Rock salt awareness


What is Rock salt?
Rock salt is a mixture of salt (sodium chloride) and grit, and is used to help de-ice roads
in winter. Rock salt can be a danger to pets such as dogs and cats, if they lick it from their
paws or fur.

How much is dangerous to my pet?
It is difficult to say how much needs to be eaten for signs of toxicity to be seen. Even a small
amount of pure salt can be very dangerous to pets.

Why is rock salt dangerous to my pet and what could happen?

Ingestion can result in a high blood sodium
concentration which can cause thirst, vomiting and lethargy, and in severe cases there is a risk of
convulsions and kidney damage.

How could my pet ingest rock salt and how can I prevent it happening?
Most cases involve animals that have walked through gritted snow and then lick or chew it off their
paws as they can find it irritating. It is therefore important to thoroughly wipe your pet’s feet and the
fur on his/her legs and tummy after a walk or time outside.

I suspect my pet has digested rock salt, what should I do?

If he/she is showing any signs of discomfort after possible exposure to rock salt, use a mild, pet-safe shampoo and warm water to wash the affected areas, and dry your pet’s fur completely with a towel after washing. Any animal suspected of ingestion of rock salt must be assessed by a vet immediately. This is important as signs can be non-specific and a blood test will be required to check the blood sodium concentration. Immediate veterinary treatment will be needed to rehydrate the animal and stabilise their sodium levels. The exact treatment will depend on the blood sodium concentration and the animal’s clinical condition. Owners should never attempt to induce vomiting;
only a vet should do this.

What’s coming in 2021 at Orchard House Vets?

2020 has been a strange year for everyone, that is for sure!

We hope 2021 will resemble something closer to “normal” and we want to share with you our exciting plans for 2021, including exclusive offers and monthly events!

So, what’s coming in 2021?

  • 12 months, 12 offers – that is right! Save money every month on procedures, consultations, nurse clinics, products and more!
  • Home delivery service for preventative treatment through our Well Pet Club! Not only can you save up to £120 a year through our Well Pet Club, coming very soon we will be able to offer a home delivery service!
  • Online repeat prescription requests! We understand that many of us lead such busy lives and it is often 9pm before we get to sit down and then realise we forgot to order “poppy’s” medication! Well, coming soon we will be able to offer online prescription requests (please allow 48 hours for your medication to be ready to collect)
  • Exciting in house advances! Our veterinary surgeon Dr Alex Hirst is making great progress in gaining his Orthopedic certificate which will mean we can take on more complex surgeries!
  • We will soon be able to offer daily Laparoscopic keyhole surgeries! Our popular monthly surgery will soon become a daily surgery. We know this is great news for many as this popular surgery has grown and grown over the last 12 months!
  • Tails and tales – our monthly blog and newsletter will be launching in January and we are very excited! If you are not signed up to our mailing list, we would highly recommend you do so! Next time you call us, ask to receive “marketing” emails, or if it is easier, then please fill in our form

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Here’s to 2021….

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Christmas competition 2020

Thanks for entering our Christmas competition for 2020!

We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our local businesses, who even in these most trying of times have still donated prizes to our competition. We cannot thank them enough.


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All prizes are subject to booking with the venue stated in the prize. Prize winners will be contacted to organise a suitable date and time to collect. Due to Covid, we cannot allow clients inside our buildings but we can meet you outside our rear door. You must contact the premises to arrange your prize and please note their own terms and conditions, for example, some vouchers are not suitable for use in December.


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