Welcome to the Vale Vets blog, where we will share with you, all our latest news and goings on at Vale Vets 24 Hour Animal Hospital, Portishead
Why spend Valentine' Day with your partner?...when you can spend it with your pets!
We’re often asked whether a new puppy should be taken straight to the vet, but we advise that you should take your puppy home first, and let them settle into their new home. Bring your puppy to the vet within the first week.
We are open as normal today despite the snow but take care if you are visiting us on the roads & pavements!
We have received this lovely photo of Jake who is a Miniature Schnauzer who was was in our hospital yesterday having surgery to remove two lumps & whilst under anaesthetic had a scale & polish! Here he is chilling out at home post op - so cute!
Did you know that we now offer online booking? Pick a day and time that is convenient for you and your fur baby by visiting our Facebook page & clicking on on your mobile, tablet or computer or visit our website.
Meet Betsy the beautiful 3 month old Beagle puppy that came in yesterday for her puppy planner with Danni Clinic Nurse. She was learning to sit for photos in our Reception area while she waited!
When you finish your walk, make sure you dry off your dog thoroughly. Where do they sleep? Is that area of the house warm and draught-free? If not, consider moving their bed to somewhere with better insulation.
The loss of a much-loved pet can have a devastating effect on its owner and family. Our Bereavement Counsellor Hilary holds regular Pet Loss Support Groups...Read Full Story
Vomiting, seizures, depression, struggling to breathe, a lack of coordination? These are all signs of antifreeze poisoning. If you are worried about your pet, contact your us right away.
Meet Ralph who was admitted into our hospital this week for gut stasis after his owner was concerned by him not eating or passing faeces for 24 hours.Read Full Story
Meet Comet the absolutely gorgeous Snow Bengal. He came in to be chipped & castrated today. He was adorable & the Nurse Team loved giving him cuddles
Look at these two bear faces - Ebony & Joy are Pomeranians & came in for a groom at Barks & Bubbles with Annie today. How adorable!
It's Christmas & the Gremlins have caused some technical issues with our diary system today. If you need to book a non urgent appointment please can you call us tomorrow when the issues should be resolved. We are open today as normal including all existing appointments that have been booked. Many thanks, Vale Reception Team xx
If you need any medications or food before Christmas please contact our Reception Team today!
Don't forget to order any food & medication you need this week to cover the Christmas holidays...
Our Practice Manager Katie had a little elf helper at the Portishead Victorian Fayre.
Great job team Vale! Lovely to see so many people enjoying this Christmas event despite the weather!
Create a quiet safe space for your pet this Christmas...
We have braved the rain for the Portishead Victorian Fayre. Come & see us for some mulled wine & mince pies.
Come down & support this fantastic local event tomorrow. The team from Vale will be there giving away goody bags for your furry friends. Pop and say hello & grab a mince pie & mulled wine! All money donated will be going to Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary & Hedgehog Rescue.
Vacuum up pine needles regularly
How would you spend £15? Did you know if you introduce a friend to Vale Vets you can receive £15 off your next visit & they receive a free consultation! Ask Reception for more details...
Are you looking for the 'purrrfect' gift for your pet? Vale Vets Gift Vouchers are available all year round in amounts of £5 & £10 that you can buy for friends & family. These can be used on dog grooming at Barks & Bubbles, food or retail. Ask our Reception team for more information...
Welcome to Shelby the Mississippi Mud Turtle who gets a special shout out as she was our first client to book online using our new online booking tool!Read Full Story
A BIG thank you to the beautiful Rosie & her owner for modelling our new Christmas tree in reception. It was meant to be as Rosie's lead matched our colour scheme! You may recognise Rosie from a post a few weeks ago. Look how much she has grown...
Check out the beautiful Eddie who is Christmas ready...adorable!
Meet the totally gorgeous Georgie from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary who has recently found her forever home. She came in to see Pip our Vet for a post op check after being neutered, how adorable!
Happy St.Andrews Day! Have a most wonderful day...
...no available in amounts of £5.00 & £10.00. These can be used on gog grooming at Barks & Bubbles, food or retail. Ask our reception team for more information!
Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary are asking for donations this Christmas for all their beautiful cats & dogs still waiting for their forever home.Read Full Story
Beautiful Rosie who fell asleep during her first puppy clinic...
Watch Out for Sleeping Cats - Before you get into your car in the morning, give your bonnet a little tap. There may be a cat sleeping under there.
Dotty decided she wanted to help out the Reception team on the desk when she came in for 2nd vaccination today
When walking your dog in the dark, make sure you stay visible to cyclists and drivers. Reflective or high-visibility clothing can help. You could also try attaching a light to your dog’s collar.
Meet the totally gorgeous Jarvis the Border Terrier who came in today to meet Cari our Vet for a healthcheck & vaccination. He had a lot of attention in Reception including treats from Annie our Dog Groomer & a photo-shoot with Katie our Practice Manager while he waited!
Are you looking for the 'purrrfect' gift for your pet then pop in & see our Christmas retail in our reception that has arrived this week....Read Full Story
These three little babies were welcomed to the world at our Portishead hospital this week. The one on the right was delivered by Rob our Head Vet by caesarean section (c-section) while the other two popped out naturally. Mum & babies are all doing well.
Meet the totally gorgeous Teddy & Hettie who came in for their 1st vaccinations today. They were so well behaved in the Reception area while they waited.
Dogs often flee when they hear loud noises so it’s best to keep them on the lead, that way they’ll stay close to you at all times and remain safe. When taking them out for walks or toilet breaks, do so before it gets dark.
Try distracting your pet with their favourite game, toy or food…if they are excited and their brains are occupied, they might take less notice of the fireworks outside.
Try drowning out the sound of fireworks using loud music or other background noise. Distractions also help, so make sure your curtains are closed.
