Should My Pet Eat That? The Christmas Food Quiz
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1M ago
The festive season is a time of giving and partaking. As much as we may feel like sharing our feast with furry loved ones, we have to be careful because not everything we humans eat can be tolerated by our pets. In fact, they may be at risk by indulging in our favourite foods. Are you ready to take the quiz? WE’RE HERE TO HELP! When it comes to feeding your pet, your trusted veterinarian is an excellent place to start! We can recommend the ideal diet to suit your pet’s specific needs so they can enjoy the best health possible. Feeding your pet high-quality, well-balanced food is one of th ..read more
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Top 10 Summer Dangers for Pets
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
Top 10 Summer Dangers for Pets The last thing anyone wants is a pet emergency during the festive summer season, the time we reserve for celebration, fun and relaxation. While it’s natural to let our guard down as we unwind, it’s critical to remind ourselves this is also a time when pets are exposed to certain seasonal dangers. Our Top Summer Danger Tips will help keep your precious furry loved ones happy and safe. They’ll love you for it ..read more
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Helping your pet avoid the holiday blues
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
No one sets out to bring stress into their home. Yet, during the festive season, we may find ourselves functioning at a higher pace than usual ahead of celebrations. The change in routine with increased activity such as shopping, cooking, decorating, and entertaining means some pets who would normally behave like social butterflies could end up with butterflies in their stomach instead. Not to mention the stress some pets can experience when they are left alone without their family. Common causes of pet anxiety during the holidays Seasonal decorations The comfort of a familiar space can b ..read more
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Separation Anxiety
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
You’ve likely been spending lots of time at home during the pandemic, and no doubt your dog has enjoyed this quality time with you. If like many, you’ve welcomed a new furry family member into your home during this period, they’ll be very used to having you around most of the time. This poses a challenge for our pets when they start spending more time alone. Some dogs may take these new changes to their routine fine. But for other pets, it could bring about separation anxiety, which can be very distressing for dogs and owners alike.   Separation anxiety is one of the most common yet most ..read more
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From Itchy Sports To Stinky Ears
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
Is your pet suffering from a dermatological condition? Just like us, our four-legged friends can suffer from skin issues and irritations from time to time. But unlike us, they can’t always communicate their dermatological complaints and tend to suffer in silence as a result. That’s why it’s important for us to look out for the signs. If your best mate displays any of the common signs below, it’s best to come and see us to get them checked out by the vet. The good news is that skin issues in cats and dogs are generally treatable, so we can get your pet back to doing what they love, without ..read more
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Arthritis
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
Your Best Friend Could Be in Pain but Can’t Tell You. In many ways, cats and dogs are like their owners. As they get older, they start to suffer from aches and pains they never experienced when they were young – no wonder they start to slow down! As with humans, the cause of aches and pains in senior cats or dogs is often arthritis. But unlike their owners, senior pets can’t call their doctor and make an appointment when they start to “feel their age”.   Possible signs of arthritis: Changes in routine: Unwilling to climb stairs Hesitant to play/initiate play Increased time sleeping Unwil ..read more
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Senior Pets
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
Aging is an unavoidable part of life, and when it comes to our pets, some will age without any major issues, and some will need a little extra TLC. It is important to know what age-related changes look like and how to manage them appropriately, so we can ensure our pets are comfortable. When does my pet become a senior? This can vary between individuals and can be greatly influenced by breed, size, pre-existing health conditions and living situations, but typically: Small dogs – six to seven years old Large dogs – five to six years old Cats – eight to ten years old You might notice some phys ..read more
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Urinary Blockages in Cats
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
What is a urinary blockage?  Urinary blockages in cats are often referred to as ‘blocked bladders’ and ‘urethral obstructions’. This is a common, potentially life-threatening condition, especially amongst neutered male adult cats and overweight cats.   A urinary blockage can completely prevent your cat from urinating, causing damage to the urinary tract, a back-up of urine in the bladder which can lead to a build-up of toxins in the bloodstream and cause kidney failure. In severe cases, the cat’s bladder can eventually rupture. A cat with a urethral obstruction can become critically ..read more
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Arthitis Awareness
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
Ouch! Do you ever experience sore joints on a chilly morning? Like humans, our furry best friends can experience aches and pains caused by arthritis. These pains can become more intense over the cooler months – let us teach you a little about this common condition, so you can keep an eye out for symptoms and how to look after your pet before they become too uncomfortable. What is arthritis? Arthritis is a broad term that relates to inflammation of the joints (knees, elbows, shoulders etc.). It is known for causing discomfort, stiffness, pain and can often worsen as your pet grows older. Arthri ..read more
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Desexing
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by townandcountryvsnz
2M ago
Desexing your pet is a vitally important part of being a responsible pet parent. It’s a decision veterinarians encourage all pet parents to make as it will lead to a healthier, happier and potentially longer life. What is desexing? Desexing (sometimes referred to as neutering or spaying in females and castrating in males) is a way to prevent unplanned pregnancies, reduce the risk of disease and illness, and reduce any unfavourable behaviours. What are the benefits for my pet? Cats Dogs Potential to increase life expectancy Reduces risk of roaming Reduce the risk of being involved in an ..read more
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