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FREE Rabbit Health Checks During Rabbit Awareness Month!

During this month, you will have the opportunity to pop in with your rabbit for a free health check with the nurse! Our nurses will update you on everything you should know about rabbit health care. It is also useful to bring children along if they are looking after the rabbit too. The health check will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about health care.

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Enthusiastic Elston Vets clients win war of the works!

Enthusiastic Elston Vets clients win war of the works!

Elston Veterinary Clinic played and won the weekly War of the Works quiz on Spire FM Radio! Anticipating the fact that the quiz wasn’t just going to be about animal health care, we decided we needed some help… We were lucky enough to have a handful of Elston Vets clients and friends from Orcheston and Shrewton help us out on each of the quiz days.

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Blue Cross ‘Paws for Tea’ Bake Sale 2016

Blue Cross ‘Paws for Tea’ Bake Sale 2016

Last Thursday we held our annual ‘Paws for Tea’ bake sale in aid of the Blue Cross. Luckily the sun was shining and we were pleased to have so many generous visitors. We had some beautiful and delicious cakes baked and donated by clients to help us raise as much money...

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Mature Pet Clinic

Mature Pet Clinic

Throughout February we will be running a FREE clinic for your senior pets! We will be here to carry out a comprehensive health assessment on your pet and can discuss any concerns that you have regarding their health. We believe that prevention is better than treatment...

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Christmas Photo Competition: Winners Announcement

Christmas Photo Competition: Winners Announcement

Thank you all so much for the lovely photos, for your votes and for your enthusiasm! There were many amazing photos in our gallery!   We are very happy to announce our winners: First place: Aimee Foot-Hughes with 25 votes Prize: £25 Voucher to spend on anything at...

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Blue Cross ‘Paws for Tea’ bake sale

Blue Cross ‘Paws for Tea’ bake sale

A big thank you to everyone who made cakes and treats for our Blue Cross ‘Paws for Tea’ bake sale in May, and to all those who donated money to the cause. We managed to raise £150 for the charity! The Blue Cross help sick, injured and homeless pets; we know that your...

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Welcome Lorraine Moyse
We are excited to welcome our new receptionist Lorraine Moyse! Lorraine joined our team in March. We are very blessed to have her here. Lorraine has worked in the veterinary field for 7 years and really enjoys her work. She says “The best bit is meeting people and their pets, there is never a dull moment.” Seeing the pets come in and leave happy is the best part of her day.
Lorraine trained as a Veterinary Assistant in Seattle 7 years ago, where she wore many hats! After living in Seattle for 13 years Lorraine, her husband, son and cat Festus moved back to England and have settled into Wiltshire life. They have already added a new member to the family; a new puppy called Wilbur who is a terrier cross. He is a little terror, but also very cute.
Lorraine is a happy welcoming addition to the team at Elston vets.
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Travelling Safely With Your Pet

Many of the staff here at Elston Vets were unaware of the changes to the law… After passing your driving test you get no updates on law changes other than in the media or when it’s too late!

Driving with dogs in the car for all journeys takes a little planning, but especially the long ones. So if you’re unsure of the best ways to keep your furry friends safe when travelling or to avoid your insurance being invalid or hefty fines, please keep reading…

The law and driving with dogs in cars

If you’re not familiar with Rule 57 of the Highway Code, now’s the time to brush up. It states that drivers are responsible for making sure dogs (or other animals) are suitably restrained in a vehicle so they can’t distract or injure you - or themselves - during an emergency stop.

If your insurance provider is made aware of an unrestrained animal causing an accident most insurance policies will not pay out for damages occurred in the incident and in some cases have cancelled policies.
Fines

Motorists can also receive a £100 on-the-spot fine if they are seen to be distracted whilst driving with an unrestrained pet. Failure to pay the fine could result in a court case and a maximum fine of £5,000 being issued.

What’s a suitable restraint for dogs in cars?

Unfortunately, we have all witnessed at least one of these methods … passengers holding the animal on their lap, putting them in a cardboard box, or just being allowed to jump around the car or sit on the drivers lap!

If you allow smaller pups to travel in the cabin area of their car, it’s essential to use a harness. These fit around the dog’s chest and then attach to a seatbelt clip. This serves two purposes, prevents dogs wandering around dangerously and it keeps them secure under heavy braking or in a crash. Prices for seat belts start from under £10.

Certain cars, such as estates and SUVs (4x4s) may have built-in luggage guards. However, these aren’t always robust enough to contain an animal in the event of an accident. The vehicle manufacturer or any number of aftermarket specialists will be able to supply steel animal guards, which divide the boot area from the cabin. Prices start from about £30 for universal products.

Another option is to make your pets comfortable in a crate. These come in a wide range of sizes, fold away when not in use, and cost from £10.

Consider fitting sunshades

Even when you’re driving with the windows open, or the air conditioning is blowing cool air, pets are typically in the boot of the car (away from the air source) and often under the full glare of the sun. It gets hot back there, so consider investing in sunshades.

Keep pets hydrated

It goes without saying that your dog will get thirsty on a long car journey. Pack a large bottle of water and a bowl, and take regular breaks from driving to give them a drink and a comfort break. Just remember to bring some bags for any waste they deposit at the roadside.

Dangers to pets in parked cars

It’s not just about keeping your pets safe while on the go. It can also be dangerous to leave them unattended in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

Some owners believe it is okay to leave a dog in a car if counter-measures are taken, such as parking under a tree or leaving a window open. But partially lowering any windows has no significant effect on the temperature inside a parked car. Dogs Trust stresses that less than 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog should its body temperature exceed 41°C.

We have seatbelts in stock - £6.75
We also have one FREE small dog crate to a new home

Stay Safe, have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend
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FOUND - Wonderful news and thank you for your help and sharing this post. Kipps is safe and sound at home.
Kipps has been lost in Shrewton Village today off the Recreation ground. Can you please keep a look out and give us a call if you find him. He is a little bit more brown than in this picture. Thank you - Tel: 01980 621999
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