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

28 08, 2017

Generalised Annual Disease Prevention Plan for Deer

By |August 28th, 2017|Deer|0 Comments

Deer are amazing creatures that can serve as both a commercial farming venture, as well as an accompaniment to a lifestyle farmer. Owning deer can pose a large management issue, namely appropriate fencing and proper yards for examining, treating and velvetting. Like all animals, deer can succumb to a range of animal health issues. Outlined below is a brief description of common health issues and preventative measures throughout the year.
Weaners should be vaccinated against

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

22 08, 2017

Equine Immunity – Looking after your Horses health

By |August 22nd, 2017|Horses|0 Comments

With the recent cold and wet weather, it’s important to help support your horse or pony’s immunity.  The best way to do this is by ensuring they are healthy, have low stress levels and are fed a nutritionally complete diet.
To maintain good health:
Ensure your horse is free of internal parasite burdens. An effective worming program, picking up faeces in paddocks to reduce worm burdens in pastures, and doing faecal egg counts are important steps.

22 08, 2017

Lifestyle Chickens

By |August 22nd, 2017|Chicken|0 Comments

Many of us keep chickens on our properties, often because there’s nothing quite like the colour and taste of fresh free range eggs in the morning!

Looking after chickens starts with good husbandry; a good diet, fresh clean water, good hygiene and a comfortable environment. Sometimes, in spite of the best food and environment chickens can be afflicted with a range of diseases, some of which can be catastrophic for your small flock.
When chooks get

22 08, 2017

Vaccination of Sheep & Cattle

By |August 22nd, 2017|Cows, Sheep|0 Comments

There are many infectious diseases that can affect cattle & sheep in New Zealand. The great news is that there are excellent vaccines to prevent many of these diseases.  Vaccination is an important part of your preventative medicine program for both animal & human health eg. leptospirosis, which can make people very ill.
Some of the most common conditions we recommend vaccination for:
Clostridial disease eg. Tetanus, pulpy kidney. These are environmental organisms can cause both

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

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.




26 06, 2017

Windsucking in Horses

By |June 26th, 2017|Horses|0 Comments

Windsucking is when a horse opens his mouth flexs his neck and nosily gulps air.  It is also known as crib biting, where a horse clamps onto a fencepost or other object and gulps air.  Windsucking is often displayed by performance horses that are stabled, therefore stress, boredom and gastrointestinal ulcers are the most common sited reasons a horse starts.  Stabled horses are more likely to have infrequent feeding and performance horses are more

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