We are pleased to announce that we will be OPENING the SOWERBY BRIDGE and MIRFIELD branches from this WEDNESDAY 3rd JUNE. Opening hours will be slightly reduced and are between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Our strict bio-security policy of consulting in the car park at appropriate social distancing will continue at all branches. This has worked very well so far and has meant that picking up repeat prescriptions and often full consultations can also be done without owners having to leave their vehicles. The protocol will be explained when you phone to make your appointment or to pick up your pet’s medication.
Absolute emergencies are still best taken to our Somerset Road Hospital in Almondbury in the first instance.
Obviously things are taking a little longer than usual. We are grateful and thankful for the patience that clients have shown. We really are working as hard as we can to provide you with the best possible service in these times and your words of support towards our staff have been sincerely appreciated. As with everything we are learning and adapting as we go.
To that end, we will start to allow clients into the building at our Somerset Road Hospital in Almondbury. This will be in much the same way as you will find at supermarkets, one way systems and facilities available for disinfection along the way. If you would still prefer to remain out of the building we will of course accommodate for this.
As ever our priority remains the health and safety of our patients, staff and clients and we continue to adhere to the guidelines set out by our governing bodies.
More updates will follow but for now we wish you all good health 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Most professional set up I’ve seen when I’ve had to attend Somerset road. Well done. Can I ask, are we still on emergencies. I’m wanting to start the ball rolling for a pet passport, just in case.
Hi we have an appointment for jabs for Dexter dog on Monday at Somerset road. Could we move it to
Mirfield please (surname Machin) thank you
Hi. What do we do about collecting working and flea treatments as I’m on the monthly plan but not sure how to go about collecting it? I am registered at Birchencliffe.x
Thank you to you for being able to provide service during these unprecedented times. Fortunately for us we haven’t needed you but are grateful you were there if we had have Stay safe
Donaldson's Vets my dog has his booster on the 9th June at Somerset Road, i am registered at the Sowbery Bridge practice. Will i be able to move his appointment to Sowbery Bridge? Thanks
My dog is due her booster, I had a text reminder which I replied to, do I just hang fire for you to get in touch or do I call up (she’s registered at Mirfield branch)? 😊
Great stuff thankyou all for providing an amazing service in these difficult times
Hi, my rabbit is registered at the Thongsbridge surgery and was booked in for spaying 2 days after lockdown happened. I would really like to get it out of the way although its not urgent would you suggest just waiting for the thongsbridge branch to open or use an alternative branch like Shepley? Thankyou I’m advance ☺️
Thank you for the update. An amazing and dedicated team who go above and beyond to keep our pets safe and healthy. 😍
Thank you so much for what you’ve done so far to keep our animals cared for...,.good luck moving forward!
Thank you for 'fixing' Polly in Almondbury last week. She is already booked in at Mirfield for Thursday 2pm for her follow up.
Will you be doing routine ops i.e neutering and microchipping or is is just for emergencies?
What should I do to get my dogs worming tablets? Also, they will be due their boosters in July what’s the process for that. Thank you
You are doing an amazing job! We are lucky to have you.
Well Done Donaldson’s. Looked after my poorly cat purrfectly. 😊. You are all doing an amazing job 🙌👏😃
Hi do you know when we will be ale to get our pets booster jabs done? Are they still on hold for the moment? Thank you
Brilliant news! Thank you for the update 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
As usual, providing a first class service 😊
From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you. Through this awful time you guys have been amazing. To all the staff at Almondbury, thank you.
So grateful to you guys for all you’ve done for my herd of furry rascals during lockdown and very happy to see local branches are reopening. 😊
Hi does this include the spay and neauter been able to come in the building instead of dropping off at the door Thankyou for all you do
Dylan and I appreciate what you have and are doing during these awful times. Very professional and safe way of handling the care of our animals.
Great news 👍well done team Donaldsons
Donaldson's Vets any idea when the Thongsbridge surgery will be opening again ?
