Tauranga Veterinary Services is proud to support Healthy Pets New Zealand, a charity which supports research into improved health and welfare for Kiwi pets.
The weather is warming up and some days it feels like spring has well and truly sprung. Just as much as us humans love springtime, so do the parasites that live on and in our pets.
Rats, mice, slugs and snails, none of us like these around our homes and gardens. However, our attempts to rid ourselves of these pests can cause harm to our pets.
Our pets are beloved members of our family, so it is only natural we want to provide the best possible care for them, especially when they are unwell. We believe that having pet insurance will reduce financial stress when a pet is unwell. It also gives you peace of mind.
One of the most common problems we see in small animals is dental disease. Most owner do not realise their pet’s teeth are in less-than-optimal condition and we usually pick these problems up during visits for other reasons.
Worming our cats and dogs is often not prioritised, however recent studies have shown we should take a more diligent approach.
All animals can react differently to anaesthetic but the general after care remains the same depending on the type of surgery they have had.
It can be difficult to watch our pets aging and especially hard when they develop age-related conditions. It is however unavoidable and as time passes and they become ‘senior pets’ they will be facing various challenges.
Unfortunately, in NZ Vet clinics operate with no government subsidy but provide a similar standard of professional medical service for our animals that we as humans would receive from our own medical care. So, when an unexpected trip to the vet arises it can often leave our wallets feeling a little bare.
Just like us, a healthy mouth in our pets is vital for a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, dental disease is one of the most common problems seen in cats and dogs with up to 70% of pets over the age of three, suffering from the disease.