News & Advice


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 […]


UPDATE: The New COVID-19 Protection Framework

Vetlife is welcoming all clients into our clinics under the orange 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 […]


Proactive Veterinarians VS Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics are medicines for treating bacterial infections in humans and animals alike. Antibiotics are designed to interfere with specific biological processes that are essential for bacterial life. However, it is possible for bacteria to evolve and develop resistance to antibiotics. This can happen through random, natural mutations that give the bacteria a survival advantage, letting […]


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 […]



Every year the word “yersinia” gets thrown around when growing youngstock, but do you know what it is? The effects? How to treat it? Yersinia is a gram-negative bacterium, with several different strains affecting cattle, sheep, and deer. While it is a common organism that lives in a normal intestinal tract, given the right conditions, […]


Putting them back together – fractures and other injuries in working dogs

Working dogs are rather unique in the type of injuries they sustain, but, for the Vetlife vets who enjoy orthopaedics, they provide wonderful and rewarding challenges. Most injuries are the results of: Falls off cliffs, motorbikes, utes High-impact injuries, eg kicks, crush injuries and vehicle accidents Hanging in gates or cattle stops – most commonly […]


Velvet removal in deer – losses may occur

The removal of velvet antler from farmed stags is justifiable for both human and animal safety as well as for economic reasons, but it must be performed with all due regard for animal welfare. If a working crush is not available, then this often requires the stags to be given a chemical restraint (sedative) by […]


Trace elements

For as long as ruminants have been farmed in New Zealand, trace mineral deficiencies have had an impact on the ability of stock to perform at expectation. It is generally considered that there are five different trace elements which are most likely to cause deficiencies in the New Zealand setting – cobalt (B12), selenium, copper, […]


Mastitis shed investigations – what is the point?

All too often I find myself having conversations on the phone with farmers regarding mastitis issues… and all too often I find myself trying to diagnose and treat the problem over the phone as well. This is not easy or a sensible way to go – mastitis, whether that be an increase in clinical cases […]


Tooth Root Abscesses in Working Dogs and the Importance of Dental X-rays

Tooth root abscesses are a relatively common occurrence in all dogs, and working dogs are no exception. Abscesses develop when a tooth or the tissues around a tooth become infected. Diseased teeth causing the abscess are usually fractured, but can also have wear, discolouration, severe periodontal disease (heavy tartar, gum recession, etc), or appear normal.The […]



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