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30 01, 2018

How do you look after you new Kitten or Puppy?

By |2020-07-30T12:00:42+12:00January 30th, 2018|Cats, Companion Animals, Dogs, Puppy, Uncategorized, Vaccination|0 Comments

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

14 11, 2017

Is your pet up to date with their vaccinations?

By |2020-07-30T12:00:42+12:00November 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

19 02, 2017

Horses: Respiratory Disease & Vaccinations

By |2020-07-21T13:29:50+12:00February 19th, 2017|Horses, Vaccination|0 Comments

Respiratory Disease Respiratory disease in horses is common and can be caused by a number of factors. Upper respiratory disease normally occurs and infected horses may have a nasal discharge, sneeze, cough, have swollen glands and be depressed. Most respiratory disease is caused by viral infections but a secondary bacterial infection often occurs.    These infections can range from a simple cold through to the serious and highly contagious equine strangles.    Fortunately we do not have

24 11, 2016

Is your Pet due for a Service?

By |2020-07-30T12:00:47+12:00November 24th, 2016|Cats, Dogs, Vaccination|0 Comments

Is your Pet due for a  WoF check up? Just like vehicles our pets need a check over at least once a year to make sure everything is running smoothly. A clinical exam is very important in assessing wellness and alerting us to potential problems. So what does the vet check for in routine physical examination? It may seem like we are just talking and patting the animal but a lot goes on… The exam

23 04, 2015

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

By |2020-07-30T12:00:48+12:00April 23rd, 2015|Cats, FIV, Vaccination|0 Comments

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a common disease in New Zealand cats. In NZ it is reported that between 7% and 30% of cats have FIV. Infection rates vary between regions (areas with a big feral cat population will have higher rates) and there are currently no statistics available for the Bay of Plenty. *On average, that means that 1 cat out of every 13 cats in NZ has FIV! What is FIV? FIV is

18 01, 2015

Preventing Canine Cough

By |2020-07-21T13:30:26+12:00January 18th, 2015|Dogs, Vaccination|0 Comments

Canine cough, formerly known as kennel cough, is a reasonably common disease of dogs seen throughout NZ. Canine cough could be considered a little like having a cold in people, making your dog feel unwell and causing bouts of coughing, at times severe. It is a multifactorial disease meaning many different factors contribute to whether your dog will suffer clinical disease or not. Contributing factors can include the bugs (viruses and bacteria) your dog is

30 08, 2014

What is FIV?

By |2020-07-21T13:30:43+12:00August 30th, 2014|Cats, FIV, Vaccination|0 Comments

FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus) is a disease similar to HIV in humans - although it is not transmissible to people. The virus can cause a number of health problems as it decreases your cat’s immunity, lowering their ability to fight infection and illness, such as severe gingivitis, cancers and other serious diseases which can potentially lead to a shorter lifespan. FIV is transmitted through saliva, so cats usually become infected following a cat fight from

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