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 all those extra calories we’ve consumed around this time of year and we may be thinking about our pet’s weight too. Orchard Vet Group is an Approved Weight Management Centre for pets and therefore 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 of obesity in pets include;

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

But the most important factor is over-feeding where family members give too many treats or don’t weigh out food as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
There are several risks involved with having an overweight pet including joint disease, heart and lung disease, diabetes, liver disease and a reduce lifespan, prevention is better than cure. Orchard Vets offer FREE weight clinics which are run by our trained team of nurses who can help you and your pet reach your goal, so if you’re are interested in attending one of our clinics, or for more advice, give us a call on 01458 832972. Clinics are by appointment and run Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm.
**Attend one our clinics between 1st and 31st January and you’ll be automatically entered into a competition where you could win one month’s supply of FREE Weight Management pet food**