Why not try a therapeutic product? This may take some preparation but if administered correctly, they can really help you reduce your pet’s feelings of stress. Ask your vet for more info!
This is Mythos & Phaedra having their boosters & health checks with us this week. They both kept a close eye on all the humans in the room, then Mythos relaxed on the scales when he realised he was safe!
These beautiful Siberian kittens came in for neutering today, you may remember them from a post a couple of weeks ago when they came in for a health check with Robert our Head Vet. They enjoyed all the cuddles with the Nurse team while they waited to go home.
This stray ferret was found on Blackberry Lane just off of Valley road in Portishead. Please contact us to be reunited.
If your pet seeks comfort, by all means give it as this can help calm your pet. If your dog seeks reassurance, next year work on teaching an alternative coping strategy. So they do not become reliant on human contact when worried.
If you’re strapped for ideas, you can use their crate. Simply cover it with a blanket so your pet can hide and feel safe as they do so. Remember to always keep the door open so they can come in and out as they please.
Say hello to the beautiful Charlie having a cuddle with Jade our RVN. Charlie came in to be castrated this week and is one of the fantastic dogs at Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary looking for a new home. Such a lovely boy we wish him lots of luck in finding his forever home
Meet Max the totally gorgeous Welsh Terrier who is only 7 months old & came in for a groom at Barks & Bubbles this week. He was super chilled & sat with Annie our Dog Groomer at her desk waiting to be picked up by his humans.
Cleaning your pets teeth is really important but it should not be a struggle, you should take things slowly so go at what pace suits your pet.Read Full Story
This is Penny originally from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary but is now settled in her forever home. She came in last week to be spayed. She was a big hit with the nurses especially are Student Nurse Abbie & loved all the attention and fuss.
What a beautiful bundle of Siberian kittens! They all have taken out one of our kitten starter packs which includes their 1st & 2nd vaccinations, their first flea & worm treatment, health check with a Vet, a Nurse clinic every month up to 6 months to check their progress, 4 weeks free insurance & 20% off microchips all for £55.
Hank had an eventful walk to our branch practice in Pill yesterday for his booster vaccination. He ended up falling down a small cliff & being rescued by the Green watch team at Avon Fire & Rescue Service. His plan failed as he ended up having his vaccination - just 2 hours late!
...who was rescued from Romania and adopted by her new mum this year, it was love at first sight for them both
...who came in to collect their new harnesses this week. The colours suit them perfectly! A photo was a bit difficult to capture but we got there in the end
This is Minnie who came in for a vaccination this week & left with a tiny pink Perfect Fit Harness. She is a whopping 1.04kg and is a very unusual colour for a chihuahua- grey and cream, how sweet!
...a beautiful 4 month old Pomeranian who has her second puppy session with Annie at Barks & Bubbles yesterday. She proved quite a hit with the Vale team & there was a queue for cuddles!
This is a very sleepy little cutie who has just had his 1st vaccination! We hope he doesn’t grow into those ears. His name is the same as a character from the American Pie films...Stifler!
She came in last Wednesday & was found near the Methodist Church in the High Street in Portishead & we've posted on Facebook to help find her owners. Please HELP so we can reunite...
Danni our Senior Clinic Nurse welcomed three at last nights puppy party. Thank you to Otto the German Shepherd, Barney the Goldendoodle & Trixie the Cockerpoo for attending with their humans
This is Zak who visited us from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary today & he decided to perch between our two Receptionists Cydney & Hayley. He wasn’t disappointed with the attention he received!
We are closed for routine appointments but remember should you need us for an emergency we are an RCVS approved veterinary hospital & our team of friendly vets & qualified nurses are available 24/7, with around the clock on-site care.
Just a rescue kitten having a bath! Happy Caturday!
This is Violet making her Facebook debut having cuddles with Cydney our Receptionist! She is a very cute 9 week old Labrador who came in for her first visit with our Nurse Kay & also had her 1st vaccination with the Vet this week. What a cutie!
This is the totally gorgeous 4 month old Billie checking out our food shelves & making sure everything has been licked clean He is a Shih Tzu Jack Russell Cross & he has found our Natures Range food. Natures Range is a high quality, competitively priced pet food & if you are a member of our Pet Health Club you can get every bag at cost price! Ask our Reception team for more info...
This poor little chap was found in the woods near Pier Road in Portishead yesterday. We are estimating he is around 8-10 weeks old but was definitely in need of some by our Nurse team. We are looking for his owner please contact us on 01275 847400 if you can help.
Meet Shadow & her 5 kittens from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. One of her kittens needed a bit of encourage to feed so Meg our Nurse has been giving them lots of love & attention during their stay with us.
Vale Vets are supporting the You're #TopDog - Dog and Owner Water Safety Swim at Portishead Open Air Pool on Sunday 30th September.Read Full Story
This is the beautiful Mitsy & her kittens who came in at the weekend from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary to be cared for by our Nurse Team as one of the kittens had an upset tummy. After some fluids & TLC they are all back at the sanctuary so if you are thinking of a new addition please consider adoption.
Check out this gorgeous Schnoodle who came in to see Annie at Barks & Bubbles yesterday...what a beauty!
Daisy just popped in to see our Practice Manager Katie following her groom with Annie at Barks & Bubbles. That face though...
Here is the totally gorgeous Taylor a Old English Sheepdog saying goodbye to Gemma as it's her last day today. Gemma has been a member of our Reception Team for the last year whilst training towards a new career in the beauty industry. We wish her every success for the future & she will be greatly missed. She has promised to pop in & visit the team regularly (hopefully with snacks)!
Our summer promotion is full of heart! Early identification of heart problems in dogs can lead to much better outcomes. Please call 01275 847400 for a FREE heart check for your pet.
