16 Mar 2018
Well, where has this year gone! Already we are a quarter of the way through 2018 and it’s nearly Bank Holiday. The clocks go forward on Sunday 25th March 2018 and then we have a nice long weekend to catch up with our furry friends and other family members.
We will be closed on Friday 30th March 2018 and Monday 2nd April 2018 for the Bank Holiday period but open as normal on Saturday 31st March 2018. As always, a vet will be available 24 hours during the Bank Holiday period for emergency calls on 01772 639800. Make sure if your pet is on any medication that you order in advance to cover the holiday period as we don’t have any deliveries during this time. We will be open again as normal on Tuesday 3rd April 2018.
We are also running a little competition for fun which is free to enter. To be in with a chance to win a great Easter hamper full of goodies and to continue on our theme of “Preventative Health” awareness, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this great prize is answer the following question:
“How long can a tapeworm grow to once if has infected a dog”
You can enter in person at either one of our surgeries OR at the link below. All correct answers will be entered into a draw for the chance to win this fantastic hamper. Follow our Facebook page to see our first ever “LIVE FEED” to see who the winners are. The live draw will take place for the Hillock Lane hamper on Monday 9th April 2018 at approximately 9.15am. The live draw will take place for the Blackpool hamper on Monday 9th April 2018 at approximately 10.30am – GOOD LUCK!!!
15 Mar 2018
Obesity in pets in the UK is a massive problem. With up to 50% being above their ideal weight, it causes additional health issues for them such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and cardivascular disease but it also increases the costs of care for owners as a result.
But how do you tell if your pet is overweight, underweight or just right!!! Take a look at our video of how to check your cat’s body condition and look for the key, tell-tale signs that they are where they should be.
For further information or advice, book in for your complimentary weight consultation with our Head Nurs, Hayley, who can help and support you in managing your cat’s weight.
14 Mar 2018
We are looking for an enthusiastic, confident, reliable and passionate person to join our front of house, reception and administration team. The role will include the following:
- Reception – greeting clients, booking appointments, dealing with customer queries and complaints, taking payments.
- Telephone – answering all calls from clients, suppliers and referral hospitals.
- General office administration – scanning, filing, photocopying etc.
- Credit control – supporting the Finance Manager with client accounts.
- Debt management – supporting the Finance Manager with account debts.
- Computer – using our own practice management system as well as Microsoft Office.
All work undertaken will go towards an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration with the opportunity to work towards Level 3 for the right candidate. This will include time to meet with an external tutor to undertake regular one-to-one sessions in support of the NVQ. Ideally, applicants should have excellent computer skills, have at least a GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, both in writing and verbally.
Hours of work will be approximately 30 per week (9am to 3.30pm with a 30 minute break) with the occasional Saturday morning. The rate of pay during training will be the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (currently £3.50, rising to £3.70 from 1st April 2018).
If you are interested, please complete the application form and return it to Jacqui Leach (Practice Manager) either in person or to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 Mar 2018
We have a great plot of land that sits in the corner of the main car park at Hillock Lane, looking all baron and unloved. We had some thoughts about what we could do with it to make it look more attractive and perhaps see if we could improve the environment for our local wildlife, SO the plan is to create a little memorial garden area. We are going to plant some wild meadow seeds which will hopefully grow into a mass of colourful flowers to attract bees and butterflies and provide a little spot for us to remember all those furry friends who have passed over the rainbow bridge.
The seeds will be sown in the next month or so, once this frosty, cold weather has subsided. Watch this space for their progress!!!
8 Mar 2018
Do you want to join the team at our friendly local veterinary practice? Are you hard working, outgoing and reliable? Then this is the job for you!
We are looking to recruit an experienced receptionist based at our Hillock Lane branch, with the possibility of working at our Blackpool branch when cover is needed.
We pride ourselves on our “family” approach to veterinary care and strive to deliver an excellent customer service at all times. You will be required to have a high standard of presentation, excellent telephone, administrative, credit control and computer skills. You will also need to be able to multi-task in a fast paced, stressful environment. With a “can do” proactive approach to your work, you will have a strong eye for detail and a willingness to undertake further training when required.
The post will be an average of 20 hours per week. Hours may vary depending on staffing levels and cover required.
The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd March 2018. Please contact Kelly Paton (Head Receptionist) on 01772 639800 for further details or submit a CV and covering letter at the practice or by email to email@example.com
5 Mar 2018
Obesity in pets in the UK is a massive problem. With up to 50% being above their ideal weight for their breed, age and sex, it causes additional health issues for them such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease but it also increases the costs of care for owners as a result.
But how do you know if your pet is overweight, underweight or just right? Take a look at our video of how to check your dog’s body condition and look for the key, tell-tale signs that they are where they should be.
For further information or advice, book in for your complimentary weight consultation with our qualified nurse who can help and support you in managing your dog’s weight.
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For further information on effects and treatment options, call to book in for your complimentary consultation to discuss any questions you may have.
Click here to visit our YouTube channel for information on the lifecycle of the flea.
12 Feb 2018
A recent study found that 6.6% of cats in the UK are infested with ticks. Ticks are closely related to spiders, with adults having eight legs. They feed on blood and attach to their hosts by anchoring into the skin using their mouths. They are most commonly found in areas of grassland and woodland but can also be brought into urban environments by small mammals like hedgehogs.
Cats appear to be relatively resistant to the effects of Lyme disease but can suffer from other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis, a mild infection that can be treated with antibiotics.
Ticks can be managed by physical removal or the use of preventative products so being prepared and looking to prevent the issue is key!
For further information on effects, removal and treatment products call and book in for a complimentary consultation.
9 Feb 2018
Here’s a little leaflet on what can be done to help you keep your pet’s teeth sparkly clean and their breath fresh.
7 Feb 2018
A surprising number of cat-owners are completely unaware that their pet has fleas. False beliefs about fleas, such as the myths that they don’t appear on indoor cats and don’t enter clean homes, can lull you into a false sense of security.
If the infestation is severe, the blood loss can be serious and lead to anaemia, particularly in kittens and cats that are weakened by other health problems.
Many cats are distressed not just by the biting, but by developing an allergy to flea saliva. Fleas can also give a helping hand to a different type of parasite – the tapeworm. Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs, so a cat that accidentally swallows a flea or two while grooming its itchy skin could also swallow a tapeworm along with it.
Prevention is key to avoiding all flea-related health problems in your cat, from skin allergies to potential worm infestations. Call us to book in for your complimentary flea consultation for further details on the effects and treatment options and see the short videos below detailing the risks, how you can prevent them and how easy the products are to apply.