Family Pets

We all enjoy the companionship of our family pets and Vetlife has well equipped clinics that can provide the animal health needs of your pet when it is needed.

Vetlife Companion Animal services are carried out in high quality small animal clinics and facilities, clinics are either “best practice” accredited or working towards accreditation to ensure the best possible care for your pets. Vetlife offers a wide range of services:
•    Emergency care
•    Vaccinations
•    General and orthopeadic surgery by skilled surgeons able to carry out complex surgical procedures to restore your pet to full health following injury or illness.
•    Dentistry services and advice on preventive dental care.
•    In-house diagnostic facilities, blood chemistry and haematology analysers to provide on the spot diagnostics to ensure the best care for your pet whatever the time or day.
•    Digital x-ray facilities.
•    Grooming services for cats.
•    Microchipping services.
•    Puppy pre-school classes run by trained vets and nurses to ensure optimal socialisation of your new pet.
•    Pet Fit Classes for pets weight management.
•    Dog breeding services, timed insemination via progesterone assays from “in heat” bitches.
•    Nutrition advice from trained nutrition advisors.
•    Vetlife hold a large range of premium pet foods, prescription diets, pet toys and accessories and the staff are here to give you the right advice to ensure your pet’s needs are met.

For more information or to talk to one of our staff please contact your local clinic.

 

Arthritis in Dogs

What is Arthritis?

It’s a degenerative condition that affects one or more joints, with the resulting pain from inflammation progressing over time if left untreated, causing the condition to get worse. It can result in changes to the cartilage, fluid, bones and capsule of the joint.
•A painful, progressive inflammatory disease of the joints
•The joints most commonly affected are the hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, carpus and spinal column
•Causes damage to the joint cartilage resulting in inflammation causing pain
•Pain associated with arthritis is significant. This pain has a profound impact on mobility and quality of life
•Is an ongoing degenerative condition

Is your dog suffering from arthritis? Talk to your local Vetlife vet about Trocoxil, see the before and after results of Trocoxil for Monaro, a 10 year old Staffy Lab cross who has suffered from arthritis for years. For more information on Arthritis in dogs visit www.caninearthritis.co.nz

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For more information or to talk to one of our staff please contact your local clinic.

Feline and Canine Oral Hygiene and Care

cat-teethAs our pets mature into adulthood, plaque and tartar starts to develop on their teeth, and just like humans the best way to prevent this is by using toothpaste and a toothbrush. Special pet toothpaste and tooth brush kits are available such as using a C.E.T 401 Home Dental Care Kit, start this as young as possible for the best results. Unfortunately it is more difficult with some pets (especially our feline friends) as they are not always complient when it comes to owners brushing their teeth. Therefore tartar can accumulate on their teeth and to the point where the gums are damaged and the teeth may fall out or require removal. Signs that your pet may be having teeth problems may include:
•    Not eating
•    Pawing at mouth
•    Red and inflamed gums
•    Dribbling
•    Bad breath
•    Pain and even swelling around the mouth area

 

clean-teethUnfortunately once your pet is showing any of the above signs the tartar may have formed on the teeth and a dental under General Anaesthetic is the only way to remove it. Also if there are any badly effected teeth these may have to
be extracted. If the pet’s mouth is left unattended there is a risk to your pet’s health. For example if your pet has damaged or rotting teeth; gingivitis or severe periodontal disease, these can or may have already caused infections which eventually can lead to heart failure and kidney damage. The best way to keep your pet’s mouth healthy is:
•    To brush their teeth regularly with products such as a C.E.T 401 Home Dental Care Kit for cats and dogs or for dogs C.E.T Toothpaste in malt or poultry flavour. (If possible)
•    To feed a premium quality pet food designed to help prevent plaque and tartar build up on the teeth such as Iams, Hills Science Diet, Eukanuba and Royal Canin
•    For dogs you can use specially designed chews to freshen breath and the clean teeth
The most important tip is to take your pet for a regular Health check with your local Veterinarian. He/she can assess your pet’s mouth and if there are any oral health issues they will be able to advise you on the best treatment.

For more information or to talk to one of our staff please contact your local clinic.

Why Pet Insurance?

Pet_Insurance_Web_2_6With modern veterinary medicine and technology, pets are assisted to live a much longer life.  In terms of technology and cost, advances seen in veterinary medicine have paralleled those in the human field.  25 years ago an old cat was seen as 12 years of age now they can be seen to live as old as 21 years.

Sad but true, pets do get injured or suffer illness, some common procedures are repairing broken bones, removing foreign bodies or stitching up fight wounds – none of which are anticipated by their owners.

Accepting pet insurance is not an expense, it is an investment in the ongoing financial assistance for the health benefits of your pet and takes away the worry of cost so you can concentrate on the wellbeing of your pet also enabling the possibility of choosing the best treatment available, in some instances saving lives.

Please contact your local Vetlife clinic or visit Southern Cross Pet Insurance at www.southerncrosspet.co.nz for more information.

For more information or to talk to one of our staff please contact your local clinic.