14 11, 2017

Is your pet up to date with their vaccinations?

By |November 14th, 2017|Cats, Dogs, Vaccination|0 Comments

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

17 10, 2017

Poisonous Plants and their risk to Sheep and Cattle

By |October 17th, 2017|Cows, Sheep|0 Comments

A story about poisonous plants and Milo McColl; a 4 week old lamb who was bottle fed and kept in back garden……
The case…
A recent case I saw illustrates the problems and dangers of unknown plant ingestion by young ruminants. I picked up an early morning call from a worried owner. Her 4 week old pet lamb was “frothing at the mouth and falling over”. It had me rushing in to our Te Puna clinic

17 10, 2017

Caring for Lifestyle Pigs

By |October 17th, 2017|Pigs|0 Comments

Pigs make great pets but they have their own specific challenges.
They should be handled quietly. Small pigs can be picked up to aid restraint but bigger animals may need a crate and backing board to work with them. A snubbing rope can be used by an experienced handler.
One of the most important things is to provide adequate shelter that is well ventilated and dry underfoot. Always ensure there is water available.  Pigs cannot cool themselves

16 10, 2017

Equine Worming

By |October 16th, 2017|Horses, Parasites, Worms|0 Comments

Worming: All horses require management to prevent worm burdens.  Understanding the lifecycles and different kinds of worms will aid in preventing these burdens.   Anthelmintic (worming treatment) resistance is growing so it is important to make informed decisions when treating our horses.
Horses generally become infected with worms, or endoparasites, directly when they graze and consume the worm larvae living in the grass.  A typical roundworm lifecycle is known as a direct life cycle.  Adults

16 10, 2017

Flystrike Prevention in Lambs & Sheep

By |October 16th, 2017|Sheep|0 Comments

Flystrike challenge normally occurs from November through to March during the warm humid conditions that favour the rapid increase in blowfly populations.

Blowflies lay eggs on the fleece (usually down the mid back and crutch areas) which hatch into maggots. The maggots burrow into the flesh. This is easily prevented with the use of a fly strike prevention pour on and will save your stock from the unpleasant effects of fly strike.

Early signs of flystrike

15 10, 2017

Spring Parasites & management – be Wormwise!

By |October 15th, 2017|Cows, Deer, Goats, Sheep|2 Comments

Spring is the New Year for worms.  As the weather warms and spring rain continues, parasites at the larvae stage that have been slumbering in your pasture come to life and resume their life cycle. They multiply furiously through spring and summer. If not managed successfully, they can reach very high, potentially fatal numbers for your livestock later in the autumn.
Management Plans
The challenge is to minimise the impact that worms have on production, while

9 10, 2017

Footrot in Sheep & Goats

By |October 9th, 2017|Goats, Sheep|0 Comments

Footrot is a significant welfare concern, and is estimated to cost the NZ sheep industry $11 million per year. This cost is in production loss and treatment – a hefty burden on NZ sheep farmers.
Treatment Options:
Treatment options typically include antibiotics.  Antibiotics vary in their effectiveness, and none have shown to be 100% effective in fixing this industry problem. A strategic goal of the New Zealand Veterinary Associate is to reduce reliance on antibiotics for

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

11 09, 2017

Flea bite hypersensitivity & treating the environment

By |September 11th, 2017|Cats, Dogs, Flea Treatment, Fleas|0 Comments

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

28 08, 2017

Generalised Annual Disease Prevention Plan for Deer

By |August 28th, 2017|Deer|0 Comments

Deer are amazing creatures that can serve as both a commercial farming venture, as well as an accompaniment to a lifestyle farmer. Owning deer can pose a large management issue, namely appropriate fencing and proper yards for examining, treating and velvetting. Like all animals, deer can succumb to a range of animal health issues. Outlined below is a brief description of common health issues and preventative measures throughout the year.
Weaners should be vaccinated against

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