It’s bank holiday Monday! Which might not mean too much right now but we hope you have a lovely extended weekend.☀️
We are open today between 10am and 2pm for pre-booked appointments only. All current practice protocols still apply in regards to social distancing, etc. Please take the time to read the pinned post at the top of the page.📌
As always, we are available on our emergency line 24/7.🆘
❓Sunday’s guess the breed!🐶 Can you guess the breed?? . This week we’re in France!🇫🇷 This breed is an active hound with an enthusiastic urge to hunt. The breed first came into the UK in 1982. Fun fact for you there.
One of our student nurses Hollie had a little girly called Phoebe when she was younger. They are both pictured below looking super cute!!
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Following on from our earlier post regarding medical nursing…
We would like to introduce you to Codie.🥰
Codie has been in hospital for 14 days. He suffered some severe injuries, including a fractured jaw. His jaw and his other injuries were repaired and he had a gastrostomy feeding tube placed to ensure he would get the right amount of nutrition to help him heal.
Codie had us wrapped around his little finger. He was the perfect mixture of sass and swagger. Whilst he played hard to get with some of our nurses, he was quite the ladies man with the others! It is fair to say, we all fell hard with a new bestie on our hands!🐶
He went home yesterday and is already missed terribly. We know it’s now the best place for him to be, but most of us would have quite happily taken him home ourselves!💙
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I knew my dog was well looked after by the nurses after she had a cruciate op on her hind leg. We were waiting in the waiting room for a follow up appointment with Craig. Eve saw a nurse in green, her tail started wagging profusely. That told me she had been cared for so well. Meant the world to me. A brilliant team, each and every one of you. Xxx
Good luck Codie and well done everyone for saving him. xx
Aww bless 💙
just like Bert
He is such a character! Will be missed but obviously glad he is home 🥰
🤩What is a vet nurse? … Hospital/inpatient nurse, nutritionist, medical nursing - conditions/disease processes!🤓
As part of our vet nurse training, we need to learn a vast amount about many disease processes that occur with your animals. (Our students will tell you the pains of anatomy and physiology!) Although we are not qualified to make decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment plan, we understand medical conditions and how patients should be nursed. We understand how your pet’s behaviour may change during these times, the medication effects and the best care during hospitalisation.
When your animal is here at the practice to stay, they are predominantly cared for by our nurses. We make sure their every need is attended to throughout their stay, day and night. We ensure they have the correct medication administered that has been prescribed, take them outside for fresh air, make sure they’re comfortable with an environment as stress free as possible.👌🏻
Nurses are also huge advocates for the correct nutrition.🦴 We encourage patients to eat during their stay, calculating their calorie requirements and ensuring their healing process is aided in the form of nutrition. We get to nurse patients with feeding tubes in place to make sure their bellies are full.☺️
Some of our nurses have a keen interest in medical conditions and nutrition. One of our night nurses, Lucy, has recently achieved a merit award in medical nursing.📚 Nurse Sam has extensive knowledge in diabetes and is our chief diabetic advisor.👩🏼⚕️ We are super lucky at Straitons to see and nurse some really intensive and interesting cases.
During the hospitalisation of our patients, it is always inevitable that we fall in love!🥰 Nurses treat their patients as their own, with the love and support we know they’d receive at home. Even if sometimes they don’t like us very much, we like them.
Here’s some snaps of some of our incredible patients with our incredible nurses.❤️
🤩What is a vet nurse? … Neonatal and geriatric nurse, midwife!🐾
In training, nurses are taught extensively about genetics, breeding, parturition and neonatal care. We advise before, during and after pregnancy.
We commonly see caesareans at the practice. Not only do we prepare theatre and the patient and monitor anaesthesia, we stimulate the babies to take their first breath, and in some cases, resuscitate. From start to finish, we are there supporting mum, our top priority! We are also there helping the babies in their start to life.
It’s not just the cute ickle ones we support and care for… we are a sucker for the golden oldie!🤩 We provide for our patients whether they are new-born, in adolescence, adulthood or geriatric. We give advice regarding lifestyle, nutrition, weight, mobility, arthritis complaints, health screens, visual problems, deafness, exercise, incontinence, dental hygiene and behaviour.
Our nurses are always happy to speak to you about your pets. Your golden oldies are important to us too.💜
🤩What is a vet nurse? … Consult nurse and behaviourists!👩🏼⚕️👨🏽⚕️
You may have already been into see us for a consultation! We have an extensive list of things we do.🗒
Nail clipping, wound management/dressing changes, post operative checks, suture removal, dental care and check ups, microchipping, weight management, second vaccinations, blood/skin samples, blood pressure monitoring, physiotherapy, medication administration, parasite control, triage, first aid, sexing, medical conditions advice aannnddd behaviour!🤯 Amongst other things!
Some nurses at E.C. Straitons have a keen interest in nurse clinics, and behaviour in particular. Nurses Lucy and Nicky have extra qualifications in companion animal behaviour, student nurse Hollie has a degree in animal behaviour and nurse Emily is currently working towards her animal behaviour certificate!
