Welcome to Shipston Veterinary Centre Ltd
We aim to provide the highest standard of personal caring service.
We aim to maintain the highest level of up-to-date expertise and adopt a personal, professional and progressive approach.
We provide our own out-of-hours care so that you won't have to travel a long way to see a stranger when your pet is in trouble.
Coronavirus Update 17th April 2020 - Please see a link in our menu to our coronavirus update page.
Keeping your pets entertained during lockdown
Please find below some useful links from the British Veterinary Association on how you can best look after your dogs and cats during lockdown.
Coronavirus Update Following Prime Minister's Instructions 23rd March 2020 As vets, our jobs have always been and continue to be about protecting animal health and welfare. We now find ourselves in a position where it also our duty to do everything we can to protect human health, particularly those in our community who are most at risk in this unprecedented situation.
Following our Prime Minister's instructions last night, we have reached the decision to stop all non essential work. We will be cancelling all routine appointments, allowing us to focus on the animals who need our emergency help, whilst limiting movement of individuals and potential spread of COVID-19, and protecting our staff as much as possible so we can continue to provide this service. We are operating on reduced staffing levels at this time, so please bear with us if our phone lines are busy. We have removed our online booking service at this time.
We will not be booking any routine appointments or operations. We are however offering telephone consultations for clients who have concerns and want to speak to a vet, and we are working towards setting up a video link service. If you are not sure if your appointment is essential, please ring the surgery to discuss it with us. Your pet's welfare is very important to us, as is the health of everyone in our community.
We are taking emergency prescription requests only. Please allow 48 hours for a prescription request to be completed at this time. We will be providing prescription requests to cover 1 - 3 months depending on the vet's decision. Please phone ahead for any requests, do not just turn up to the practice. Postage of medications to avoid collection in person should be considered where possible.
We continue to keep the practice closed to all clients, on arrival to the practice please phone from outside. We will then advise of how to proceed. All payments will now be taken over the phone.
If you answer YES to any of the following questions we please ask you to stay at home, and phone the practice from there.
-Have you or anyone in the household been diagnosed with COVID-19? -Are you or your household self-isolating? -Do you or anyone in your household have a cough, fever or a shortness of breath? -Are you considered to be in the vulnerable category or received communication from the government in the last 24 hours placing you in this category?
We continue to express a huge thanks to you all for your patience and understanding. We are doing our very best to ensure emergency care is available for your pet at this time.
Guidelines are constantly changing so we will update you as soon as we can, stay safe everyone!
An Update on Coronavirus 22nd March 2020
To all our wonderful Clients,
Our thoughts are with you, your families and love ones as we all try to navigate these difficult times. We have so appreciated your support and co-operation as we have introduced social distancing measures at the Practice to protect our team and you, our clients. Next week we will be introducing more stringent social distancing measures and we will be asking for your help and support once again to make these work. Our overriding priority is to keep our Practice team safe and healthy - this is critical for two reasons - firstly simply to keep them safe - as they are very special; secondly we rely on them being safe and healthy so that we can maintain a functional team at the practice and continue providing you and your pets with the care and services you need. Your pets will need our services and care through this pandemic and we want to be there for them and for you.
From next week we will not be allowing any clients to enter our Practice premises. This decision has not been taken lightly, but we feel it is an essential and now required step to safe guard our team so that continuity of service to you is maintained. Reducing risk for our team is the most effective way of keeping our services running and maintaining our 24 hours 7 days a week service for you. This measure will also reduce risk to our Clients, especially the vulnerable and those in higher risk categories. We will be implementing procedures and processes to support this measure, with handover of pets and pet collections being conducted outside the Practice premises.
We will likely begin a telephone consultation service shortly, as well as possibly launching a full Telemedicine service as soon as possible. Teams are working on getting these systems in place. If you have an appointment next week at the Practice or need to make one, or need any sort of flea/worm/prescription/food request, please call ahead to the Practice to discuss our new procedures and our team will advise and guide you.
We have further contingency plans and measures that will be introduced if
and when they are required all designed to
maintain our 24/7 service or you - we will continue to work hard to keep you up-to-date with any changes in our services. I would ask for your patience, your co-operation and help as we try to make these measures work. With your help we can be here for you and your pets as and when you need us through this pandemic.
Your Team at Shipston Vets
We attach great importance to a personal relationship with our clients and their animals. Whether in reception or the examination room, you will always feel you are in good hands.
We prefer to offer our own Out of Hours Service so that our clients will see a familiar face in an emergency.
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From diagnosis to therapy: This is where you can find out all about the services we can provide for you.
All our Veterinary Surgeons undertake regular training to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in surgery and medicine.
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Cat Neutering Offer
Neuter and Chip for £5 at Shipston Vets!
Cats Protection and the RSPCA are running a neuternig campaign across the West Midlands including Warwickshire.
Under this campaign, cat owners can get their pet cat neutered and microchipped for just £5 at a participating vet practice.
Please check with the vet whether there may be any additional costs.
