Small animal veterinary practice in Louth, Lincolnshire.
The practice is owned by veterinary surgeon Richard Carter with Vet Dr Marian Ancuta MRCVS, vet nurse Sarah Holesworth RVN, vet nurse assistants Becky Short, Karla Brown and Chloe Chafer and Amanda Hansley holding the reception fort.
Out-of-hour emergency contact: We are sharing out-of-hour emergency cover with James Street Vets. When you contact us on the emergency mobile number 07956 991959, you may be diverted to James Street for the emergency and have to go to James Street Vets if they are on call for the night or the weekend.
If you are trying to get a vet in an emergency and the mobile has not been answered (driving etc) please leave a message with name and contact telephone number on the mobile number, not the landline - thanks.
The divert in place from James Street does not allow us to see who is calling so we cannot get back to you if you do not leave details.
Easter Opening times:
Friday 10 April (Good Friday): Closed except for emergencies
We are introducing a savings plan for our patients to cover routine vaccines, flea and worm treatment for the year with a 10% loyalty discount on other work.
This will be a 12 month contract by direct debit.
Prices will range from £13.00/month for a cat (i.e. total £156.00 + £10.00 initial set up fee to make total £166/year, a savings of about £64 for 12 months flea, worm and vaccines) to £17.50/month for similar plan for dog up to 50kg (i.e. total of £210.00 + £10.00 set up = £220.00/year, a savings of about £41 over the year)
This is NOT an insurance so has no emergency cover and is only redeemable against product from this practice.
CHANGES TO OUT-OF-HOURS EMERGENCY SERVICE
The Louth based vets of James Street and Black Sheep Vets have merged the out-of-hours emergency service from to keep a Louth based emergency service available.
Clients will telephone their usual vet in an emergency and be directed to the practice and vet on call. Clients would then return to their own vets once the emergency has been dealt with. At present each practice will continue to care for their own overnight in-patients and this will only affect out-of-hour emergencies in evenings and weekends.
Shortage of vets:
We welcome Marian as one of our new vets but will need to work with locums for the near future until we can hopefully fill this vacant position.
This may mean that we will have to reduce the number of people seen per day until all the vets are settled into their routine.
If you are self isolating or actually infected, please advise us if making an appointment. While your pets cannot get the virus, they can carry the virus on their coats and we should know to take additional measures if touching them and bringing them into our kennels. If you are self isolating or ill, you should not be leaving your house so a friend or family member will need to bring the patient.
2. WE NEED TO REDUCE PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING AT ANY ONE TIME
We are prepared to examine and treat patients in cars or in the car park. You must not come into close contact with other people (including staff in the practice) at this stage. DO NOT BRING EXTRA PEOPLE TO APPOINTMENTS. Ideally one person, one pet.
We will continue to work on an appointment system to space out clients as much as possible so if you do not have an appointment and turn up, you may be asked to make an appropriate appointment.
Please wait outside!! If we haven't seen you, please ring the telephone and someone will come out.
3. We have had to reduce staff numbers so we are now short staffed. Emergencies take precedent over routine work so appointments may need to be cancelled/ rescheduled.
Please note we have also shortened our opening times.
4. Routine work such as boosters vaccinations, weight checks: We are not doing any work that may increase contact or travel so please do not ask for adult boosters, nail clips or other cosmetic procedures at this time.
We recommend the first puppy, kitten and both rabbit vaccinations be done as usual - their welfare depends on it and we already have myxomatosis cases in rabbits.
We recommend the first annual vaccination of 1 year old dogs and cats be done. This 'fixes' the immunity for 3 years for distemper, parvo, canine hepatitis and feline leukaemia and possibly feline herpes as well.
We have already been using extended vaccine protocols and vaccines that give extended immunity for up to 3 years so adult dogs and cats can be left until this crisis is over so we do not have to stick to the annual date.
We will not be recommending full 'restarts' if vaccine dates lapse as both the dog and cat vaccines we use are registered as single injection boosters for adult animals that have previously had valid vaccinations within three years.
Repeat medicines, flea treatments and worm tablets - we are taking orders over the phone and can do a 'pay and collect' service where someone will come out to the car with your pet's medicines or can be posted but as we are not posting everyday, there may be delays.
Our wholesaler has cut down deliveries to once or twice a week so please remember to still have at least 1 week supply if running out of long term medicines.
KEEP SAFE EVERYONE
Corona virus on pets:
We are hearing of people washing pets to remove corona virus. Phenol based soaps such as Dettol are HIGHLY toxic to cats.
If you feel you must wipe down your pet, use normal hand soap or dishwashing soap - the same 20 second rule applies and it is the soap that kills the virus. Bleach and other chemicals are not any more active but can be very dangerous causing burns and irritations if used.
All EU pet passports continue to work as normal for the transition period. There may be a 3 week (21 days) delay after the rabies vaccine if lapsed or first time vaccination before travel is permitted. The worming requirements 1-5 days prior to returning to UK are also still in force.
If we leave the EU without a deal, then any travel to the EU will be covered by an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) issued by an official veterinarian (OV) within 10 days of travel now in 2021.
However as the EU would need proof of vaccination against rabies, a blood test to confirm rabies titre would be required. If your pet was vaccinated more than a year previously, we would recommend a booster vaccination to try get the best chance of passing the blood test.
The blood test would be 30 days or more after the vaccination.
You will only be able to travel 3 months after passing the rabies blood test, NOT THE DATE OF VACCINATION so if you are planning to travel, please be aware if everything goes well, you are still looking at a delay of 4 months!!
Identity chips: All dogs are required by law to be chipped and registered from 8 weeks of age. If you have not updated or have lost your dog's chip details, then contact us to scan your pet to read the number.
PLEASE NOTE - if you have recently taken on a new pet (puppy or rescue) you may need to still change the chip details into your name. This is done by contacting the ID chip company. These details cannot be amended by the vet practice.
Lilies, daffodils, onions and garlic, chocolate, artificial sweeteners (xylitol):
Lilies and cats DO NOT go together and even a brush against the pollen can cause severe fatal kidney damage. If you want to have lily flowers, all pollen parts should be removed before your cat comes in contact.
Artificial sweeteners in chewing gum and toothpaste are highly toxic to dogs and will cause a severe lowered blood sugar resulting in collapse and coma
Onions and garlic contain an ingredient that can damage the red blood cells causing the cells to rupture or age too rapidly so having a puppy finish off the onion soup or a cat chewing off the buds off flowering onions is not ok
Chocolate - the dark or cooking chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. Signs are racing heart beat, salivation, nausea (vomiting/ diarrhoea) and over excited activity leading to exhaustion.
Most dogs will be unaffected by the usual size milk chocolate bar so the advice then will be to give fluids by mouth (milk, water, chicken stock) to dilute further and possibly bring on diarrhoea to clear the chocolate, keeping a check on heart rate, breathing and excessive activity
Black Sheep Vets is the trading name of R F Carter Ltd, Company registration 5832221, VAT 883 1557 02