Thought we could get rid of her... but no!🙊🥳 The lovely Tori is back and booming folks!🥰
Please see the post pinned to the top of the page for our latest Covid-19 update.📌 Please remember to continue wearing your masks at the practice, waiting outside and being mindful of others. As always, bear with us and our phone lines on a Monday morning.
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A big warm welcome to our brand spanking new equine technician… George!🐴
George qualified in 1998 as an RVN and accomplished a further qualification in equine nursing in 2014. She has worked as a head nurse for the past ten years and has now decided to join us continuing as an equine nurse, and a welcomed part of our large animal team.
George has also worked in Newmarket as a referral equine nurse!🐎 She loves all parts of nursing especially wound management and she has completed a diploma in equine massage. Can our staff pretend we’re horses?🤷♀️
At home, George has an eight month old Labrador and two children, 16 and 12, and loves nothing more than to travel with them (when we're allowed!).
⭐️George has made it to the end of her first month with us and is proving to be a fabulous addition to our team. If you see her at the practice or on your yards, make sure you say hello, and keep in mind… she’s partial to chocolate and cake!🍫
Welcome to E.C. Straiton & Partners George!💜 Have a lovely weekend all. Stay safe.🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
Why are there still people about who don’t understand this.
⚠️LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE‼️
To all our clients...
Whilst today may be ‘Freedom Day’, and restrictions are being relaxed, we want to update you on our Covid-19 protocols.
⚠️Our opening hours are Monday-Friday 8.30am-6pm and our Rugeley branch is open 10am-6pm. Our Penkridge branch is open Saturday 10am-2pm by appointment only. We are still available 24/7.🆘
✅All appointments and procedures are going ahead. ❌We are still unable to provide house visits.
We are keeping some measures in place for multiple reasons.
😷Firstly, social distancing is very difficult between staff members. We are unable to avoid being in close proximity with one another due to the nature of this job so we will all still be wearing face masks. We, therefore, ask kindly that when you come onto the yard or into our reception that you please do the same (unless exempt for medical reasons).
If any of our team gets coronavirus, we will be unfortunate to have multiple staff members needing to isolate. This risk is increased when being around more people, especially in an inside environment. With that in mind, we are still going to continue with asking clients to wait outside for consultations, and only enter the building to make payments at reception. The gazebos are here to stay for the foreseeable to ensure you are covered during all weathers.☂️
This is unlikely to change until either all our staff have the opportunity to be fully protected by vaccination or the current situation with cases nationwide improves. We will inform you of any changes to this if ever they arise. We would like to encourage people to continue being respectful to our protocols.
⚠️It goes without saying, if you or anyone you have been in contact with has displayed any signs of being unwell, or tested positive for coronavirus, please be honest and don’t come to the practice. We can still try to help you.🙏
The veterinary industry is extraordinarily strained at the moment. We, alongside the rest of the profession, are relentlessly busy, day in and day out, and we are working overtime to ensure your animals are receiving the greatest care. Our entire team are working tirelessly and everything we are doing we are doing to keep you safe, and our team safe, to ensure we are still able to be here to look after your animals.
We have had some unnecessary abuse and rude behaviour recently, so we would like to remind you to please be kind to our team.💚 They are incredible. The biggest THANK YOU and sincere gratitude to all of them. You are all amazing.🤩 It is the minority, so another thank you to all our clients that continue to support us. We are lucky to have you, and grateful for your understanding, patience and compassion.🙏
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I agree with your approach and support you entirely.
You are all totally brilliant and this is such common sense. We are indebted to how hard you have worked over the last year and a bit. Even when we had to have Casper put down, with the new measures, you still managed to be so kind and compassionate (big shout out to Uncle John). We have had to use you lots during lockdown (both in an emergency and normal hours) and you have done it with smiles and kindness. I am so sorry if you have encountered abuse. A big thank you from us and our pets. It’s ‘double troubles’ 2nd birthday today, so they send extra licks xx
I totally agree with this! Thank you for the amazing care you provide to all our pets. Keep safe ❤️
So sad to hear you have encountered abuse and rudeness - all of the practice staff are wonderful, so kind and you’ve all done an amazing job under difficult circumstances. 😊
I agree 100% with this. Just take care everyone and keep safe .
I cannot believe you have had to put up with abuse ( but then again maybe I can) . Please keep doing what you do so brilliantly, thank you foe keeping sensible measures in place.
Totally agree with you. you have all worked so hard at keeping everyone safe
Keep safe everyone
And you ladies are so kind THE BEST💕
As people at risk we're more than happy to stay outside and wear a mask. It's most important to keep people safe.
