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ROCK SALT AND THE DANGERS TO PETS

Rock salt is a mixture of salt and grit and is widely used to de-ice paths and roads during cold weather. Anti-freeze is commonly used by road users to de-ice vehicles before driving. Both can be deadly to animals if ingested, causing dehydration, muscle tremors, kidney and liver problems and, if not treated, death. Even […]

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Caring for your rabbits in the winter

Rabbits can struggle in extreme weather temperatures so you need to make sure their housing stays warm and comfortable and protects them from the elements. Rabbits do not hiberate, so if your rabbit looks limp or sleepy and isn’t really reacting to anything then you need to bring them to us ASAP. If you have just got […]

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What’s new at Orchard House?

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Orchard House Well Pet Club

Your pet’s health and happiness is our number one priority. We promise to ‘care for your pets as if they were our pets’.   At Orchard House we understand that you want to give your pets the best treatment. Our Well Pet Club makes routine healthcare simple and more affordable. A monthly Direct Debit covers: […]

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Yellow dog project

Have you heard of the yellow dog project? The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated. Why might a dog need space? There are many reasons why a dog may need space.  It may… Have health issues Be a rescue dog being rehabilitated. The […]

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Puppy pictures

PUPPY BROODY! We welcomed 11, yes 11, German Shepherd puppies today for their first vaccinations. Staff were queuing up for a cuddle so much so we had to check their pockets when it was time for them to go home.

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Pet Obesity

Do you give your pet your own food as a treat? If so, you are not alone. A PDSA Paw Report last year found that 26% of dogs are fed scraps and dinner left overs. Obesity can cause your pet significant health issues, not only does the extra weight impact on their quality of life, […]

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Owners nominate vet’s practice for pet ‘Oscars’

TYNEDALE’S Orchard House veterinary centres have received a record eight nominations in the UK Veterinary “Oscars”, the Pet Plan National Veterinary Awards. The business was first set up in 1998 by clinical director and veterinary surgeon Tim Pearson, who started out in Hexham and then acquired a second branch in Stocksfield in 2004. Both branches […]

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Valentines reminder

Chocolate poisoning in dogs continues to be amongst the most common toxicities we see each year. With it being Valentine’s Day, it must be remembered that chocolate-based treats and gifts can be toxic to our pets. Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, the dried and partially fermented seeds of Theobroma cacao native to the deep […]

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PetPlan UK awards

We have been nominated for the UK Veterinary Practice of the Year and Jill has been nominated for vet of the year. Thank you to all who voted for us in the Petplan veterinary awards! It is always nice to have recognition for the care we provide. Orchard House has been a finalist 3 times […]

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DEFRA information on Avian flu

The Government Chief Vet has declared a Prevention Zone introducing enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds, helping protect them from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. The zone covers England and will remain in place for 30 days.   Please refer to the government website. https://www.gov.uk/…/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-agains… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38231416

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Fault on the phoneline

We are currently experiencing a fault with our Hexham phone number, making it unavailable. We have reported it and an engineer is working to resolve the fault. In the meantime, should you need to call us, please ring our Stocksfield number on 01661 843259. Sorry for any inconvenience. Last updated 8am 7/12/16

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Does your pet deserve a treat?

Why not pop into our Hexham surgery where you will find a host of toys and accessories ‘purrfect’ for your pampered pooch or feline friend. We also have a range of dental and grooming products as well as odour eliminating candles, ideal for when your dog has had a splash in the river on a summer […]

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Claiming on your Pet Insurance

Orchard House Pet Insurance Policy. Effective from 1st August 2016. Claiming on your pet insurance policy should be simple and straightforward.  The following information is intended to help make the process as smooth as possible. When claiming on your pet insurance please be aware: We have to disclose a full medical history to the insurance […]

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New tick-borne disease in dogs, canine babesiosis, has been found in dogs in the UK.

In the last few weeks there have been confirmed cases of canine babesiosis in dogs living in Essex, which have never travelled to Europe. Thankfully in the North East there have been no confirmed cases, however we would urge all dog owners to ensure their dog is up to date with all parasite control, especially […]

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Dogs love chips!

From 6th April 2016 it will be required by law for all dogs kept in England and Wales to be microchipped. If your dog has no microchip, we would strongly advise that you get one, call us today to make an appointment. Frequently Asked Questions: What is a microchip? A microchip is the size of a grain of […]

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Healthy Pet Club

We like to make looking after your pet’s health of our patients as affordable as possible. Orchard House Pet Health Club offers Members to pet healthcare from just £12.95 per month. It’s easy to join. Just ask one of our team. Healthy Pet Club offers… Full annual vaccinations A discount of 20% on kennel cough […]

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Puppy Club

Start your puppy off on the right paw! We run regular Puppy Parties allowing young dogs to meet and interact with other puppies and their owners; an important part of bringing up a sociable and well balanced pet. One of our Veterinary Nurses – Catherine, Christine, Nalda or Laura – are always on hand to answer questions on […]

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