Tony will be on a special mission over the summer & will be going on walks all over Portishead taking in the sights. Every Tuesday Tony will be posted at a landmark in Portishead. The challenge is to guess where he is by commenting below. No prizes it’s just for fun, hope you enjoy!
It's not everyday you find a Ferret in your bin! Our Receptionists took this surprise call yesterday. Luckily due to social media he was reunited with his owner pretty quickly!
A white faced cockatiel called Luna flew away on Monday 2nd July from Clevedon She has a pale grey/Brown colouring. She's not tame so please if anyone sees or hears anything of her could you contact Charlotte on 07715 345561or Vale Vets.
Beryl from Hedgehog Rescue North Somerset brought in this little fella who had managed to catch it's leg in a rat trap. We X-rayed it & luckily it's not broken so he is going back for some cuddles & care with her before being released back into the wild.
...who is almost 5 months old. He came in to see Leah our Head Nurse for a puppy planner appointment. An adorable little chap & can't wait to see him again soon.
This is Juniper wearing her sun hat so her little head doesn’t burn. How do you keep your dog cool in the heat?
Today businesses across the UK like us are welcoming their dog loving employees into the workplace, along with their loyal four-legged companions all in the name of charity. This is Fergus helping out in the hospital today. If your dog went with you to work today we would love to see a photo.
How will you be spending those extra hours?
Meet the totally gorgeous Peanut who came in for his first puppy session at Barks & Bubbles yesterday to get him use to the sights and sounds of the dog groomers. Our next available appointment is the 25th June if your dog needs a groom!
Meet the totally adorable and chilled out Daisy, a 5 month old Cockerpoo who came in for her first full groom and enjoyed some pre pamper cuddles with our receptionists. We have some grooming availability left in June so feel free contact us to get your pooch booked in.
This is the totally gorgeous Pelle the Papillon who came in to be castrated last week. He was very chilled & was quite happy following his op to snooze here in the hospital for as long as possible & have cuddles with the Nurse team
We are running free rabbit wellness clinics until the 16th June. These clinics will include health checks, free nail & bum trims of your fluffy friend if needed & a chance to ask our Vet or Nurse team any questions. if you would like to book in please contact our Reception Team.
We have had a young female cat brought it. She is a semi long hair, black & white cat found at a stable yard on Norton's Wood Lane. No chip or collar please contact us if you think she may be yours.
This is Henry who came in for a post op check last week. He was castrated due to prostate problems & then had a bad reaction to the medication. He is feeling loads better & here he is chilling out in the consult room seeing our Vet Sophie demonstrating his best puppy dog eyes & trying to convince his humans to take him home!
It was lovely to see Guinness, Thor, Franklin & Peanut attending our puppy party last night all totally gorgeous!
This talk is presented by behaviourist Rosie Bescoby of Pet Sense – dog, cat & rabbit behaviour & will be looking at how to introduce a new dog into a household with an existing dog, communication & interactions between co-habiting dogs, dynamics within a multi-dog household, human interactions & management considerations...Read Full Story
Congratulations to Prince Harry & Meghan. This is George one of clients who is already in the party mood!
We are closed today for routine appointments but our Portishead Hospital is open 24/7 for emergencies should you need us...
Our Vet Marta met Lola this week and it was 'LOVE' at first sight! Lola is a Dogue De Bordeaux & is just 3 months old. Here she is just chilling out on the Consult table for Marta...
Alfie visited Ann at Barks & Bubbles for a pampering session this week & he is now Bank Holiday ready! All we need now is some sunshine...
HAPPY STAR WARS DAY!
Check out the totally gorgeous Pippin who came into Barks & Bubbles & saw our dog groomer Ann yesterday for her first big girl haircut! She has had puppy sessions to get her use to the sights & sounds of the groomers so she wasn't scared
The loss of a much-loved pet can have a devastating effect on its owner and family. Our Bereavement Counsellor Hilary holds regular Pet Loss Support Groups. Here you will meet people who have gone through or are going through a pet bereavement & you can chat informally over a coffee. There is a session tonight, just turn up no appointment necessary. They are all held between 7.00pm - 8.00pm at our Portishead practice. If you would like more information please call the practice & ask to speak to Hilary.
Meet Cailin the beautiful Border Collie who came in for a dental today. She had lots of cuddles from the Nurse Team post surgery & has now gone home with a lovely gleaming smile at 11 years old (70 in human years)
We now sell specific rabbit, guinea pig & tortoise seed mixes. Have some fun in your garden this year & produce some healthy greens for your pets!Read Full Story
...to all the runners in this years London Marathon - you are an inspiration to us all
BARKS & BUBBLES DOG GROOMING APPOINTMENTS Does your dog need a haircut or bath ready for summer? We have some appointments available with the team next week. Give us a call to book in! Call Us Today 01275 847400
This is Alfie who was in for a weight check today with our nurse Jade. He has hit his target weight of 30kg from 39kg!! This has taken super hard work & dedication by him & his humans - Well done Alfie you totally deserve that rosette & certificate!
Black lion head, female spayed rabbit & microchipped. Missing from Carice Gardens in Clevedon off Tutton way by the river bank. Please call us with any sightings or if found.
Meet the totally gorgeous Daisy who came in for her second puppy session with Ann at Barks & Bubbles today. She was so chilled out & really enjoyed cuddles whilst being brushed.
Meet Rango a 3 month old Cockapoo who came for a puppy session with Annie at Barks & Bubbles today. These sessions are so beneficial as they get puppies use to the sights & sounds of the dog groomers ready for their first haircut. He popped in to see our Practice Manager Katie for a cuddle on the way down to reception before being fitted for a Perfect Fit Harness so he is ready for lots of new adventures with his humans!
