EAST BARNET VETERINARY SURGERY

1, Cat Hill, East Barnet, EN4 8HG

Tel. 020 8440 5742  

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New East Barnet Vets Pet Healthcare Plan launched

East Barnet Veterinary Surgery has launched their new Pet Healthcare Plan.


Our Pet Healthcare Plan allows you to spread the cost of caring for your pet throughout the year. It covers your pet for all of their basic health needs, including preventative treatments and expert advice, giving you complete peace of mind.

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The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has just launched a video to promote the Practice Standards Scheme. East Barnet Veterinary Surgery are proud to be chosen to feature in this video. A team from the RCVS visited the Practice on 6th January in order to film the Practice for the video.


Around half the practices in the UK are accredited under the voluntary Practice Standards Scheme, which quality assures practices and their facilities. Through setting standards and carrying out regular inspections, the Scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. East Barnet Veterinary Practice is acredited under this scheme. To read more about the scheme & standards required to be accredited go to the RCVS Practice Standards website


Below are the video & some photos taken on filming day

East Barnet Veterinary Practice features in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons promotion for the Practice Standards Scheme

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East Barnet Festival Companion Dog Show

East Barnet Veterinary Practice are pleased to sponsor the Companion Dog Show at East Barnet Festival again this year.

The Festival takes place on the 3rd, 4th & 5th July 2015  

at Oak Hill Park, Off Church Hill Road, East Barnet Village, EN4 8JS


East Barnet Festival Companion Dog Show

Kennel Club licenced


Entries from 12.30pm

Just come along and register

Pedigree, non-pedigree and novelty classes

Fee £2.00 per class

(all proceeds go to East Barnet Festival)


Dog Show enquiries 020 8440 5742

Festival Hotline 07071 781745


For more information about the Festival visit www.eastbarnetfestival.org.uk

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UPDATE - The team completed the Race for Life and raised about £1,000.00 - awaiting pdate on final figure. See photos of the team below.

On Sunday 14th June, ten members of East Barnet Veterinary Surgery will be taking part in the Cancer Research UK “Race for Life,” in memory of our loved colleague Sharon Harrington, who sadly passed away in April 2014 after a long battle against breast cancer. We thank you for your support and generous donations and promise to share pictures with you from the big day or our outfits!

If you would like to sponser us, please ask at the Practice or go to our Just Giving page.

Staff From East Barnet Vets take part in Cancer Research Uk Race for Life

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That time of the year is rapidly approaching and with Diwali this week and Halloween thereafter we can expect a month or so of intermittent fireworks (here’s hoping for a rainy start to November!). What used to be ‘Bonfire night’ is now  ‘Firework season’.

Managing anxious Pets during Firework Season

It is important to differentiate between sedation and the effect of anti-anxiety drugs. The classic drug that has been used for many years is ACP. This is a profound sedative which if given in sufficient doses will make your pet sleepy. However, the effect is unpredictable, with the same dose causing variable responses, even in the same animal, depending on the level of excitation when it is given. .It’s use can often lead to prolonged sedation (>24 hours). It can also cause a fall in blood pressure and so is not safe to use in old animals or those with heart or kidney problems. For these reasons it is also not suitable for use for several days in a row


Our preference at East Barnet Vets is to use an anti-anxiety drug, such as Clomipramine or Diazepam. These drugs do not cause sedation and are suitable for use for consecutive days. They reduce the level of anxiety while still allowing the animal to function normally. However, in some animals they may not be sufficient to stop all excitation. Diazepam is a human drug , that is not licenced for use in animals. However, we have many years experience in using this drug for firework related anxiety. Our preference though is to use Clomipramine (Clomicalm), which is licenced in animals.


Whether using ACP, Diazepam or Clomipramine it is vital that the medication is administered BEFORE the dog is agitated. Ideally the first dose is given at least an hour before the expected start of the fireworks. In the case of Clomipramine the drug is administered twice daily throughout the firework season. Once the dog is already frantic, none of these drugs will have the desired effect.


