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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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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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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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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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Why should my senior dog have regular senior wellness check-ups?

Posted by Vetcall on 31 May 2013

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Dogs age at five to seven years for every human year and are considered ‘senior’ at about seven years of age. Generally small breeds of dogs live longer than larger breeds.  Some small dog breeds are considered senior at about 10 years of age, while giant breeds are classified as seniors as young as five.    Dogs are very good at hiding early signs of age-related disease and it can be very difficult for both owners and veterinarians to detect early signs of disease.  Many treatable or preventable diseases may have no observable signs early in their course and by the time a change is noticed, the disease may be quite...

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