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Why going to the vets for the first time since before lock down was like a contact-free Deliveroo


Throughout lockdown many families got a new addition to their family to help ride out the loneliness inflicted by the social exclusion. We were no different when we introduced Basil to our little family: a black kitten with a tuft of white under his chin, he's absolutely gorgeous. He joined our older cat, my first pet, Chewie who's four. But of course, new pets bring new responsibilities and getting him to the vet for his vaccinations and microchip was number one priority for us. Although we have Chewie, it's been a good while since we took him to the pet doctor, about this time last year for his boosters in fact.

So we did not know what to expect when it came to taking little Basil, not in a post lockdown landscape certainly.

I'd recently changed our vets to Folly Gardens Vet on Bethesda Street in Cheltenham and we'd not been there before so off we walked with our cat box and an excited furry feline.

The vets, which has branches in Bishop Cleeve and Tewkesbury, was very clean and minimalistic on the outside.

Which, as took us by the biggest surprise, was all we were allowed to see.

The biggest difference in taking my pet to the vets was that it was entirely contact-free, it was a bit like Deliveroo who leave your food on the doorstep but here you leave your carrier box on the floor and the vet comes out to meet you.

This was a little bit hard for me just because I wanted to be there with Basil for his injections and check over, I didn't want him to be scared.