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New members of the East Barnet Veterinary Practice Team

We are pleased to welcome 2 new members to our team:-

Katy graduated with Rachel from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. She has worked in small animal practices in Sheffield, Surrey and Luton and joined the East Barnet Vet Team in 2014 as maternity cover for Sam. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice but hopes to specialise in surgery once she has completed her post-grduate certificate.She has two black Labradoodles that live at her home in Yorkshire.

Sam lives in Enfield with her boyfriend Andrew. She has previously worked in a Vets and loves working with animals. Her greatest experience was swimming with dolphins in the wild in New Zealand whilst travelling for 3 months. She doesn't currently have any pets but did have a Syrian hamster called Gwen.

Sam Yeats - Receptionist


Katy Wragg - Veterinary Surgeon

East Barnet Veterinary Practice hold a McMillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 26th September, we took part in Macmillan’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ event in memory of our friend, and colleague, Sharon. Many donations were made in exchange for our home-made cakes, and coffee which was kindly provided by Ludo’s next door. Of course, we didn’t want our furry friends to miss out on all the fun, so we also had some goody bags full of treats on offer. All the staff contributed to the event, whether by baking or by eating the cakes! We would like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event, whether attending appointments or just passing by. Your generosity was very much appreciated and we are delighted to say that we raised a total amount of £215.63.




Adventurous Dragon finds home with Practice Nurse

We were surprised to be presented with an unusual stray which had been found by a startled member of the public in Oak Hill Park. Fortunately, we were able to locate the owner of the Bearded Dragon who came forward to claim her pet. The lizard  named 'Chicken'  had escaped from a nearby house. Imagine our surprise when 'Chicken' reappeared at the practice, courtesy of another member of the public, a month or so later, having decided to make another escape attempt. After making contact for a second time 'Chicken's' owner decided that it might be better to find a new home for 'Chicken'. One of our nurses had become very fond of her during her stay at the practice and has decided to take her home . For those of a timid disposition, we are able to confirm that despite being a 'Dragon',  'Chicken' posed no danger to the public during her time at large - she is approximately 12 inches long and has a sweet disposition (unless you are a locust!).

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.

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Eve 8.00am - 2.00pm

Christmas Day/Boxing Day - Closed

Saturday 27th December/Tuesday 30th December - Usual Opening hours

New Years Eve 8.00am - 5.00pm

New Years Day - Closed

Our 24 hour Emergency Service will operate as usual throughout the holiday season. Telephone 020 8440 5742



IMPORTANT potential hazards to Pets over the Christmas period

We would like to urge all pet owners to watch out for potential hazards around their home to avoid an emergency visit to the surgery this Christmas. Traditional treats, such as chocolate and tinsel, are very festive, but owners should be mindful of the damage and harm they can cause. Please Click Here to download the British Veterinary Association advice on all the potential hazards so you can keep your pets safe this Christmas.

The most common problems we treat as emergencies over Christmas are caused by pets eating chocolate or dried fruit.


Chocolate contains a harmful chemical called theobromine. The amount of theobromine present depends on the quality and type of chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more theobromine than milk or white chocolate, so a dog would only have to eat a small amount of dark chocolate for it to have an effect whereas white chocolate would be less harmful. It mainly affects the heart, central nervous system, and kidneys, causing agitation, hyperexcitability, tremors, convulsions, and heart disturbances.

Raisins, grapes, sultanas & currents

These can all cause kidney failure, although the quantity that can cause problems is variable. Some dogs can eat large quantities and have no problems, whereas others have gone in to kidney failure after only eating small amounts. Whether your dog has eaten a whole Christmas pudding, or just one raisin, it is a good idea to have them checked over by a vet, just in case!

In an emergency, please telephone 020 8440 5742

The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) operates 5 rehoming centres across the south of England. The Hertfordshire centre is on Tylers Way, Watford by Pass, Watford, WD25 8WT, Tel 020 8950 0177

We at East Barnet Veterinary Practice have had links with the National Animal Welfare Trust for many years and have been providing veterinary services to the Watford Centre since 2008. We are proud to support this particular Charity in their role as a rehoming centre, especially because of the extraordinary lengths they go to to ensure that unwanted pets find a loving home.

NAWT is asking for your help this festive season to make Christmas for some of the animals in our care as special as yours.

Please join us in supporting the National Animal Welfare Trust this Christmas


On Fri 27 Feb we received a call from a member of the public about a Muntjac deer caught in fencing in Hadley Wood. On arriving at the scene we found a young male deer stuck fast in the fencing along the railway line. We sedated the deer and with the help of some railway workers who were working nearby we were able to release the deer from the fence. The deer was transported back to the practice where it was x-rayed and its wounds were treated by Rachel and Laura.

Fortunately we were able to release it back in the woods later that afternoon; Muntjac deer do not respond well to hospitalisation, hence the reason we released him so soon as his wounds were only superficial.

We are grateful for telephone advice from the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) at Trent Park. We rely on the WRAS for long term treatment of wildlife casualties that are brought in to the surgery; after initial treatment the animals are taken up to the Trent Park Centre. The WRAS are dependant upon public funding, please visit their website www.wras-enfieldwildlife.org.uk For for an interesting trip why not visit their centre in Trent Park?

Thanks are also due to the Fire Brigade who attended to help the deer, fortunately we were able to release it without their help.

See our video below of the deer being released.

Muntjac Deer rescued and treated at the Practice

East Barnet Veterinary Surgery nominated for the Petplan 2015 awards

We are delighted to be nominated for the Practice of the Year Award in the Annual Pet Plan Veternary Awards 2015.

Returning for a 16th year on 9th April 2015, the Awards recognise members of the veterinary profession who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in their daily roles. Petplan is inviting pet owners across the UK to nominate members of their veterinary practices who they feel are deserving of one of these coveted Awards.

Petplan's Acting Head of Marketing, Ingrid Wakefield commented: "At Petplan, we hear from our customers every day about the exceptional care veterinary staff have given to their pets. The Veterinary Awards provide an opportunity for Petplan to show their support for members of the veterinary profession who go beyond the call of duty in their role, and for pet owners across the UK to say thank you to the veterinary staff who have helped them and their pets.”

Last year Petplan received more than 12,000 nominations, with every nominee receiving a certificate of recognition for their hard work. To read more about the Awards, Click Here



We are very pleased to welcome back Vet Sam Yungrise after her Maternity leave. Sam gave birth to her beautiful son Ori on 25th June 2014.

Sam will be working part-time at the Practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings

Wecome Back Sam!