There are a number of other products which may be of benefit;

Adaptil (formerly DAP); a plug-in device (or Feliway for cats), which releases Dog Appeasement Pheromone which encourages relaxtion. This should be used throughout the firework season. It is undetectable to humans.

Nutracalm – this is a natural product containing B vitamins and Amino acids such as Tryptophan (the amino acid in milk that makes you relaxed – hence a glass of milk before bed), passion flower extract and GABA (a neurotransmitter in the brain that promotes relaxation). We recommend using Nutracalm throughout the firework season  - the best practice is a once daily dose during this period.

Skullcap & Valerian– an old fashioned herbal remedy , largely superceded by the products listed above – still there are some people who swear by it ! This is available at the practice.

Thundershirts  - there is some evidence to suggest that a close fitting ‘coat’ can reduce stress in firework related anxiety. We do not stock these items but there is more information on the Thundershirt website.

Sounds Scary CD – this is a CD  with noise effects which allow you to acclimatize your dog to firework noise (as well as other noise stressors) in a safe controlled environment. Naturally, it is most suitable for use in the weeks or months BEFORE the onset of firework season. I believe this CD (or something similar) is available on Amazon. We have a small number of CDs available at the practice.


If you have any queries about these products or would like advise relating to firework anxiety in dogs & cats , please give the practice a call on 020 8440 5742.

Vetsure Pet Insurance® offering reassuring cover for your pet.


We never want cost to be an issue should your pet require treatment but there is also no doubt that the provision of high quality veterinary care can be costly. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that all our clients consider taking out a good quality pet insurance product.


We promote Vetsure Pet Insurance® policies.  Vetsure is a simple, yet comprehensive, policy range aimed at helping provide reassuring cover for the treatments we offer in our clinics. When you select your policy you can pick and choose from a range of benefits and benefit levels to suit your budget. To further adjust your monthly premium, you can choose from a range of excess levels (£69, £109 or £149).


Many policies on the market offer cover only for a limited amount of time and only a single ‘pot of money’ from which to claim. Vetsure policies are different - if your pet suffers from an ongoing illness, the vet treatment benefits offered will recharge for each condition every year that the policy is in place (provided your premiums are kept up to date).  Furthermore, Vetsure only charge your excess once per unrelated condition. A number of pet insurers charge the excess every year – which can soon make costs add up. If your pet is unlucky to suffer from multiple unrelated conditions in the same year you will be able to claim on each separately - Vetsure claim limits apply to each unrelated condition.


When you make an eligible claim, we are happy for Vetsure to settle the bill directly with us - this means you only have to pay us the policy excess at the time of treatment.


GET A QUOTE TODAY and benefit from 5 WEEKS FREE INSURANCE*


* applicable to all clients taking out their FIRST Vetsure policy for their pet & provided the pet is over 8 weeks and under 10 years of age.


Call 0800 050 20 22 or click the button below for a quote

**Clients signing up for our Pet Healthcare Plan will receive an extra 5% discount on their first years premium of Vetsure Pet Insurance **

Vetsure Pet Insurance

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Baby Congratulations to both Kirsty & Rachel

Congratulations are in order for 2 members of the Practice staff:-

Congratulations to Kirsty (Receptionist) & husband David on the birth of their son Max 8 weeks ago & to Rachel (Vet) & her husband Tim on the birth of their son Sam on the 8th November 2015.

They are both currently on Maternity leave, but we look forward to welcoming them back to the Practice next year.

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East Barnet Veterinary Practice are pleased to welcome Vet Anat Shaltiel to our team. Anat is covering for Rachel who is currently on Maternity leave.


Anat qualified in 2004, she arrived in the UK in 2007 and joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Since then she has worked with small animals and in 2013 has gained a certificate in Animal Physiotherapy.

Anat's main interests are internal medicine and rehabilitation therapy.  

She lives with her husband (who is also a vet) 3 children, a disabled cat and a blind dog. 

