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News - Advice for Pet Owners

A SLIM PET IS A HEALTHY PET! 08th January 2018

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% […]

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Ho Ho Hold on….Don’t give that to the dog! 18th December 2017

The John Lewis ad is out and Michael Buble is on the radio. This can mean only one thing…Christmas is coming! It is a time when most of us indulge a little, and we don’t want our pets to feel left out. Some surveys suggest that around 90% of pet owners buy their furry, feathered […]

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Arthritis pain – is your pet keeping a ‘stiff’ upper lip? 08th December 2017

What is arthritis? Arthritis means inflammation of a joint.  There are several different types of arthritis;  the most common form in older dogs is osteoarthritis.  Over 20% of dogs will be diagnosed with osteoarthritis in their lifetime, which makes it the most significant painful condition our pets have to deal with.  The changes occurring in the […]

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Spotlight on: diabetes 08th December 2017

Did you know that pets can become diabetic, just like people? And just like people, this is often related to diet and lifestyle. What is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus means that the body’s ability to metabolise glucose is impaired. Even though animals rarely eat sugary foods (or shouldn’t anyway!) as they break down their food to […]

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Keeping your pet safe at Christmas time 06th December 2017

And what to avoid, or at least go careful with… Chocolate: One of the ingredients of chocolate, theobromine can cause a rapid irregular heart rate and seizures in high doses. In rare cases, this can be fatal. Best keep those expensive truffles out of reach! Grapes, raisins and currants: Lots of Christmas treats are full […]

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Feeling hot, hot, hot 19th June 2017

With the uncharacteristically hot weather we have been enjoying, there are a few specific worries about helping pets cope with the sunshine that we aren’t usually lucky enough to have to worry about. But as Somerset sizzles under the sun, make sure that your pets are protected from the effects of the heat. Sunburn We […]

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Itchy dog problems 04th June 2017

One of the common things we see all kinds of pets for here at Orchard Vets – cats, dogs and small furry pets – is skin problems. Putting up with a pet scratching at all hours of the day or night can be enough to drive owners crazy, and just think of the poor pets! […]

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Keeping your pet healthy: vaccinations 04th May 2017

Most of us don’t think anything of booking our pets in for their ‘jabs’. But have you ever wanted more information about what those jabs are for? Here, we give a comprehensive guide to the vaccinations available at Orchard Vets, and the diseases they prevent. What is a vaccination? It was known for many years […]

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Chronic kidney disease in cats – diagnosis and treatment 05th April 2017

“Elderly cat, drinking a lot, losing weight’ – a common reason for an appointment on the diary. One of the most common causes – though by no means the only one – is kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is very common in older cats. But why? And what can we do about it? The kidneys […]

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Keeping your pet healthy: dental care 09th March 2017

At Orchard Vets, we not only want to help your pets if they are poorly, but also prevent them from getting unwell in the first place. And probably the most common illness we see in pets is dental disease. As many as 80% of pets over three years old suffer from some degree of gum […]

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What becomes of the broken hearted? 09th February 2017

Probably almost every time you take your pet to the vet, you will see the vet or nurse listen to their chest with a stethoscope. It’s not an excuse not to talk or listen to you – honest! But what are they listening for? There are three main things the vet is listening to when […]

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Bailey versus the Ibuprofen! 28th November 2016

  In a previous post we covered Christmas food and other festive items that can pose a danger to our pets. We thought it also might be an idea to mention a case that came in where Bailey the puppy managed to get hold of his owners hangover cure! It turned out Bailey was a little […]

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Ho Ho Hold On…don’t give that to the dog (or cat)! 10th November 2016

  The John Lewis ad is out and Michael Buble is on the radio. This can mean only one thing…Christmas is coming! It is a time when most of us indulge a little, and we don’t want our pets to feel left out.  Some surveys suggest that around 90% of pet owners buy their furry, feathered or […]

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Worms, fleas and other creepy crawlies! 22nd October 2016

  Ok, so not the most pleasant of subjects but have you ever stopped to think about the vast numbers of potential passengers your much loved animal companions might be carrying around with them? From surface parasites like fleas, lice, ear mites, ticks or chyletiella to mange mites like Sacoptes (fox mange) and Demodex who […]

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Worms, fleas and other creepy crawlies! 22nd October 2016

Ok, so not the most pleasant of subjects but have you ever stopped to think about the vast numbers of potential passengers your much loved animal companions might be carrying around with them? From surface parasites like fleas, lice, ear mites, ticks or chyletiella to mange mites like Sacoptes (fox mange) and Demodex who live […]

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