News & Advice

   Stay up to date with the latest news and advice for pets and farm animals from our team of dedicated vets.


Feline Panleukopenia Virus

With vaccination rates increasing in the small animal world, it would be nice to think that the occurrence of feline panleukopenia or feline parvovirus, is a thing of the past but that is not the case. Veterinary teams across Vetlife clinics in the South Island have seen many cases recently. This disease, also known as […]


UPDATE: The New COVID-19 Protection Framework

Vetlife is welcoming all clients into our clinics under the Government traffic light system. To ensure the safety of our visitors and colleagues, we will be operating using five main principles of COVID-19 protection: Wear a mask at all times – disposable masks will be available if you have forgotten yours. If you are exempt […]


Cruciate Disease and TTA Surgery

Dalmatian being held

Cruciate ligament disease is a common cause of lameness in dogs. Both knees in the back legs can be affected. After the onset of lameness, arthritis and joint instability cause continuing deterioration in limb function. Thankfully, your vet can resolve the lameness and get your pet back to a happy, active lifestyle. How can surgery […]


Keep life humming

You can now settle your account with humm Your humm gives you control over your payment installations. If you would like to use humm at a Vetlife clinic, please visit for full details and approval prior to your appointment. Lending criteria, $10 late fee, terms and conditions apply. Humm Little things up to $1,000. […]


Protect Your Pet from the Summer Heat

As summer approaches many of us are no doubt making plans to head to the beach or enjoy a nice barbeque under the simmering heat. But this “fun in the sun season” also happens to come with hazards for our pets. To help you keep your pets safe from the summer heat, we have put […]


Guide to Travelling with Pets

  With summer around the corner, whether it’s a day trip to the beach with your pets or a multi-day adventure, here are a few tips to make your travel plans go smoothly and make the most of the summer. 1. Accommodation: Before the trip, call ahead of time to check the policies of your […]


5 Tips for Taking Your Dog On Holiday

  Taking your dog on holiday can be fun for everyone – after all, things just aren’t the same without the whole family there!   The key to a successful trip with your pooch is preparation. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to ensure your pets remain happy and stress-free throughout the […]


Preparing Your Pet for Boarding

It’s coming close to that time of year where many families pack their bags and travel around Aotearoa for the holiday season. For some of our furry friends, that means they’ll be staying at a pet boarding facility, such as a cattery or kennels. This can be a very stressful experience for some animals, especially […]


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 […]



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