Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement on 21/2/2022 and so that we can continue to provide the essential services required for our clients and patients, we respectfully request that you continue to wear face coverings when you visit the practice.   Due to the size of our consultation rooms we will continue to restrict occupancy levels in those areas.  Thank you for your understanding.

For repeat medication requests, please order at least 24 hours in advance by emailing us at or by telephoning 01458 832972. You will be requested to pay prior to collection.

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An anaesthetic is required in order to allow procedures such as dentistry, x-rays and surgery to be performed satisfactorily with the minimum of stress and discomfort to your pet.

Anaesthetic Information: It is important to realise all anaesthetics and sedatives involve some degree of risk, however slight. At Orchard Vets we minimise these risks by using carefully balanced drug combinations tailored to the individual requirements of each animal and by close monitoring techniques. At all times a Veterinary Nurse and Veterinary Surgeon are in attendance to observe the patient and they are assisted by automatic instruments including a respiratory and blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeter – this measures the amount of oxygen in the blood stream – or the ECG which monitors the heart electronically.

The Procedure on the day


  • Withhold food from midnight prior to admission (however water should be available right up to the time of admission).
  • Cats will have to be kept indoors overnight to ensure they have not eaten.
  • Allow dogs to exercise in the morning in order to empty bladder and bowel.

SMALL PETS (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and so forth)

  • DO NOT withhold food – their high metabolic rates mean this could be quite risky. A small amount of their usual food (e.g. vegetables & pellets) should be brought to the clinic with a small pet so that feeding can recommence as soon as possible after recovery.  For reasons of hygiene please keep bedding material to a minimum.

In all cases water should be available right up to the time of admission.

Admission will take roughly 15 minutes and will be done by a Veterinary Nurse between 8.30 and 9.00 am. You will be asked some brief but important questions concerning your pet, the procedure to be carried out and contact details. It is vital we are able to contact you so if you are away from the telephone even for a short period please let us know. Finally, you will be asked to sign a form of consent giving permission to give an anaesthetic or sedative and to carry out the procedure requested.

Shortly after admission a pre-medicant and a pain killer (where appropriate) is given. This helps your pet settle, reduces the anaesthetic dose and reduces anxiety and pain during recovery and for 24 hours thereafter. The anaesthetic is injected approximately half an hour later, usually into a vein in the front leg which will be shaved to allow this. Once the patient is asleep a soft tube is inserted into the windpipe to give continuous oxygen and anaesthetic throughout the procedure.

The principal induction anaesthetic we use in dogs and cats is called PROPOFOL; the maintenance agent (“gas”) used is ISOFLUORANE. The superiority of this anaesthetic combination gives a rapid recovery and reduces stress allowing a quicker return home and return to appetite.

Blood testing: We advise that an animal has a blood test prior to an anaesthetic or sedative in order to highlight problems not always visible during a normal examination. The blood is analysed here at the clinic, with results available within 15 minutes of sampling and the cost varies depending on which tests are done. Please let us know on the day whether you would like us to carry out a blood test for extra reassurance.

After the procedure: Collection is usually between 3.00 pm and 4.00 p.m. but times can be varied to suit. You will need transport as your pet will be unable to walk any distance. Please telephone prior to coming in to make sure your pet is ready. At that time the Veterinary Surgeon or Nurse will speak to you about aftercare. Please listen carefully to the directions given and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask them at any stage.

IMPORTANT: We cannot advise whether a pet insurance policy will cover any condition. Dental work in particular may not be covered. If in doubt you should check with your insurance company direct.