New Vet joins our team

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IMPORTANT potential hazards to Pets over the Christmas period


We would like to urge all pet owners to watch out for potential hazards around their home to avoid an emergency visit to the surgery this Christmas. Traditional treats, such as chocolate and tinsel, are very festive, but owners should be mindful of the damage and harm they can cause. Please Click Here to download the British Veterinary Association advice on all the potential hazards so you can keep your pets safe this Christmas.

The most common problems we treat as emergencies over Christmas are caused by pets eating chocolate or dried fruit.

Chocolate

Chocolate contains a harmful chemical called theobromine. The amount of theobromine present depends on the quality and type of chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more theobromine than milk or white chocolate, so a dog would only have to eat a small amount of dark chocolate for it to have an effect whereas white chocolate would be less harmful. It mainly affects the heart, central nervous system, and kidneys, causing agitation, hyperexcitability, tremors, convulsions, and heart disturbances.


Raisins, grapes, sultanas & currents

These can all cause kidney failure, although the quantity that can cause problems is variable. Some dogs can eat large quantities and have no problems, whereas others have gone in to kidney failure after only eating small amounts. Whether your dog has eaten a whole Christmas pudding, or just one raisin, it is a good idea to have them checked over by a vet, just in case!

In an emergency, please telephone 020 8440 5742

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Congratulations are in order for Laura who has been studying hard and has now passed her City & Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species


The City & Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species, is the only such qualifcation open to veterinary nurses interested in furthering their career with exotic and wildlife species.

The course is divided into 4 main sections - avian, reptile/amphibian, small mammal and British Wildlife. Within each of these section students study biology/husbandry, nutrtition, handling/anaesthesia, fluid therapy, common diseases and their nursing care.

Passing the final examination results in the qualification being awarded. Students are then able to use the post-nominals C&G Cert VNES.

Congratulations to Veterinary Nurse Laura!

For advice on how to make your Pet feel safe, we have included a link to the RSPCA website which has an excellent section of general advice on managing pets that are anxious when exposed to fireworks. Click here


We are often asked about medication to help with reducing anxiety during this period. The following information is focused on dogs. Cats should naturally be kept indoors at night during the firework season.

The Pet Healthcare Plan provides regular veterinary health checks. We will give you advice, support and treatment planning to prevent problems arising with your pet in the future.


The cost of maintaining the general health of your pet is divided throughout the year into monthly Direct Debit payments.


You will also qualify for additional discounts on other items & services in the Practice.


Go to our Pet Healthcare Plan page to find out more

Looking back at 2015 at East Barnet Veterinary Surgery

As ever, 2015 was a busy year for East Barnet Veterinary Practice. Although we see many Dog & Cats at the Practice, we are seeing an increasing number of exotics & unusual animals . We thought we would share a few of these patients on our website.

This Coati Mundi came in with skin problems (alopecia, skin infections). We sedated him to examine him closer and take skin scrapes. He was put on antibiotics and given parasite treatment and made a good recovery. 

This is a Green Iguana which was presented with lethargy and inappetance. She was diagnosed with pre-ovulatory follicular stasis (meaning the ova did not ovulate & ovarian follicles just stayed in situ getting bigger. As the ovarian follicules are so large they take up a lot of room in the coelomic cavity and cause the affected reptile not to eat. This is a common problem in lizards. This iguana was speyed (ovariectomy) as shown in the photos and made a full recovery.

We see lots of Bearded Dragons like the one above at the Practice. The most common problem we see with these reptiles is metabolic bone disease, due to poor diet or environment.

This Arctic Fox came in because she was not eating, lethargic, had a high temperature, had diarrhoea, and was slightly jaundiced. We found she had hookworm and capillaria worms, and also infectious hepatitis. She had fluids, antibiotics and liver supplements administered, and made a good recovery. We have seen her at the Practice in both her Summer & Winter coats as shown in the photos.

New Microscope for the Practice Laboratory

Also in 2015, we invested £3000 in a new GXML3200 microscope with camera & screen package for the Practice Laboratory to enhance our in-house diagnostic ability, and quicker  results for our clients.