All of you stay safe and I’m so sorry you’ve had to put up with anything other than kindness. You all do a fantastic job and I for one think what you’re doing is applaudable as your staff need protection too. Wish everyone else felt the same. 😷👏👏👏
Thank you all for doing a great job & I’m so sorry that some people feel the need to be rude to you.
Stay safe ❤️🐾🐾
I support you all the way, we would be lost without you. ❤🐾🐾 Xx
I have seen this post on my feed a couple of times already this morning.
IT IS NOT TRUE!!
Using iced treats to help keep your dogs cool is a great idea!
There are lots of recipes online and as well as keeping their temperature down, they also keep them entertained without being too active. Which is vital to prevent heat stroke in the weather we are going to have this weekend.
For correct advice keeping dogs cool and how to treat and prevent heatstroke visit www.heatstroke.dog and their page Hot Dogs - canine heatstroke education for dog owners! ... See MoreSee Less
This gorgeous weather isn't going anywhere.☀️ The next few days are scorchers!🔥
🆘We can’t stress the importance of reminding you how to deal with your animals in the heat. 🆘We still see cases of heat stroke and it is PREVENTABLE! 🆘One case is one case too many! 🆘Don’t take your dogs out in this weather, especially at the hottest times of the day (10am-7pm). It’s not worth the risk!!! Leave them at home. Check the temperature, it’s even hot outside of these hours at the moment. 🆘Don't allow your dogs to sunbathe in the garden for too long.
As tempting as it may be to appreciate the sun at its hottest, please do not take your dog with you when it is too warm for them to handle exercise.
❌NEVER leave dogs in cars. 💦Make sure your smallies have a shaded/covered area and plenty of fresh cool water.
There are many ways to cool your animals down in the hot weather. If you need any advice please contact us!
❗️❗️❗️If you’re concerned your pet may have heat stroke, contact the practice IMMEDIATELY❗️❗️❗️
Signs include panting excessively or struggles with breathing, increased body temperature, drooling and sometimes vomiting. This can lead to collapse, seizures and death.
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How would you recommend we keep ginuea pigs Cool? Have read about putting bottles of frozen water in their hutch. Is this OK?
Harry Jones FYI Ronnie
My girl has meningitis, so cooling bandana and cool mats , 3 fans on the go and a new garden sprinkler coming tomorrow x
We have just driven to Little Haywood from Stafford. The car external thermometer is reading 25 and people were walking very furry old border collies, an elderly staffy and a young bouncy collie to name three we saw. People are just not learning.
If there are a run of extremely hot days is it ok for a dog not to walk for more than one day?
I was putting washing out yesterday around 4.30ish and I was in bare feet the ground was burning my feet it was that hot. Can you imagine what that would do to the dogs paws nevermind walking in that heat! I couldn't believe how hot it was. Please don't walk your dogs if it's too hot. I'm sure I read if you cant hold the back of your hand on the pavement for longer than 5secs it too hot to take your dog out. 🐕💜 X
These cooling towels are great from Aldi £2.99
Saw a man today walking down local road, it was 1,15 no houses for a long distance, my car said it was 29.5 degrees. I was horrified. To busy to stop so tapped my horn and shook my fist. He probably no idea what I was trying to convey.
We are not doing the dogs any favours by taking them walks while it's so hot!
Paddling pool and late night walks for my hairy baby ❤
A few weeks ago, we had a gorgeous dog hospitalised in need of a blood transfusion in order to help save her life. Immediately after her diagnosis, our team called Pet Blood Bank (PBB) to order blood which would be delivered, within hours, straight to the practice. This was even out of hours that this service was so efficiently provided.🙏
Pet Blood Bank UK was launched in 2007 and provides a canine blood bank service for all vets across the country, collecting blood from many donors at organised sessions. This service is priceless, especially in critical situations. Similarly to human services, dog owners bring along their canine companions to give blood. We hold donor sessions here at Straitons and they are incredibly important (and successful).
🌟Could your dog be a lifesaver?🌟
To be a blood donor, your dog must be: 🐶 Fit and healthy 🐶 1-8 years old 🐶 Weigh >25kg 🐶 Never travelled abroad 🐶 Vaccinated 🐶 Not receiving any medication 🐶 Good temperament
On my Timehop today, our late dog, Monty having made his first blood donation 9 years ago today!
The ‘never travelled abroad’ - I’m assuming that would discount our two rascal Romanian rescues who came over in December 2019? (They’re still a bit timid with lockdown but I was thinking for the future once they’re more settled) 🐾🐾