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🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞 Its HOT HOT HOT! If you have a routine appointment booked for today please be aware that the clinic is extremely hot in the waiting room, not to mention the travelling and waiting in the car for your appointment. We understand if you would like to cancel your appointment for another day, especially if it is for routine consultations. If you have animals that are particularly susceptible to the heat such as cats, rabbits and flat faced dogs, but do need to visit us, then please consider bringing water with you, placing ice packs wrapped in towels in baskets to cool the area and cooling the car before you place your pet inside. 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞 ...

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Every year, the equine team will look after a number of really sick foals, where referral to a hospital facility isn’t possible. In those cases, we literally do our very very best, even if it means sleepless nights and very long days for our vets, Equine nurses, yard manager and yard staff. Over the next few days we will share stories of foals, who, without our amazing team and with a special nod and hats off to our equine nurses, wouldn’t be here today.

Everyone, meet Moose. Moose just turned two this week! He’s the handsome fella on the left side of the photo! He’s also the wee foal on both right hand side photos which were obviously taken, 2 years ago!

Moose, is an Irish Sport horse, whose mums lines are Sire Cavalier Royale with grand sire Cor de la Bryere. Moose was, one could say, a rather large foal when he was born, and particularly leggy- and because of this he wasn’t able to nurse fast enough after birth and subsequently didn’t get the all essential colostrum.

Moose was rushed to our clinic after he was born, weak and unable to get up. He was dehydrated, had no suckle reflex and a few tests later showed he urgently needed a plasma transfusion. That’s what you can see Moose having in the bottom right photo. A plasma transfusion requires skill, time and excellent monitoring due to possible anaphylactic reactions- we monitor their heart rates, breathing rate, gum colour and their temperatures every 5 minutes for the duration of the transfusion and we never leave their side. Mum is sedated so she doesn’t fret to see baby handled by people. Our amazing nursing student Ben can be seen in the bottom photo taking Moose’s Vitals And Louise, our yard manager who is always hands on is letting moose wake up in her lap, cosy, under a pile of blankets to keep him warm.

Moose was then fed his mums milk by way of a stomach tube for multiple days until he was strong enough to stand up and we got him feeding off mum again. This is always the biggest relief!

That wasn’t quite the end of Moose’s woes, as the first day he was strong enough for a walk and fresh air, he was clearly feeling better and managed- we still don’t know how- to fracture a few ribs! Extending his hospital stay and giving his poor owner a few more grey hairs- as if she hadn’t been though enough already!

We hope this shows you the happy side of our hard work, and the dedication of our fab nurses. Stay tuned for some more foal stories this week!

And thank you to Moose’s owner- for letting us share his story- we still look after Moose and we love seeing him grow!

Good evening to you all,

Your Catley team
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Evening ladies and gentlemen,

We have recently had an influx of baby birds brought into the practice so we thought, in the spirit of nurse appreciation month- what better than to give you an insight into what saving and rearing a bird looks like prior to release.

👩‍⚕️ hand rearing baby birds is extremely difficult and although it can be very rewarding it is fraught with complications

🌡 type of feed, frequency of feeding, temperature they are incubated at, strict hygiene and feeding technique have to be perfect for success

🦢 baby birds need to be incubated between 33-37 degrees and they must then be weaned off the heat slowly

🥘 incorrect diets can lead to deformities, lack of feather growth and sadly death

🐦did you know goldfinches (pictured below) need feeding every 15 minutes to survive? How about that for amazing nurse commitment!

🦅 fun fact- our nurses are so dedicated- that when they are hand rearing baby birds or any other animal come to that , they tend to look after their babies during every break they get and then all night at home- now that’s taking work home with you!

🌳 the birds will then spend time in a flight, learning how to fly- building up muscle mass to give them the best chance once they are released

If you find a baby bird, we would like to invite you to read the handy chart below- it will help you make decisions and give advice on what to do!

Finally, it is pertinent to highlight that The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 states it is against the law to:

-“All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence (with certain exceptions)
-Intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird.
-Intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.
-Intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird.
-Intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird”

Thank you amazing nurses for the hand rearing miracles you perform !
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Did you know May 2020 is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month? Here are some cool facts you may not know about our amazing Veterinary nurses!

🐶 here at Catley we have 9 registered veterinary nurses and 2 veterinary nursing students

🐱 we wouldn’t be able to practice veterinary medicine without these amazing ladies and men

🐴 our vet nurses are highly skilled professionals, from anaesthesia to surgical assistants, from running laboratory tests to radiography, from being your animals advocate and best friend during their stay with us, our nurses go above and beyond every day! And that’s only before lunchtime!

🐠 it takes 3 years to train as a veterinary nurse and registered veterinary nurses must also do continued professional development (conferences!) to keep up to date with the latest technology and best medicine

🐯 nurses are always in the background (usually running around with dozens of pens, scissors and tape in their pockets!) of our daily lives and deserve to be recognised for the amazing work they do!

🐎 our nurses are often hidden away in surgery, kennels, pharmacy and stables so you may not know how much of a vital role they play, we shall be going into more detail over the next few weeks!

🦁 being an RVN is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle, a life long commitment and we are grateful for these amazing people who are the backbone of our team every day!

If any of you have nice stories and fun facts to share about our nurses, please do!
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