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Clinic Updates

In the last couple of weeks, two rural properties in our area have recorded cases of Canine Parvovirus (Parvo).

Parvo is a particularly nasty virus that affects the gut and bone marrow of affected dogs and can be fatal. It lasts a long time in the environment – months, and only certain disinfectants kill it when cleaning out kennels (we use Sterigene, Vircon or bleach).

Dogs become infected by ingesting virus shed from an infected dog where there is contamination with faecal material. The toughness of the virus means that sometimes it can travel between properties on boots or other gear. Some infected dogs may survive parvo but remain virus shedders which can cause future problems.

The main consistent sign of Parvo infection to look for is a lethargic dog, usually an unvaccinated pup, vomiting is another common sign and often they will go on to develop diarrhoea classically with blood in it.

Vaccinate!

Parvo vaccine is an extremely effective preventative. Most pups receive up to three pup shots starting from six weeks of age, a yearly booster, then adults are done every three years. There is a two week window from when a pup is vaccinated until antibodies are being made to offer some protection, this means if bringing new pups on farm, or if selling them off farm make sure they have had a first vaccination two weeks before going to a new home.

Vaccination Runs

As part of a dog vaccination run we are offering on farm vaccination at $56.70 (inc GST) per dog where there is more than one dog on farm to vaccinate, mileage shared.

Please contact Kim at the Culverden clinic to register your interest:  kim@ncvets.co.nz

We have recently seen an increased number of GDV cases so thought it was timely that we should let you know that we can help with this devastating condition by performing a preventative gastropexy on at risk dogs (i.e. those with a first degree relative that has had a GDV and large breed, deep chested dogs). Contact your nearest NCVC clinic for further information. Several yea ...

It is with much sadness that we announce the resignation of Zena Chart after 35 years’ service with NCVETS. Zena joined NCVETS from high school and began vet nursing / reception duties at the Waikari clinic.  She has worked with many of the veterinarians and staff over her time with the business and they have provided numerous happy and lasting memories. Travelling the Sth Isl ...

This programme has been designed specifically to help you, the Farmer, maximise some of your most valuable workers - your dogs.

Farm dogs require physical fitness, endurance and good health to work well for you. So, it is vitally important to keep these four legged employees in the best of health so they can lead a long and productive life, making the investment in their breeding, training and care, well worthwhile.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about Mycoplasma bovis, the current situation and also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the disease, come along to an information evening the NCVC is holding on Tues 10 July.

Do you notice your dog and cat slowing down? Do they have reduced mobility and are not wanting to jump onto things anymore? They possibly may have arthritis. Often caused by obesity in animals there are several things you can do to help alleviate the pain your pet is in.  Pet dogs, working dogs and cats suffer from arthritis due to injury or aging or from just being obese. Fat ...

The North Canterbury Veterinary Clinic brings you a training day with renown sheep dog trainer Lloyd Smith. 

Cost is $20 per person with lunch provided. 
To book please call the Amberley Clinic - 03 3148612

 

Watch out for WORMS! Out of sight, out of mind? It’s easy not to think too much about the worms our furry friends might be carrying around… they’re usually out if sight, living in your pet’s intestines as adults or traveling around their insides as migrating larvae. There’s roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm and lungworm. Each type of wormy parasite has a unique lifecyc ...

Click on the link to open up the newsletter for the June edition of 'What's Up in the District'.

 

The NCVC Sheep & Beef Team presents: NEW ZEALAND’S RED MEAT JOURNEY Telling the story of sustainably and ethically produced NZ red meat to the world.

Click to read more.

 

 

 

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North Canterbury Veterinary Clinics operates four clinics throughout the Hurunui region.