Category: Companion Animal

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

When Your Cat Can’t Pee

Sometimes we notice our cats frequently going (or trying to go) to the toilet. We may describe this as straining, or think that they are constipated. Sometimes they manage to pass little drops of urine which may be tinged with … Continue reading

Keep your pets summer safe

Take some simple precautions to keep your much loved pet healthy, happy and safe this summertime. Keep your pet cool. A panting animal is trying to cool down. If they can’t, they may become heat stressed, and this can rapidly … Continue reading

The Hangry Cat

You know the one –puss has become cranky or aggressive, is always hungry but is losing weight. Other signs may include restlessness or nervousness, increased vocalisation, a poor coat, drinking and urinating more, intermittent vomiting, defecating more, and heat avoidance. … Continue reading

Causes of Cat Skin Conditions

Cats are some of the best groomers and can spend up to 30% of their awake time cleaning their coats. As a very general rule of thumb, the healthier a cat’s coat, the healthier they usually are on the inside … Continue reading

How to deal with your dog’s food allergies?

Allergies are a very common cause of skin problems in pets and surprisingly, approximately 10% of all skin allergy cases in dogs are food related. Seeing your dog scratch constantly, rubbing up against furniture to itch and licking their fur … Continue reading

Don’t play it by ear

Problems with our pets’ ears are very common. Signs of these ear problems include scratching or rubbing at the ears or head, odour, discharge, redness or swelling, shaking their head or tilting it to one side, holding the ears down, … Continue reading