It was all hands on deck on Tuesday last week, with not one but two emergency C-Sections performed successfully in the space of a couple of hours. The lives of both the animals (a sheep and a Rottweiler cross) depended on the emergency C-sections and it’s fair to say what started as a relatively quiet Tuesday morning turned into a very unique situation.
Ticks are an external parasite that attach to the skin and feed on the blood of our animals. They are quite slow moving and cannot jump; they rely on crawling onto their host. When a tick feeds, they attach and do not release themselves from the host (animal) until they are full.
We are excited to keep you informed about the changes about to start at our Katikati clinic. We have finally been given sign off to start renovations to our current clinic. The building will be expanding to better cater to the needs of our community and its animals.
Welcome to March! And the cooler, hopefully, a little wetter Autumn months. Autumn can bring relief to the farm as we get some much needed rain along with the warm air and ground temperatures which make it the optimal time for grass growth. But Autumn is also a time that we need to be aware of some potential health issues that may affect your livestock
Chickens are a wonderful small animal to keep, with the added bonus of fresh eggs in the morning. If you haven’t kept chickens before there are a few things to consider first.
Chickens can be grouped into commercial hybrids and heritage breeds. The commercial breeds of brown shaver and hyline are egg layer machines however they can be less friendly unless you have handled them a lot since they were young. The heritage breeds are
Tauranga, Te Puna, Katikati and Papamoa Village Vets are honoured to have once again taken home a major award at the 2018 Westpac Business Awards.
Respiratory tract disease is a common problem that presents during the summer months. It is often inflammatory in origin affecting lower or upper (or both) airways. Lower airway disease is commonly referred to as “Recurrent airway obstruction” (ROA) and upper airway disease as “Inflammatory airway disease” (IAD). Horses show variable signs including coughing, nasal discharge, increased respiratory effort, lethargy and exercise intolerance. Lower airway disease tends to be more severe than upper. Both ROA
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
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.
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