This is the totally gorgeous Biggles a Cockapoo who came in on Wednesday for castration & to have a baby tooth removed. Our Nurse Abbie took him for a quick comfort break walk then he promptly fell asleep in her arms. He came back in today for a post op check & he is already back to his bouncy self.
Meet the very handsome Gus who is one of our regular clients. He is a very special dog & has made such a big difference to his human owner who is deaf...Read Full Story
Waking up early & remembering its a Bank Holiday...
We hope you have a very relaxing Easter…but remember should you need us we are an RCVS approved veterinary hospital with a team of friendly vets & qualified nurses who are available 24/7, with around the clock on-site care. We operate our own out of hours’ emergency cover, meaning you will always have a ‘Vale Vets’ Vet with all your pet’s details & history to hand, just when you really need them. 7 Days a Week 24/7
If you are planning some muddy walks this weekend why not book your dog in for a groom after Easter. We currently have some free slots with our dog groomer Ann on Tuesday 3rd April.
...to turn your clocks forward this weekend
First day of spring - Woo-hoo!!!
Message for our clients who visited our Portishead practice yesterday a mobile phone was found in our Reception. Please call us if you have lost one!
This is 9 week old Sky a Rottweiler X Husky who looks like a little teddy bear! She enjoyed having cuddles with our Receptionists Gemma & Cydney. To see how cute...Read Full Story
Whether you are a Mother to a furry, feathered or scaly baby (or a human baby) we hope that you have a very special day!!
Meet Boots an adorable puppy who came in for his first puppy planner with our Nurse Jade this week. Very curious & totally gorgeous, we can't wait to see him at the next one!
It is that time of year again when we get ready to wake up our tortoise friends. This year our Vet Emily Gover will be holding two evening clinics to check over your tortoise(s) after their hibernation which are on the following dates...Read Full Story
This is the beautiful Lindi who came to our puppy party this week & met Kay our RVN who gave her humans lots of hints & tips to help care for her. We have recently redesigned our puppy parties to include lots of practical tips for new puppy owners. Ask our Reception team for more information...
Our Pill branch is closed today but our Portishead Hospital is open as normal & is staffed 24/7. Please put your safety first when deciding whether to come in or not. Also please remember to wash your pets feet when they come back in the house to wash off salt & possible antifreeze used by the gritters.
Just to let you know we are open & are here 24/7 for any of your pet emergencies. The Vale team have cleared the car park & salted the paths but more snow is expected this afternoon so please do take extra care.
Watch out for grit: Grit used on roads and pavements can make pets ill. Bath paws or clean with wet wipes if they come into contact with it
Meet Rodney a Bedlington Terrier Cross Cocker Spaniel or ‘Cockerton’. It was his first visit for grooming at Barks & Bubbles with us today. Ann our groomer said he was absolutely lovely & looks forward to seeing him a his next pampering session.
Vale Vets are super excited to donate a prize to the fab team at Cycling for such a good cause. There are still places left on the 'Big Burn' find out how you can get involved below & good luck to Sean & the team!
Common Toads are very particular about where they breed & often migrate back to their ancestral breeding ponds each year. They follow the same route, regardless of what gets in their way, which sometimes leads to them crossing roads. This little chap was found on the Portishead to Clevedon road & spent the night here having a bit of TLC before being released into a toad friendly area on the nature reserve.
This is an X-ray of a 2 week old puppy. You can see how far the bones have to grow before they become a proper bony joint! We advise new puppy owners not to over exercise their puppy due to concerns about joint disorders such as hip and elbow dysplasia.Read Full Story
Love is a FOUR legged word!
Bev our Insurance Administrator had a lovely thank you from a client today
A pic of Norah with her brand new PerfectFit harness. A woofy thank-you to everyone who helped me choose. Love Norah x
This means she has extra toes. In Phoebes case she has an extra toe on each paw. Polydactyly is a congenital abnormality which is genetically inherited & is harmless. The gorgeous Phoebe came in for a spay today & gave us a thumbs up on her way out!
This is Poppy & Oakley the Cavachons who came in together for their first groom with Ann at Barks & Bubbles yesterday. They went home looking gorgeous & smelling fabulous. Their humans were happy as they took advantage of our '20% off all dog grooms' in February offer...
We are offering 20% off all dog grooms at Barks & Bubbles this month. Contact our Reception team to book an appointment! 01275 847400
We are lucky enough to support a local hedgehog charity so get to see lots of gorgeous hedgepigs.
This is Missy the totally adorable Bengal X Maine Coon kitten who paid us a visit yesterday & had lots of cuddles with our Reception Team!
We are offering 20% off all dog grooms at Barks & Bubbles for the whole month of February, contact our Reception team to book an appointment! Call us today 01275 847400
This is the very pretty Tiggy who was in for a spay this week having a cuddle with Amy our Nurse post op.
Do your four legged friends need a much needed bath or groom? Appointments available on Friday this week with our team - call us to book in!
Meet the gorgeous Twiglet who came in to be castrated yesterday. Here he is recovering post op in our recovery kennel having lots of love & attention from our nurse team!
Loki and Gabriel came in to be neutered this week. What a gorgeous pair! Originally from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary now living in their forever home with their very lucky humans!
Daisy, Bertie & Lulu 7 weeks on from their emergency cesarean
...7 weeks on from their emergency cesarean
...a beautiful Siamese who came in today for a free pre neuter check with Danni our Nurse. Such a lovely kitten who loved exploring the consult room.
