Hello! Welcome to the Abivale Veterinary Group Blog. We're here to keep you up-to-date with all the latest happenings at Abivale Veterinary Group...
...sometimes even we are surprised by the severity of arthritic change we find on an x-ray! This middle-aged dog came in for assessment as he had been slowing down and had some reduced range of motion in his elbows. The first x-ray is of a normal elbow, the second x-ray was his elbow!
Today is definitely a duvet and DVD day. Have you got a furbaby enjoying a snuggle today? Share your photos below so we can all enjoy the cuteness!
Some very exciting changes are coming to our Abingdon branch! Works have started today and we anticipate it to continue for 2-3 weeks. We are open as usual, just with a modified layout. Thank you to all of our customers for your understanding during this time. We can't wait to unveil our new look reception and consultation rooms in the coming weeks.
This beautiful girl was handed in to us late last week. She has no microchip or collar with an estimated age of 4-5 years. Unfortunately we haven't been able to get any further details about where she was found but the rescuers had been taking care of her for 2 weeks so she likely has been missing for some time longer than that. If you have any information please contact us at our Abingdon branch 01235 524777.
Sunday selfie time! Show us your pet's best selfie - visit our Facebook Page...
It's been a very busy week at our Wallingford branch but we are nearly finished! Thank you to all of our Wallingford clients for being so understanding and accommodating during these refurbishments. Wallingford will be back open as normal tomorrow while we finish the few final touches. We can't wait for you to see and enjoy the finished product!
Relaxing along the Thames! What are you and your furbabies up to?
- the 2nd of our finalists. Is he your number 1 pooch? Make sure you like and share his photo to get him to the top position. Voting closes this Friday.
- he is one of our finalists in our photo competition. Is he your number 1? Start liking and sharing Beau in to the top position. Voting closes this Friday so get voting!
Voting for our Pets of Summer Photo Competition closes tonight so if you haven't voted for your favourite you better get in quick. It's as easy as liking and sharing your favourite photo.
helping mum in the garden! What are you and your furbabies up to today?
- an energetic boy who is always on the go! Whether it's summer time or not, you just can't keep him out of the water. Is this our winner? Just like and share to vote him in to the next round.
Do you or someone you know own a rescue pet? We would love to feature their rescue story in our upcoming 'Pet Adoption Awareness Month' feature. Please email us at email@example.com with details of their story and some photos.
- our smallest entry with the biggest personality! Tortilla loves relaxing and enjoying all the delicacies summer has to offer. Do you think Tortilla is our winner? Make sure to like and share the photo.
swimming! What are you and your furbabies up to today
- a lady of leisure who enjoys the finer things in life. She always has an even balance of her favourites - sleeping, eating, and sunbathing. Should Lola be our winner? Just like and share her photo to get her in to the next round
- a man with many tastes. He enjoys running fast through the long grass but also takes his time to stop and smell the flowers. Do you think Cooper is our winner? Be sure to like and share his photo to get him in to the final round.
- an adventurous little guinea pig who enjoys exploring the garden on a lovely sumer day. Named after the delicious chocolate with the same name and he is just as sweet! Do you think Cadbury is our winner? He is counting on you so make sure you like and share his photo to help him get to the top.
Does everyone remember this pretty little girl who arrived on our doorstep at the start of the week? We are happy to announce she has settled in very well at the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary and gave birth to her kittens today.
Cute puppies still make us go all gooey inside! Barney came to visit us this morning for his first vaccination. He was so relaxed that we had to wake him up to examine him!
Did you know that one pile of poop can contain over 1 million roundworm eggs?! Some parasites our pets carry can cause nasty diseases in us as well. The good news is, regular worming treatments can avoid this, so make sure all your family members are protected.
...enjoying the sunshine while it lasts! What are you and your furbabies up to today?
enjoying the sunshine while it lasts! What are you and your furbabies up to today?
It's going to be another hot one today so please keep your furbabies safe!
Have you entered our 'Pets of Summer' photo competition yet? Well why not??? Entries are open until June 30th so email your photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org All terms and conditions can be found on our website.
It's another beautiful day in paradise out there but please be careful with your furbabies in this heat! Make sure they have plenty of water, avoid exercising them during the middle of the day, and remember not to leave them in your car - even if it is just to quickly pop in to the shop. If you need any advice on keeping your pets cool in this weather please give us a call at any of our branches and our staff will be more than happy to help.