We use the microscope for in-house haematology to check for anaemia and infections , urinalysis especially looking for crystals and infections in urine , faecal analysis (especially looking for gut parasites in reptiles), skin scrapings looking for external parasites and cytology of fine needle aspirates of tumours  to see if the cells are cancerous.

The screen makes case discussions much easier for our clients as we can show them images from the microscope and it also helps with teaching of trainee nurses and vet students.


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Ralph was asked by one of our client's to record a short video on the care of Chameleons. Click here to view her article & videofeaturingg Ralph & one of our Practice Chameleons.

How to care for a Chameleon

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This tiny tortoise held in the owners hand was seen at the Practice and is a Sulcata Tortoise. It is hard to believe that will exceed 50 kg as an adult and will take two people to lift it. It is a sub-Sarahan species,  so unlike the Mediterranean species of tortoise eg spur thighed, hermans etc, it feeds predominantly on dry grass and hay and does not hibernate. This creates problems as owners will need to have an area the size of a small room that they can maintain at 70-80 'F overwinter and supply UV light to, once the tortoise is mature at about 8 - 10 years old.  

This baby Red Eared Terrapin was also seen at the Practice. Common ailments with these pets are Soft Shell/Lumpy Shell due to poor diet & eye problems due poor diet & incorrect enviromental conditions. More than 85% of all diseases encountered in turtles are the result of poor husbandry or poor dietry mamagement.

Ticks & Babesiosis

There have been a number of news reports in the last week, concerning the diagnosis of Babesiosis in dogs in Essex. The disease affects dogs, cases in cats are very rare and humans are not affected.  Babesiosis is a tick transmitted disease that has been an issue for dogs  travelling abroad. There have been sporadic cases in the UK in dogs that have not been abroad but it may be that in the next few years that clinical cases will become more common. The disease has the following symptoms; fever, lethargy, anaemia (pale gums), jaundice (yellow gums), blood in the urine and vomiting.

Protection against Babesiosis is based on prevention of tick bites. In this area (Barnet) we do not have a major problem with ticks. Tick infestation is usually seasonal – peaking in late Spring and again in Autumn, with smaller numbers of cases throughout the summer. We have not yet diagnosed any tick related diseases (such as Lyme’ s disease) in our patients, even though they are common in other parts of the country where ticks are more prevalent, such as the New Forest or the Brecklands in Suffolk.

At present there is no single product that will provide protection against all dog parasites. Our focus at the East Barnet Vet Surgery is on protection against lungworm since we have seen a number of fatalities in this area. We also have a significant problem with sarcoptic  mange locally. All pets require roundworm and flea control. For this reason we advise the monthly use of ADVOCATE SPOT-ON in dogs, which protects against lungworm, mange , fleas and roundworms . We can provide treatment against tapeworms by administering a MILBEMAX tablet once every 3- 6 months.

To provide protection against ticks we advise the use of a SERESTO COLLAR  during the tick season (April to October). Since the winter this year has been very mild we would suggest applying a SERESTO COLLAR (which can be purchased at the Practice) straight away. The SERESTO COLLAR should be used in conjunction with ADVOCATE SPOT- ON.

If your dogs is showing any of the following symptoms, please contact the East Barnet Veterinary Surgery straight away;

   •     FEVER and LETHARGY

     •     PALE GUMS (ANAEMIA)

     •     YELLOW GUMS (JAUNDICE)

     •     BLOOD IN THE URINE

     •     VOMITING

If you notice any ticks on your dogs please make an appointment so that we can remove them and set up a tick control programme for you.

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East Barnet Veterinary Practice are pleased to sponsor the Companion Dog Show at East Barnet Festival again this year.

The Festival takes place on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd July 2016

at Oak Hill Park, Off Church Hill Road,

East Barnet Village, EN4 8JS


East Barnet Festival Companion Dog Show

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Kennel Club licenced


Entries from 12.30pm. Judging starts at 1.30pm


Just come along and register

Pedigree, non-pedigree and novelty classes

Fee £2.00 per class

(all proceeds go to East Barnet Festival)


Dog Show enquiries 020 8440 5742

Festival Hotline email - info@eastbarnetfestival.org.uk


For more information about the Festival visit www.eastbarnetfestival.org.uk

East Barnet Festival 2016 - Companion Dog Show

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East Barnet Veterinary Practice  commissioned 2Stepmedia to create a "behind the scenes/fly on the wall" video of the practice.

