Six month spot-on flea treatment for dogs - Bravecto Spot-On now at Vetcall Christchurch

Posted by Claire Cable on 3 August 2017

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Brand new from the folks who brought us Bravecto Chewable, we are really pleased to introduce another fantastic new spot on flea product for dogs which because of its 6 month duration of action is going to revolutionize the fight against fleas. Bravecto Spot-On for Dogs: Bravecto Spot-On has a new active ingredient Fluralaner. Because it’s new there are no known resistance issues Provides 6 months protection against fleas and 4 months protection against ticks for dogs (Bravecto Chewable provides 3 months protection against fleas and ticks).  Currently there is no other spot-on product on the market that lasts this long Single fuss free dose which is applied directly to the skin...

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Itchy Bottoms in Dogs - a real pain in the butt!

Posted by Claire Cable on 20 May 2017

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scooting 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...

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New Rabbit Calici Virus, will my rabbit be protected?

Posted by Claire Cable on 12 May 2017

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HD Following recent media publicity around the proposed release of a new strain of rabbit calici virus a frequent question being asked by our clients is what this means for their pet rabbits. Hopefully this article is helpful in addressing common questions and concerns.  Calici virus or Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV1 v321 or Czech Strain) was first introduced into New Zealand in 1997 illegally when frustrated South Island farmers imported it from Australia. Initially the virus was very effective in killing the wild rabbit population but over time 40-90% of wild rabbits have developed resistance to the virus depending on the region. A new strain of calici virus (RHDV1-K5 or Korean...

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Keep your pet safe this Easter - Chocolate and Hot Cross Bun Toxcity

Posted by Claire Cable on 28 March 2017

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With Easter just around the corner we would like to share with you some information that will help your furred family members have a healthy and safe Easter. chocolate poisoning in dogs 55a3bbc0c586b With the smell of chocolate and hot cross buns filling the air and the excitement of Easter egg hunts, our pets are often tempted to join in the festivities and get their paws on these tasty but highly toxic treats. Chocolate: Whether it is caused by owners giving their pet an Easter egg as a present or chocolate accidentally left within reach, chocolate poisoning is the most common toxicity in pets.  Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine. Cats, dogs and pocket pets...

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New Rabbit Calici Virus to be released - will your pet rabbit be protected?

Posted by Claire Cable on 28 March 2017

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HD Following recent media publicity around the proposed release of a new strain of rabbit calici virus a frequent question being asked by our clients is what this means for their pet rabbits. Hopefully this article is helpful in addressing common questions and concerns.          Calici virus or Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV1 v321 or Czech Strain) was first introduced into New Zealand in 1997 illegally when frustrated South Island farmers imported it from Australia. Initially the virus was very effective in killing the wild rabbit population but over time 40-90% of wild rabbits have developed resistance to the virus depending on the region. A new strain of calici virus (RHDV1-K5 or...

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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.  ringworm2 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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Clinic News, December 2016

Posted by on 15 December 2016

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas http://www.swanhill.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Christmas-pets.png       2016 has been another busy and successful year for the team and we would like to take this opportunity to thank-you for your loyalty and support throughout the year.         Thanks also to our wonderful nurses Kash and Lucy who have really worked hard this year to support Colin and I and provide excellent service to our growing numbers of clients and pets. In November we welcomed Tessa to our nursing team. Tessa is a new graduate nurse who has recently completed her training and is a familiar face around the clinic as she did all her student work experience with us....

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Bravecto Spot-On for Cats - 3 months flea protection for cats

Posted by on 7 November 2016

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Bravecto Cat blanket The longest lasting spot-on flea and tick protection for cats is now available at Vetcall Animal Hospital Bravecto is a innovative, new and easy to use 'spot-on' treatment for cats, offering three months flea and tick protection in just one dose.   The big benefit of Bravecto over other flea products is that it is effective for three months which means the flea life cycle is guaranteed to be broken (other products will also break the flea life cycle if applied at the recommended interval but relies on you remembering to apply the treatment each month!).  Bravecto is changing the way we do things – forget monthly treatments and get an...

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Clinic News, December 2015

Posted by on 7 December 2015

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Season’s Greetings from the Vetcall Team. christmas wallpaper with a cat and a dog wearing christmas hats hd cat and dog wallpaper As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Kash and Helen for the support they have given to Colin and myself throughout the year, for their dedication and taking such great care of you and your pets. Sadly this month we farewell Helen. After a couple of months travelling in Europe earlier in the year she well and truly caught the travel bug and is heading overseas on an extended working holiday. Helen has been with us for 3 years. We...

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SureFlap products now available at Vetcall

Posted by on 18 September 2015

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We are pleased to announce that we are now retailers of the full range of multi award winning SureFlap products.  We really believe in these products, and in order to make them as affordable as possible we have priced them at a good discount to normal recommended retail price.  Payment must be made in full at the time of order and will orders will be ready for collection within 5-7 working days from the clinic.  For all product information check out the SureFlap website.  For information on pricing give us a call or pop in to discuss your requirements. It’s not just a pet door…… it’s their freedom and safety  ...

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