December Blog




Well here we are December already and it's almost Christmas.....again!!

December, the last month in the Gregorian calendar, it's name is based on the Latin term for ten. It has the shortest daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of winter and in the Southern Hemisphere it provides the longest days as it is the beginning of summer. December is a month home to many religious holidays.

Did you know that on this day in December........


  • 2nd December 1697 – Sir Christopher Wren's St Pauls Cathedral is opened in London.

  • 3rd December 1967 – The first heart transplant was completed.

  • 8th December 1980 – Forty year old ex-Beatle John Lennon was murdered in New York.

  • 12th December – is Poinsettia Day – (just remember poinsettia's are extremely toxic to cats & dogs).

  • 17th December – The Wright Brothers made their first flight.

  • 25th December 440 – Church leaders agree to fix the date of the birth of Christ. Previously some people had celebrated it in May, others in Janurary.

  • 27th December is National Chocolate Day.......really? And I thought it was every day!!!

  • December is the National Stress Free Family Holiday Month!!!.....right yeah, because getting ready for Christmas is not at all stressful!!


Quite a lot to get through this month, so without further ado.......

At the end of November we said goodbye to Sophie M (blonde Sophie), Sophie has moved on to pastures new, I'm sure you will all join us in saying good luck Sophie, you will be missed.


Just a reminder that our Best Friends Club 'Join Now, Get a free booster' offer is still going strong and will be continuing until further notice, so you still have plenty of time to take advantage of this great offer.


Are your pet's fleas and worming medication due? If we haven't seen them in the past 12 months, we will need to see your pet for a worm & flea check before we dispence the medication. An appointment can be made with either of our qualified nurses, Debbie or Caroline for a free nurse clinic.


With Christmas just around the corner it is worth noting that there are a lot of potential pet hazards around the home to be aware of. Cyclamen, poinsettia, holly & mistletoe are all toxic to cats and dogs. Pretty much all nuts are toxic to dogs and whilst they are not as harmful to cats, it is probably best not to feed your cat nuts. Raisins, grapes and chocolate are also extremely toxic. And watch out or thoe potential foreign body risks. Christmas tree decorations, tinsel and fairy lights are just a few examples. If you want to give your pet a present, give them animal friendly treats by Pupcake Princess, who makes a range of healthy dog biscuits. Treat them to a new exciting toy to keep them occupied and their minds off climbing the christmas tree!!


As always our local charity H.E.A.R.T are always grateful of donations, food, blankets, pet carriers etc.


Our vet Clara will be volunteering with the Caring at Chrismas, an open access shelter in Bristol. It is the only shelter of it's kind in this area and will provide hot meals and beds for over 3000 homeless people for 10 days, providing 50 beds per night. Unfortunately people with dogs are not allowed, Clara has very kindly offered to go and spend time there and see any dogs for basic first aid advice. If any of you kindly souls out there would like to donate any opened or recently out of date food (non prescription food only please), toys, dog coats and blankets, please do so and drop into either of our branches.


Our surgery opening times over the Christmas period are as follows:-


Christmas Eve – both branches close at 5pm.

Christmas Day – both branches closed.

Boxing Day – both branches closed.

Sunday December 27th – London Road open from 9am – 1pm. Widcombe is closed.

Monday December 28th – London Road open from 11am – 1pm.

Widcombe is closed.


New Years Eve – both branches close at 5pm.

New Years Day – both branches closed.

Saturday 2nd January – London Road open from 9am – 1pm,Widcombe closed.

Sunday 3rd January – London Road open from 9am – 1pm, Widcombe closed.


Ashman Jones would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New until next year, bye for now.


And finally........'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas' – Anon.