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 email@example.com. 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.
Which are the most common? Do they affect humans?
Some of the less usual parasites only bother dogs in times of disease or stress. The important ones to be aware of that cause common problems are:
How do we prevent them?
Regular parasite control to prevent these diseases is, thankfully, easy! There are multiple veterinary products that we can choose to suit your pet’s routine. No product on the market covers everything in one, so there are a couple of protocols and product styles we recommend:
We recommend using veterinary prescription medicines rather than products bought over the counter in pet shops. This is because prescription medicines have undergone thorough and strict medical trials and testing. Therefore, we know that these products work effectively and are safe to use. Sometimes your dog may need special considerations, for example during pregnancy or lactation, and this is something you can discuss with your vet to help choose a safe product.
Being regular with preventatives is important: lapses in treatment, even for as little as a week, can put your dog at risk of lungworm, ticks and fleas in particular.
Orchard Health Plan Benefits
Our Health Plan members have all the essential parasite coverage included in their annual plan, and we will even remind you when your next few months of product are ready to collect! You can choose if you would prefer a spot-on or tablet plan. To have a look at our Health Plan and it’s other benefits, please visit the web page here