Posts written by Admin LHVC

Old Age is not a Disease

With the lifespan of our companion animals being considerably shorter than our own, we inevitably see them develop from a puppy/kitten, through the juvenile stages, into adulthood and beyond into their senior years and eventually passing over the rainbow bridge. … Continue reading

Keeping your Pet Safe this Easter

Easter is often a time for reflection, family gatherings, hot cross buns and Easter eggs. With many activities happening and festive food around, it is an important time to keep your pet safe. Do not share chocolate or hot cross … Continue reading

Pet Insurance

Owning a pet can be very rewarding and has proven human health benefits. Having a dog around can lead to lower levels of stress for both adults and kids. Pets have been found to decrease the risk of asthma in … Continue reading

Treating Hip Displacement in Dogs

Hip dysplasia is the most commonly inherited orthopaedic disease in dogs. It causes pain and stiffness, and affects your dog’s quality of life. Dogs with a loose hip joint (hip laxity) are at higher risk of developing hip dysplasia. PennHIP … Continue reading

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