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Nelson veterinarians see more kennel cough (canine cough) now

  Kennel cough, also called canine cough, is becoming more common in the Nelson area and all Nelson veterinarians are seeing more cases. There are several viral and bacterial causes of kennel cough. The most common cause in New Zealand is a bacterium called Bordetella...

Signs of illness in cats are often subtle

Cats so often miss out. There are over 2100 cats in our practice that we didn’t see at all last year. Some will be perfectly healthy and had no need to come. Many have a range of health problems that just aren’t recognised at home. We know this because when cats are...

Arthritis is a real pain! Our 10 point plan will help

The beautiful snowy tops across Tasman Bay tell us that winter is here. This is the time when the pain or discomfort of arthritis in dogs and cats normally gets worse. Arthritis is common in dogs and cats but is under-recognised, especially in cats. More than 20% of...

Wrecking Havoc for Many More Years Yet!

A black Staffie charging down the hill and frolicking with our dogs interrupted Susan and me in our regular run up Fringed Hill last Sunday. Moments later Chris and Joey arrived on their bikes. This was Havoc, but not as we had seen him 12 weeks before. On Sunday 8th...

Halifax Hunter of the Year 2015

This years Hunter of the Year award goes to Jo Dippie's cat Frisbee. Frisbee's hunting exploits are all the more impressive since he just has three legs. Catching rodents is more about patience and guile than athleticism. Jo's entertaining story below did seal the...

Vets have made your pet fat!

It is true! When we neuter pets we prevent unwanted pups and kittens and a range of antisocial behaviours and smells. But we also create eunuchs, and a changed hormonal state that increases the risk of becoming obese. Neutering doubles the risk of obesity in dogs, and...