Lumps & Bumps

Lumps & Bumps Most of us spend some time stroking our pets on a daily basis and this is good practice for picking up changes. Running your hands down your dog’s body daily provides us with up to date information on any lumps and bumps. What should you do if you find a lump? Many […]

It is all in the Purr

It is all in the Purr Is there anything more enjoyable than hearing your cat purr as they lie curled up in your lap – it is such a satisfying sound! But how does this special sound of contentment happen? A cat does not have a particular body part that produces the purr but rather […]

Leptospirosis – Increased risk of infection

Leptospirosis – Increased risk of infection MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) has warned that there is an increased risk of leptospirosis infections but what does this mean for you and your pets? This warning for animals and humans comes after all the adverse weather conditions experienced this year. Post cyclone Gabrielle, an increase in human […]

Cystitis in Cats

Cystitis in Cats Cats with lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), involves conditions in the bladder and lower urinary tract. All urinary bladder and urethral diseases will have similar symptoms: Bloody urine Straining to urinate (can easily be mistaken for straining to defecate), multiple visits to the litter box Urinating in unusual places ie outside the […]

Noise Fears

Noise fears Some of our pets display fear and anxiety responses to loud, unusual noises such as fireworks or gunshots and this can be stressful for us too. Identifying the triggers, recognizing the signs and looking for the best solution for your pet are the goals of this article. We all have the welfare of […]

Danger for Cats – Essential Oils

Danger for Cats – Essential Oils Essential Oils are extracted from plants using a distillation or cold pressing technique and then used in a wide range of products such as insecticides, aromatherapies, personal care products, herbal solutions and liquid potpourri etc. Essential oils can present a toxic risk to companion animals and in particular cats. […]

Kennel Cough – causes, symptoms. treatment

Kennel Cough – causes, symptoms. treatment What is kennel cough and how do I know if my dog has it? Kennel cough or (acute) canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is a common, infectious upper respiratory disease seen in dogs. It is not usually a serious disease in most otherwise healthy dogs. However, it is very contagious and […]

Benefits of a healthy weight

Benefits of a healthy weight Keeping your pet at a healthy weight lowers their risk of certain health problems like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, back problems, kidney disease, and some forms of cancer. It also can reduce your pet’s risk of joint injuries associated with excess weight. For those pets with arthritis, […]

When its time to say goodbye

When its time to say goodbye Making the decision to euthanise your pet is one of the hardest decisions you as a pet owner will ever make. While it is the last thing you can do for your pet, it is also one of the most important, to end suffering in terminal disease processes, or […]

Does your pet have bad breath?

Does your pet have bad breath Bad breath is one of the early signs your pet may have dental disease. As veterinarians, we are concerned about dental care for many reasons. Not only can dental disease cause your pet discomfort, the high levels of bacteria in a diseased mouth can periodically be released into the […]