December news from Clarendon Street Vets

December 7, 2023

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December news from Clarendon Street Vets

Firstly, we would like to wish all our lovely clients and pets a very Happy Christmas and the very best for 2024! It’s been a busy year at the surgery and we are all looking forward to the Christmas break.

The surgery will be open as usual until 12pm on Saturday December 23rd. We will then be closed until 8.30 am on Wednesday December 27th. We close again for the New Year at 12pm on Saturday 30th December, re-opening at 8.30 am on Tuesday January 2nd.

As usual, if treatment is required while the practice is closed, you can contact our out-of-hours provider, Vet24, at Milton, on 01223 426600.

If you need to stock up on medication before we close for the festive period, please give us plenty of notice as we can get very busy around this time. If you are planning to travel abroad with your pet and need an appointment for the required paperwork, please call us as soon as possible.

One of the most common emergencies at the time of year is the accidental consumption of completely unsuitable foods and objects! Be very careful what you leave wrapped beneath the tree, or dangle invitingly from the tree. If you realise your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t, call us as soon as possible, so we can decide on the best course of action. In some cases, we would give an injection to induce vomiting, recommend X-rays are taken if a foreign body has been consumed, or advise you to wait and see what passes through.

As well as Christmas presents and decorations, there are a lot of foods that can cause problems for our furry friends, including many of the treats we enjoy at Christmas, such as chocolate, alcohol, mince pies and Christmas cakes!

We are always on hand to advise if any doubt, as are Vets24 should we be closed. There is also the very useful Veterinary Poisons Information Service, a helpline that is available 24 hours a day, who will, for a small fee, advise on what to do if your pet has eaten something potentially toxic.

We all know that chocolate is bad for our dogs, but how much is too much depends on the type of chocolate and the amount consumed. Another really useful resource is the Vets Now Chocolate Toxicity Calculator, an easy-to-use tool which lists the signs of chocolate poisoning and helps you work out when to seek medical attention.

We very much hope you don’t need to use any of the above resources, enjoy some rest and quality time with your favourite animals (and people!) and we look forward to seeing you again in 2024.

With very best wishes,

Patrick, Harriet, and all the Clarendon Street team.

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