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New East Barnet Vets Pet Healthcare Plan launched

East Barnet Veterinary Surgery has launched their new Pet Healthcare Plan.

Our Pet Healthcare Plan allows you to spread the cost of caring for your pet throughout the year. It covers your pet for all of their basic health needs, including preventative treatments and expert advice, giving you complete peace of mind.

The Pet Healthcare Plan provides regular veterinary health checks. We will give you advice, support and treatment planning to prevent problems arising with your pet in the future.

The cost of maintaining the general health of your pet is divided throughout the year into monthly Direct Debit payments.

You will also qualify for additional discounts on other items & services in the Practice.

Go to our Pet Healthcare Plan page to find out more.


The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has just launched a video to promote the Practice Standards Scheme. East Barnet Veterinary Surgery are proud to be chosen to feature in this video. A team from the RCVS visited the Practice on 6th January in order to film the Practice for the video.

Around half the practices in the UK are accredited under the voluntary Practice Standards Scheme, which quality assures practices and their facilities. Through setting standards and carrying out regular inspections, the Scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. East Barnet Veterinary Practice is acredited under this scheme. To read more about the scheme & standards required to be accredited go to the RCVS Practice Standards website

Below are some photos taken on filming day

East Barnet Veterinary Practice features in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons promotion for the Practice Standards Scheme


East Barnet Festival Companion Dog Show

East Barnet Veterinary Practice are pleased to sponsor the Companion Dog Show at East Barnet Festival again this year.

The Festival takes place on the 3rd, 4th & 5th July 2015  

at Oak Hill Park, Off Church Hill Road, East Barnet Village, EN4 8JS

East Barnet Festival Companion Dog Show

Kennel Club licenced

Entries from 12.30pm

Just come along and register

Pedigree, non-pedigree and novelty classes

Fee £2.00 per class

(all proceeds go to East Barnet Festival)

Dog Show enquiries 020 8440 5742

Festival Hotline 07071 781745

For more information about the Festival visit www.eastbarnetfestival.org.uk


UPDATE - The team completed the Race for Life and raised about £1,000.00 - awaiting pdate on final figure. See photos of the team below.

On Sunday 14th June, ten members of East Barnet Veterinary Surgery will be taking part in the Cancer Research UK “Race for Life,” in memory of our loved colleague Sharon Harrington, who sadly passed away in April 2014 after a long battle against breast cancer. We thank you for your support and generous donations and promise to share pictures with you from the big day or our outfits!

If you would like to sponser us, please ask at the Practice or go to our Just Giving page.

Staff From East Barnet Vets take part in Cancer Research Uk Race for Life

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That time of the year is rapidly approaching and with Diwali this week and Halloween thereafter we can expect a month or so of intermittent fireworks (here’s hoping for a rainy start to November!). What used to be ‘Bonfire night’ is now  ‘Firework season’.

For advice on how to make your Pet feel safe, we have included a link to the RSPCA website which has an excellent section of general advice on managing pets that are anxious when exposed to fireworks. Click here

We are often asked about medication to help with reducing anxiety during this period. The following information is focused on dogs. Cats should naturally be kept indoors at night during the firework season.

Managing anxious Pets during Firework Season

It is important to differentiate between sedation and the effect of anti-anxiety drugs. The classic drug that has been used for many years is ACP. This is a profound sedative which if given in sufficient doses will make your pet sleepy. However, the effect is unpredictable, with the same dose causing variable responses, even in the same animal, depending on the level of excitation when it is given. .It’s use can often lead to prolonged sedation (>24 hours). It can also cause a fall in blood pressure and so is not safe to use in old animals or those with heart or kidney problems. For these reasons it is also not suitable for use for several days in a row

Our preference at East Barnet Vets is to use an anti-anxiety drug, such as Clomipramine or Diazepam. These drugs do not cause sedation and are suitable for use for consecutive days. They reduce the level of anxiety while still allowing the animal to function normally. However, in some animals they may not be sufficient to stop all excitation. Diazepam is a human drug , that is not licenced for use in animals. However, we have many years experience in using this drug for firework related anxiety. Our preference though is to use Clomipramine (Clomicalm), which is licenced in animals.

Whether using ACP, Diazepam or Clomipramine it is vital that the medication is administered BEFORE the dog is agitated. Ideally the first dose is given at least an hour before the expected start of the fireworks. In the case of Clomipramine the drug is administered twice daily throughout the firework season. Once the dog is already frantic, none of these drugs will have the desired effect.

There are a number of other products which may be of benefit;

Adaptil (formerly DAP); a plug-in device (or Feliway for cats), which releases Dog Appeasement Pheromone which encourages relaxtion. This should be used throughout the firework season. It is undetectable to humans.

Nutracalm – this is a natural product containing B vitamins and Amino acids such as Tryptophan (the amino acid in milk that makes you relaxed – hence a glass of milk before bed), passion flower extract and GABA (a neurotransmitter in the brain that promotes relaxation). We recommend using Nutracalm throughout the firework season  - the best practice is a once daily dose during this period.

Skullcap & Valerian– an old fashioned herbal remedy , largely superceded by the products listed above – still there are some people who swear by it ! This is available at the practice.

Thundershirts  - there is some evidence to suggest that a close fitting ‘coat’ can reduce stress in firework related anxiety. We do not stock these items but there is more information on the Thundershirt website.

Sounds Scary CD – this is a CD  with noise effects which allow you to acclimatize your dog to firework noise (as well as other noise stressors) in a safe controlled environment. Naturally, it is most suitable for use in the weeks or months BEFORE the onset of firework season. I believe this CD (or something similar) is available on Amazon. We have a small number of CDs available at the practice.

If you have any queries about these products or would like advise relating to firework anxiety in dogs & cats , please give the practice a call on 020 8440 5742.

Vetsure Pet Insurance® offering reassuring cover for your pet.

We never want cost to be an issue should your pet require treatment but there is also no doubt that the provision of high quality veterinary care can be costly. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that all our clients consider taking out a good quality pet insurance product.

We promote Vetsure Pet Insurance® policies.  Vetsure is a simple, yet comprehensive, policy range aimed at helping provide reassuring cover for the treatments we offer in our clinics. When you select your policy you can pick and choose from a range of benefits and benefit levels to suit your budget. To further adjust your monthly premium, you can choose from a range of excess levels (£69, £109 or £149).

Many policies on the market offer cover only for a limited amount of time and only a single ‘pot of money’ from which to claim. Vetsure policies are different - if your pet suffers from an ongoing illness, the vet treatment benefits offered will recharge for each condition every year that the policy is in place (provided your premiums are kept up to date).  Furthermore, Vetsure only charge your excess once per unrelated condition. A number of pet insurers charge the excess every year – which can soon make costs add up. If your pet is unlucky to suffer from multiple unrelated conditions in the same year you will be able to claim on each separately - Vetsure claim limits apply to each unrelated condition.

When you make an eligible claim, we are happy for Vetsure to settle the bill directly with us - this means you only have to pay us the policy excess at the time of treatment.


* applicable to all clients taking out their FIRST Vetsure policy for their pet & provided the pet is over 8 weeks and under 10 years of age.

Call 0800 050 20 22 or click the button below for a quote

**Clients signing up for our Pet Healthcare Plan will receive an extra 5% discount on their first years premium of Vetsure Pet Insurance **

Vetsure Pet Insurance