Lambing season is in full swing now and the fields are full of ewes and their lambs 🐏🐑🌷
As well as the inevitable lambings, at this time of year our vets always end up being called out to treat sheep that have sustained injuries from dog attacks! 😞👎🏻
It’s always nice to take the dogs for a walk in our beautiful countryside but the welfare of livestock and livelihoods of our hardworking farmers must be taken into account. It is ESSENTIAL that all dogs are kept on a lead when out walking near livestock, regardless of breed or temperament! ⚠️Please remember that allowing your dog to chase livestock is a criminal offence! ⚠️ ... See MoreSee Less
For some of our cats which are more introvert in nature, the family being home all day can be quite stressful. Try to make sure that they have a room they can retreat to with all their resources (food, water, toys, bed and litter tray) available- this way they will feel safer and less anxious as they don't need to come out if they don't want to.
Anxiety in cats can cause overgrooming, urine marking and cystitis, even potentially life-threatening inability to pass urine. Even cats which are going outside may be anxious due to increased numbers of people walking in places or at times which are usually quieter.
Cats don't like change in routine. They can be helped in feeling more relaxed even in their safe room by using Feliway pheromone products such as a plug-in diffuser 🐈👍🏻
Websites such as International Cat Care, Cats Protection and Feliway CEVA all have great information on reducing anxiety in cats.
Our behaviour guru, Wendy, has some useful advice for owners and their pets during this difficult period:
Many of you will now be at home with your pets all day instead of being at work, so their daily routine will have changed dramatically. For some pets it may cause them to become hyper-attached to the family, causing them to become anxious when you do return to work and school.
Try to keep their routine the same where you can, so that they still get some time alone. Leave them where you normally would in the house (this might mean YOU staying in just one other room for an hour if they normally have free access!) and give them a high- value long lasting reward like a stuffed Kong.
As you will still be in the house, try to make sure they are mentally tired before you leave them- play games and practise basic training skills first. For some pets, you may even need to do this twice daily to match your work routine (maybe this could coincide with home schooling for those brave souls undertaking this?)
All of this will help your pet cope much better when normal service is resumed and everyone disappears back to work and/or school! 😊🐶 ... See MoreSee Less
Just got our puppy into a great routine during the day. Now husband working from home. Trying to maintain normality keeping to the same set routine of get up time, feeding time, sleep, play and walk time which seems to be ok so far. Husband actually walks out the back door as if he’s leaving for work. I take the dog for his and my one daily walk around the block and husband sneaks back in and upstairs to the study where he stays 😂
We’d like to let all our clients know that during these very difficult times, higher charges for urgent and emergency cases seen on Saturdays and Sundays between 9am and 5pm will be waived and these appointments will be charged at the normal weekday fee. This will help us maintain safe social distancing and biosecurity as well as helping you when we all have so many concerns.
More good news is that temporary relaxation of prescribing laws means that for the time being, we can now carry out some consultations and dispense medicines by telephone. This is excellent news particularly for people at risk from Covid 19 or affected/ in isolation where it may be safer for everyone. A charge will be made for this service. To arrange a telephone consultation, please call the surgery on 01484 421512.
Our very best wishes to all of you to stay safe and well and rest assured we are here at our Somerset Road Hospital if your animal needs us urgently! 🐶🐱🐰🐹 ... See MoreSee Less
I'm concerned about our new puppy which we are picking up in 11 days, he is due to have his 1st vaccinations before we get him but we have now been told that this will not go ahead as their vets is closed.
Now I can't book him in with you to continue the course so how do we take him outside if he is not vaccinated? He's a springer spaniel.
The amazing Emma Lindop from Thongsbridge put my darling cat May, to sleep today, with such dignity and compassion despite the very difficult circumstances. Thanks to Emma we enjoyed nearly 2 amazing years with May despite 2 life threatening conditions. Thank you all for the fantastic work you do for animals, and their carers.
