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23 04, 2015

It’s Summer and Barley grass season

By |April 23rd, 2015|Cats, Dogs|0 Comments

This is the season when all our Small Animal Vets turn into super-sleuths. Picking their way through the undergrowth of your dogs’ fur, hunting for the cause of unexplained irritating lumps. It is Summer and Barley grass season again.
Barley grass awns stick to our pet’s fur, and wiggle their way through the skin. They are capable of invading your dog’s skin and into your dog’s body through the feet, eyes, ears, nose, mouth or

23 04, 2015

Seasonal poisonings

By |April 23rd, 2015|Cats, Dogs, Food|0 Comments

Rat bait poisoning is another common poisoning we see coming into the cooler months. Poisoning can occur in 2 ways, either by the animal ingesting it directly or by eating a poisoned rat. There are many types of rat poison which can contain different active ingredients eg. warfarin & brodifacoum. The duration of activity can vary from a week through to a month so it is important that if you think your pet has

23 04, 2015

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

By |April 23rd, 2015|Cats, FIV, Vaccination|0 Comments

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a common disease in New Zealand cats. In NZ it is reported that between 7% and 30% of cats have FIV. Infection rates vary between regions (areas with a big feral cat population will have higher rates) and there are currently no statistics available for the Bay of Plenty.

*On average, that means that 1 cat out of every 13 cats in NZ has FIV!

What is FIV?

FIV is a potentially

22 04, 2015

Keeping caged birds

By |April 22nd, 2015|Birds|0 Comments

Choosing a pet bird can be an enjoyable experience for the whole family; they can be relaxing after a stressful school or work day and offer great companionship.

Budgies are one of the most popular and can be taught to talk. Generally they are very hardy and easy to look after. If properly managed, a budgie can live for up to 10 years.

Canaries are another popular pet and come in a variety of colours and

30 10, 2014

Guy Fawkes – No fun for some pets

By |October 30th, 2014|Cats, Companion Animals, Dogs, Kitten|1 Comment

Unless your pet has had training in the military on how to cope in a war zone, there’s a good chance they will suffer from some degree of anxiety and fear at Guy Fawkes time. This is because sudden loud noises and flashes of bright lights are often reasons for animals to become nervous and frightened.

Our vet clinics receive a lot of enquiries at this time of year from owners worried about

29 10, 2014

Tips to Keep your Pet Safe at Christmas

By |October 29th, 2014|Cats, Companion Animals, Dogs|1 Comment

Kiwis love Christmas… sun, outdoor BBQs, family and fun.  It’s also a time that can be fraught with danger for family pets.  To make Christmas safe for your pets and one that won’t require unwanted vet bills, here are a few timely tips:

The Christmas tree

Trees are beautiful with their lights, tinsel and ornaments but a minefield of hazards for the family pet. Dogs seem to love tinsel, dragging it off the tree and

29 10, 2014

Skin Disease in Small Animals

By |October 29th, 2014|Cats, Companion Animals, Dogs|0 Comments

The weather is warming up and with that comes an increase in the number of skin cases we see, some of which prove challenging and interesting to treat.

In the warm humid weather, parasites, especially fleas, can breed at an exceptional rate, causing your pet to itch and scratch. These conditions are also perfect for yeast infections and bacteria to spread if left untreated.

Skin disorders are among the most common health

29 10, 2014

What’s this lump on my dog?

By |October 29th, 2014|Companion Animals, Dogs|0 Comments

This is a regular question in the consult room. Often the consult is about something else but the owner has been aware of the lump for some time. Usually the lump has just changed or started bothering either the dog or owner. The answer is always, “I do not know.”

By looking at certain lumps in the clinic under a microscope, we can get a good idea of what they might be.

1 09, 2014

Protection so tasty, they’ll beg for it

By |September 1st, 2014|Companion Animals, Dogs, Flea Treatment|0 Comments

1 09, 2014

Neutering Cats

By |September 1st, 2014|Cats, Companion Animals, Neutering|16 Comments

With kitten season coming up, it’s a great time to get cats neutered, avoiding unwanted pregnancies and unfavourable behaviour.

When a female cat is spayed the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed.  Male neutering results in the complete removal of their testicles.

By neutering male cats you reduce the likelihood of injury and transmission of disease due to a reduced chance of them getting into fights with other cats. Neutering also extends their life span

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