This video shows behind the scenes at the Surgery, our facilities & how our team cares for all kinds of animals and pets.

To contact 2Stepmedia who filmed, edited & produced the video, go to www.2step.media or telephone 07779546865.

Click on the video below to view.

East Barnet Veterinary Surgery - Behind the scenes video

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Fireworks!

See our advice on managing anxious pets here (scroll down to see article) & also see RSPCA advice

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THE STAFF AT EAST BARNET VETERINARY SURGERY WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OUR CLIENTS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS &

A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Christmas Opening Hours

Friday 23rd December  -  8.00am - 6.30pm

Saturday 24th December - 9.00am - 12.00pm

Sunday 25th - Tuesday 27th - Closed

Wednesday 28th December - 8.00am - 6.30pm

Thursday 29th December - 8.00am - 8.00pm

Friday 30th December - 8.00am - 6.30pm

Saturday 31st December - 9.00am - 5.00pm

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd January - Closed

Tuesday 3rd January - 8.00am - 8.00pm


Our 24 hour Emergency Service will operate as usual throughout the holiday season. Telephone 020 8440 5742

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It's time to say bon voyage to our Veterinary Nurse Charlotte as she starts a new adventure in Australia! Charlotte will be continuing her Veterinary Nursing career in Queensland, Australia!

She has been part of our team for the last 5 years and she will be greatly missed.

A new adventure in Australia!

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Charlotte nursing interesting animals in Australia

Charlotte is enjoying her new job inAustralia & sent us some photos of the interesting patients she has been dealing with. The bird is a Tawny Frogmouth and the sleepy looking animal (recovering from anaesthetic) is a Common Bushtail Possum. Apparently the possum is not an animal to mess with when they are awake as they are mean & fast!

Sam is currently on Maternity leave, but we hope to see her back at the Practice soon.

Congratulations to Sam who had a baby girl - Shaya - on the 17th February 2017.

More baby congratulations at the Practice!

We are pleased to welcome our new Veterinary, Surgeon Magdalena Sadowska to our team.


Magdalena qualified in 2012 in Warsaw and joined one of the biggest round the clock clinics in Poland. For 4 years she consulted, taking care of hospital inpatients and providing emergency services to small animals.

Her main field of interest was nephrology and she performed several haemodialysis on cats and dogs with

kidney failure. In 2015 she joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and started work in the UK. She's focused on developing her surgical skills and continues her Small Animal Medicine Certificate post-graduate studies in Poland. Magdalena re-homed a stray cat Edgar - one of her patients saved from a road traffic accident. She's interested in fitness and traveling

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New Vet Magdelena joins our team

Rabbit Awareness Week

Rabbit Awareness Week Monday 17 th  June marked the start of Rabbit Awareness Week, which is an annual event occurring one week every June. Rabbits are the UK ’ s fourth most popular pet, with 0.8 million rabbits being owned as pets, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers ’  Association report carried out in 2016. In spite of this, rabbit welfare is widely misunderstood and many rabbits are not cared for as well as they should be. Rabbits are often bought as pets for children as it is thought that they are low maintenance and easy to keep. While rabbits can make fantastic pets for children and adults alike, they do have specific requirements and it is important for any rabbit owner or potential rabbit owner to be aware of what they need to do to keep their bunnies happy and healthy.

Rabbit Awareness Week, or RAW, aims to improve rabbit welfare by educating rabbit owners or anyone thinking about getting a rabbit on various aspects of rabbit care, including diet, housing and general health.

So what sort of things should rabbit owners be aware of?

Please visit our main desktop website for the full article & advice on how to care for your Rabbit in hot weather www.eastbarnetvets,com

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