26 02, 2018

Horses & Respiratory Tract Disease

By |February 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Respiratory tract disease is a common problem that presents during the summer months. It is often inflammatory in origin affecting lower or upper (or both) airways. Lower airway disease is commonly referred to as “Recurrent airway obstruction” (ROA) and upper airway disease as “Inflammatory airway disease” (IAD). Horses show variable signs including coughing, nasal discharge, increased respiratory effort, lethargy and exercise intolerance. Lower airway disease tends to be more severe than upper. Both ROA

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

31 07, 2017

Calf Delivery with Phil Rennie

By |July 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


It’s the time of the year when our Vets are increasingly called to assist with calvings.  One of our customers filmed a recent calving, assisted by one of our Vets, Phil Rennie.




8 05, 2017

Yersinia or Adenovirus – which came first?

By |May 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Recently I was called out to a farm that had had 4 rising 1 year old heifers die unexpectedly within a month of each other. The callout was to see another calf showing vague signs of lethargy, diarrhoea, inappetence and a quick decline in condition. By the time I got there, the calf was dead.

The manager gave the go-ahead for a post-mortem examination to get further clues as to what was happening on the

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

30 09, 2016

Need a Check Up? Book your Cat or Dog in for a WoF and SAVE!

By |September 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

To help you to provide the Best Care for your cat or dog, we’ve put together WOOF n MEOW WoF’s.   A WoF pack will save you up to $60.00, and includes:

a standard consultation
a 3 pack of Frontline or Nexgard flea treatment
a bag of Royal Canin Dental Food
and a complimentary nail clip

If you’re thinking about making a trip to see us, need to book in for vaccinations, or are after a good ole’ ‘once

22 09, 2016

Rabbit Vaccinations and Calicivirus

By |September 22nd, 2016|Rabbits, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rabbit Calicivirus Disease (RCD), also known as RHD (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease), or HVD (Haemorrhagic Virual Disease) is a highly infectious and usually fatal disease that affects wild and domestic rabbits.

The virus was illegally introduced to New Zealand in 1997 to control the wild rabbit population on farms.


Transmission of RCD occurs by direct contact with an infected animal, or contaminated objects or organisms. Rabbits acquire RHD through oral, nasal or conjunctival pathways. Urine, faeces and

2 09, 2016

Recruiting a Veterinary Nurse

By |September 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

We require a qualified, positive, efficient and engaged Veterinary Nurse to join our team.

This key position will embody the culture of our organisation as we strive to provide Best Care for our clients and their animals in a professional way. Our Veterinary nurses are highly valued and active in our business.

Our Tauranga clinic is a high profile purpose built clinic with Best Practice® accreditation.

We are a mixed animal practice with Lifestyle, Equine, Companion Animal

26 08, 2016

Which wormer do I use for my horse and when?

By |August 26th, 2016|Horses, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s a common question and one often surrounded with mystery. No consistent answer usually means there’s no right answer and that’s certainly true if you’re guessing. Truth is, there are three or four main classes of wormers, some broad spectrum and some more specific but all have resistance problems (don’t kill the worms they’re supposed to) and every horse or pony shows very different natural resistance and worm burdens at any one time, even

16 06, 2016

Prevention of Milk Fever and Grass Staggers

By |June 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

During the dry period cows’ metabolism gradually builds and then increases quickly once lactation starts. This is most notably seen with the demand for 2 key “macro” minerals; calcium (Ca) and Magnesium (Mg).

Calcium is an essential component of the skeleton and serves a role in muscle contractions, blood coagulation, enzyme activity and hormonal secretion. Demands rise rapidly when lactation starts and can result in milk fever cases as well as subclinical problems. Subclinical hypocalcaemia

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