Merry Christmas from the Vetcall Team

10 Dec 2020

December 2020

It has come to the last couple of weeks of the year and like most of us, the Vetcall Team are greatly anticipating the summer, a new year, and putting 2020 behind us!

Working through the lock down providing essential veterinary care for your pets was a huge challenge and learning experience for us all, and highlighted to Colin and I what an amazing team of nurses we have behind us. Thanks again Kash, Lucy and Chislaine. We could not have made it through this year without your resilience, kindness, and smiles.

We would also like to thank you all for your support, encouragement, and enthusiasm for our work as we navigated this unprecedented year. For those of you who are having a tough time, we wish you all the very best for the year ahead.


Get Festive and Win your pets next Vaccination:

We would love to see how your pets are enjoying the festive season. Please email us a picture and caption to Once it is uploaded please feel free to tag yourself and share it with your friends. The photo with the most likes will win a free vaccination. So get online and get posting! Competition closes at 5pm on Tuesday 5th of January 2021. Here is last year’s winner Charlie!

Festive Season Opening Hours:

Thursday 24th December  8.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th, Monday 28th December Closed
Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 30th December Normal Hours
Thursday 31st December    8.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th January Closed
Tuesday 5th January Normal Hours resume

Please contact the Afterhours Veterinary Centre for veterinary emergencies at all times that we are closed. ph. 366 1052.  Your pet’s treatment details will be forwarded to us.


Summer Holiday Checklist:

Vaccinations: For those of you intending to put your pet in a boarding facility over the holiday period please remember to get their vaccinations up to date in advance and avoid a last-minute panic visit to the clinic or them being refused entry.


Medications and Pet Food: If your pet is on prescription medication or food, please make sure you have enough supplies on hand to get you through the times that we are closed.

Travel Sickness/Stress: If your pet gets car sick or stressed when travelling give us a call or pop in for a chat as we have a range of treatments available for motion sickness and to reduce stress and anxiety whilst travelling.


Flea Control: Remember to keep your pet up to date with their preventive treatment and avoid nasty itching and skin problems. Kennels and catteries are flea breeding factories so make sure your pet is up to date before you drop them off or you will be bringing home more than just your pet! You can rely on Revolution each month, and for those of you wanting longer acting flea treatment, Bravecto for cats will last for 3 months, and for dogs there are both 3 and 6-month Bravecto control options. Come and have a chat to us about what will suit you and your pet best.


Family News:

Many of you ask after our kids and our cat Flash, so here are a few snippets and photos!

The year has gone so fast with the lock down gobbling up a couple of months. Although many exciting plans were cancelled it provided us with an opportunity to reflect, drop back a gear and enjoy simple things like baking, long walks exploring our local hills, Joe Wix family work out sessions in the living room, quiet time reading, watching movies, and making music together.

Luca is most happy on his bike, scooter, or ski’s, usually trying to land some sort of trick which involves lots of air between him and the ground. Luckily no significant injuries touch wood.

Erika is still horse mad and loves her Saturday riding lessons. Cats and dogs follow a close second and this year she won her class speech competition with a hilarious speech about why cats are better than dogs. Poor Flash our family cat patiently endures her endless attention and daily attempts to teach him to lead walk.

Flash got very chubby over the winter so has been on a strict measured feeding regime. He is back in fine condition now, but this may not last, as he is constantly trying to lure us down to his food bowl for an unscheduled top up! We took this photo of him when we were putting up our Christmas tree - he decided we needed some help unpacking the decoration box!

Tuesday evenings you will find Colin and I trying to keep up with the kids at Woolston Junior Band practice. With 4 brass players in the house things can get noisy! Between working and looking after busy kids, there is not much down time for Colin and I. Colin gets out on the local trails on his mountain bike most weeks, and always finds time to keep his microbrewery in our shed bubbling away. I drag myself to the gym for some punishment a few days a week, and in the weekend a far more enjoyable hill walk or run.

And to wrap things up:

Thank you for choosing our small family team to take care of your pets and for the wonderful and trusting relationships we have shared.  We would like to wish you and all the special people and pets in your life a very happy and safe festive season. 

Bring on Summer, Holidays and Happy times!

Claire and Colin Cable.

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