Give your canine companion a Valentine’s treat at a FREE family dog school run by Dogs Trust. Suitable for families with children aged 5+. Places are limited so booking is essential. This will be held at the Avonmouth Community Centre on Tuesday 13th February (2.00om - 3.30pm). For more information or to book your place please contact: BristolDogSchool@dogstrust.org.uk or call 07393 140406 All children remain the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s). Dog and People friendly dogs only please
BS21 has been sent a flyer saying there is Cryptosporidium in the water. This can cause diarrhoea and fever in humans. It is species specific but they have been advising boiling water for humans & pets. If your pet has diarrhea please don't worry this should resolve within 24 hours. We still recommend boiling water. However if the diarrhoea persists or your pet is a very young (under 4 months) or elderly/immune compromised please call for further advise/treatment.
Stray neutered male cat (under 2 years old) has been brought into our Pill branch. Microchipped but not registered. We are looking after it in our main hospital in Portishead. Please share to help find the owners!
Is your dog in need of a post holiday bath or a trim? We have two grooming slots available for Wednesday this week - please contact Reception to book!
Check out the totally gorgeous Edward a Welsh Corgi who came in for a groom today. Total hit with staff just look at that face!
Wishing all our clients & their beloved pets a happy & healthy 2018! From all at Vale Vets xxx
There are many charities out there which specialise in rehoming cats of all ages and breeds which means finding the right cat for you may be easier than you think. We provide veterinary support for Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary.Read Full Story
We still have some places available for tonight's FREE talk. If you are interested in knowing how to support your pets during the firework season join us at 7.30pm at our Portishead practice. Please book you place by emailing email@example.com
Dog grooming appointments available this week! Call our Reception team to book your Barks & Bubbles pampering session for your dog.
Meet Dima, Lana, Georgi & Zhenya who are beautiful Siberian kittens who came in for their Kitten Starter packs with Robert our Head Vet today...adorable!
This is Dottie the gorgeous Wheaten Terrier who came in to be neutered today. She is now home sleeping in her human brothers Teepee rocking a very attractive medical pet shirt! This is an alternative to a buster collar to protect wounds & is designed on the animal’s shape & anatomy with a snug fit.
Meet Dusty! He has been missing since June & his humans had given up hope. They were so pleased to be reunited with him. Thanks to everyone who shared...
Meet Killian who came in for a health check with our Exotics vet Emily today. After a quick fly around the consult room he soon settled, had a nail trim & is in top condition!
Last minute cancellation! We have a Barks & Bubble Grooming Appointment available today at 3.30pm. Please call our Reception team to book!
Say hello to Oakley & Poppy two gorgeous Cavachons who came in to see our Head Nurse Leah today. Oakley is due to be castrated this week so came in for a free neutering check ahead of his Op
...who came in for her first vaccine this week. She reminded the Reception team of Toto from the Wizard of Oz!
...who came in for a puppy session at Barks & Bubbles to get him use to the groom room sights & sounds ahead of his full groom. He reminded us of a very cute Ewok!
This is Tony who belong to our Head Nurse Leah! We would love to see pictures of your fluffy companions on our facebook to celebrate...
This is Betty the Cavachon who came in for her first vaccinations today. She was so chilled she fell asleep in our Receptionist Gemma’s arms!
PAMPERING SESSION FOR YOUR DOG? We have an additional dog groomer joining our Barks & Bubbles team in September. To celebrate we are offering new grooming clients 20% off their first full groom. (*Offer valid until end of December 2017 can be used once for each individual dog on first groom only)
Have you heard? Due to popular demand we have a new dog groomer joining our Barks & Bubbles team! Ann Graham will work alongside our existing dog groomer Annie Ross. Ann is an experienced dog groomer & trained at the same college as Annie & holds a Level 3 qualification. Ann will have appointments available from the 5th September so please call Reception to book a slot for your pooch!
This is Fubar who came in for his 1st vaccination today & was so chilled with our Vet Pippa...
Sometimes when you are feeling poorly a tasty treat & TLC can really cheer you up. We are growing tasty herbs & greens for our inpatient bunnies to keep them eating & enjoying their time with us. We are running FREE rabbit health checks & bunny bum trims this Saturday to keep your bunnies happy & healthy, & also crafting boredom busting toys on the lawn.
This little guy is what we believe to be a Vole & was brought in to us at the weekend after being found in someone's garden with a sticky substance covering his mouth & front feetRead Full Story
This is the delightful Delilah & her 5 kittens from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. They are currently all staying with us in our hospital while Mum gets over a tummy bug. They will be going back to Holly Hedge shortly but the nurse team have loved having them to stay!
Due to client demand we are looking for an experienced dog groomer preferably with a City & Guilds Level 3 qualification to join our groomer at Vale Vets Animal Hospital in Portishead.Read Full Story
This is Rigby the Miniature Schnauzer before and after his groom today here at Barks at Bubbles with Annie. He is 11 months old & you can't resit having a cuddle!
WE DID IT! ALFIE HAS A FOSTER HOME! and hopefully for much longer too! Thankyou so much for the amazing response and to Emma who has taken him under her wing (see gorgeous photo below) We have others needing so will be in touch shortly to everyone who messaged about other possible fosters.
Biggest ever UK vet study into ticks checked nearly 7000 dogs across the UK...and found almost 1 in 3 had ticks. Please check your pets for ticks and use tick protection to reduce the risks of tick borne disease transmission. Please talk to us about tick protection and learn how to become familiar with tick protection and removal methods
Bella is a 2 year old Chihuahua who has been visiting Danni our Senior Clinic Nurse in Weight Clinics. She was overweight at 2.9kg & needed to get down to a more healthy weight of 2.6kg which she has managed to do in just 2 months. Bella's owner did a fantastic job of cutting out a lot of treats as well as feeding her a more suitable diet.
Beautiful Eddie belongs to our equally beautiful receptionist, Julie. He came in for a dental last week as he had some gingivitis associated with tartar build up on his teeth, he had a couple of small teeth removed & the rest scaled & polished under anaesthetic. Julie says he is like a new cat at home, back on the dry food again already & loving life. It's amazing the difference a pearly white smile can make!
