Vote for Grove Vets in the Petplan awards


We love what we do at Grove Vets and, we love our clients and their pets. If our team have been helpful to you and your pet, we would love you to vote for Grove Vets in the Petplan awards.

Petplan began in 1976 with an aim to keep the nations pets healthy and, their owners happy. They offer the very best pet insurance policies and, have helped millions of pet owners over the years. Petplan work closely with veterinary practices all over the United Kingdom to deliver the best customer service possible.

Here’s what they say;

Petplan has worked closely with the veterinary profession for over 40 years and sees first hand each day the fantastic work that goes on in veterinary practices across the UK.

We recognise that keeping customers happy and pets healthy is a team effort from the receptionist and support staff right through to the vets and nurses themselves. These awards provide an opportunity for pet owners to recognise the hard work and dedication of veterinary staff and say ‘thank you’.



The petplan awards categories are:

– Best Practice
– Practice Manager of the Year
– Practice Support Staff of the Year
– Vet Nurse of the Year
– Vet of the Year

To vote for Grove Vets in the petplan awards click here. The voting process is very simple and we would be delighted if you voted for us in one or more category.

It’s a privilege to be able to serve people and their pets in the Ballymena area. Remember if you have any concerns or questions about your pets, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to help.

Future Farmers

I wonder how often we think about future farmers? We saw this fabulous little video recently from Dale Farm and thought we would share it again.

Isn’t it great to remember that farms grow, develop and continue through families and, that they get handed down to sons and daughters who continue a family tradition and more importantly, a family business.

The responsibility can include land, livestock, crops for fresh produce and employment of others to name a few. As a veterinary practice we take the responsibility to local farmers and their livestock very seriously. Their value to local community is of huge importance.

We think this video provides a lovely little insight.

The speed of social media is really helpful

Writing here on our blog is one way to communicate and tell stories and share news on the web but, often it’s not as direct as we need it to be. We love being able to use social media to communicate quickly and effectively with our customers.

One aspect of this which we have loved is being able to reunite pets with their owners via our Facebook page. The speed of social media is really helpful when it’s comes to this kind of thing.

We posted about this ginger cat on Thursday 13th Oct and the very next day we were excited to see that the pet had been reunited with it’s owner.

The speed of social media is really helpful

The speed of social media is really helpful

How amazing is that? It was great to see this scared little cat being reunited with it’s owner.

Using Facebook to help reunite missing pets with their owners is a fantastic but simple act. It takes no time at all to simply post a picture and contact info. If you haven’t like our Facebook page, we would love you to connect with us there. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a missing pet or if you find someone else’s pet. If we can help by posting some info online for you we will definitely do that.

Ballymena Today also wrote a post about this for us recently to highlight how you can do the same for your business or organisation using social media and by connecting with real people/.

Toys for your pets this Christmas


It’s almost that time of year again and many of you will be starting to think about Christmas presents for friends and family. Don’t forget the pets in your home though. We can help you pick the perfect toys for your pets this Christmas at Grove Vets.

Toys are great for your pet as they are a fun treat but are also really helpful when training your pet. A dog who is constantly chewing or digging in the garden may just be bored, why not keep them occupied in a new fun way with a toy.

Rubber toys are great for the pet who loves to chew things. Maybe you have a new puppy or perhaps will have one arriving this Christmas. Well, there’s a good chance they will be chewing up your furniture in no time so, having a rubber toy can prevent them from heading straight for your furniture. Sometimes we forget that animals are not stupid and for the clever pets we stock Puzzle toys as well as chewy ones. Pets who have natural hunting instincts will enjoy a puzzle toy where food or a treat is hidden inside but once they have worked the toy out they will get bored so you will need to have some back-up. Treat Balls are similar and are good for keeping your dog occupied but be careful they don’t eat too many treats.

Kongs are great for dogs who constantly want to chew. They are tough and are bigger than most other toys and will be a real treat for a big, energetic dog.

There are lots of options available all year around but, as you start to think about Christmas presents, don’t forget your pets who enjoy getting gifts and having fun just as much as the people in your life.

Call in with us on the Grove Road in ballymena to look at our range of pet toys and accessories which are perfect for your pets Christmas stocking.

Use Social Media to help Pets

Recently at Grove Vets we have taken the opportunity to use social media to help pets.

12186697_10153074405366879_6472990800175332639_o Mollie escaped via an open gate at home and in an attempt to help the owner find their pet, one of our followers on Facebook posted an image and description of what had happened. This image was shared almost 200 times by Facebook users and also by us at Grove Vets. Thankfully Mollie was happily reunited with her owner and came to no harm.

We love to see this kind of happy ending and at Grove Vets we are only too happy to use social media to help pets and their owners. If you like our Facebook page then you can easily share information with us. If you or any of your Facebook friends lose a pet, or have an escaped pet social media is a great way to spread the word. Or maybe you have found a cat or dog out and about that appears lost or distressed. Facebook is a wonderful way to share the stories and pictures of your pets but also a great help if you need to find a lost pet.

You also share the same way via Twitter – follow us here.

One of the other essential ways you can make it easier to find a lost pet is to ensure you have your pet microchipped.

Grove Vets perform microchipping on cats and dogs. Based in Ballymena and Randalstown in Northern Ireland Grove Vets
thoroughly recommended that you microchip your pet.
Microchipping is inexpensive and almost painless. The procedure involves the implantation of a tiny electronic microchip between your pet’s shoulder-blades. This permanently identifies your pet as belonging to you.
Having your pet microchipped makes it easier for your pet to be identified and makes it more likely that you beloved pet will be returned to you.

Read our post here. Microshipping is an important safeguard for you and your pet but remember you can also use social media to help pets.