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

18 06, 2017

Strategies to Utilize when a Flighted Parrot Escapes

By |June 18th, 2017|Birds|0 Comments

My blue fronted Amazon parrot, Tarah, does not have clipped wings. However like many birds that were clipped during the fledging process, he has never quite learned the kind of flight skills that might earn him the title of a “flyer”. I often said “He’s has his flight feathers, but he doesn’t fly.” One day I learned, the hard way, that this wasn’t exactly true.

I was visiting my parents as I was moving from

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

6 06, 2017

Immunity for Horses and Ponies

By |June 6th, 2017|Horses, Winter|0 Comments

With the recent cold and wet weather, we want to ensure our horse and pony’s immunity levels are the best they can be.  The best support of your horse’s immunity is ensuring they are healthy, have low stress levels and are fed a nutritionally complete diet.
Enhancing Immunity:
To maintain good health, ensure your horse is free of internal parasites burdens. Ensure you utilise effective worming programs and reduce worm burdens in pasture by picking up faeces and

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

15 05, 2017

Alpacas and Internal Parasite Control

By |May 15th, 2017|Diseases|0 Comments

Like all ruminants, alpacas are susceptible to a number of internal parasites. These are similar to the internal parasites found in sheep and cattle, and include round worms, whip worms, tapeworms and liver fluke. This means alpacas who share grazing with cattle and sheep are susceptible to picking up infection from their faeces.

Alpacas originate from South America where they are farmed over vast mountainous terrain at a low stocking rate. In New Zealand with

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

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