30 01, 2018

How do you look after you new Kitten or Puppy?

By |January 30th, 2018|Cats, Companion Animals, Dogs, Puppy, Uncategorized, Vaccination|0 Comments

Everyone loves puppies and kittens.. but the first year sure is a busy one! We’ve put together a few pointers to help you get started.

Vaccinations are extremely important and protect against diseases that can be fatal. At a vaccination appointment, puppies and kittens receive a full health check and they are also checked for heart disease, hip dysplasia, knee abnormalities, hernia’s, retained baby teeth, undershot/overshot jaws and retained testicles! You will also be given

14 11, 2017

Is your pet up to date with their vaccinations?

By |November 14th, 2017|Cats, Dogs, Vaccination|0 Comments

Vaccinations protect against infectious and potentially life threatening diseases. It can be difficult to know what your pets should be vaccinated against, and when you should vaccinate. Below is a brief summary to help you out:
Puppies and kittens
Kittens and Puppies usually need a series of three vaccinations to establish a good level of immunity. The final vaccination is given when your pet is about 14 – 16 weeks of age.
Adult cats and dogs
Adult cats and

18 09, 2017

Fleas – Understanding and Treating Fleas

By |September 18th, 2017|Cats, Companion Animals, Dogs, Flea Treatment, Fleas|0 Comments

The issue with Fleas:
Fleas are irritating pests causing pets to itch and scratch, damaging the skin.   Some pets are allergic to the flea’s saliva making them intensely itchy with a single bite.   It is estimated that flea-related diseases account for almost 50% of skin problems reported to veterinarians.

The adult fleas that you see are only the tip of the iceberg – estimated to be 5%. The other 95% are in the form of invisible

11 09, 2017

Flea bite hypersensitivity & treating the environment

By |September 11th, 2017|Cats, Dogs, Flea Treatment, Fleas|0 Comments

What is Flea bit hypersensitivity?
Flea bite hypersensitivity is one of the most common skin disorder affecting both cats and dogs. Affected animals are allergic to flea saliva and so when bitten become extremely itchy.  The dog or cat will then scratch and lick affected areas causing skin trauma, and potentially skin infections to develop.

To ensure your animal does not get bitten by fleas, they need careful ongoing management.  There are a number of effective

22 08, 2017

Addisons Disease in Dogs

By |August 22nd, 2017|Diseases, Dogs|0 Comments

Addisons Disease in Dogs: In vet school we are taught common diseases occur commonly. As exciting as the rare and unusual are, we look for common things first. They summarise this in a quote “when you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras”. There must be something in the water in Te Puna because we see many weird and wonderful cases on a daily basis, enough to keep us vets on our toes!

One cold

1 08, 2017

Improving your Pets Dental Health at Home

By |August 1st, 2017|Cats, Dental, Dogs|0 Comments

It’s dental time at Tauranga Vets. We want to get your Pets Dental Health in tip top shape and get their mouth looking and smelling great.

Once your pet’s teeth are cleaned, there is a lot at home that can be done to improve your pet’s dental health.  Without regular cleaning, plaque and bacteria build up on teeth and gums causing bad breath. If not removed this plaque turns into tartar leading to more serious

18 06, 2017

Dental disease in our pets- what are they hiding..?

By |June 18th, 2017|Cats, Dental, Dogs|0 Comments

Does your pet have bad breath? This is one of the early signs of dental disease, which affects 70% of cats and dogs over the age of three! Other signs of dental disease include brown tartar on the teeth, red and/or bleeding gums and once advanced, dribbling and difficulty eating due to pain. However, pets are surprisingly stoic and often owners are unaware that their dog or cat is suffering from toothache! For this

23 05, 2017

Euthanasia – When it’s time to say goodbye

By |May 23rd, 2017|Cats, Dogs|6 Comments

Our pets become part of our family and when the time comes to say good-bye it can be very difficult.  Euthanasia can be an option for many reasons, the pet maybe old, unwell or have had an unexpected accident.
When is the right time?
Coming to this decision is never easy; it is important to think about the pet and their quality of life.  No animal should ever suffer unnecessarily.  It can be the hardest choice

24 04, 2017

Cancer in Cats and Dogs

By |April 24th, 2017|Cats, Companion Animals, Diseases, Dogs, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Unfortunately, cancer is as common in cats and dogs as it is in people. It is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. However, if caught early, more than half of cancers are curable.  Cancer is a complex disease affected by genetics and the environment. Certain breeds have higher risks of developing cancer. It has also been shown that cigarette smoke increases cancer risk. In dogs, being thin can

3 04, 2017

Cats and Dogs over 7 are actually seniors!

By |April 3rd, 2017|Cats, Dogs|4 Comments

Have you noticed your older pet slowing down, not jumping so much or changing weight and said to yourself – “They’re just getting old…”

Pets show similar age related changes as humans. Whilst some of these changes are to be expected others can indicate there is a problem causing discomfort.

There are about 7 dog/cat years to a human year so that makes a 10 year old dog around 70 years old.  Once over the age

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