Available only to cat owners in receipt of means tested benefits or on a low income. Proof of eligibility will be required at the time. Vouchers are limited to a maximum of 8 per household.
Local Health Issues
Outbreak of Prolific Vomiting in Dogs
The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network have become aware of increasing number of reports of acute onset prolific vomiting in dogs (five or more episodes of vomiting in a 12-hour period). Affected cases are vomiting more frequently that is typical for a mild gastroenteritis, and patients can also have a prolonged period of lethargy and diarrhoea.
It is currently not known if this is a seasonal event, particularly during this period of wet muddy weather or whether a particular infectious disease is involved. It is therefore suggested that affected dogs are isolated from others as a precaution in case it is contagious.
Most cases are usually making a full recovery with symptomatic treatment and support from vets. There is no known risk to people.
s cases away from the waiting room. Although the immune system can usually deal with the infection, we do recommend these cases have treatment to minimise chronic damage to the respiratory system.
You may have heard reports recently of a condition called Alabama Rot. Although still an extremely unusual condition and certainly no reason to keep your dogs from enjoying their usual walks, any strange cuts, grazes or swellings, especially on the feet, tummy or nose, may warrant a precautionary trip to the vets.
What causes Alabama Rot is still poorly understood, but the clinical presentation is however reasonably consistent: skin lesions where no obvious cause can be identified which progress fairly rapidly to life-threatening kidney failure – unfortunately by the time those signs of kidney failure have developed the prognosis is often very poor.
We do know that most cases occur between November and March so hopefully we're approaching the end of the danger season now, but all the rain we've been having recently may not be helping. Until more is known about the cause of Alabama Rot therefore, in addition to looking out for any suspicious skin lesions, it might also be sensible to take a couple of minutes to rinse thoroughly any mud or debris from your dog's legs and tummy after any countryside walks. Avoid using very warm water and scrubbing hard as this will open up skin pores and prevent your dog from licking themselves clean or dry. The entry route of the disease is thought to be possibly across the skin or via the mouth.
Should you have any concerns or questions then please get in touch with the practice.
Tick season is upon us early this year with many dogs and cats already appearing at the surgery with tick burdens.
We have the extra concern regarding the appearance of the European Brown Tick on our shores since the relaxation of tick treatments on the Pet Healthscheme and now the appearance of Babesiosis.
Please ask at the Surgery about tick prevention for your pets. It is becoming more important than ever. Do not trust the non-prescription tick preventatives which can be singularly ineffective!
If your dog loves swimming, you need to be concerned about Leptospirosis or Weil's Disease. This can be picked up from water, from rats and from infected dogs and causes very serious liver and kidney damage which can be fatal.
We have always recommended vaccination against Leptospirosis and as this disease is important in our area, we are now using the newest "Lepto 4" vaccines routinely for all puppy initial inoculations and for all adult dogs. If your dog is a great swimmer, drinks from puddles, loves exploring ditches on farmland or all of the above, we strongly recommend you have two Lepto 4 inoculations 4 weeks apart in the first year, and then an annual booster as usual. Congratulations if your pet is already protected!
Please make sure all your canine friends are protected!
Vaccination: Why is it so important and what are the risks?
Many people worry about the risks of vaccinating and do not perceive the necessity of their pet receiving booster inoculations. Please click the picture below of a puppy with parvovirus to read the whole treatment of the subject by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association). The risks are covered fully along with the risks of not vaccinating your pet. Some of the pictures may make you change your mind about not vaccinating.
Shipston Pet Healthcare Plan
We have been running a Healthcare Plan for dogs, cats and rabbits for several years now to provide the highest quality care, to allow monthly budgeting and to save money!
The scheme is fabulous value for money and allows savings of 25% on routine vaccination, flea and worm treatment as well as giving additional 10% discounts on a wide range of services.
See more at Shipston Pet Healthcare Plan
How to contact us
Shipston Veterinary Centre Ltd
24 West Street
Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HD
Our consultation times:
8.40 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. Monday to Friday
4.30 p.m. - 5.45 p.m. Monday to Friday
Times are variable.
From February 2019, we are offering morning appointments between 9.30 and 10.30 a.m. for a trial period (weekdays except Tuesday)
All consultations at both surgeries are by appointment only
Please note that in emergency out of hours, the same number should be dialled. Listen to the message, then dial 7 to be put through to the Emergency Vet.
News March 2020
We are pleased to welcome back from maternity leave Lou, one of our valued nursing assistants.
Katie has joined the practice in October 2019. We are so pleased to have Katie on the team. She likes cooking and skiing
We are delighted to welcome Julie back to Shipston Veterinary Centre. Julie worked with us for three years before moving to Bristol. She is moving back into the Cotswolds in October.
Julie likes bell-ringing and her Guinea-pigs!
From March 2019, we are starting to run Wellness Clinics with nursing staff at our Shipston site for Cats and Dogs over 8. These are to check for hidden problems in older patients. Finding problems early is the key to health in old age.
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