Thanks for helping on our stall patch!
Fantastic day at Portishead SoapBox Race 2017! Great to see so many people support St Peter's Hospice & the teams made such an effort & were very brave!
Vale Vets are sponsoring the Portishead SoapBox Race 2017 today. Please pop & see us to get a free goody bag for your dog or cat. Also the weather looks good so we will have refreshments on hand for any hot pooches who have come to watch the action!
This is Harry who came in for his booster today with Pippa, she fell head over heels with his handsome chops & was convinced he had a bit of Norwegian Forest Cat in there somewhere! We have a feeling he may have had his photo taken before judging by his effortless pose
Squeaky Beak was in today for investigations for an ongoing abdominal issue. To help her relax and settle, we gave her anesthesia via a mask. She chatted away to staff while recovering & was able to go home the same day. She is a very well loved chicken & will get pride of place on the couch today before returning to her flock.
Our Practice Manager Katie couldn't resist a cuddle! Rocky is a totally adorable miniature Yorkshire Terrier who had been visiting Barks & Bubbles for a groom!
Meet the gorgeous Bleu who came in for her kitten starter pack. Cydney our Receptionist couldn't resist a cuddle!
This adorable little chap was found all on his own by a member of the public & was brought in to us. The Nurse Team have been keeping a close eye on him before he was collected yesterday by Secret World Wildlife Rescue. They have a few other ducklings that were picked up in the area so they will all be put together until they are ready to be released.
...who had a groom at Barks & Bubbles today. Teddy's breed is a Coton de Tulear who originated on the island of Madagascar & is related to the Bichon Frise and the Maltese. They earned their name in part from his unique cotton-like hair, which is very fine and dry to the touch.
Betsy came in & had her summer cut yesterday & she is so much cooler...she is loving it! She is a Pug Bichon X - check out her before & after shots following her Barks & Bubbles session!
We have had a very exotic day today! This is Cream the rat and Bambam the piggie, Emily our exotics expert operated on both of them & they were the perfect patients.
Meet Terrance! A few weeks ago some children found a Tawny Owl in the lake at the Lakegrounds. We are currently rehabilitating him so he can go back into the wild with the help of a bird expert & our Veterinary Care Assistant Liz. He has made really good progress & is starting to fly & search for food.
Starting today & running until 30th June, Emily our Vet will be offering free rabbit wellness clinics with the help of our fabulous Nurse team providing health checks, free nail & bum trims! Please contact our Reception team for more information. Emily will also be answering questions & demonstrating rabbit friendly toys at our Open Day on the 25th June.
We are proud to be sponsoring the Portishead SoapBox Race 2017 & our raceday banners have arrived! Thanks to Your Final Vinyl in Portishead for printing them they look fab!
A BIG thank you to Teacup Mosaics who have donated this beautiful handmade dog hook as a raffle prize for our Anniversary Party & Open Day on Sunday 25th June. All proceeds will go to Cats Protection Weston-super-Mare & District, Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, Hedgehog rescue & Secret World Wildlife Rescue who will all be attending on the day. Raffle tickets are 50p each & are available from our Reception team...
Do you have a rabbit that is chewing everything?? Are they a avid digger? Are they not getting own with their hutchmate? Please come to our Open Day on June 25th to quiz our vet, Emily & learn how to make fun toys and diversions for your rabbit. We are also offering free health checks for rabbits from June 14th to 30th at Portishead and Pill to celebrate Rabbit Awareness Week, sponsored by Rabbit Welfare Association Fund.
...who won our 'Pawsome' colouring competition in aid of Cats Protection. They will be receiving some lovely vouchers to spend!
Check out the totally gorgeous Jackson who came in for a groom. He was a complete angel for Annie who reluctantly gave him back to his humans!
Bring along your broken soft toy teddy bears to our Anniversary Party & Open Day on the 25th June (12.00pm - 4.00pm). Our Vet Fiona will be the dedicated surgeon on hand to stitch them up & send them home as good as new!
Vale Vets are celebrating 10 years of being in our current premises by holding an Anniversary Party & Open Day on Sunday 25th June (12.00pm - 4.00pm) which is open to all! We have lots planned on the day for all the family including a chance for children to win these new Jellycat cuddly pets!
We received a lovely update from one of our clients whose chinchilla Gizmo sadly passed away & left their other chinchilla Gadget rather lonely. He now has two new playmates Baymax & Buzz. Here they are cuddling up & they have all settled in really well. We really love to hear updates on your pets that have visited us so please continue to send these through to the team.
We would like to invite our clients with rabbits to join us for Free health checks to celebrate the Rabbit Welfare Association Fund's Rabbit Awareness Week.Read Full Story
We are delighted to have 'Pet Photography Sessions' available with Graham G Parker at our Anniversary Party & Open Day on Sun 25th June (12.00pm – 4.00pm). It costs just £5 per pet which includes one 8” x 6” print of your choice. Discounted extra images also available if required. Just turn up no booking necessary. Anyone who has a Pet Photography Session on the day can be entered into our 'Vale Vets Pet of the Year Competition'! The winner can choose from a free dog groom at ‘Barks & Bubbles’ or 4kg Bag of Royal Canin Lifestage Food.
Bobby is a 9 year old Border Terrier and started coming to weight clinics in Feb 2016 when he weighed 13.3kg. This week he has achieved his target of 10.3kg. His owner is really pleased and says he is definitely feeling the benefit of the weight loss because he's acting like a puppy again!
We are open as normal today - 8.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday and Monday will be for inpatients and emergencies only, please contact us on 01275 847400 if you need us.
