Companion Animals

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

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

24 04, 2017

Cancer in Cats and Dogs

By |April 24th, 2017|Cats, Companion Animals, Diseases, Dogs, Uncategorized|4 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

31 05, 2016

Feeling Thirsty?

By |May 31st, 2016|Companion Animals, Cows, Dogs, Hyperthyroidism, Kidney Disease|0 Comments

Drinking a lot is a common sign in older pets and can be the symptom of a number of different diseases. Normally a dog will drink 60-80 ml/kg/day which would be around 600 to 800 ml for a 10 kg dog and an average cat drinks up to 250 ml a day.

In older cats chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) are common conditions that cause increased drinking and weight loss.  Up to

14 04, 2016

Arthritis in our Pets

By |April 14th, 2016|Arthritis, Cats, Companion Animals, Dogs|1 Comment

Lameness and joint pain are one of the most common reasons pets are brought into our vet clinic. The causes are varied, but in our senior pets, lameness is often secondary to a recent injury or to arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). DJD occurs when the cartilage within one or more joints is worn away, leading to inflammation, pain and reduced quality of life. This is usually due to wear and

5 04, 2016

Cat or Dog over the age of Seven? They’re a Senior Citizen!

By |April 5th, 2016|Cats, Companion Animals, Dogs|0 Comments

Dogs and cats over the age of 7 are considered senior! There is some breed variation – a large dog will be a senior at 5 years, where as a cat or small dog, 8-9 years maybe more appropriate. Whilst some animals are in their prime others have started showing signs of ageing. Owners may notice things such as slowing down, changes in weight (increase or decrease), stiffness, and changes in appetite/ drinking, hearing

11 03, 2016

Hopping mad about Rabbits?

By |March 11th, 2016|Companion Animals, Rabbits, Uncategorized|4 Comments

We love Rabbits, they make intelligent, friendly and quiet pets! They live on average for 7-10 years and so may still be with you when the kids leave home!

Rabbits need a diet high in fibre to maintain a healthy gut. They also produce cecotropes, a type of dropping rich in nutrients. These are eaten daily & play a vital dietary role! 15% of their diet should be fresh greens and pellets are more of a daily treat, as

14 07, 2015

CHILLY BUNS?

By |July 14th, 2015|Companion Animals, Rabbits|0 Comments

It’s Winter and many of us are looking forward to a trip to the snow and warm nights in front of the fire. So spare a thought for your outdoor pets who may not be as enthusiastic about the Winter months as we are. These few simple weather-proofing steps may help make the season more bearable for our cuddly outside friends.

Check leaky homes: Inspect your hutch to ensure bunnies and guinea pigs are not

28 01, 2015

Registering Your Dog for Blood Donation

By |January 28th, 2015|Companion Animals, Dogs|0 Comments

Alfie is a 4 month old puppy came to see us at our Tauranga clinic. Alfie had visited a relative’s house a week ago where some rat bait had been hidden behind a freezer. Now Alfie was unwell, he was very lethargic, didn’t want to eat and was having trouble breathing. On examination his gums were very pale instead of pink so a blood test was run which showed he was very anaemic (had

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

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