What a shame, could have offered phone consults like other vets, you email in with photos of the problem and the vet call you back and arranges meds for you that can be posted out or collected. Pay over the phone so no money exchanging either x
Thank you and please try to keep safe. Much respect to you all from Poppy and Pru Mcrae xxx
Jessie the Fox Terrier sends lots of foxie love and thanks to the amazing Donaldsons team especially Rhona. Hope you are OK. xx
We all need to stay safe. Thanks for everything you do.
Hi, will you be posting out the flea and worm treatments included in the VIP scheme?
Thank you for looking after Monty and his poorly eye today. He is much more comfortable xx
Thankyou Everyone for looking after my Blue.
Stay safe 💙
Keep safe everyone. Thanks for being there for Coco’s emergency last week and for making sure she did not suffer 💔
We had our passport appt cancelled which I totally understand...but how long does it take for it to be ready? Still keeping a very slight hope of travelling at the end of May...although I know its extremely unlikely Xx
Keep safe. You are constantly dealing with me on the phone at the moment and you always support me. Thank you for all you have done for me and Mia. With all her treatment and ops and making me a cup of tea for reassurance. You have done that for me twice now and it's so so appreciated. Thank you so much so please please stay safe. Xxx
Hi, will Somerset road do vaccinations? My dogs ran out 2 weeks ago was going to call to get him booked in?
Thank you for taking great care of Finn, the Labrador 🐶
Does this mean chase can't have his booster ? As that's not exactly classed as an emergency is it but then will i have to restart his jabs ?
Thongsbridge didn’t have the syringes I ordered and paid for on Friday. I was going to collect them tomorrow - do I now collect from Somerset Road? I only have a few syringes left and use twice a day.
See you all soon you gorgeous people. You do an amazing job. Will see you once this madness is over. Stay safe and look after each other. Love you guys XXX
Will we be able to get flea and worm treatments at all.
Thank you for all your hard work and always being there when our fur babies need help .
Stay safe everyone .😊xx
Well done everyone. You are also doing and amazing job 💜
Stay safe everyone and thank you for still keeping an emergency service going if needed.
Thankyou so much for looking after Arnie so Promptly XX very professional
Say safe everyone...hope to see you all on the other side of this
Donaldson's Vets do you have any dog food for. 15 year old Lhasa, she has a sensitive stomach, we Usually buy wainwrights mature 7yr + x
⚠️Covid-19 update for all clients⚠️ ‼️IMPORTANT PLEASE READ‼️
Rapid spread of Covid 19 has prompted further Government advice regarding strictly limiting contact between people to protect everyone, ensure NHS resources are available for everyone who needs them, and that we have enough healthcare professionals available to care for those affected with this and any other illness or injury.
Veterinary practices have a huge responsibility to protect animal health and welfare and support the farming sector in keeping delivering food to the nation whilst safeguarding public health and under guidance from our professional governing bodies we must act responsibly to prioritise services and maintain this difficult balance.
We must now stop accepting patients for routine healthcare such as boosters, nail clips, and neutering for the time being, as these procedures do not justify the current risks they place you, our loyal and valued clients, or staff (who cannot help urgent cases if they are ill) under. We will be here for you as soon as it is safe to resume and we, like you, are looking forward to that day.
We WILL be here for urgent and emergency small animal cases, but we must ask you to telephone the practice before attending at any time. Your pet’s problem will be triaged and it is likely that in some cases we can advise you and prescribe treatment over the telephone and with the help of photographs or videos due to relaxations in prescribing law that have been temporarily made, to avoid unnecessary travel and contact.
If your pet needs urgent treatment, you will be asked to come to our dedicated Veterinary Hospital at Somerset Road where we have superb facilities and staff ready, 24/7. You will also be advised on biosecurity measures to follow on arrival, where it will be necessary to ask you to remain outside the building while we collect your pet and continue to talk to you by telephone as we examine and treat them. We will make sure you are as safe as possible while at the same time making sure your pet receives care. Branch surgery’s (Thongsbridge, Birchencliffe, Mirfield, Shepley, Sowerby Bridge) will close temporarily from Wednesday 25th March.
We will continue to make sure your pets can receive repeat prescriptions of their medication and preventative healthcare medications such as flea and worm treatments. We may be able to post some to you, or arrange for you or a friend to collect them from Somerset Road, again following hygiene precautions by telephoning to let us know you have arrived and picking them up from the drop off point once staff have stepped away.
