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Merry Christmas from Nog and all his colleagues at The Vet Centre, December 2016

Hello everyone,

I love this time of year, cosy nights in by the fire, mulled wine and of course presents!! I have to say I didn’t always find it fun. I vividly remember my first Christmas, Beetle and I were having a lovely sleep curled up by the Christmas tree. There was a rustle and some soot fell out of the fire place. Next thing I knew a fat burglar dressed in red appeared! He had clearly had one too many to drink (I’ve seen my human wobble around like that before!) and I prepared myself to stop him stealing my presents. Luckily Beetle had met him before and explained who he was. He actually turned out to be a really nice chap and very good ear scratcher! Beetle agreed that he was a nice chap but in some areas could be a bit dim. One year he had tried to give Beetle some chocolate. Realising Santa didn’t have a clue Beetle had put him in touch with one of my vets, Kate, who was kind enough to give him a list of things you don’t give dogs and cats around Christmas. I’ve summarised the key points of the letter below so no one has any slip ups this year:

Chocolate (especially dark chocolate) – can cause gut problems and in severe cases liver damage

Raisins and grapes (often in fruit cake or Christmas pudding) - can cause kidney failure

Mistletoe- leaves and berries are toxic causing gut problems

Blue cheese and mouldy food-contain mycotoxins that can cause neurological problems

Lilly pollen- can cause kidney failure in cats

Batteries- if chewed that acid inside can cause gut problems and stomach ulcers

Antifreeze (why anyone would give this as a present I don’t know!!)- causes renal failure in cats

I see it every year; usually one of my friends arrives looking pretty smug about helping themselves to a whole Christmas pudding or a box of chocolates. They don’t look so happy after they have been made to bring the whole lot back up again though!

A few of my more anxious friends (I promised I wouldn’t mention Terry my trembling terrier friend, so I won’t) are very worried about New Year’s Eve. Yes, most of us love a good party but some of us (not mentioning Terry again) are terrified of fireworks. Luckily a new drug to help the worriers among us came out just before fireworks night and many dogs have already benefitted from its calming effect. Feel free to have a chat with any of my staff if you need to find out a bit more about what can be done if fireworks are likely to go off near you.

Now as usual I like to let my staff have a few days off to celebrate Christmas and New Year. However, I always look out for my friends I make sure there is always someone on call in case of an emergency. Below are the changed opening hours over the Christmas period.

Date

Maids Moreton

Cherry Lane

24.12.16

9:00- 11:00am

9:30- 11:30am

25.12.16

Emergencies only

Emergencies only

26.12.16

Emergencies only

Emergencies only

27.12.16

Bank holiday- go to Cherry Lane

11:00-12:30, 2:30-4:00pm

28.12.16

Usual opening hours

Usual opening hours

29.12.16

Usual opening hours

Usual opening hours

30.12.16

Usual opening hours

Usual opening hours

31.12.16

9:00- 11:00am

9:30- 11:30, 2:30-4:00pm

01.01.17

Emergencies only

Emergencies only

02.01.17

Bank holiday- go to Cherry Lane

11:00-12:30, 2:30-4:00pm

03.01.17

Usual opening hours

Usual opening hours

Just to remind you all again that the Cherry Lane branch is usually open 7 days a week for routine appointments (i.e. no out of hours charged when open).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Nog and all the staff at the Vet Centre.