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Dental Pain in Cats and Dogs

"She is playing like a kitten and she hasn't played in years!" It was just 48 hours after Tinkerbell had had a major dental procedure with several teeth extracted and Alistair Mapperley was so happy.   Two days before it had been a different story. Tinkerbell was...

Laryngeal paralysis

Remember that ad on TV about asthma? It told us having asthma was like trying to breathe through a straw. Get a straw yourself and try it. I didn’t last long before I gave up! Asthma is rare in dogs but laryngeal paralysis, which also affects breathing ability, is...

Skin cancer from summer sun

We relish Nelson’s high sunshine hours but some of our pets pay a high price for their UV exposure. UV light overexposure causes a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in our pets, rather than melanoma. It is almost exclusively areas of white skin...

Barley grass awns

  We are now in the season that many Nelson pet owners dread because of a common weed – barley grass. It is common in most dog walking areas around Nelson so it is important to be vigilant over the summer and autumn period. There are six species of barley grass in New...

Nine tips for travelling with your pet

Follow these 9 tips and enjoy a more relaxing trip with your pet, free from some of the worries and hassles that can otherwise occur. Plan better. Travelling with your pet means you have less flexibility and you need to plan better. Work through the list below. Think...

Overindulgence at Christmas can be fatal

It is 10 years since Tennyson nearly killed himself through overeating wedding cake. It could just as easily have been Christmas cake. Overindulgence at Christmas is common in people and their pets. Tennyson’s story is a stark reminder of the perils.   “I’ve never...

Pygmy marmoset gets caesarean section

    Our smallest Caesarian yet! Gemini is a pygmy marmoset, normally well under 200g but now 230g at full term. Meg Selby at Natureland zoo called me over for a visit two weeks ago when she noticed some fresh blood smeared on the edge of Gemini’s nesting box. Gemini...

Happy and healthy for as long as possible

“I could throttle him!” The young woman dragged her Border Collie into the clinic. “He just pulled my daughter onto the road. If a car had been coming she would be dead! I want one of those Halti’s that controls your dog when he is on the lead.” My veterinary nurse...

Do fireworks scare your pet?

We are fast approaching fireworks season and for many dogs and cats this can be a terrifying time of year. The noise of fireworks can generate severe anxiety and distress for pets and owners. Many dogs can even progress to a point where they end up hurting themselves...

Brachycephalic syndrome in dogs

Have you seen that TV ad where the chemist compares an asthma attack to breathing through a straw? Did you try it yourself? It is really hard! Here's another thing to try. Breathe in through your nose. Now gently pinch your nostrils together slightly. Notice how much...

Daffodil Day special for pets – they get cancer too

We all have friends and relations who are alive today because vigilance with a skin lump or screening tests picked up melanoma, cervical, prostate or other cancer at an early stage when they could be cured. Here is your opportunity to take action to benefit your pet....