Posts written by Admin LHVC

Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome

Recently brachycephalic (short-faced) animals have become increasingly popular to own. While they look cute, a proportion of these animals (dogs, cats and rabbits) struggle with day-to-day life due to extreme breeding. Brachycephalic breeds have shortened face bones, which give them … Continue reading

Think Twice Before Gifting an Animal

The holidays are arriving and lots of gift-giving will be occurring. Quite often animals are given as gifts during this time of year. While this is not always a bad gift idea, do think twice before giving an animal to … Continue reading

Responsible Breeding

Deciding to open your heart and home up to a new puppy is an exciting time with many factors to consider. They will be part of your life for many years, and potentially growing up with your children, so getting a … Continue reading

Heritable Diseases

Heritability is a term associated with breeding and is an indication of the likelihood that a particular characteristic will be passed from one generation to the next. Individual differences are important, it makes us who we are, but why do … Continue reading

Spring is here

Winter is finally over, and spring has begun. As the days get longer, we can start to get out in the garden and plant some vegetables. As we tidy up the yard there are things to consider, in order to … Continue reading

Vaccinating your Rabbit

In New Zealand the only virus we need to vaccinate rabbits against is Rabbit Haemorrhagic Viral Disease (RHVD) which is also known as Rabbit Calicivirus. RHVD spreads rapidly between rabbits but can also be carried by insects, or brought in … Continue reading

Microchip your pets

Microchips are a small implant, about the size of a grain of rice, that transponds a number when scanned. This number is individual to the animal and when entered into the New Zealand Companion Animal Register, can provide details about … Continue reading

Cold and Creaky

The cold weather has arrived and we might not be the only ones that find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. You might notice your pet slowing down, taking longer to get up, seeming a bit … Continue reading

Animals can benefit from Physical Rehabilitation

Almost every dog suffers from arthritis at some point in his or her life. Arthritis can be a painful disease process that can benefit significantly from rehabilitation. The changes in the joints can lead to stiffness, lameness, decreased activity, and … Continue reading

What you need to know about Parvo

Helping you keep your dog safe Recently there have been parvovirus outbreaks across the country; the Horowhenua district has had its fair share of cases. Here is what you need to know about “Parvo”.  What is “Parvo” ? Parvo is caused … Continue reading