2 11, 2016

Mud Fever

By |November 2nd, 2016|Cows, Horses, Sheep|1 Comment

Winter and  Spring is the time of year for mud fever. This is a skin infection caused by an organism called Dermatophilus congolensis which lives in the soil. In winter, the skin is softened by rain and mud. Continual wetting and drying causes the skin to chap and allows the bacteria to enter. Muddy conditions are not always necessary; wounds or grazes can also allow the bacteria to penetrate.


Mud fever is recognized by scabs,

29 09, 2016

Cattle Reproduction : Treating Non-cyclers

By |September 29th, 2016|Cows|0 Comments

It has been widely reported that the reproductive performance of the NZ dairy cow was declining in the early part of the new millennium. The major challenge in the NZ system is the non-cycling cow. Emphasis on Body Condition Score (BCS), and selection of fertility in the Breeding Value (BV) have improved some of these fertility measures. The reduced payout in recent years has reduced the level of supplementary feeding in response and another

28 09, 2016

Leptospriosis Vaccination of Young Calves

By |September 28th, 2016|Cows|0 Comments

Leptospirosis remains a serious threat to the health and livelihood of farmers.  While control of lepto in New Zealand dairy cattle has improved markedly thanks to widespread vaccination, evidence remains that there is still room for improvement.  Every year almost 100 cases of leptospirosis are reported in humans, and it is estimated that the numbers of unreported or undiagnosed cases are even higher. Farmers or farm workers have a 4 to 7 % chance

27 07, 2016

School Ag Days with Tauranga, Te Puna, Katikati and Papamoa Village Vets

By |July 27th, 2016|Clinic Updates, Cows, Sheep|0 Comments

Tauranga Vets is pleased to be able to support local Ag Days by providing FREE vaccinations for pet lambs and calves.

Bring your ‘Ag Day’ pet lamb or calf into one of our four clinics for their FREE Ag Day consultation:

First Ultravac 5 in 1 Vaccination*
Free Clinic health check*
Tail ringing for lambs*
Castration ringing for lambs and calves*
A dispensed 2nd vaccination of Ultravac 5 in 1 also free of charge

Give us a call to book your consultation:


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

31 05, 2016

Pre-Calving Copper Testing

By |May 31st, 2016|Cows|0 Comments

With the end of the ‘zinc season’ close at hand it is important to check your herd’s copper reserves. Zinc competes with copper for absorption at the gut level, which may lead to very low copper levels in May when zinc supplementation finishes. Variation in supplementary feed offered further complicates the situation.

Many farms adopt quite different supplement feed plans to ensure stock are fed adequately. For instance in recent years large amounts of palm

31 05, 2016

Understanding Magnesium – A supplement for one month before Calving

By |May 31st, 2016|Cows|0 Comments

Magnesium (Mg) has many physiological and bio-mechanical functions.  It is vital for normal nerve conduction, muscle function and bone formation.  It is also important for mobilising calcium during lactation.  Cattle need to ingest Mg EVERY DAY to maintain adequate levels.  Grass staggers occurs when the levels of Mg in the blood and brain become too low.  It is seen as hyper-excitability/aggression, muscle spasms, convulsions and can rapidly progress to death without intervention.

Cow Requirements

A lactating

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