27th December. If medication is not requested before this time, we cannot guarantee that it will be in stock
Day 10 of our advent calendar, this is Bo admiring the tree this christmas
Day 9 on our advent calendar, Hank keeping nice and warm this winter
Day 8 of our advent calendar, Alfie looking festive in his elf suit
Day 7 of our advent calendar, Ash would much rather warm cuddles on the sofa after her first experience in the snow
Day 5 of our advent calendar, socks waiting for his presents under the tree
Day six of our advent calendar, everyone loves to pull a cracker
Day four of our advent calendar, Cheeky duchess climbing the Christmas tree
Please get involved with this year's Advent Calendar and send us photos of your pets enjoying the festive season. All photos to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org please.
Pause. Reflect. Remember.
Be careful this morning 6th November... stumbling upon discarded sparklers, firework cartridges & shells…
Happy National Black Cat Day. Our Practice Manager has two - Midnight and Magic.
TICK TOCK: Clocks go BACK tonight…
Some invaluable information about helping your cat get to the vets. It is important to try & reduce a cat's stress as much as possible so please share this with others to help their furry friendsRead Full Story
We are rapidly approaching the time of year that many pet owners dread. Here are some tips to minimise the stress on your pets during firework season.Read Full Story
Let’s all Share our Smiles today - because a doggy smile makes everyone feel good!” ...have a great weekend ahead!
Today is the day to celebrate all the different animals we have in our lives. Whether they are big, small, living inside or outside, fluffy, feathery or covered in scales, we want to thank you for bringing smiles to our faces.
Hey, hi, hello... Happy October!
Can anyone help our local RSPCA with fostering options for this dear little soul. Please contact Vicky or Emma on 01462 672278.
Are you in the The Pet Health Club? Our members receive a six month health check as part of their benefits - you can join on-line now or pop into see us.Read Full Story
Please help get her home. She is microchipped. - she’s been missing since last Friday. Norton Road Letchworth, Principal Court area. Thank you
It's #InternationalDogDay (the sun is shining ...and it's Bank Holiday Monday!! Gotta be the best day ever - unless you're a cat maybe?)
A reminder that we are closed on Bank Holiday Monday. Vets Now in Barton-le-clay are our out of hours support. We will be open as normal from Tuesday.
Did you know? Black cats are the most over looked in rescue centres? Not here at Letchworth Vets, we love them!!
Male Stray Cat has been with us now for over a week. If you think this is your cat or would like to re home him, then please call us on 01462 685882.
Roll out the red carpet for your furry feline friend, because today is International Cat Day!!!
...in Letchworth yesterday and reportedly seen hanging around the area since Sunday. If you think this is your cat then please call 01462 685882 to discuss further.
If you are having a BBQ this weekend please make sure your dog(s) does not have access to kebab sticks or cooked bones.
...a group of hamsters is a HORDE!
Today is the day to celebrate all the little pigs in our lives. Did you know that the term guinea pig translates to “little pig” in Latin?
Don’t forget there is still time to enter your pet into Pet Health Club’s Pet Hero of the Year award. Entries close at one minute to midnight on 7th July!Read Full Story
Our plans include: ✔️ Routine vaccinations ✔️ Six month health checks ✔️ Year round flea and worming treatments ✔️ Discounts on dental checks and treatments ✔️ Discounts on pet food and medication
Guinea pigs jump like popping corn when they're happy!
Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant...
If you un-anchor a snake's tail, it will stop constricting!
Unlike insurance, which covers accident and illness, a Pet Health Club plan covers the expected, routine treatments your pet needs throughout the year...Read Full Story
Have you entered your #PHChero into the competition yet?
Welcome to Rabbit Awareness Week 1st - 9th June at Manor Vets
Good Friday 19th April - CLOSED. Saturday 20th April - 9am - 2pm. Sunday 21st April - CLOSED. Easter Monday 22nd April CLOSED
If your pet is taking regular medication, please be aware that the cut off day for ordering repeat prescriptions to guarantee their collection before Easter is NEXT TUESDAY 16TH APRIL. Medication ordered after this time may not be available until after the Bank Holiday. Call the Surgery on 01462 685882 to request your pets meds.
A massive "THANK YOU" to everyone who shared Letchworth Veterinary Centreeee's Facebook post. As a result we have been able to reunite this lovely cat with her owners. You have awesome Facebook power. Thanks again!
We are delighted to share the exciting news that our colleague Emma is an award nominee ... we're currently all dusting down our posh frocks just in case she invites us to join her on the red carpet. Well done Emma, very well deserved!
Doofus visited Letchworth Veterinary Centre today getting a microchip, so that she is allowed to go out to prevent any more damage to the curtains at home!