To avoid handling cash in line with safety advice, we ask you to pay by card other than in exceptional circumstances. This should be done in advance for repeat prescriptions over the telephone.
🐮FARM ANIMAL SERVICES🐷 Farm animal work essential to the maintenance of the food chain will continue as normal with increased biosecurity precautions. Please do not be offended when our staff do not shake hands or enter your home and maintain a safe distance from others. Please make sure only one person is present when the vet arrives if at all possible, and if you are ill or self-isolating, please stay inside and ask someone else to be present and discuss by telephone with the vet if necessary. Routine procedures such as disbudding must be postponed for now.
🐴EQUINE SERVICES 🐴 Equine routine procedures must also be postponed. If your horse is unwell or injured, telephone the surgery as normal to discuss the situation. If it is necessary, a vet will visit to treat your horse. Please also observe increased biosecurity measures and make sure only one person is present. If you are ill or self-isolating, please arrange for someone else to be there when the vet attends your horse.
We all face a period of unprecedented challenge over the coming weeks, but the team at Donaldson’s Vets want to reassure you that we will continue to be here for you and your animals, and together we will keep our patients safe. We thank you for your continued understanding and the many kind messages of support which you have already sent. ... See MoreSee Less
Shepley had a rather unusual patient admitted onto the ward this week! 😮🐴
Shetland Pony Arthur was found by his owner to have sustained trauma to his left eye whilst out in the field. Unfortunately the eye was not salvageable so had to be enucleated (surgically removed). Due to Arthur’s great temperament and very manageable size, he was able to admitted into our Shepley branch for the day.
Arthur recovered well after the surgery and as you can see from the pictures, he was soon tucking into his hay again! 🥰🐴 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you so much. You were amazing and i couldn’t have asked for more. You got to my home quickly and got him in straight away. We’re so grateful. Arthur is doing well and recovering with his other little friend Bobby by his side ❤️ xx
Hope Arthur continues to heal well. Well done Donaldson's for providing such excellent care, as always 💙
Poor Arthur! He’s in good hands x
Poor lad but wow what an fantastic result.... 💙💙
aww bless him get well soon aurther 🐎
Oh my poor baby. So glad hes ok ? I wonder what happened x
Aaaaw god bless the beautiful boy xx
Bless him! Julie xx
Katie Uren... this was the little man I saw outside the vets when we drove past last night!! X
Aww we saw him going home hope he’s okay xx
Poor thing. 😢
Lauren Byrom Nosheen Rhodes Poor boy. This why veterinary is essential jobs!!!!🐴❤️
The last week has been rather challenging however our dedicated team are still able to provide the 24 hour care to all our pet, farm and equine patients in the manner their owners are accustomed to.
Repeat prescriptions can be ordered over the phone and we can post out medications for a small additional fee.
We have a full inventory of medication on-site with no shortages in any of the important drug categories.
As to be expected, our wholesaler is experiencing some issues with the increased demand and staffing shortages. In some cases we may expect deliveries every other day rather than everyday. Therefore items that need to be ordered in specially e.g prescription food or farm vaccines may take a day longer to arrive.
We are reassured by all of the information being released each day and are working hard to ensure that our obligations to pets, owners and staff are fully complied with. ... See MoreSee Less
Just to let you know that we haven't forget you at sowerby Bridge surgery. We are in lock down here so not quite sure when we will be back. Jet and Sunny are in good health all boosters are up to date. You all keep safe and will see you when we get back.
Good to hear from you. Pleased to hear you’re all safe and well. Thankfully, you’re in you’re home from home. Stay safe and we will see you ........??.....?? X x
Hi - apologies for contact via FB - have tried ringing but phone lines don't seem to be working. Is it possible to post Stronghold+ and Profender if I provide details? Am happy to provide card details over phone (once it is working again). Thanks.
Thank you for letting me collect today. Excellent as ever! Best Wishes.
If my dogs jabs are due in April would It be wise to have them now?