A beautiful 9-week old puppy named Fern. She was the perfect patient for her first vaccination and we can't wait to see her back in 3-4 weeks for her booster. At the rate she is growing, we wonder if we will still be able to pick her up for cuddles.
Bloo made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge last week and the Abivale team will miss him dearly. His dad wanted to share this picture of Bloo enjoying one of his favourite activities - helping dad write by warming his laptop for him. All of our furbabies fill such a special place in our hearts and our lives. Our thoughts are with Bloo's family during this sad time.
Are you planning on taking your best friend with you for your summer holiday? Don't forget pets also need passports for any international travel. Our staff can help you with all of your pet passport needs, just give us a call at any of our branches.
Something tells me she's not quite ready for it to be Monday again.
He came to visit us at our Abingdon surgery yesterday to have his first vaccination. Needless to say he was promptly passed around every staff member for some serious cuddles. He was so brave for his vaccination and we can't wait to see him again in 3-4 weeks for his booster.
Meet Diesel - he came in as an emergency a couple of weeks ago after an unfortunate accident left him with some very serious injuries to a very sensitive part of his anatomy (we will keep it at that as we don't want to embarass the poor fella). As you can see he has now made a full recovery and is back enjoying all of his favourite things. Thank you to Diesel's mum for the update - it really brightened our day to see him back to his playful self!
Sundays are for... sleeping, always sleeping! What are you and your furbabies up to today?
Did someone say long weekend? We hope you have a fun and safe bank holiday. If you need us, we are at the end of the phone 24 hours a day on our usual number 01235 524777.
Do you have a photogenic pet? Abivale is having a 'Pets of Summer' photo competition and we would love to get as many of your furbabies involved as we can. Just email your photos to email@example.com and tell us your pet's name and a few details about the photo. We will post more details about the competition and prizes in the coming weeks so get those cameras out!
Is it Monday already? Just another 5 minutes mum.
Sundays are for... bath time! What are you and your furbabies up to today?
A very excited Molly popped in today to collect her prize for winning our Millet's Farm Dog Show Competition. Molly (with some help from her mum) guessed the correct number of treats in the jar. Now she has the difficult task of deciding treats or toys first!
This month's display board is showcasing our lovely team of veterinary nurses, as May is veterinary nursing awareness month. Check out this website for more information on a career in Veterinary nursing
Golden Oldie alert - 20 years old and still looking like a puppy! Our older family members need some love too so share some pics of your babies who are enjoying their golden years.
Happy Birthday little one! This little girl was born this morning via caesarian and both mum and puppy are doing great. Not all labours go to plan, so if you have a pregnant dog or are planning on breeding, give us a call at any of our branches for advice.
The cat is out of the bag! Abivale Vets are excited to announce the introduction of a dedicated night service - Abingdon Emergency Service. This means we will now have a dedicated team of vets and nurses on site 24/7. This an exciting new venture for Abivale Vets and is great news for South Oxfordshire.
When patients need an anaesthetic it is very important to avoid their temperature dropping. That's why we use this device called a bair hugger. It blows lovely warm air around our patients keeping them toasty and warm.
You guys guessed it - it was a ball! Sometimes you have to ask 'why on earth would they want to swallow that?!'
Introducing... Star! Star is a 9.5 year old greyhound who came to visit us today for a dental procedure. As most people know, greyhounds are a gentle and loving natured breed and Star is no exception. Let's show this boy some love !
What are you and your furbabies up to today?
Molly and her mum Ellie! Just comment on this photo or we will call you tomorrow to organise collection of your fabulous doggy hamper.
Who else is excited for the weekend?
Teddy came to visit today for castration and we could not help but give him cuddles. If you have any questions about neutering your pet please give us a call at any of our branches.
Today was Meera's first visit to the vet. Visiting the clinic can be a scary experience for some, but a few delicious treats from our receptionist Mandy made everything much better.
The long weekend has come to an end... Who else has exhausted babies?
What are you and your furbabies up to?
