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Hunter of the Year 2016

We have a winner! It was truly hard to pick a winner this year. There were many good and deserving entries.Cats across Nelson are proving they are genuine eco-warriors in the work they do in suppressing the rodent population and thus benefitting native birdlife....

Cat predation – Peng You’s story

Cats are fascinating to watch. But not many pet owners take cat-watching as far as Dr John Flux has. John observed his cat Peng You closely and recorded a great deal about her behaviour. In particular he observed and recorded her hunting behaviour - what she caught,...

Cat loses fight to save penis!

  Marty is an unusual cat. Rescued from Dubai, he is an Arabian Mau. I love it that the Arabians call their cats Mau. Makes sense. But Marty no longer has a penis. I had to amputate it 10 days ago. Nearly three weeks before Marty had presented off his food, sore and...

Blocked bladder in cats

The Remarkable Story of Mr KnotSmith Flack.  Jean Gordon-Kirgan and Joan Flack are great cat lovers. Over the years they have visits from this wonderful character of a black cat who, neighbourhood lore has it, is a stray. He makes himself at home for part of each day...

Great team saved my dying dog

It was good to be a Halifax client! This morning I walked the dogs down to the back beach in Nelson. Stunning clear day with some high wispy cirrus. The sea was mirror flat. My 13 year-old dog Bartok loved it. But just two days before he was at death's door. I sent...

Obesity – more dangerous than you think!

  Fat - we think of it as white blobby stuff, an energy store for our bodies, but not much more. It’s hard to get rid of, so it must be a pretty inactive tissue, right? Wrong! Our fat is the biggest endocrine (hormone producing) gland in our bodies and it has a...

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...

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