A very useful guide as to what to do if you find a chick. At this time of year, when birds are fledging, we get numerous calls from members of the public concerned that chicks have been abandoned 🐦🐣 ... See MoreSee Less
Although it is only May, we have had some lovely weather over the last couple of weeks. 😎☀️
The hot sunshine, along with the ever-growing popularity of breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs and French Bulldogs, has lead to us already seeing a number of emergency cases of Heatstroke this year.
Heat stress is a very serious condition caused by a significant elevation in body temperature that can escalate quickly into heatstroke and can lead to death. Pets are not efficient at releasing heat and tend to heat up faster than we do. Therefore, it is crucial we maintain vigilance, know the key signs of heat stress and what to do in the event of an emergency.
The signs of heat stress include excessive salivation, weakness, lethargy, dry nose and gums, shaking, whining and constant panting. In extreme cases, the tongue will turn purple and seizures can lead to death.
All pets can suffer from heat stress however older animals are much more susceptible. Breeds of dog such as Bulldogs and cats such a Pekinese who have a shorter nose conformation than other breeds are known as “brachycephalic”. Their restricted respiratory system leaves them more susceptible to heat stress than other breeds.
There are a number of straightforward tips to minimise the risk of heat stress:
🔹The most important of all is never to leave your pet in the car. Even if the window is left down a little and it is not in direct sunlight, temperatures in a car can rocket. Despite years of publicising the dangers, many of the cases of heat stress that we see at Donaldson’s still come from pets who have been left in cars.
🔹Avoid exercise in the middle of the day when the temperatures are at their highest.
🔹Most dogs love to play in water. A small paddling pool or the garden hose are a great way to have fun and cool your dog down. For cats and senior pets, try a spray bottle or pat them down with a damp cloth.
🔹Make sure there is always fresh water available to drink and I find that my dogs love playing with ice cubes on a warm day.
🔹Make sure that your pet has access to shade and on very hot days, it may be best to bring your pet inside.
Remember rabbits, guinea pigs and birds find it hard to cool down and are highly susceptible to heat exposure. Smaller pets will enjoy being cooled down with a spray bottle or dampened towel. On extreme weather days if possible, move them inside 🐰🐹🐦 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Donaldson’s for the really useful info 👍🏽xx
Hi, tried calling numerous times this morning and your phone lines are constantly engaged, are you having trouble with your phone lines?
Hope your ok Kim, will be in touch as soon as it is safe to go anywhere , Chesters just been cut very short but more comfortable xx
Great advice. Such great Vets at Donaldsons. (Took my old dog there years ago, for many years. But I don't have pets anymore.) I also read that placing a collar of icecubes to the neck are can help cool blood to the brain, in cases if heat stress too. I don't know if that can effect blood pressure or anything however, but it cools blood. Under armpits too etc. :)ie. areas when heat evaporates.
At his 1 yr booster my dog had a different 4 strain version of one of them and we were told he would need a booster in a couple of weeks. That was back in March. How long can he go before he needs the 2nd jab please?
Thank you to all of you in these difficult times. Going above and beyond as you do as the most caring and professional animal lovers that you are. 🤩
Is there an additional charge to see a vet today with it being bank holiday monday?
You are all amazing for providing a fantastic service in such difficult times. We are so fortunate to have the benefits of the new animal hospital, too. Thank you to you all for being there for our pets!
Is the Somerset Rd branch still doing feline spays during normal hours?
Hi there ordered insulin and flea tablets for Holly to pick up tomorrow forgot to add wormer tablets too. Can I add to my pick up list, or shall I call first thing Tuesday morning before I come and collect? Many thanks take care xx
Thanks so much for mending Elsie's dislocated knee. She's not happy with having to have cage rest though!
Are you doing booster jabs at the moment? X
Any news on when the mirfield vets will be reopening ? Xx
Did you know veterinary nurses are also anaesthetists?😊
Understanding anaesthetic and analgesic protocols, monitoring anaesthesia and reporting back to the veterinary surgeon to keep animals safe under the procedure is a key skill for any RVN. A knowledge of what are normal parameters for many species including heart rates, temperature, breathing rates, and blood pressure is vital. 🌡🩺 RVNs also monitor patients closely on recovery and post-operatively and look out for any signs of pain. ... See MoreSee Less
The month of May is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month! During the month of May we will be taking a closer look into the numerous roles veterinary nurses undertake within the practice.
