There’s been some media attention lately around salt lamps and the harm they can do to your pet. Cats and dogs are known to like salty things and sodium poisoning can cause plenty of unwanted outcomes. The salt lamp stories got some of the team here at Tauranga Vets talking and yes, salt lamps do pose a risk to our pets, however we could all think of much more common household hazards that could land your pet at the vets!
Future generations of Kiwi pets will hopefully live longer, healthier and happier lives thanks to the work of a charity supported by Tauranga Vets. Tauranga Vets has supported Healthy Pets New Zealand for over a year now, in a partnership where the business and its generous clients donate money for research into improved health and welfare. The charity is run by veterinary professionals who give their time and care deeply about the health and well-being of Kiwi pets.
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
Vaccinations protect against infectious and potentially life threatening diseases. It can be difficult to know what your pets should be vaccinated against, and when you should vaccinate. Below is a brief summary to help you out:
Puppies and kittens
Kittens and Puppies usually need a series of three vaccinations to establish a good level of immunity. The final vaccination is given when your pet is about 14 – 16 weeks of age.
Adult cats and dogs
Adult cats and
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
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
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!
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
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
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