Levin & Horowhenua Vets has a purpose built companion animal clinic. We are Best Practice Accredited. We offer a full range of medical and surgical services. We have dedicated companion animal veterinarians, and our mixed-veterinarians in the practice rotate through the companion animal clinic for consultations and surgery.
We have qualified veterinary nurses who work throughout the companion animal clinic on a roster basis. You will meet them when they are seeing nurse consults, discharging your pet from the hospital, or assisting the veterinarians.
Any concern about your pet's health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinary clinic.
Specialist ReferralWe are fortunate to have Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital so close to us in Palmerston North, and access to veterinary specialists in a number of fields, including, but not limited to surgery, medicine, critical care, imaging and dentistry. Dermatology, ophthalmic and feline medicine specialists are available at clinics in Palmerston North or Wellington, and a radiologist is able to come to our clinic for specialist ultrasound and echocardiogram. The specialist's expertise complements that of your veterinarian. You may be referred to a veterinary specialist if diagnosing or treating your pet's health problem requires specialized equipment and/or expertise.
X-RayWith our high quality digital x-ray we are able to take x-rays of your pet to check for many diseases and conditions, including fractures, lung, cardiac and gastrointestinal issues, pregnancy confirmation and more. Most patients will be sedated or anaesthetised in order to get the best quality x-ray possible, with little stress to them. Except in the case of emergency, most x-rays will be scheduled following a veterinary consultation. We can also take digital dental x-rays for a more thorough dental examination of your pet.
DentalsWe have a purpose built dental room, with a wet table, ultrasonic scalar and modern drill, water and air flush, and polishing machine. We can also take digital dental x-rays for a more thorough dental examination of your pet. Most patients will receive local anaesthetic injections when teeth need to be removed - just like you do at the dentist - and go home with antibiotics and pain-relief for several days. Poor dental health is one of the most common problems we see. Our pets can’t brush their own teeth, and they often don’t let us know they are experiencing problems or pain until their dental disease is advanced. That’s why it’s so important to have your pets teeth checked regularly. When we do need to intervene, due to tartar build up, gingivitis or broken teeth for example, it’s not a simple matter. Because animals can’t just open wide, they need to be fully anaesthetised for their dental procedure, placed on IV fluids to support them during the procedure, and just like our surgery patients, they may need to stay the night.
HospitalisationWe have inside and outside dog kennels, a separate cat room, an isolation ward, and cages in our treatment room for any animals requiring intensive monitoring. We have heated floors, air conditioning, lots of comfy bedding, and everything else needed to make your pet feel as safe and comfortable as possible whilst in the hospital, whether for the day, overnight, or longer. Our experience, qualified and dedicated nurses are at the clinic from first thing in the morning until last thing at night to ensure all patients have a comfortable stay. Critical patients will be checked by the on-duty vet through the night. We welcome owners to visit their pets staying at the clinic. Talk to us about the most suitable time.
Vet ConsultationsKeeping good health is all about preventing disease and looking for early signs, so any necessary changes or treatment can be more successful - saving you time, money and stress later on. Did you know that one year in a pet’s life is equivalent to approximately 5-7 human years? A lot can change for your pet in that time. We have three veterinarians consulting from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and two on Saturday mornings. Our veterinarians are available for annual checks, vaccinations, and microchipping, and for any new health or behaviour problem or concern you have about your pet. Our veterinarians are also available for house-calls when appropriate. Please call to make an appointment for a veterinary consult.
Nurse ConsultationsThe nurses have their own consultation room to ensure your pet is attended to as soon as possible. Free clinics include weight checks, dental checks, flea checks, training advice, dietary advice, suture removal, bereavement support, post-operative checks and advice. Clinics that will incur a fee include microchipping, nail clipping, ear cleaning, dressing changes, sample taking and medication administration. Nurses are available for house-calls when appropriate. Please call to make an appointment for your nurse consultation.
Puppy PreschoolProper socialisation, combined with positive reinforcement-based training in the context of a group puppy class helps puppies grow into well-adjusted pets. Classes provide critical socialisation time with a variety of people and other puppies. Studies have shown that when owners attend training classes, they are much more likely to keep their pets. Puppy Preschool can help owners develop a stronger bond with their pets, establish realistic expectations of their pets' behaviour, and learn proper techniques to continue training. And it's fun!
Rabbit VaccinationsDid you know you should vaccinate your rabbit against Rabbit Haemorrhagic Viral Disease (RHVD), otherwise known as Rabbit Calicivirus Disease (RCD) every 12 months? The RHVD virus is highly infectious and usually fatal, affecting wild and domestic rabbits in NZ. This disease can be prevented through vaccination. Rabbits in good health can be vaccinated from ten weeks of age, followed by annual boosters.
Rabbit Vaccination ProgrammeWe can vaccinate your rabbit with Filavac, a vaccine that covers all three strains of RHVD found in NZ. If you join our Rabbit Vaccination Programme, we will ensure your rabbits are vaccinated on time, every year.
Are you exporting your pet to Australia?Levin & Horowhenua Vets is approved by MPI to certify dogs and cats being exported to Australia. See our Exporting Your Pet to Australia brochure, and visit the MPI website for more information.
MicrochippingLevin & Horowhenua Vets strongly recommend that all pets are microchipped. This will significantly increase the chances of your lost pet getting home. A microchip can not fall off, it has no battery to go flat, and it can not be easily removed if your pet has been stolen. In NZ, dogs are required by law, unless they meet exemption criteria, to be microchipped. There is currently no requirement for cats. You can book your pet in for microchipping with a nurse, vet, or during their surgical procedure. There is a reduced fee for microchipping at time of surgery. Please ask us for details. All pets details will be added to the LHVC database. Dogs will be issued with a certificate to be presented to local council as evidence of microchipping. Dogs will be on the local council dog register. We highly recommend registering your pet, especially cats, with the New Zealand Companion Animal Register. This is a national database that can be checked 24/7. Used by over 750 organisations and with over 400,000 NZ pets registered, the (NZCAR) is the largest New Zealand based database for microchipped companion animals. Every day the NZCAR is helping lost pets get home.
Animal Welfare MattersOn 1 October this year new animal welfare regulations came into effect. Whether you’re a commercial farmer or live on a lifestyle block, own a pet or run a petting zoo, transport livestock or ride horses; if you’re responsible for an animal – these regulations could apply to you. [raw]
Please note that we require 24hours notice for repeat prescription requests. We need to make sure that the prescription is always appropriate for your pet, no matter how long they’ve been on the medication or how many repeats have been authorised previously. We need to know that your pet is responding to their medication how we expect them to, and we care about their welfare. Things may change and we need to know. In order to do that we will ask you a few questions about the medication and your pet before forwarding on the request. It takes time to review the information you have given us, as well as your pet’s history and the instructions from the authorising vet. Please allow 24hours for a repeat prescription to be dispensed. In some cases it will not be possible or in your pet’s best interest to dispense the medication until your vet has talked to you, or we have seen your pet again.
We do a wide range of surgeries, Monday to Friday, including speys and castrations, lump removals, orthopaedic surgeries and many more. Most surgeries are scheduled following a consultation with a veterinarian, although speys and castrates can be booked directly by the client.
There sometimes comes a time in a pet’s life where you as their owner have to make the heart-wrenching decision to say goodbye and elect for euthanasia. It may be due to accident, behaviour or an age-related disease. Vets are able to give advice but ultimately it is up to you, as the pet’s caregiver, to make the decision to end their life humanely. Some age related diseases give us time, but in other circumstances an urgent decision is required to prevent further suffering. Your pet’s quality of life is most important, but how do we measure that?