Hello! Welcome to the Letchworth Vetrinary Centre Blog. We're here to keep you up-to-date with all the latest happenings...
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.