Black Sheep Vets is a pet veterinary practice in Louth, Lincolnshire.
The practice is owned by veterinary surgeon Richard Carter with Vets Dr Diana Busuioc and Dr Cosmin Antoche, vet nurses Sarah Holesworth and Jo Walton with vet nurse assistants Becky Short, Karla Brown and Chloe Chafer with Amanda Hansley holding the reception fort.
Out-of-hour emergency contact: We are sharing out-of-hour emergency cover with James Street Vets. When you contact us on the emergency mobile number 07956 991959, you may be diverted to James Street for the emergency and have to go to James Street Vets if they are on call for the night or the weekend.
Christmas & New Year opening times:
24th December Tuesday: Closed at 12:00; Emergencies to Black Sheep Vets
25th December Wednesday (Christmas Day): Closed except for emergencies
26th December Thursday (Boxing Day): Closed except for emergencies
27th December Friday: open as normal
28th December Saturday: open until 11.30 am - emergencies to James Street Vets
31st December Tuesday: Closed at 12:00; emergencies to James Street Vets
1 January Wednesday (New Years day): Closed; emergencies to James Street Vets
2nd January Thursday: open normal times
If you are trying to get a vet in an emergency and the mobile has not been answered (driving etc) please leave a message on the mobile number, not the landline - thanks.
We are introducing a savings plan for our patients to cover routine vaccines, flea and worm treatment for the year with a 10% loyalty discount on other work.
This will be a 12 month contract by direct debit.
Prices will range from £13.00/month for a cat (i.e. total £156.00 + £10.00 initial set up fee to make total £166/year, a savings of about £64 for 12 months flea, worm and vaccines) to £17.50/month for similar plan for dog up to 50kg (i.e. total of £210.00 + £10.00 set up = £220.00/year, a savings of about £41 over the year)
This is NOT an insurance so has no emergency cover and is only redeemable against product from this practice.
CHANGES TO OUT-OF-HOURS EMERGENCY SERVICE
The Louth based vets of James Street and Black Sheep Vets have merged the out-of-hours emergency service from to keep a Louth based emergency service available.
Clients will telephone their usual vet in an emergency and be directed to the practice and vet on call. Clients would then return to their own vets once the emergency has been dealt with. At present each practice will continue to care for their own overnight in-patients and this will only affect out-of-hour emergencies in evenings and weekends.
With current delay of Brexit to 31st January, all EU pet passports continue to work as normal. There is a 3 week delay after the rabies vaccine if lapsed or first time before travel. The worming requirements 1-5 days prior to returning to UK are also still in force.
We have been advised by DEFRA that there is a possibility that pet passports issued in UK will not be valid after BREXIT. However as this has been delayed to end January 2020, current EU passports are still valid.
If we leave the EU without a deal, then any travel to the EU will be covered by an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) issued by an official veterinarian (OV) within 10 days of travel.
However as the EU would need proof of vaccination against rabies, a blood test to confirm rabies titre would be required. If your pet was vaccinated more than a year previously, we would recommend a booster vaccination to try get the best chance of passing the blood test.
The blood test would be 30 days or more after the vaccination.
You will only be able to travel 3 months after passing the rabies blood test, NOT THE DATE OF VACCINATION so if you are planning to travel, please be aware if everything goes well, you are still looking at a delay of 4 months!!
Identity chips: All dogs are required by law to be chipped and registered from 8 weeks of age. If you have not updated or have lost your dog's chip details, then contact us to scan your pet to read the number.
PLEASE NOTE - if you have recently taken on a new pet (puppy or rescue) you may need to still change the chip details into your name. This is done by contacting the ID chip company. These details cannot be amended by the vet practice.
Lilies, daffodils, onions and garlic, chocolate, artificial sweeteners (xylitol):
Lilies and cats DO NOT go together and even a brush against the pollen can cause severe fatal kidney damage. If you want to have lily flowers, all pollen parts should be removed before your cat comes in contact.
Artificial sweeteners in chewing gum and toothpaste are highly toxic to dogs and will cause a severe lowered blood sugar resulting in collapse and coma
Onions and garlic contain an ingredient that can damage the red blood cells causing the cells to rupture or age too rapidly so having a puppy finish off the onion soup or a cat chewing off the buds off flowering onions is not ok
Chocolate - the dark or cooking chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. Signs are racing heart beat, salivation, nausea (vomiting/ diarrhoea) and over excited activity leading to exhaustion.
Most dogs will be unaffected by the usual size milk chocolate bar so the advice then will be to give fluids by mouth (milk, water, chicken stock) to dilute further and possibly bring on diarrhoea to clear the chocolate, keeping a check on heart rate, breathing and excessive activity
Black Sheep Vets is the trading name of R F Carter Ltd, Company registration 5832221, VAT 883 1557 02