Frequently Asked Questions
We believe in the importance of permanently identifying our pet. There is now a New Zealand Register and as cats tend to wander it is wise to think about microchipping your cat as well as your dog
A live modified virus vaccine of Vanguard Plus 5 and Lepto (for puppies under 12 weeks of age).
A live modified virus vaccine of CVRP (for kittens and cats) both are given, first at 9 weeks of age or older and the second at 12 weeks of age or older (a 6 week vaccination is usually given by the breeder or pet shop).
Depending on the breed and size, "heat" or oestrus, normally begins between the ages of eight and fifteen months but may, on occasion, begin as early as six months. Smaller breeds begin at a younger age. This cycle usually occurs approximately every six months.
During the final 5 to 6 days, the female experiences a 'going out' period and is less interested in breeding but still may be discharging slightly. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, however, many dogs vary from this 'average' schedule and conception is possible ANYTIME a female is receptive to a male
Cats - 62 to 65 day
Get your veterinarian or veterinary nurse to check your pet's mouth, it is quite likely to be a build-up of tartar or infected tooth that is causing the odour. Tartar builds up and causes irritation of the gums around the base of the teeth. The resulting inflammation is gingivitis. The gums ultimately recede exposing the roots which leads to infection and ultimately tooth loss
Cat fights can often result in abscess formation. Initially you may only notice a scratch or a scab, but infection can build up under the skin and result in an abscess. If untreated, this can burst open. If you think your cat has been in a fight, a course of antibiotics is usually recommended. Your pet may also need surgery to drain the infection from the abscess.
Elizabethan collars may appear to be a nuisance or uncomfortable for your pet but they are only given out when the vet feels your pet could cause damage without one, either by licking or chewing a wound, a drain, sutures or bandages. Often, without an elizabethan collar, pets have had to be reanaesthetised to resuture a wound after the animal has removed its own sutures
There are a number of metabolic diseases that cause increased thirst in our pets.
Put yourself in their shoes, would you like to have an operation and not be given pain relief? Animals feel pain just as we do and a few days pain relief after an operation makes recovery so much better.
When you place your pet in our hands you trust us to provide your pet with the best possible medical care, therefore we recommend blood testing prior to anaesthetics.The anaesthetic risk is greatly minimised when a healthypet is placed under anaesthesia. It is vital for us to know the complete health status of your pet and blood testing will give us this information
Fluids given during an anaesthetic help to metabolise the anaesthetic and speed recovery and is especially important for pets over 8 years of age, pets with pre-existing conditions and those who have been slower to recover from anaesthesia in the past