Our Wallingford branch had the pleasure of vaccinating and microchipping these beautiful Labrador puppyies before they went off to their forever home
We love Easter and we love rabbits but please remember that rabbits are there to be loved all year round! They are very cute and sweet but, like all pets, need regular care and commitment. Please help us spread this important message!
Another lovely display raising awareness of potential dangers at Easter. Please remember Hot cross buns and Chocolate eggs are NOT for dogs!!
But please remember to keep all those yummy treats out of our pets reach, as many of them are poisonous!! Every year we treat several dogs for chocolate and raisin poisoning. It's all too easy at this time of the year for our pets to find that unattended Easter egg, or hot cross buns left in easy reach. If you suspect that your dog has eaten any quantity of chocolate or raisins, or any other toxic substance that you see on this months display board, then please call Abivale vets immediately to seek advice and get treatment.
Every year we treat dogs for chocolate and raisin poisoning. It's all too easy at this time of the year to find them chomping away at that shiny looking easter egg or to snatch that sneaky hot cross bun from off the counter when your back is turned! If despite your best efforts you even suspect that your dog has eaten any quantity of chocolate or raisins (accidents happen!) then please call asap to get advice and seek treatment.
These two beautiful rescue budgies came in to have their beaks and nails trimmed; they were called Esla and Arna, but it turned out they were male, so went home called Bert and Ernie!
We're going! Are you? Millets Farm are putting on another of their fantastic fundraising dog shows; look out for the Abivale stall where we will be doing pet nail clippings and dental checks for only a few pounds each- all proceeds to charity. We will also be judging one of the classes - hope to see you there!
The cone of shame, the lampshade, buster collar...... whatever you may call it, we've all had this battle with our pets haven't we?! We know it's for the best but they don't always understand do they? Who has a lampshade picture that they want to share with us today on our Facebook page?
Whether you are a Mother to a furry, feathered or scaly baby (or a human baby of course!) we hope that you have a lovely day :)
As it's national puppy day we thought it would be a great excuse to ask you all to share your cute puppy pictures with us on our Facebook!
Spring has sprung at Abivale!!..New month.. new display, and Fleas and Ticks are are all over this!! Remember to treat your pets regularly to avoid infestations. Ask at any of our branches for advice on products available
We always appreciate a thankyou but these kind words have really made us all feel special
Always nice when you get a special thankyou just for being us!
With the temperature set to take a chilly turn this weekend, please take a minute to read through our cold weather advice to keep your pets safe and snug:Read Full Story
It's that time again... First of a new month and a new display for reception - lots of love and hearts of course, but most importantly raising awareness of pets giving blood.
Merry Christmas! From the Abivale Team...
t's not everyday you get a Christmas Pony at Abivale... Tyrion the super cute Shetland pony definitely stole the hearts of Abivale staff. He was very lucky to be rescued by the Blue Cross and now lives with the lovely lauren, who also works for the charity helping the rescued horses and ponies, and dressing as an elf in her spare time!! We love a happy rescue story at Abivale
Today is Christmas jumper day and we at Abivale are collecting food donations for two animal charities, Cats Protection League and Oxford Animal Sanctuary... All food donations are welcome - please drop off at any Abivale branch
We are feeling very festive at Abivale, with our display board showcasing photos of clients and staff pets, all dresses up for christmas!!
Don't forget about our Senior Client Clinics at our Kennington branch on a Monday and Wednesday! Visit our website to see what discounts you could get as an OAP
Well it must be the 1st December...that means Christmas displays are in full force!! Please remember this time of years brings lots of hazards to our pets - mostly in the form of foods. This display clearly shows all the hazards from Chocolate, to Christmas cake, poinsettia plants and many more. If your pet consumes any of these items then call your vet immediately.
