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
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.
This is the remarkable story of Jaxon’s recovery from a rare castration complication, as told by Vet Dr Marcus Allan.
It’s easy not to think too much about the worms our furry friends might be carrying around. They’re usually out of sight, living in your pet’s intestines as adults or travelling around their insides as migrating larvae.
Cats generally are not great supporters of change. If they had it their way they would prefer to stay where they are already settled in their surroundings. However, at some stage in their lives, most cats have to make that move to a new location.
Winter is now firmly in place and although the flea population is less, it is still present.
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!