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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....

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...