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We are available for a range of consultations whether it be surgical, medical, general health check ups , transfers or second opinions.
Keeping your pets happy and healthy usually begins with a consultation at our clinic. We can assist by providing advice, information or a crucial second opinion.
During a consultation, we can discuss medical conditions or surgical procedures, or provide general health check-ups, transfers and second opinions. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and discuss all of your treatment options.
We strongly recommend annual check-ups for all pets, and bi-annual check-ups for elderly pets.
During a check-up, we will give your pet a nose-to-tail examination which involves a thorough examination of your pet’s nose, eyes, ears, teeth, gums and limbs. We’ll also listen to your pet’s heart and lungs to make sure everything looks and sounds normal.
Book a consultation today in by calling 09 638 8445.
We strongly recommend microchipping your cat or dog. All dogs born after the 1st July 2006 have to be microchipped in New Zealand (with the exemption of working farm dogs). We can also microchip your rabbits, guinea pigs or even birds.
How big is the microchip?
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice.
How is it administered?
The microchip is administered via a syringe and a very small needle, which causes only a little bit of discomfort. A local anaesthetic is available for more sensitive pets.
Does it hurt and how long does it take?
For most dogs and cats, microchipping only stings as much as any other injection or vaccination. A lot of pets don’t even react to the needle at all. We can also microchip your pet when they are being speyed/neutered, meaning they will be asleep while the chip is inserted.
We recommend registering your pet’s microchip number on the NZ Companion Animal Registry. The registry links all your contact details and your pet’s details with their chip; this allows both you and your pet to be quickly identified in the case of emergency. The registry is used by vet clinics New Zealand wide and by the SPCA.
Vaccinations are important to ensure your pet’s health is maintained and that they are protected from a range of viral diseases.
Our recommended vaccination protocol is as follows:
- First vaccination at 6 weeks old – Nobivac DHPPI which covers Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza
- Second vaccination at 9 weeks old (or 3 weeks after 1st vaccination) – Nobivac DHPPI, Nobivac Leptospirosis and Nobivac intranasal KC (Bordetella, canine cough)
- Third Vaccination at 12 weeks old (or 3 weeks after 2nd vaccination) – Nobivac DHPPI and Nobivac Leptospirosis
For Adult Dogs:
Annual boosters of Nobivac leptospirosis and Nobivac intranasal kennel cough, as well as three yearly testing for antibodies to distemper and parvo viruses (Titre testing) .
- First vaccination at 6 weeks old – Nobivac Tricat which covers feline herpes virus (FHV), feline calicivirus (FCV) and feline panleucopaenia virus (FPLV)
- Second vaccination at 9 weeks old ( or 3 weeks after 2nd vaccination) – Nobivac Tricat
- Third vaccination at 12 weeks old (or 3 weeks after 3rd vaccination) – Nobivac Tricat
For Adult Cats:
Yearly booster vaccinations of Nobivac Tricat or Nobivac Ducat are recommended especially for social cats or cattery visiting cats.
The FIV vaccination (feline aids) is optional but recommended, especially if you have a high male cat population in your neighbourhood and/or if your cat gets into fights. FIV require 3 vaccinations 3 weeks apart from each other, then a booster vaccination annually.
The FeLV vaccine is unavailable. This disease has almost died out in NZ.
Calici virus vaccine is recommended, as the disease is always fatal if your rabbit is unprotected. Vaccination is yearly (after 12 weeks of age) for the first 3-4 years and then once every 3 years or so.
Desexing Your Cat or Dog
We recommend desexing your dog or cat at or before 6 months of age. Desexing operations at the clinic are performed under general anaesthetic, using a sterile technique. Pain relief is always given.
Desexing Male Cats:
The procedure involves removing the testicles through one small incision in the scrotum. There are no external stitches and recovery time is very fast. Occasionally, one or both the testicles are retained in the cat’s abdomen and do not appear under the cat’s tail as normal. In this case, the veterinarian has to perform a much more complicated operation to retrieve the testicles. If they are left in the abdomen they can become cancerous.
Once your cat is neutered, he will:
- Be far less likely to fight with other cats, and therefore less likely to receive wounds or abscesses
- Be less likely to wander
- Have urine that does smell as strongly as an unneutered cat’s
- Have less chance of FIV infection (feline aids)
Desexing Female Cats:
When desexing cats, Dr Chris will make as small an incision as possible in order to reduce recovery time and infection. He removes the ovaries and uterus and sutures everything closed using hidden stitching so your cat can’t pull all of its stitches out.
Unspayed female cats regularly get pregnant and can produce litters of 3-5 kittens, two to three times per year.
Once your cat is spayed she:
- Cannot get pregnant
- Will not call for mates
- Has less chance of FIV infection (feline aids)
- Will not suffer from infection of the uterus (pyometra)
- Has a reduced risk of mammary (breast) cancer
The desexing procedure for male dogs is nearly identical to the procedure of desexing male cats.
