The teams at Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puna and Papamoa Village Vets have come together with other veterinary professionals, businesses and everyday kiwis, filling boxes with desperately needed medical supplies to help the wounded wildlife in Australia.
The festive season is definitely upon us, but along with the merriness, food and drinks galore and gift-giving, as pet owners we need to be mindful and extra vigilant about our furry friends and the best ways to keep them healthy, happy and safe. Our Quick Tips list below will hopefully help you have a wonderful, stress-free silly season.
Just like us, our pets are at risk of dental disease. Plaque (the furry feeling on our teeth) is a bacterium that grows and if left on the teeth it calcifies and turns rock hard into tartar. On average 80% of cats and dogs have a degree of dental disease by the age of 3 years.
We would like to introduce Dr Dave O’Brien into the Large Animal and Equine team here at Tauranga Vets.
Guy Fawkes can certainly be an enjoyable event, however this time of year can also be a very traumatic time for our pets, there’s no doubt about that.
Many people think that cats are low maintenance pets that only need the occasional brush. This can be true of some short haired cats. Long haired breeds are a different story. Long haired types ideally need to be groomed once a day to maintain a healthy coat. Grooming is also a great time to bond with your cat!
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.
By vet Dr Phil Reenie
As of 1 October 2019, it will be a legal requirement that all cattle being disbudded/dehorned will need ‘an appropriately placed and effective local anaesthetic that is authorised by a veterinarian for the purpose of the procedure’. This is true for all methods of horn tissue removal including hot iron cautery, scoop dehorning, amputation dehorning and caustic paste; which is no longer appropriate.
In addition to this, anyone disbudding/dehorning must: be
Early socialisation is vital to ensure a balanced and well-behaved adult dog – current thinking is that many young dogs are put down because of behavioural problems that could be prevented by early socialisation.
On Tuesday 17th September, Dr Marcus Allan of Tauranga Vets held a successful day gastroscoping at the Tauranga Racecourse. Marcus was able to identify different degrees of gastric ulceration ranging from mild to severe.
Marcus says the horse owners enjoyed being able to see the live images displayed on the screen and could appreciate the ulceration present. “It was easy to relate the ulceration seen with the associated clinical and behavioural signs the horse was