chewies are back!
The chewable, tasty version of our favourite dog wormer is back in production at last.
The tablets proved an instant success when they were introduced in 2010, but have been unavailable for some time due to a manufacturing problem. Now they are back. The only trouble is, they taste TOO good!
New visit service
Hawthorne Lodge is pleased to announce the launch of our new "zone visit" service, using our dedicated veterinary ambulance.
The service provides reduced rate visits from 10am to 5pm, travelling to different areas each day of the week. Visits can be scheduled for set times during the day (timings are approximate).
We also offer a pet transport service to and from the practice, as well as a delivery service for drugs and pet food.
For more details, or to book a visit, please call the surgery
microchipping dogs to become compulsory
The government announced yesterday that it plans to make microchipping dogs compulsory. It is expected that the requirement to microchip dogs will come into effect in April of this year, although a grace period of two years seems likely to enable all dog owner to comply.
Following a similar move in Northern Ireland, the Dog's Trust provided a free microchipping service to help fulfill this requirement. The Dog's Trust have very generously indicated that they will repeat this offer in England, although details remain sketchy. It is likely that they will rely on veterinary practices to achieve this - and as strong proponents of microchipping, we look forward to cooperating with the Dog's Trust in due course. In the mean time, we are offering microchipping for £14.99
However our experience suggests that microchipping cats is just as important - as highlighted by recent articles in the local news and on our facebook page. We have therefore decided to include free microchipping to all cats and kittens when given a full primary vaccination course of flu and leukaemia.
For further information on microchipping, please contact the surgery
Christmas food donation
A big thank you to everyone who donated food to our Christmas collection
The food will be shared between Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness (BARKS) and Ardley Recsue kennels
Free older pet health checks
Throughout January, Hawthorne Lodge Vets are offering free health checks for dogs (over seven years) and cats (over ten years).
The checks, which are carried out by qualified veterinary nurses, include a dental check, weight check, blood pressure check, and urine sample test (subject to availability). They are designed to pick up the early signs of common older pet conditions such as kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
There is also the option of a half price blood test, for more accurate assessment of these and other conditions including liver disease and hyperthyroid disease. Picking up problems early greatly simplifies treatment, making it both cheaper and more successful.
For full terms and conditions, see the "services" page of our website, or phone the pracitce for more information and to book an appointment
Congratulations are due to Vet David and trainee nurse Sophia on passing their respective exams.
David Bemrose passed his certificate exams in ophthalmology - the culmination of two years hard study - to accumulate yet more letters after his name. Meanwhile Sophia Marshall passed the anatomy and physiology modules of her first year nursing exams.
Blood collection declared a success
The Pet Blood Bank's first collection session at Hawthorne Lodge last month went very smoothly, and the charity said they were delighted with the results.
Several owners brought their dogs in to donate blood, and while not all donors were impressed, most were very well behaved.
With increasingly sophisticated veterinary treatments available for dogs, and owners wanting to do the best for their pets, the requirment for pet blood donations is high, and the Pet Blood Bank have their work cut out keeping up with demand. So Hawthorne Lodge is delighted to be able to support the charity.
For more information on pet blood donation, please contact the surgey, or visit the charity web site www.petbloodbankuk.org
25% off Hills vet essentials food
Throughout July, we are offering 25% off the Hills vet essentials range of food, subject to availability.
The food is the latest in the Hills range of life stage diets, combining the benefits of all their previous ranges. The food is particularly beneficial in keeping teeth clean, due to the way in which the kibbles are processed, to prevent them from shattering as your pet bites into them.
For further information on the food, please call into the practice
june is national microchipping month
Hawthorne Lodge Veterinary Practice is offering microchipping at the reduced rate of £12.00 throughout June. We are alaso holding a micro-chipping drop-in clinic this Saturday, 30 June, from 11.00 am to 3.00pm - no appointment is necessary
Microchipping helps protect against loss or theft of pets, and ensures prompt, often life-saving treatment can be provided to injured pets brought in to the practice by the public. Microchip implants, about the size of a grain of rice, are inserted under the skin using a needle and syringe. The procedure can be carried out without the need for anaesthesia or sedation, during a routine consulation.
As part of responsible pet ownership, the government is promoting microchipping, and is actively considering making microchipping of all dogs compulsory.
For more informartion about microchipping, or to book an appointment, please call the practice.
healthcare plan provides monthly budgeting for premium care
Hawthorne Lodge is pleased to announce the launch of our healthcare plan, providing premium healthcare at an affordable price through monthly direct debits.
The plan covers vaccination and worm and flea treatments, as well as offering discounts on several other products and services. Furthermore the scheme offers an optional accident cover, for only £1.95 extra a month.
Regular healthchecks enable early diagnosis of health issues, both improving the chances of succesful treatment, and often also reducing the overall cost of treatment.
More informatin is available on the services pages of our website, or by calling the practice on 01295 259446