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It must be the season because apart from the usual mobile vet services you would expect, I have donned one of my other hats and performed several “lion clips” on some very lush coated cats!
For those who don’t know what a lion clip is, have a look at the pictures to the side – you can be the judge!
No matter how much I advise the clients how they will look prior to the procedure, they always get a shock.
Thankfully they mostly are very pleased with the result after the initial shock subsides. And these cats seem to be very happy too (after they get over the sudden loss in street cred).
For the cats that are a little crankier and really don’t allow proper grooming of their long coats a lion clip is a good way to help prevent bad knots and other problems and really is a nice way to keep cool in our hotter humid months in summer (today’s weather excluded!).
Though I’d love to be able to do this grooming in the home, a lion clip must be performed under sedation or anaesthetic and so does require a trip into the hospital.
Bodhi the playful ragdoll, one of the beautiful featured models in this article, was the Featured Pet in a previous newsletter, so check out his traumatic but now happy story in the article. Amazing what a little love will do! Mr Presley, our other gorgeous model on the right, is a Maine Coon. Maine Coons aren’t a particularly common breed around Sydney but are very beautiful cats, growing to be one of the largest breeds. So if you want a large and hairy pussy cat, that is full of life, Maine Coons are for you!
Probably partly due to the season and partly due to the very long coats, I almost invariably find fleas under the long coats of these cats, even with regular and appropriate flea control being implemented. Fleas are very hardy indeed and especially seem to find refuge in the nooks and crannies of these long coats. See our pet care pages for more advice on flea control, especially important at this time of year.
As most of you who receive our newsletters or follow our Facebook page would know, it has been just over a year now since VETaround opened it’s mobile vet business and the year has been amazing. Apart from meeting great families and pets and helping people through good and bad times with their beloved pets, one of the highlights so far was receiving the Service Excellence Award from the Australian Excellence Awards Centre.
VETaround Sydney Mobile Vet Service now has another honour as 2011 draws to an end as it has been nominated to the Annual Honours List in the Service Excellence Category, the winner of which is to be announced on December 20th 2011. This is a client driven award which is scored based on customer feedback, so a hugh thank you to all my clients for helping us win this award and nomination.
Even if we don’t win this final award for the year, we are very proud to be acknowledged for our customer service excellence which is certainly one of VETaround’s core focuses. As always, please let us know if you have any feedback for us, good or bad, so that we can continue to provide the best customer service and patient care possible.
It is always helpful to know whether our house call and pet health care services are actually fulfilling your expectations, so don’t be afraid to come forward with your opinions.