COVID UPDATE – We are currently seeing essential appointments only whereas non-essential appointments may be delayed.

If mutually agreeable, subject to face coverings being worn, no clinical signs of COVID and the type of appointment, consultations will be carried out inside the building.  In order to maintain social distance we have a maximum occupancy level policy and thank you for your patience whilst waiting. We kindly request only one member of the family attends and where possible aim to get for us at the correct time for your appointment to avoid ongoing delays.

Please be aware that as from 18th January due to altered working practices we intend on closing at 6pm for the foreseeable future and will keep this under review until current lock down rules change.  Our full list of opening hours can be found here

For repeat medication requests, please order in advance as usual by telephoning us on 01458 832972 or emailing us at medicines@ovg.co.uk.  You will be requested to pay prior to collection and our reception team will provide you with further instructions as appropriate.

If you are shielding or self-isolating and require repeat medication or veterinary advice please contact us on 01458 832972.

 

Most of us think about extra calories we’ve consumed around this time of year and we may be thinking about our pets’ weights too. COVID lockdowns have restricted pets’ activity this year and more time at home has meant more treats for many too! Orchard Vets is an Approved Weight Management Centre for pets and our staff have undergone specific training in order to offer appropriate advice.

 

Statistics show that 59% of dogs and 39% of cats in the UK are overweight.

 

Contributing factors to pet obesity include:

  • Gender – females are more prone to weight gain than males
  • Age – older animals have difficulties with movement due to arthritis
  • Neutering – neutered animals require fewer calories

 

However, the most significant factor is over-feeding when family members give too many treats or don’t weigh out food as per manufacturer’s guidelines.

 

There are several risks for overweight pets including joint, heart, liver and lung disease, diabetes, and a reduced lifespan of as much as 2 years.

 

Orchard Vets offer FREE weight clinics with our trained nurse team who will help your pet reach their goal.  Advice can be given at the practice or over the telephone, dependent on local COVID restrictions, so give us a call on 01458 832972 to arrange an appointment.

 

Attend a clinic between 1st January and 28th February and you’ll be automatically entered into a competition to win one month’s supply of FREE Weight Management pet food.