Why should I get my dog vaccinated?

Posted by Vetcall on 4 July 2017

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Every year dogs of all ages become seriously ill or die from infectious diseases which could have been prevented through vaccination.  The micro-organisms' that cause these diseases are wide spread in the New Zealand dog population.  The expression 'prevention is better than cure' is very true since there is no specific treatment for the viral diseases and treatment is often lengthy, expensive and not always successful. All dogs must be fully vaccinated against the core canine diseases before they can stay at a boarding kennel. Infectious diseases that we vaccinate against: *Canine Parvovirus - *Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that affects dogs of all ages but is most serious in young...

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Why should I get my cat vaccinated?

Posted by Vetcall on 4 July 2017

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Every year cats of all ages become seriously ill or die from infectious diseases which could have been prevented through vaccination.   The micro-organisms' that cause these diseases are wide spread in the New Zealand cat population (for e.g. New Zealand has one of the highest reported rates of infection with Feline aids in the world: approximately 1 in 10 healthy cats, and 1 in 5 feral cats are infected with the feline aids virus). The expression 'prevention is better than cure' is very true since there is no specific treatment for the viral diseases. Treatment is often lengthy, expensive and not always successful. All cats must be fully vaccinated against the...

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My pet is overweight, can you help?

Posted by Claire Cable on 13 June 2017

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*Weight Management Programs* Weight gain, leading to obesity, is an increasingly common problem we see in our companion cats and dogs.  This can lead to further health risks such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and ultimately shortens the lifespan of your pet.   The first step towards weight loss is to know your pet’s ideal weight.  Up until recently, guessing an ideal weight can lead to over-estimating how much to feed, which in turn leads to disappointing results.  To help achieve an accurate body weight Hill’s along with the University Of Tennessee School Of Veterinary Medicine have formulated a Healthy Weight Protocol in which we weigh your pet and take 4-6 simple body measurements.  From...

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What care does my rabbit need?

Posted by Claire Cable on 13 June 2017

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Rabbits are great pets that have character, are extremely sociable, enjoy the company of humans and are a great way of introducing young children to pet ownership. They are quiet, clean and are easily toilet trained. While rabbits love company, they can be left alone during the day and are therefore suitable for people who work or are away from home.  A rabbit can be housed indoors (secure any cables!) or in a predator-proof enclosure: Ensuring their safety is essential.  An appropriate enclosure is a hutch that is divided into two connecting compartments, one a wire mesh to allow access to natural light and fresh air, while the other is enclosed...

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What should I feed my dog?

Posted by Vetcall on 13 June 2017

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Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, careful nutrition is the best way you can contribute to your pet's prolonged good health.  Your pet's nutritional requirements will change as they age. Puppies need puppy food because it is higher in energy, calcium and protein, but feeding it to an adult dog can lead to obesity.  Likewise, older pets need diets restricted in fat, salt and protien and are often supplemented with fibre for their optimum health.  Many premium senior diets also contain additives to assist in the management of arthritis and can make your pet more comfortable.   At Vetcall we recommend that puppies are fed a premium complete puppy food such as...

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Why is my dog itching its bottom, is it an anal gland problem?

Posted by Claire Cable on 12 May 2017

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Owners’ frequently bring their dogs to see us because their dogs are itchy around their bottoms, and we hear some interesting descriptions of the problem such as ‘sliding’, ‘scooting’ ‘nibbling’ ‘skidding’ and ‘pulling wheelies’ Regardless of the words used to describe it, we are talking about dogs rubbing their back ends along the ground and or persistently licking and biting around their anus and tail base area. Some will itch their sides, or seem uncomfortable when defecating. Owners will often observe the skin around the anus and tail base looking moist and red, and there may also be hair missing. Sometimes there can be fishy odour and occasionally a swelling next to...

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Ringworm in Cats and Dogs - is it a worm?

Posted by Claire Cable on 23 March 2017

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This summer we have been seeing more Ringworm cases in kittens than is usual. An understandably common misconception that many of our clients have is that ringworm is caused by a worm.  Ringworm is actually a fungal infection which can affect the skin, hair and nails. The medical term for Ringworm is Dermatophytosis.  ringworm7 The most commonly isolated fungal species are Microsporum canis (commonly referred to as Ringworm), Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Microsporum gypseum. Cats, dogs and other mammals including people can be affected. Ringworm is more common in puppies and kittens than adult cat and dogs. These organisms are everywhere in our environment so like people, animals are exposed to these organisms from an...

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Why should I get my rabbit vaccinated?

Posted by Vetcall on 31 May 2013

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All pet rabbits should be vaccinated against Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.  This disease is highly contagious and rapidly fatal and is caused by a calicivirus.  This virus was introduced into New Zealand several years ago to help control the wild rabbit population.  Your rabbit does not need to have direct contact with wild rabbits to catch the disease. The earliest your rabbit can be vaccinated is ten to twelve weeks of age.  Rabbits less than twelve weeks of age will require an initial course of two vaccinations given three to four weeks apart.  Rabbits older then twelve weeks will only require a single vaccination.  A health check and booster vaccination is recommended annually...

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My dog needs de-sexing, what is involved?

Posted by Vetcall on 31 May 2013

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Unless you plan to breed from your dog, he/she should be neutered at four to six months of age. Neutered male dogs tend to be less aggressive toward other dogs (especially other male dogs) and don't roam the neighborhood seeking out female dogs in heat.  Neutering your male dog also prevents many health problems that commonly occur later in life e.g. testicular cancer, perineal hernias and prostate problems. Having your female dog neutered reduces the number of unwanted puppies and also prevents many health problems which are commonly encountered later in life e.g. mammary tumours, uterine infections (termed 'pyometra' - these can be life threatening) and ovarian cysts and tumours. The term for...

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My cat needs de-sexing, what is involved?

Posted by Vetcall on 31 May 2013

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Unless you wish to breed from your cat, he/she should be neutered at four to six months of age. Un-neutered male cats tend to roam and fight a lot and may also start urine spraying in the house.  Fighting can lead to injuries and illness and spread of diseases like Feline Aids (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV). Un-neutered female cats tend to quickly become pregnant and can have one litter after another.  This is very hard on them and leads to unwanted kittens. The term for neutering a female cat is 'spaying'.  When female cats are spayed both ovaries and the uterus are removed. The term for neutering a male cat is...

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