Francis had 3 beautiful kittens on Thursday evening, We're so glad to hear that mum and kittens are all doing well and can't wait for more updates !
Theatre cleaning fun with the Nurses today ! View video on Letchworth Veterinary Centre's Facebook (it's a must...)
...to Nurse Jess’s Cat Moo ! He celebrated last night with a special cat friendly cake !
A huge congratulations to Charlotte for passing her Nursing exams ! We knew you could do it ! x
Happy National Love Your Pet Day!
Pets age much faster than humans at about seven years per human year! That’s why we recommend annual Health Screenings for cats and dogs over 8 years old. Call: 01462685882 to book your appointment today!
Check out our "Top Teeth Tips" on our notice board this month !...Don't forget we also offer FREE dental checks with our Nurses !
Two more happy campers who spent time in our new cat ward today with Student Nurse Charlotte ... Mittens and Willow came in to be neutered and decided that being on top of the cat pod rather than in it was the way to go. TBH we were very pleased they made that choice, because it was the cutest photo opportunity.
who agrees... we’d be retired now if I didn’t have to maintain my hound’s luxurious lifestyle ... thank goodness they're worth it!
Poppy came to visit us a few days ago with a sore foot. After some treatment with painkillers and a protective bandage she was quickly back to her bouncy lively self. We think she is beautiful!
Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy 2019! Happy New Year, from all of us Team Letchworth Vetrinary Centre
Suki ... our first cat ward guest - and we can’t think of anyone better to road test the new accommodation. Happy New Year Suki - glad you enjoyed the facilities.
...the cat ward is starting to take shape, with the installation team getting expert guidance from Charlotte and Carey.
On behalf of everyone at Letchworth Veterinary Centre we would like to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas and thank you for all your wonderful cards and kind gifts. Stay safe and enjoy the festivities.
If you're writing your Christmas "to do list" please remember to check your pet's regular medication and add ordering that to your list if you need to. As a rule of thumb we always need 48 hours notice to fill a prescription request, and so our cut off for requests this year will be Friday 21st December.
This pile of goodies is the start of our soon to be installed cat ward. Just waiting for the bespoke kennelling to arrive from our friends at Pioneer Veterinary Products who have helped us make the most of our space in what was the old third consult room, and then we can build a warm, quiet and comfy space for our feline patients. Watch this space ..........
These two beautiful girls, Coco and Chanel, came to see vet Jayne for their kitten vaccinations and worming. Don’t you think they are just the loveliest kittens?
...a very cute little tortoise who came in for a pedicure today. He was perfectly behaved and seemed to enjoy having his nails filed!
Casper came to see vet Dan because he was off his food ... the gravy bones our reception team offered him seemed to appeal though!
Walk your dog before it gets dark, before the noises start. Always keep them on a lead, so they cannot sun off.
Stay home. Firework noises are scary and unfamiliar, don’t leave your pet alone with them.
If your pet seems unsettled, use their favourite toy or game to distract them.
This is Simba, our Nurse Charlotte’s cat, currently recuperating following an altercation with a car on Monday evening. The lucky boy has used up a few of his nine lives, but thanks to our amazing out of hours colleagues at Beds Vets he is back to full strength attention-seeking capacity!
Provide your pet with somewhere to hide!
Feels like a "snuggle on the sofa with a box set" weekend to us
Anti-freeze is sweet so cats like the taste, but it is incredibly poisonous. Watch out for symptoms including sickness; wobbly "drunken" behaviour; appearing very sleepy; difficulty breathing; twitchy eyes and muscles; or seizures. Whatever the cause, if your pet exhibits any of these, call us.
Apparently it's getting colder at the end of this week
This little cutie was found on Noton Way, Letchworth today. No collar or microchip so we’re hoping the power of Facebook will help us reunite the owners with their pet
Keeping a balance between being alarmist and being informative is always difficult, but if your dog exhibits any of these symptoms after a woodland walk call us for an appointment.Read Full Story
All the best professionals have a clear idea what they want to be when the grow up ... here's Millie, daughter of our Vet Nurse Gemma, getting some practice in on a willing patient.
...9 month old Cocker Spaniel sitting patiently waiting to see Vet Dan on Saturday morning, what a cutie!
While eating conkers seldom proves to be fatal, they can make our dogs poorly if they eat them, and potentially could cause a blockage in their tummy if they swallow them whole. If you walk your dogs near horse chestnut trees be aware and distract them as much as you can away from the prickly hazards!
Belated Birthday candle moment for our camera shy nurse Gemma ... many happy returns!
...to Jess on passing her Veterinary Nurse exams
Don’t forget to check that water is free of algae and other hazards before you let your pet cool off!