Something to make you smile on a wednesday..How cute is this little man staying with us today..looking very toasty in his hat and jumper
In honour of Halloween we thought it would be good for you to share your photos of your black cats with us on our Abivale Facebook. Black cats are sadly overlooked in most rehoming centres but we don't know why - we love them
This handsome boy has found his home thank you Lisa and the powers of facebook we love a happy ending
It's nearly that time of year again and the waiting room display is up...bonfires and fireworks!! Please remember to look after all pets and keep them safe and happy, but to also remember the wildlife, especially the hedgehogs that may be nesting in your unlit bonfire piles. PLEASE check them before lighting!!! For any other information on helping your pets cope, please contact Abivale for advice
STOLEN!!! from local boarding kennels on Saturday 1st October. She is a much loved family pet, and totally unsuitable for any breeding or coarsing. She is a Saluki cross lurcher, cream in colour with tan ears, 7 years old, spayed and microchipped. Please keep and eye open, and if anyone finds her please take her to your local vet or contact the police,
Check out this SUPER CUTE puppy called Rigsby..He came in for his 1st vaccination as part of the puppy package, and to meet everyone at Abivale
Dare we say it but Firework Season is not far away and now is the best time to start using various treatments including pheremone plug ins as these can take time to work. If your cat or dog suffers with Firework Fear then call us now to discuss what you can start doing to help make sure that your pet is as relaxed as possible this year.
This is Buddy an Eclectus parrot who was brought into Abivale after a member of the public found him being stalked by her cat in the garden!!...Thankfully he had a lucky escape and was reunited with his owner, who had reported him missing to ourselves 4 days ago!!..Buddy had been on a bit of an adventure..but we love a happy ending
On bank holiday Monday super vet Anita organized a Abivale BBQ jam packed with food and games such as the egg spoon race, water balloon catching, three legged race and a blind folded obstacle course built up with dog agility jumps from Tanya our receptionist we all had a brilliant day and the sun was shining. A few of our dogs were also enjoying the day with free run of the garden and a paddling pool which was emptied on many occasions by the typical Labrador who loves water! We as a team care as much about each other as we do your pets, a lot of the time we are working under pressure and there's times we could cry from sleepless nights to long busy days but we will always come out smiling because we all put 100% into our jobs and we LOVE IT!!!!!
This amazing lady Liz has been at Abivale for an astonishing 30years she started off downstairs as a nurse and is now the practice manager and a brilliant one at that! She not only manages EVERYTHING but she's also a friend to us all we would not be without her and I really hope the florist that you received today and the congratulations have shown you how loved and appreciated you really are. We could not be without you here's to many more happy years together as an amazing team!!! X
This gorgeous girl 'Bella' came in today to be speyed she is just over 5 months old and very petite but is super friendly and she had all the nurses at her beckon call even hand feeding her she was re-named princess
...they came in today to be castrated and are just the cutest. These two cats have been rescued from cats protection and are confident happy cats!! If you are looking for a friendly healthy happy cat rescue centre's should be your first port of call as they appreciate loving/forever homes ask your local vets for the nearest rescue centre or Google will always be able to give you an answer!!!
This is 'Beau-bear' he came in today to be castrated as he is going traveling around Europe with his owners so with getting him neutered he can run free and enjoy life to the max! As you can see he is incredibly handsome and loves a cuddle here he is cuddling student vet nurse Sophia avoiding going into his kennel I think he would prefer to be carried around for the day ❤️ we love you 'Beau-bear' be good and enjoy life you lucky boy!!
This is Cassie who is an 8 year old Labrador. Cassie's weight was starting be a big problem. Weighing in at her heaviest of 37.25kg. But with hard work and dedication from Cassie's owner she now weighs in at 29.60kg. That is a total loss of 7.65kg . She is a lot happier and enjoying her walks more. Well done Cassie you look like a super doggy-model!
Our judge has decided that his favourite photo is the one below. Could our winner please contact Lowri at our Abingdon branch to arrange collection of their hamper
Brought in by a member of public after bring found unable to fly..Our lovely vets and nurses are taking extra special care of this beautiful bird..and I'm sure he will make a full recovery after a bit of TLC
She has been in our hospital for 8 days and is finally going home today. The entire team will miss her talking but are so happy to get her back home to her family.
...a little stray Baby Bunny snuggled up on the dog's toy!! Super cute!!
We're sure everyone is enjoying the lovely hot weather but please take a moment to make sure that your pets are able to enjoy it too!
Jack came to visit us today for his castration. He was very brave and had lots of cuddles from the vets and nurses.
Have a great day but remember to keep the chocolate and hot cross buns to the humans only!
This beautiful 10 week old Labrador cross puppy came into our Wallingford branch for her 1st vaccination..she was such a brave girl.
We are fortunate at Abivale Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusuastic staff.
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary services for you and your pets, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.