News & Advice


Nutrition for cats and dogs

Why is nutrition important? The correct balance of nutrients in pet food is essential for normal growth and function. Without adequate nutrition, your pet would not be able to maintain muscle tone, build and repair muscles, teeth, and bone, or fight off infection.  Cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements based on their life stage, […]


Dental Disease in Pets

Dental disease is an all too common problem in our pets and can have a real impact on their health and wellbeing. Up to 70% of cats and 80% of dogs show some sign of dental disease by the age of two! An initial buildup of tartar causes painful inflammation of the gums, known as […]


Barley grass

Every summer we see dogs which have fallen victim to the dreaded barley grass. They are a common problem in dogs such as Spaniels with long coats, however any breed can be affected. Two common places we remove seeds from are in and around the paws and down the ear canal. Licking at feet or […]


GDV bloat

Bloat in dogs is medically known as GDV (Gastric Dilation and Volvulus). It is the bloating and twisting of the stomach that most commonly occurs in large breed, deep chested dogs, like the Great Dane, St. Bernard, Weimaraner and Setters to name the top 4. GDV can rapidly progress to severe illness and death in […]


Pet insurance

Having to take an unexpected trip to the vet feels a little like needing to go to the dentist, we know we will get a quality professional service to help fix the problem, but we may leave with our wallets a little, or a lot lighter. In New Zealand we are fortunate to have access […]


Fireworks and our Furry Friends

Holidays are a cause for celebration. Guy Fawkes Night, New Year’s Eve and other calendar dates of significance are great excuses to gather round family and friends for a party, a BBQ, a night out, a bonfire, and for many people, some fireworks. While fireworks may be a great experience for us humans, we often […]


Greyhound Hemimelia Case Study

Harriet, a four-month old female greyhound, was presented to the Oxford clinic with the suspicion of a dislocated toe. Greyhound puppies are reared on their mothers until around 10 weeks of age, before being weaned with their litter mates and managed in small paddocks with kennel shelter. This puppy was apparently normal at weaning and […]


Artificial Insemination: pups for Teazel

Congratulations to a local Fairlie family on their litter of adorable Jack Russell Terrier puppies born from a successful artificial insemination performed by Dr. Hillary Nicolson of Vetlife Fairlie. Teazel’s humans sought help from Vetlife after it became clear that Teazel was not having a bar of ‘standing’ for the baby daddy ‘Ace’, even although […]



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