The Vale staff are delighted to say that our 'Pawsome' afternoon tea raised just over £170 for Cats Protection last Friday. Thanks to everyone who donated to such a good cause #PawsomeTea
Amy Woolnough is our most recent addition to our Nurse Team here in Portishead she originally joined us as a Veterinary Care Assistant but has now moved to a student nurse role...Read Full Story
Hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday sun! We are closed today for routine appointments but our nurse & vet team are on hand for inpatients and emergencies, please contact us on 01275 847400 as normal if you need us.
Rebecca Evans is a second year nurse student due to qualify in September & works in practice full time while attending college one day per week.Read Full Story
What a fab day at the charity dog show at the Hall & Woodhouse, Portishead meeting lots of gorgeous pooches & their owners supporting Together for Short Lives...Read Full Story
We are delighted to be supporting the Hall & Woodhouse, Portishead today at their Annual Charity Dog Show raising money for their nominated charity Together for Short Lives.Read Full Story
Congratulations to our Nursing Manager Leah who took part in the Muddy Dog Challenge with her Tony. Our staff sponsored her & she raised £190 in aid of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
This is little Spike who is just about to turn 17 years old! He's completely blind & came in for a dental last week, he was super brave and we all fell in love with him. He was in today for his post op check after multiple extractions & it's all looking good
A BIG thank you to all the staff who helped put on our afternoon tea event & also those who baked in this hot weather! All money raised will go to Cats Protection. A special thank you to our two practice cat advocates Fiona & Sammy for encouraging us to take part! PawsomeTea!
Just a reminder that we are hosting a Paw-some Afternoon Tea event at our practice tomorrow. The feline fun-filled afternoon is in aid of Cats Protection Weston-super-Mare & District. The Vale Vet Team are having a bake off so please pop in to try one of our baking delights & make a donation! There will also be some kitty goodie bags available to buy made by our very talented Student Nurse Sammy-Jo and resident cat advocate!
Meet the totally gorgeous German Shepherd Bran who is training to be an assistance dog for his family. He is only a few months old but already showing he is a very quick learner. We look forward to hearing how his training progresses.
This is Henry he has been attending weight clinics with our nurses for just over a year. It's been especially tricky as Henry has dietary sensitivities so was not able to go on a specialised weight loss diet but he has made it! He originally weighed 18.2kg but has managed to get down to 16kg & is now a healthy body score of 4. Henry's owner is really pleased with how well he has done and he is now feeling a lot more active which will certainly help with his budding agility career!
This is 'Rocky' a miniature Yorkshire Terrier who has been in for cuddles and a groom with Annie at Barks & Bubbles!
Join us for a Paw-some Afternoon Tea at our practice on Friday 26th May. We are hosting a feline fun-filled afternoon in aid of Cats Protection Weston-super-Mare & District. The Vale Vet Team are having a bake off please pop in & support us!
Our Veterinary team work closely with a lovely lady called Beryl Casey who does a great job looking after lots of hedgehogs in the area & often funds medication and vet bills herself. Beryl has looked after hedgehogs for more than 20 years. If you would like want to know more about hedgehog rescue please visit http://www.hedgehog-rescue.org.uk/
We had two very special visitors today in the cattery. Gypsy was in for a dental so her playmate Boo came in to keep her company & offer moral support. These two characters both belong to our student nurse Sammy-Jo & have enjoyed seeing Mummy at work today!
She is a Flemish Giant & was in having some treatment in our hospital. Her owners originally found her wandering the streets on Bath & re-homed her. Now she is a very happy house rabbit & likes nothing better than cuddles with the humans!
We love Easter and we love rabbits but please remember that rabbits are there to be loved all year round. Like all pets, rabbits need regular care and commitment. Please help us spread this important message...
Every year we treat dogs for chocolate and raisin poisoning. Clinical signs depend on the amount and type of chocolate ingested. Most common signs are vomiting & diarrhea, increased thirst, panting or restlessness, excessive urination, & a racing heart rate. In severe cases, muscle tremors, seizures, and heart failure can be seen.If you even suspect that your dog has eaten any quantity of chocolate or raisins then please call asap to get advice and seek treatment.
Friday 14th April – Emergencies Only | Saturday 15th April – 8.30am - 4.30pm | Sunday 16th April - Emergencies Only | Monday 17th April - Emergencies Only | ...please remember that our Portishead Hospital is open 24/7 for emergencies.
This is Freddie before and after his bottom trim today. As you can see he is very relieved! As the weather gets warmer it becomes increasingly important to check your bunny-bottoms to make sure they are clean and dry to reduce the risk of attracting flies.
Check out the gorgeous Prim who is just over 2 months old. She was a real hit with our new Receptionist Rachel who couldn't resist a cuddle!
This little chap spent the weekend in our hospital after being found with a touch of sunstroke. Those of you that visit the Lake Grounds in Portishead regularly may recognise this goose as is often found parading the sea front! Our Nurse team have been taking good care of him and he is now safely back enjoying the sea air!
We had a real life celebrity in the house this week! This is Puff aka 'the dark Lord'. She almost lost her eye due to a nasty ulcer but with a little sass and a lot of eye drops she is fully healed now and back to ruling the galaxy. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook at www.facebook.com/thedarklordseesyou
Emily our Exotics Vet has been running her post hibernation clinics this week for our tortoise clients. This is Graham. He is single and ready to mingle. Very active already since hibernating!
Check out Henry who has spent the morning having a pampering session with Annie our Dog Groomer. He is now summer weather ready!
Check out Hugo mid groom! He has been giving Annie our Dog Groomer lots of cuddles & kisses today!
Congratulations to the beautiful Elsa that won our Red Nose Day competition. She popped in today to pick up her prize. Apparently she loves the crocodile treats the best so is excited to be taking some home as part of her goodies!
Brian the bunny came in today for treatment for an infected wound. Luckily his new Lycra body suit helps to cover the wound and keep it clean. We think he looks fab, he seems to enjoy wearing it too!