❓Did you know veterinary nurses are able to carry out minor surgical procedures ❓🤔
Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act, registered veterinary nurses may perform minor surgeries which do not enter a body cavity and must be carried out under direction from the veterinary surgeon The most common surgeries veterinary nurses undertake are debridement and suturing of wounds and small mass removals.
It is important the skills of veterinary nurses are utilised effectively and also taught to the next generation! 👍🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
Over the last seven weeks our vets, nurses, receptionists and admin staff have been working incredibly hard to provide the best and safest service we can for our patients and clients at our 24 hour hospital at Somerset Road, Almondbury. .
We have implemented a strict biosecurity policy to ensure that clients can safely access urgent treatment where necessary. We would like to thank our loyal clients for their understanding and numerous kind comments during these difficult times. There is no doubt things are taking longer, but your support for our staff really does go such a long way so thank you.
Donaldson's Vets continue to adhere to the guidelines set out by our professional bodies, which have not changed since the Prime Minister's recent announcement. The safety of our patients, clients and staff remains our priority.
🔹To enable us to maintain social distancing and to provide the best and most convenient care possible we are RE-OPENING OUR SHEPLEY BRANCH from Monday 18th May. This will be for slightly reduced hours between 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri🔹
Absolute emergency consultations are still best taken to our hospital in Almondbury in the first instance, as our staff numbers at Shepley will be reduced.
We will endeavour to keep clients informed in an ever changing situation and we again thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay safe all of you 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Donaldsons. Your car park triage and see service worked really well when I made an emergency appearance with my dog. We were met quickly and only had a short wait for the vet to see us, we were really grateful of the service and how you've made an efficient job of coping under the circumstances.
Our heartfelt thanks go to you.
Great news. Any idea when Mirfield looks to be opening up x
You've done incredible work in these difficult times, which is appreciated. Thank you so much for being there for our beloved furry friends. Take care, look forward to seeing you all at Birchencliffe, when things get back to normal
You are doing an absolutely brilliant job in such strange times. Stay safe xxx
Awesome news so puppy vaccinations be ok then xx
Donaldson's Vets we need to order a worming tablet. Shall i ring almondbury or wait and ring shepley? Dont need it till next week but he will need weighing too as we cant do it at home. Thanks
I’m guessing neutering will have to wait ? 🙂
Can animals still only be seen in emergencies? Or can you do socially distanced routine appts?
Donaldson's Vets have continued to provide a wonderful service to Prospect Ferret Rescue and in doing so have saved the lives of many little ferrets during the lockdown, as well as ending the suffering for some with all the love and care that we have not able to give them at end of life because of Covid restrictions. A big shout out and thank you to the vets, nurses and reception staff who are working so hard.
My cats a vip and is well overdue her nails clipping and the flea and worming treatment, im registered at thongsbridge but would they do her nails at shepley if we rang for an appointment? Thanks
Thank you for doing a fabulous job, we’ve had to visit Almondbury a few times with our cat since lockdown & you’ve been amazing, we really appreciate it xx
Thank you for all your ongoing care of PDWRA rescue pugs x
You are such an amazing team of professional, patient and caring people. Don't know what we would do without you all! 🤩
Thank you all for providing such a fantastic service. You’re all amazing!
I'm so glad I've made the switch to you guys. I've just been a customer for a few weeks, but had 2 of my dogs seen in the last few weeks. While the staff are run off their feet, the animals are definately being well cared for.
You’ve all done the most amazing job! Thank you.
That’s good When will Mirfield open?
Hi are you doing booster injections?
Fantastic job, lovely vet's, and staff 💕
Fabulous news xx
Good news. Stay safe all of you
Great work guys!!
When can we expect Thongsbridge to be open again?.