Happy New Year and Welcome to 2021!
Island VetCare wishes all of our clients a Happy New Year. We hope you are all keeping well and wanted to update you in light of entering the new year in Tier 4 with rapidly rising cases on the Island.
We will continue to see all urgent cases but there is a chance that some non-urgent cases, including some neutering procedures, will need to be postponed for up to a month. This all depends on how the Covid crisis impacts on staffing levels over the coming months.
Since opening three years ago we’ve been able to welcome thousands of new clients to our practice and so it is with some sadness that we have taken the decision to close our books to new clients during January. We feel that this is the best way to ensure we can continue to maintain the high level of care to our clients and their pets. We will still register new pets for current clients and potential new clients are welcome to register their interest and will be contacted as soon as our books reopen.
If you have any questions at all please contact us on 01983 214747.
Stay safe! Matt and the Team
Since the beginning of the first lockdown we have been taking measures to protect our staff and patients. During the lockdown (starting this week) we will continue to provide veterinary care for all of your pets.
• The current measures of only allowing owners to accompany their pets into the practice under very specific circumstances (for example, for euthanasia) will still apply.
• For the duration of the lockdown “non-essential” visits, such as six month health checks and some neutering procedures, will be put on hold.
• If Boosters are due, we are advising to delay for the initial month and advising clients to book for the week following the 7th December unless in exceptional circumstances (for example, working dogs). Please call if you are unsure.
• We will also offer telephone consultations in cases where we might be able to help your pet without a hands on examination.
• Flea and Worm treatment can still be collected form our practice, please call to order and allow 48 hours before collecting.
• In all circumstances please call if you have any enquiries.
We have been overwhelmed with how understanding and supportive our clients have been since March and now that we are in another period of stricter measures ask for that to continue.
Please be reassured that we are here to help look after your pets, their welfare always has been and always will be our priority, this means that if you have any concerns please contact us as you normally would and we will give you the advice you need.
Firstly would like to say a very big thank you to all of our clients who have been very understanding of the changes we have made in order to continue to offer care to all of our patients whilst protecting both our clients and staff from the risk of exposure to Covid-19. I would like to add that I’m very proud of the way our staff have risen to the challenge of adapting to a completely new way of working so that they can continue to do what they love and look after pets in need of care.
We are constantly reviewing and updating what we do and how we do it and in the light of updated guidance from our professional bodies we have increased the range of services on offer as listed below but continue to maintain our policy of only providing essential care and asking owners to remain outside whilst we examine their pets inside. We also continue to offer telephone consultations in cases where we might be able to avoid a trip to the vets altogether.
Please continue your support and understanding, we are doing all we can to minimise the spread of Covid -9 whilst protecting the welfare of your pets. In all cases please just call us and we will let you know how we can best help.
Puppy courses and boosters can go ahead on schedule. The main risk to adult dogs is leptospirosis, which is picked up from rats, normally when infected rats have contaminated water. If you can minimise the risk from leptospirosis by avoiding areas where there are a lot of rats and keep your dog out of ditches rivers and streams, then you will lower any risk associated with delaying the vaccine. If you feel your dog is at risk then please talk to us and we can book them in for their booster.
Kittens and adults cats should be kept indoors where possible, as the risk of not vaccinating will be minimal. However, this isn’t always possible and so we will carry out vaccinations based on a telephone consultation to discuss the risks.. Adult cats due their annual booster should remain protected for 3 months beyond the due date and so delaying their booster won’t put them at risk.
Rabbit vaccines will be given to any rabbit that hasn’t had a vaccine within the previous 12 months.
In all cases of neutering we will need to discuss your pets individual circumstances to find out if neutering (surgical or via an implant) is essential. Please call us if you would like to discuss neutering in your pet and one of our vets will call you back.
If anybody has any concerns or questions then please do call us, we are here to help. We will always see any pet in need of attention and continue to offer 24/7 emergency care, just call our 01983 214747.
3rd April 2020 – LATEST UPDATE
As an example, after the initial vaccine course and booster most pets will still be protected for a good 2-3 months beyond the 12-month booster date and so boosters can be postponed without putting your pet at risk. However, please contact your kennels directly for advice should you be looking to kennel your pet.
In order to comply with social distancing in all but the most exceptional circumstances, our clients will be asked to remain outside the practice (or in their cars) whilst we examine their pet inside. Their pet will then be brought back to them along with any medication. We can take card payments over the phone – this is preferable to handing cash payments.
If you need to pick up medications a similar process is in place. Please call us on arrival and we will safely hand the medicines over to you at our front door. We can also post medication out when required. Please call first if you need medication.￼
Please also abide by the government advice about limiting travel and movement by combining bringing your pet to the vet or collecting medication with,for example, a trip to get food supplies or other essentials.
Thank you again for your understanding at this time. Please call us if you have any questions and look after yourselves.
The Team at Island Vetcare