Letchworth Vets Celebrate National Dog Day because dogs are family... " From keeping us safe working for the emergency services to supporting people who are blind, deaf or disabled, dogs do a lot for us humans, and this is an opportunity to give something back."
We were very happy to help with getting Angel back to where she belongs! Luckily our clinical director recognised the address! Please do keep microchip details up to date.Read Full Story
Today is International Cat Day ... big love to all our feline friends
Jess has had a helper today when Vet Laura brought her youngest son Theo in to see us ... great phone technique Theo, you’re on the team!
Professor Yaffle, currently undergoing oxygen therapy...
This poor soul was left in a carrier on our doorstep this morning, not injured, however someone must be missing them. Please contact us on 01462 685 882 if you have any further information. Please share so we can get them home.
Don’t forget that we won’t be open on Monday, but our fabulous out of hours colleagues will be available all over the weekend. Call the normal surgery number 01462 685882 and you will be re-directed to them.
Found on Norton Common yesterday, and bought in for us to check over. No injuries, in fact we’re in good condition and chilling with dandelion leaves to snack on. Call the Clinic on 01462 685882 if you can identify our guest.
This afternoon’s captivating little guest. Thankfully uninjured and later to be released back where he was found
Outside of the consulting room, most of the attention and medical care your pet receives is at the hands of a veterinary nurse. This May we celebrate that care and attention, as Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) gives us an opportunity to talk about the role of our VNs in caring for your pets. In any given day they may find themselves taking x-rays, medicating patients, doing consults, maintaining equipment, monitoring anaesthetics, dressing wounds, answering phones, and the list goes on! We couldn't function without them.
...a Pomeranian/Husky cross puppy who came to see Vet Dan yesterday because she had a poorly eye. Fortunately some eye drops will fix that, and in the meantime we suspect lots of cuddles are in order.
...to all the runners in this years London Marathon - you are an inspiration to us all
Clean up thoroughly and make sure your pet cannot acces the grill, charcoal, matches or lighter fluid
Quite often referred to as "the cone of shame" here's Arnie completely rocking the look and showing there's no shame involved at all
Though rabbits enjoy their vegetables, remember that 85% of their diet should consist of hay or grass - this helps prevent their teeth from overgrowing and makes sure they don't eat too much sugar.
Spring is finally springing! Please watch out for the beautiful but toxic flowers. Easter Lilies, Tulips, Foxglove, Hyaciths and Daffodils! If your pets happen to ingest any of these toxic plants - poisonous ornamentals, please give us a call immediately 01462 685882
...wearing her badge of honour for being a brave girl when the vet took a blood sample (the results of which we're very pleased to say were all normal)
...from everyone at Letchworth Vets!
Marco, who is a Standard and Luca a Minature, both looking very dapper in their Medical Pet Shirts, having spent the day with us earlier this week.
THE clocks go forward tonight which unfortunately means we are all going to lose an hour's sleep, but we will gain an EXTRA HOUR of DAYLIGHT in the evening…
This week's star of the show has been Ginger the Guinea Pig. She came in so that Vet Laura could remove a lump on her neck and captivated us all with her cuteness. Ginger has appeared on children's TV, so she's well used to working the camera.
First day of spring - Woo-hoo!!!
Apparently "The Beast from the East" is not done with us quite yet, so please don't forget our feathered friends if it gets freezy again this weekend!Read Full Story
Whether you are a Mother to a furry, feathered or scaly baby (or a human baby) we hope that you have a very special day!!
Our Student Vet Nurse Jess in action perfecting setting up for a hock x-ray.
The fuss continues for our Nurse Clinic visitor Milo, come for a cuddle and a weigh in with Amy. Over 5 kilos lost so far, we'd like to be as disciplined as Milo.
Bodie a 2 month old Chocolate Labrador weighing in at 5kg, and Bob also 2 months old, and our first registered Poochon - weighing in at 2.7kg. Both in for their puppy checks and first vaccinations. Can't wait to see how they've grown when they come back for their second vaccinations in two weeks.
Jasper has been in this morning to pick up his repeat prescription ... whilst we wouldn't normally reveal a gentleman's age, we think you'll agree he doesn't look like a 10 year old. He also gets today's helper gold star for doing the carrying.
Time to break out the dog's wellies... The Beast From the East has arrived. Watch out for grit: Grit used on roads and pavements can make pets ill. Bath paws or clean with wet wipes if they come into contact with it
What's on your pet's reading list today?
Keep an eye out for neighbours topping their cars up in case they spill anti-freeze where your pet is likely to walk. If in any doubt, just call us.
Hug the one you love this Valentine's Day
We've moved back in to our fabulous refurbished reception. The discussion is now all about what colour to paint the walls!