We love seeing you and your furry friends so please don’t ever hesitate to book a consultation to see a nurse. We are happy to help!
Whilst a lot of our consults at the moment are taking place across the telephone for safety, we are always here if you need us.💜
We deal with all aspects of veterinary medicine, including oncology. Our main involvement is the support alongside surgical removal, chemotherapy and end of life support.
We play a central role in helping manage cancer patients and it is important that we have sufficient knowledge and understand the individual treatment options prescribed. This information is invaluable when providing client care and instilling owner confidence in the personal treatment of their pet.
Chemotherapy involves careful use of cytotoxic drugs and all patients and equipment need to be handled carefully and the environment effectively managed. Sam, one of our nurses, has a keen interest in oncology and has the responsibility in that area, ensuring we have everything we need for each patient.
Nurses work closely behind the scenes making sure our patients are as comfortable as possible. We currently have a number of patients at the practice undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and they are all an absolute pleasure to nurse.💛
💚This week is mental health awareness week in the UK. Veterinary careers and owning animals isn’t always smiles.
As veterinary professionals, not only do we see the puppies and kittens, the babies born, the waggy tails, the bunny hops and the success stories... we see (and feel) the sadness, the difficult decisions and the hard times behind closed doors. We have the lucky resources that ‘Vetlife’ offers; an independent charity which isn’t just for vets but everyone in the veterinary community including veterinary nurses and students. They provide a 24/7 phone and email helpline; professional mental health support; financial assistance; information and resources.
💫Did you know the benefits owning a pet has on your mental health? The companionship between a person and a pet is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress. We’re sure all pets have been invaluable throughout the current global crisis. Life is tough right now. In many ways, they can help us to live mentally healthier lives. Here is an article which outlines the reasons as to why in depth.
Having a pet can come with its hardships; unexpected financial demands or sudden loss. ‘Grieving for the loss of a pet, whether through death, parting or enforced separation, can be a sad and difficult experience.’ We understand, especially right now, that this is an added worry and stress to a lot of people. The Blue Cross have a pet bereavement service available to all pet owners. Please visit their website if you would like more information.❤️
Dogs really are incredible. Norman, Digby, Storm, Star, Jasper and Asher... we salute you!👏🏻 Let’s hope these guys smash their training, we’re sure they will!🐶
We are open this week Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm at our Penkridge branch only. 📌Please take the time to read the post pinned to the top of the page for all information on our current practice protocols and procedures.
Thanks to our team for their hard work last week and across the weekend.
Stay safe and have a lovely week.🐾
www.facebook.com/359033968735/posts/10157731201623736/?d=nThanks to the UK government, who have today announced they will support our COVID-19 work, the super six will now start their basic training in preparation for the arrival of the COVID-19 samples so that, we hope, they will quickly be able to learn what that smells like and then their noses will really be on their way to saving many lives.
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Dogs are truly amazing. Last year there was a post on facebook about a flatcoat that had become more clingy than usual. Vet checks showed nothing wrong but his owner was still concerned hence the post. Lots of suggestions were made including this ' perhaps you should see your own doctor for a checkup, just to be sure'. The owner did. There was a health problem which was thankfully sorted. Well done that dog!!! X
❓Sunday’s guess the breed!🐶 Can you guess the breed?? . This small breed of dog originates from Italy!🇮🇹
They were used to hunt and work for hours without food or water! With a very good sense of smell, their endurance over harsh terrain is second to none!
A light-hearted entry for a Saturday (although entirely true!!).
Believe us when we say… vets cannot function without veterinary nurses.🤯
Although you see vets more commonly with your pets in consultations, we are their right-hand men!🦸♀️ We support them day to day and assist them with all things they need. Nurses work incredibly hard behind the scenes. Then the vets get the credit (we jest).🙊
We have a lot of responsibility as RVNs at Straitons and the vets put their trust in us on a daily basis, and for that we are very grateful and honoured.
Some vets need our attention more than others (see picture below🤭), but we play a vital role in their day to day working life. Sometimes, we’d also be lost without them too!
On a more serious note… what a team we make together.🤝💪👫💙
Did she cut Uncle John’s hair too? Put your hand up if you think she did a good job! Willow thinks she did...😳
Wonderful people. ⭐️⭐️
Awwh ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ bless you all
I must say that’s an excellent hair cut John, another requirement for a vet nurse. Lol xxx
Daisy 'dook' Kirkland it’s vet nurse week, read all the posts on the page x
Well done you are all fantastic thank you 😊
You look 20 years younger
I e seen what you all do behind the scenes when I’ve had my cats in the hospital Linaya was in ten days and the nurses not only looked after her medication they loved and cuddled her and let me come visit her twice a day. You were all the same when tiger Lilly was in for 5 days that was a long time ago though. Bless you all
Without the dedication of all her nurses vets John Scotton and Craig I wouldn’t have her now I have a lot to thank you all for over the years I’ve been coming to you. ❤️❤️
Well done Zoe looks good 👏
The wonderful vet john and the lovely nurses thank you 🙏