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We are qualified in veterinary medicine. If you have any concerns with your pet then contact us to make an appointment. We also offer nurses consults on preventative healthcare, nutrition and behavioural issues.

Consulting times
9.00am - 10.00am
and 2.00-7.00pm
by appointment

9.00 am - 12.00 noon
by appointment

01623 555460
01623 555865

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Welcome to Thompsons

We are pleased that you have found our website and hope you enjoy looking through the pages. Whether or not you have been to us before or visited our website, we hope to give you some idea of who we are and where we are located. Enjoy the website - the photos, seeing what goes on ‘ behind the scenes’, reading the information/news and we look forward to seeing you soon.

We are based at Etwall House, on Alfreton Road.

- Antifreeze and Pets - Do Not Mix

This is the time of year when antifreeze products are starting to be used for our cars. These contain ethylene glycol, a substance notoriously dangerous to cats but also a poison for dogs causing severe kidney toxicity. The clinical signs if a dog ingests this substance can start within minutes to hours and include ataxia (wobberly walking), vomiting, seizures and increased drinking and urinating. Very sadly this week, this poison has been seen as the suspected cause of death of three dogs, in one family. Ethylene glycol poisoning in dogs was also on the front page of the Veterinary Poisons Information Service newsletter, which highlighted the sooner the antidotal therapy and iv fluids can be started after ingestion the better the outcome.

Congratulations to Jen

The most recent addition to our nursing staff, Jen has become a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). All of us at Thompsons are delighted to have another RVN join our team. Jen's training has taken her many years of hard work at College and at the Practice to then pass her exams.

She has now started to run puppy clinics and weight clinics for registered pets - appointments can be made in the usual way via Reception.

If you do have any concerns about your pet's health in-between our opening times, please call our dedicated out-of-hours service VetsNow. The VetsNow clinic is easy to reach in Alfreton. They can always give you free advice over the phone. The phone number is 01773 688192.

Microchipping Pets

Microchips are an effective way of permanently identifying a pet.
A rice grain sized chip is implanted under the skin.

We recommend to microchip cats as well as dogs. In case they get lost or are involved in an accident it helps the local council, RSPCA and vets to reunite you and your pet as quickly as possible. From 6 April 2016 microchipping became compulsory for all dogs. Part of the new legislation means, when purchasing a puppy that animal should be microchipped and recorded on a database that is compliant with the new regulations by the time it is eight weeks old (unless an exemption applies).

A microchip can be implanted during a routine appointment with a vet or veterinary nurse. Please ring Reception for any advice or to book an appointment.

Senior Cat Clinics

How old is your cat?

Over eight years old or in their teens?

Cats do not seem to get older, they don‘t go grey, they don‘t complain. Unfortunately they are very good at hiding any signs of old age. Of course, old age is not a disease but your body does change. We see lots of osteoarthritis, chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism and cognitive dysfunction. Hopefully your cat does not have any of those diseases. To make sure of that and to recognise signs early we offer a senior cat clinic.

Our nurses can talk to you about lots of things we can do to help your ageing cat. They can take your cat‘s blood pressure. Yes, cats can get high blood pressure too. And we offer a free annual urine test for cats over eight years old.

Have a look at our information on this website - go to 'Services' then 'Catfriendly' practice. Or even better ring us or ask your vet or nurse when you come to the practice.