...and we have new flooring
...and we have a new reception desk! How exciting is that?
and it's starting to take shape. ...refurb for our Letchworth Veterinary Centre reception
...refurb for our Letchworth Veterinary Centre reception
Work starts Monday on our new improved reception area ... watch this space for updates as the work progresses through the week
Still on the subject of New Year's resolutions for our pets ... how about making new friends? We don’t necessarily recommend taking your cat to meet the neighbours, but setting up some playtime between your dog and another sociable pooch of similar size can be a really enjoyable way of improving their social skills and getting in some extra exercise. Calling in to the surgery when you're not coming for a consultation with the Vet is another good way of socialising dogs. The more they associate coming to see us with a positive experience, the happier they'll be when then come for their booster - and we're always happy to stop working for a cuddle!
...that an adult rabbit has a total of 28 teeth! Rabbit's teeth never stop growing and they need plenty of fresh hay and grass to help wear their teeth down
We're looking forward to the New Year with a refurb for our reception. From next Monday 15th January the contractors will be in giving us a face lift. We'll still be consulting and operating on the Hospital side of the Practice whilst the works are carried out.
If you've given up on your own new year's resolutions, how about making some new ones for your pet? Do you need to update the details on their microchip? If you’ve moved house or changed phone number, it’s easy to forget to update the details on your pet’s chip. But, this could be the difference between being reunited if they’re lost or staying separated – it's also worth checking with us to make sure we've got your latest contact details too.
Whilst it’s cold outside, we keep cosy with our central heating and fires. Flea eggs lying dormant in our carpets, laminate floors and cracks in floorboards start to stir, hatch and infest our pets even in winter! Cats can be tricky to treat for fleas and are often under-treated compared to dogs. They can also access areas that dogs can't. Are you experiencing flea problems at the moment? Contact us for advice on keeping flea free throughout the winter! (apologies if this post has made you itchy!)
Remember, remember, it's not just on the fifth of November. If your pet is anxious around fireworks, they might need extra comfort at midnight on New Year's Eve.
Please think before buying any animal as a Christmas present this year!
Does anyone recognise this female black and white cat? If you have any information please call us on 01462 685882
This is Bibi recovering from surgery she recently had with us. Currently resting up after her op.
This is Nicki Appleby, she is our new receptionist and great addition to the team
...she came into us for a dental, she loved cuddles and attention from all staff.
We would like to welcome our new Practice Manager, Jacqui Tyler, she is a great addition to our team.
This is Princess who has gone missing in the Letchworth area- Boscombe court. She is not from this area so please call us on 01462 685882 if you see her about! She is white, wearing a red collar and has distinctive eyes- one blue and one green.
Three baby orphaned squirrels bought into us by a caring client; waiting to go to the wildlife rescue centre!
Trainee Nurse Jess practising her scrubbing up technique with her clinical coach Nurse Amy!
This duo is Lola and Flash. They sat happily for the camera, after the vet had finished examining their eyes.
This cute cat is called Jaz. Here she is showcasing her new red cast.
If so please contact us at Letchworth vets on 01462 685882
...all ready to go home in her new comfy outfit, after enjoying the attention she received all day!
Last week, Rodney and Milo came in to be neutered and microchipped. Strike a pose boys...
Meet Dashi. She came in yesterday for X-rays. She enjoyed her time here, especially being cuddled by all the nurses.
This adorable little rabbit is called Cas. He recently came in to be neutered. Here he is cuddling up to his teddy bear whilst recovering from his anaesthetic.
We do recommend to worm your poultry (chickens, ducks, geese etc) 3-4 times yearly. We keep a supply in stock. The wormer is mixed in food and fed as a "complete ration" during a 7 day period. Please call if you need any advise.
We have got hold of multi-vial vaccinations for myxomatosis and are running rabbit clinics on Tuesday 20th of June and again on Saturday 1st July. Don't miss out and call us on 01462 685882.
...both coming in with their treats mummy gave them for being good x
This lovely adult male cat "called Nina" (name was obtained via his microchip) was brought to us this morning following a road traffic accident. He was found in Arlsey. Shock treatment/pain relief/radiographs have been carried out. We have been unable to contact the owners. Please call us - during office hours - on 01462625882.
Neve and Charlie came to puppy class yesterday. We were training sits, downs and recall and both puppies worked very hard. Neve done so well that she fell asleep at the end of the class.
Here is Neve and Charlie at puppy party making friends and playing with the food toys.
We are fortunate at Letchworth Veterinary Centre to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusiastic staff
At Letchworth Veterinary Centre we combine the highest standard of care for your pets with a friendly and personal service.