A Trip to the Vets

As an animal owner a trip to the vets is not normally something that I look forward to because it usually means that there is something wrong with one of my dogs. However, this time it was very exciting! I had been invited to go along to Cherrydown Vets in Basildon, Essex to spend the day taking photographs to be used for their new brochure and website.

Having had pets for many years I have been a customer at many vets and would highly recommend Cherrydown to any one that lives in the surrounding areas. It’s a big, bright, clean and friendly practice and the staff really care about your furry friend(s).

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Cherrydown is led by Director Jonathan Nurse and he is backed by a dedicated team of vets and nursing staff. In fact they were winners of The Good Vet Guide, Vet of the Year in 2014!

I had a great time meeting all the lovely characters that arrived for appointments thought the day. This two were just adorable. Not to mention the cuddly Cockerpoo puppy featured above, he was not lacking in volunteers for cuddles!

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All the animals regardless of if they were waiting for an operation out the back or waiting for a consultation in the waiting room were happy and relaxed.

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Cherrydown guarantee to be there for you 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year. Staff are on site to care for your pets, so it’s 24/7 at Cherrydown.  This care is not offered by all vets. Its is very comforting knowing that there is someone with your pet all the time. The staff take the time to greet the owner and pets and it was lovely to see that after operations the nurses were giving advise to each owner on how to care for them at home.

I was lucky enough to be invited to take images during some of the operations. I even got to gown up!  Obviously this was important as hygiene in the operating rooms is very key.

Working in low light conditions was a challenge, no flash was used for any of the images. This may have frightened some of the pets and would have been very distracting for the vets. I also spent quite a lot of time stood on chairs to get an elevated view of what was going on.

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Advice on all types of pet care and health is freely available in a friendly environment and there is plenty of room to allow separate areas for Cats and Dogs. I always feel sorry for the cats going into small surgeries that have dogs staring at them in their cat baskets!

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Another advantage is there is an outside area for a leg stretch of for doing the things that often need to be done and relaxation.

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A busy and enjoyable day and as you can see the images were put to good use. The brochure really nice and full of useful information for existing and new clients.

I would like to thank Cherrydown for allowing me to share what they do with you.

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Pet Tip – Comfy Collar

I am sure you have all either experienced or seen a pet after and operation with a cone collar on to stop them licking or pulling at a wound after surgery or something being treated. Well apart from how ridiculous they look, lets face it, they are not particularly comfortable for you pet either.

I just had my 10 month old castrated and was given the cone collar. He was showing a lot of interest in the wound so he had to have it on, but he was so miserable. I didn’t take a photo of him but for the first day he sat with his head bowed down looking completely miserable when he had it on so I took it off and had to keep a close eye on him and stayed with him over night. Summer dogs_0176Looking very unhappy that he can’t reach his toy!

My brother is the Practice Manager at a vets in Basildon, Essex and said that they use a comfy collar which are much nicer and give them to clients after surgery. I looked them up… Wow what a product. I would advise any pet owner to order one of these and have it in the cupboard just incase. Its fantastic. You just blow it up, its light and the dog can still eat, drink and doesn’t bang in to doors constantly like they do with a cone! Comical as that is for a while! They do get used to the other cone but if you have to leave them for any time, they can not drink with it on or chew a chewy or play with a toy.

Summer dogs_0175He certainly looks happier here!

What the Manufactures say. www.comfycollars.co.uk

Comfy Collars are used as an alternative to the traditional lampshade collar, to reduce the stress suffered by cats and dogs that are recovering from surgery or minor injuries.

Unlike the elizabethan collar (also known as the e-collar, ecollar, buster collar, surgical collar or space collar) the comfy collar does not restrict the field of view, so your dog or cat is less likely to bash into furniture. It is also much easier for them to see and reach their food bowl. If you’ve ever seen a dog or cat trying to eat whilst wearing a lampshade collar you will know just how difficult and stressful that can be!

Each comfy collar has an outer layer and a separate inflatable inner tube, with a velcro fastening strap on the outside edge and fabric hoops to secure against your pet’s collar on the inside edge. The top-up valve can be accessed through the outer layer and pushed in so that it stays flush. There is also a zip on the outer layer for easy removal of the inner tube.

I came home today to find my dog quite happily asleep in the kitchen using the collar a pillow.. he must have been happy as did not hear me come in, or the three kids in the background, playing the keyboard and being generally noisy!

Summer dogs_0177I will be getting a larger one for the cupboard just in case my other dog needs one. Don’t wait until you do need one as it takes a few days to get one delivered!

Thank you for reading my post. They are also good for cats.