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It’s been a busy year at Valley Vetcare, which is just the way we like it! We’ve cared for many amazing owners and their pets, performing the usual routine appointments and operations, along with some interesting, complicated, and exciting surgeries. We do love a challenge!

A Year At Valley Vetcare

As well as performing the day to day activities of running a busy veterinary practice the team have been busy behind the scenes, sourcing new equipment, compiling interesting and informative waiting room displays, learning new skills, and attending advanced training courses to not only further personal development but to also allow us to offer you current and up to date techniques. The list goes on and there is never a dull moment!

We’ve even had the birth of our first baby in the Valley Vetcare family when one of our veterinary nurses Giorgia had beautiful Hallie Marie in June. This was definitely one of the highlights of our year and I’m sure you’ll agree that she’s an absolute cutie – see the pic below!

Along with treating regular clients we’ve also welcomed many new clients and new furry family additions to existing ones. Whether you are new to us or are long term members of our veterinary family, we are very proud that you have entrusted us with your care. As the year draws to an end, we want to thank you all and let you know we are forever grateful for your continued loyalty!

Christmas Tips For Pet Owners

Now on to the important parts of this post…

the usual rules of Christmas and pet ownership, to ensure you and your pets have a safe and restful festive period.

We know it’s nice to share your Christmas lunch with the family but it is best to avoid allowing your dog or cat to join in on this to avoid any potential tummy upsets!

Remember also that there are many foodstuff ingredients which are toxic to pets too, such as garlic and onions, which need to be avoided.

  • Keep any chocolates or mince pies safely away, these are toxic to most animals and if eaten your pet would require immediate veterinary treatment.
  • Take care to safeguard your Christmas tree and decorations to avoid injury or accidental ingestion of foreign objects!
  • Many festive plants, such as poinsettias and berries, are poisonous to pets therefore make sure if you have these they are not accessible.
  • If you have relatives staying over ensure any medications they have are placed safely out of reach.
  • Ensure any new children visiting the household are aware of the rules regarding the dos and don’ts of the above too.
  • If there are a lot of comings and goings from your house please remember to check doors are closed after use to avoid any escapees!
  • Try to provide a quiet space for your pets to retreat to if they need some chill-out time away from all the merriment. For cats, it can be particularly useful to provide an additional litter tray in a secluded area away from your guests.
  • Don’t forget New Year’s Eve usually involves fireworks, therefore ensure you are prepared with any medications you usually need if your pet has any problems with these. Please book an appointment with the reception team if you know you will require these.
  • If you want to check out more Christmas-safe information there is some great advice here from Cats Protection, and here from the Dogs Trust.

Valley Vetcare Christmas Opening Hours 2022

We have some amendments to our opening hours for over the festive period, as noted below, however, don’t worry if you need telephone advice or an in-person appointment at any time, as we will as always have our out of hours services available to you at Armac Veterinary Group in Bury who provide 24hour care for when we are not available.

Our opening hours are as follows-

Saturday 24th December: 9am -1pm

Sunday 25th December: Closed

Monday 26th December: Closed

Tuesday 27th December: Closed

Wednesday 28th December: 8am-8pm

Thursday 29th December: 8am-8pm

Friday 30th December: 8am-8pm

Saturday 31st December: 9am-1pm

Sunday 1st January: Closed

Monday 2nd January: Closed

Our normal hours will resume from Tuesday 3rd January.

All that is left to do now is to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, from all of our families to yours! Have a wonderful time and we will look forward to welcoming you in the new year.

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