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Weighty Matters

It is estimated that nearly 60% of our dogs and cats are overweight. Excess weight can reduce longevity and adversely affect our pets’ quality of life. Many diseases are directly or indirectly attributed to being overweight including breathing difficulties, heart … Continue reading

Holiday Horribilis

A veterinary joke ’12 days of Christmas’ song was, unfortunately, more fortune-telling than funny for Levin & Horowhenua Vets over the Christmas and New Year holidays. From twelve sickly stomachs… seven foreign bodies… two hit-by-cars and … we really did … Continue reading

Food for Thought

With the seemingly endless list of choices, selecting the best food for your pet can be a difficult decision to make. Catchy marketing, persistent myths, and the influence of the latest human trends and fashions all add to the confusion. … Continue reading

Lumps and Bumps

Finding lumps or bumps on our pets can be a worry. There are many reasons for them to appear. They may be small or large, soft or firm, covered in normal skin, or be bleeding. They may appear suddenly, grow … Continue reading

Itchies & Scratchies

The warmer weather means the fleas are up and ready to bite; our pets are outside in the garden; and their winter coats are shedding. All good reasons to get itchy and scratchy. Make sure their flea treatment is up-to-date … Continue reading

Fireworks and your Animals

  From Visually Many people love the sights and sounds of fireworks, but for our pets and other animals they can be frightening, sometimes to the extreme. Most vet clinics and SPCA’s around the country encounter a number of lost, … Continue reading

Slug & Snail Bait Toxicity

Spring often means a burst of activity in and around our homes to get things fixed and spruced up. It’s a great time to do the same for our pets. Book them in for their annual health check, get onto … Continue reading

Mouth Matters

The health of your pet’s mouth matters. By the age of just three years, up to 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have signs of dental disease. An unhealthy mouth can cause bad breath, chronic pain, reduced quality of … Continue reading

Pet Insurance

In the vast majority of households, our pets are considered members of the family. Unlike their human family, pets cost money to care for, as there is no pet public health system. Technology and advancements in veterinary science have increased … Continue reading

Rat Bait Toxicity

  As the weather gets colder, mice and rats start seeking shelter in warm locations like our houses. The start of winter means an increase in mouse and rat poisoning. As the use of these poisons increases so does the … Continue reading