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When the time comes to say goodbye

(Advice from Ellen Moore RVN.)

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Having grown up with pets my entire life, I’ve had to deal with the inevitable heartbreak of saying goodbye to them. Especially when the younger ones were taken before their time, but also each and every time, both personally and professionally,  I can assure you that it doesn’t get any easier.

People often ask me how do we do this part of our job and in all honesty, it’s because we can. We can take away the pain, but no, it doesn’t get any easier. This is why Vets have one of the highest suicide rates – because it’s just so difficult to bear the responsibility and heartache.

This is never going to be an easy topic to write about, let alone read. But unfortunately, it is a topic that is often ignored or glazed over until your pet is old and poorly or the worst happens suddenly. And then you’re standing in the consulting room with the Vet, unprepared, having to make one of the hardest decisions of your life.

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TAKING YOUR PETS ABROAD .What you need to do before travelling

Advice from the Animal Welfare Foundation  AWF is the charity led by the veterinary profession, committed to improving the welfare of all animals through veterinary science, education and debate.

 

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Top 5 Tips for Successful Postoperative At-Home Care for your Pets.

The outcome of a surgical procedure is often determined after a patient leaves the practice because most postoperative healing and recovery happen at home, under the owners care.

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Please make sure that you are very clear on all the following important points, so you can understand what your pet needs and because gaps in the after care can complicate and extend patient recovery:

 

 

 

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New Year Holiday Opening Hours

happy-new-year-2017-picmonkey-collageWe would like to wish all our  Clients, Patients & Friends a very

Happy New Year!

For Veterinary care and advice over the New Year holiday we are open during the following hours:

Saturday 31st December

EALING: 8.30 am to 4 pm

WHITTON & OSTERLEY:  8.30 am – 12 midday

 

Sunday 1st January    CLOSED 

 

Monday 2nd January

EALING: 11 am – 1 pm

 

Tuesday 3rd January

EALING: 8.30am -7.30pm

WHITTON & OSTERLEY 8.30 am – 7 pm

 

FOR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE ADVICE AND HOSPITAL TREATMENT outside these hours:

VetsNow Harrow : 0208 87128788

VetsNow Woking : 01483 342720

NSVE East Molesey : 0208 7832850

 

Lasting Memories

All our pets are special and almost all pet- parents will have pictures to prove it! Why not also consider commissioning a portrait of your pet to frame and keep forever?

While it can be a pleasure to have this done at any time during their lives, perhaps as a gift to a friend or family member who is very close to their/your pet, it is especially important when the sad day comes that you have to say goodbye. It can then crystallise your memories and help you cope.

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My Cat Snores

My Cat Snores – Is it Normal?

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Snoring is very common (about 50% of the human population snore apparently!).

If the noise is not changing, i.e. not getting worse, and there are no other signs like a snuffly nose, change in appetite, no sneezing or coughing etc., then it is most likely nothing to worry about.

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