Summer Newsletter added!

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter has been added to the Newsletters page - take a look for information and advice on fleas, mites and ticks, as well as kennel cough, dealing with summer heat, and welcoming a new puppy or kitten to the household.


Easter and May Bank Holidays 2019

As usual, our opening hours will be affected by the bank holidays in April and May.
For details, please see Easter & May Bank Holidays 2019

If you have an emergency any time, please phone 01727 854787



Travelling abroad after the UK leaves the EU
Despite the delay to the date of the UK leaving the EU (and potential further delays to come), the advice on travelling with your pet remains the same: in case of no withdrawal agreement being agreed (the 'No Deal' scenario), we have been advised that any pets travelling into the EU will need to have a valid rabies certificate.

This requires
 a rabies blood test to check their immunity at least 3 months before travel and at least 30 days after having the the rabies vaccine (the rabies vaccines we use are valid for 3 years from the date they are given, though other vaccines' lifespan may vary. Please check with your previous vet if you had the vaccine done elsewhere - the information will also be in your pet's passport if they have one).

There is no way to expedite this process, so if you plan to travel abroad with your pet this summer, we would advise you to have the blood tests done as soon as possible to avoid having to change your plans. The certificate will remain valid as long as the rabies vaccine is kept up-to-date.


If you already have a passport, it should remain valid but we always recommend contacting DEFRA directly well in advance of travel to confirm arrangements. In case of a deal being agreed, the hope is that the current passport system will remain unchanged.

Please contact the practice for more details, to book in a rabies vaccine, or a rabies blood test.



Christmas and New Year Opening Times

As usual, our opening times will vary from normal over the festive period. For details, please click here.


Blasted Fireworks!

With fireworks now a year-round issue, but especially in the darker winter months, this article could make all the difference in keeping your pets calm and more relaxed. It was written by Mr Hess and designed to help your pets deal with any sources of loud noise, with a focus on fireworks. His advice can be found here



GDPR, May 2018

As you're no doubt well aware from the influx of emails in your inbox, the rules around data protection are changing. General Data Protection Regulations ('GDPR') come into effect.

Your personal information held by the Practice includes only your name, address, and phone numbers (and in a few cases, email address). If you have not received a GDPR request from us please contact the Practice to confirm that you are happy for us to hold that information.



Looking for a new dog groomer?

In recent times, Mr Hess has visited Scrufts Grooming on Vesta Avenue in St Albans, and found them to be very good. He has checked out their qualifications and facilities, and is happy to recommend them to our clients.



Karen completes Inca Trail

One of our nurses, Karen, has successfully completed the Inca Trail, raising over £500 for Cancer Research UK in the process. Karen is very grateful for all the support and donations received.