Once your dog is neutered he will:
- Not want to roam or chase female dogs in “heat”
- Be less likely to be aggressive towards other dogs, especially other male dogs
- Have a reduced likelihood of prostate cancer
- Be less likely to mount and mark/urine on everything
The desexing procedure for female dogs is nearly identical to the procedure for desexing female cats.
Once your dog is spayed she:
- Cannot get pregnant
- Will no longer come into season or on “heat”. This avoids the nuisance of having to keep her away from other dogs and having to clean up bloody discharge.
- Will not suffer from infection of the uterus (pyometra)
- Will have a reduced risk of mammary (breast) cancer
All rabbits, rats, mice, guinea pigs, etc. can be desexed to reduce aggression and prevent population explosions, as well as preventing mammary cancer and uterine complications.
We are able to provide a wide range of surgical services, ranging from:
- Soft tissue: exploratory, biopsy, grass seed extraction, abscess drainage, etc.
- Corrective surgeries: soft palate resection, stenotic nasal wedge resection, eyelid corrections, entropion or ectropin, distichaisis removal
- Health cosmetic surgeries, removing folds of skin e.g. vulvoplasty to prevent urine scald
- Cancer/tumour surgery, with emphasis placed on speed of removal if this is essential
- Orthopaedics (pinning/plating fractures), however plating is more often used as is a better way of fixing a fracture
- Cruciate surgery, from the easier modified technique to the specialist TPLO surgeries offered by referral to specialists, can be done in clinic Now
- Luxating patella surgeries, with Kiss principles working well 95% of the time.
Our clinic uses modern anaesthetic monitoring equipment, well researched anaesthetic drugs and all of our nurses are qualified with either a veterinary nursing certificate or diploma.
At the clinic we can perform a range of dental procedures including scale and polishes, extractions, and tooth root abscess treatment. Often, teeth can be past their saving date, and your pet is far better off without them at this stage.
The most common procedure performed is a dental scale and polish. This procedure involves your pet going under general anaesthetic. This is necessary because cats and dogs do not keep still and will not keep their mouths open for long periods of time. Sometimes they bite and can potentially destroy dental equipment. Tartar is removed using a ultrasonic dental scaler. The tip of the instrument vibrates very quickly and breaks up the tartar so it can be removed easily. We can also remove the plaque and bacteria from under the gums that cause the gingivitis. If a tooth is badly decayed it may need to be removed. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and pain killers are given if required.
We are equipped with an x-ray machine and a modern automatic processor so we can take x-rays and have them processed in minutes. It is important to have your pet keep still and be well positioned xrays. Hence we prefer to sedate your pet while an x-ray is performed, unless they are critically ill.
X-rays are an important diagnostic tool in the clinic and can be used to help diagnose fractures, as well as bladder stones, heart size, chest conditions, arthritic changes, foreign bodies and more
In Clinic Lab Work
At the clinic we are able to run a urinalysis (urine test) for your pet. This involves getting a urine sample from your pet most commonly by the “free catch” method which means using a container to collect a sample as your animal squats or cocks their leg to urinate.
A urinalysis is used to help to diagnose or keep an eye on a range of conditions most commonly cystitis, bladder infections, bladder stones, kidney disease and diabetes.
In-clinic cytology is used frequently to help diagnose tumours, lumps, skin problems (e.g. mange, ringworm, infection), examine urine or faecal samples, blood samples and check for parasites.
Immediate glucose testing for diabetics or hypo glycaemic patients e.g. small “handbag” dogs.
Full in-house laboratory service (ABAXIS) and backup at Gribbles laboratory close by with courier collection twice a day, faster results than your own DHB provides.
Friendly pathologists provide advice to help with results and pinpoint problems found in your pets.
What is a Titre Test?
“Titre” is a term used to describe and measure the level of protective antibodies (disease-fighting immune cells which are produced in immunised animals) in the blood.
Protective antibodies (the body’s disease fighting mechanism or immune system) in the blood are produced in one of two ways:
- When a virus or bacteria invades the body
- When a vaccination is administered
What does a Titre test prove?
If the titre test is positive then your pet is protected from that disease and there is no need to re-vaccinate your dog against the disease.
Until recently, this was a relatively expensive test, with an answer from a lab obtained days later. What has been needed is a rapid, inexpensive, in clinic test.
During your dog’s annual health check a blood sample is taken and tested at the clinic. If the test shows your dog is still protected then another vaccination will not be needed. However, if your dog is vaccinated against Canine (Kennel) Cough and Leptospirosis then boosters for these diseases should be given annually, as the DOI (duration of immunity) for these products is generally one year or less.
The titre blood test should be repeated every 2-3 years to check if your dog needs to be vaccinated for CDV (Canine Distemper Virus) and CPV (Canine Parvo Virus).
We are lucky to be running puppy classes from our clinic. The classes are on a wednesday or Thursday night 6:30-8pm for a course duration of 4 weeks. The classes are designed for puppies 9-16 weeks of age. This covers basic commands, toilet training, socialisation and much more. If you have a new pup at home and would like more information please call us at the clinic 096388445.