Happy Red Nose Day! We are raising money by selling raffle tickets to win a luxury hamper for you & your pet. Pop in & see our Receptionists if you want to take part!
We are taking part in Red Nose Day 2017. Staff will be dressing up on Friday & we are raising money by holding a raffle for a chance to win fab hamper for you & your pet! See our lovely reception team for more information. Please give generously to this great cause...
This is Lola the ferret waiting patiently in the waiting room to be checked over by our Exotics Vet Emily...
Check out Willow in her funky headgear! She came in to see us with an ear hematoma which occurs when blood accumulates in the flap of the ear. She has had it drained & after a few days of looking fabulous she can shed the head scarf!
Do you know we offer practice tours of our surgery? The tour will take you around the hospital, including the kennel room, cattery, prep room and operating theatres with one of our nurse team. Whether you are thinking about registering with us and would like to know more about what services we offer or if you are an existing client and haven’t had a tour, please feel free to contact us to arrange a convenient time.
At our Barks & Bubbles dog grooming salon we offer puppy sessions giving them a positive and gentle introduction to the grooming environment with lots of cuddles. Hester came in today to meet Annie & was introduced to all the sights and sounds getting her ready for her first pampering session.
We got visited by a luck dragon this week! Meet the gorgeous Dexter a Goldendoodle who came in to be castrated yesterday. Here he is chilling out with Michelle after his Op!
Meet gorgeous Bertie the Cockerpoo who came in for his groom with Annie today.This was him showing off his new cut before he went home!
We have a very special guest at the moment - meet Eric! Cari our vet has adopted this little chap from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. He has been in for castration this week and Cari is really excited to be taking him home later today.
Meet the totally gorgeous Wilma who came in to be neutered today & looks totally awesome in her medical pet shirt. The Medical Pet Shirt is a alternative to a buster collar (lampshade) for protecting wounds and bandages. The design is based on the animal’s shape and anatomy with a snug fit as result. Leah our Nurse couldn't resist a post op cuddle.
Our Reception Team had a lovely surprise from the children of Lakehouse Nursery (we look after their Bunnies). It is 'random act of kindness day' today so they bought in some lovely flowers & chocolates for us, in return we gave the children some of our Vale dog & cat stickers which they were thrilled about.
Check out gorgeous Stella from Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary keeping warm while she waits for her her neutering operation. The Nurses totally fell in love with her xx
We had the pleasure of treating the gorgeous Jill here at the hospital. We hope she finds her forever home soon so she can spend her senior years in a relaxing & calm environment. xx
Made In Bristol news visited our Portishead practice last week to interview Hilary our Bereavement Counsollor. If you go to 3 minutes 20 into the programme that’s when the Vale story starts!
Meet the totally gorgeous Bee who came in for his Puppy Starter Pack yesterday. He is a Whippet x Bedlington Terrier & the Reception Team adored him! We look forward to seeing him grow over the next few months when he visits our Nurse Team for regular check-ups...
Meet Lola the Shih Tzu x who came in for a puppy check this week. She posed beautifully for the camera for Katie our Practice Manager! Looking forward to seeing her again soon...
Congratulations to our Vet Cari who has been nominated for a Petplan Award. Cari has been with us for 2 years & has recently won a staff award for her support in practice so we are so chuffed she has been recognised by clients as well.
Meet Elvis, a pug who's enjoying a new lease of life. Elvis has a degenerative spinal condition, which means he has been slowly losing the use of his back legs. Now with his new set of wheels, he's back to his old super-speedy self!
Meet Rubble the beautiful French Bulldog who came in for a check up with our Vet Michelle today and was a real hit with the Reception team!
Meet the gorgeous Kitty who was in our hospital on Friday being castrated. He was a big hit with the nurses despite constantly tipping up his water in his deluxe kennel!
Check out Lilly, Jake & Ashley who are all ready for Christmas!
Check out Lilly, Jake & Ashley who are all ready for Christmas!
This is Henry the Miniature Schnauzer who was in for his Christmas groom today! He has asked us to remind all our clients to order their medication & food by the end of tomorrow if you need it over the Christmas period....
Lovely evening at the Christmas Victorian Fayre. Thanks for everyone who came & visited us. Also Tony says thanks for all the free hugs!
Looking forward to seeing lots of our lovely clients & their pooches at the Portishead Victorian Evening tonight. The Vale team will be outside Muse on the High Street. Come & pick up some mulled wine, a mince pie & treats for your cats & dogs. We are also running some Christmas competitions so make sure you stop & say hello!
Meet Bramble the Cockerpoo who was in yesterday with Annie our Dog Groomer. She a real soft spot for him as he loves nothing better than a cuddle in between cutting!
Our staff pets are getting ready for Christmas? We would love to see photos of your pets feeling Christmassy!
These three little ones are examples of "autumn juveniles". These were likely born in late summer but are too small to hibernate safely this year. Ideally they need to be at least 450g for a safe hibernation. We are helping out Mrs. Casey, the Hedgehog Lady, as she has had a sudden increase in little ones to care for just before Christmas. If you see any hedgehogs out during the day, or little ones at night, please try to contain them safely in a small box for transport as there are many rescues equipped to help them through the winter.
Christmas has definitely arrived at Vale Vets. If you want to pick up a present for your beloved pet take a look at our retail when you are next in!
Meet the totally gorgeous Rafa who attended our puppy party last night. His training was coming on really well thanks to his humans & was very keen on the bath in our Barks & Bubbles groom room!
Wednesday was puppy cuddles day! Meet the gorgeous Bella the Shar Pei
Wednesday was puppy cuddles day! Dexter the Cairn Terrier getting to know our Reception Team before their vet checks.
We are fortunate at Vale Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusuastic staff.