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Spring is nearly here, pollen is starting to appear and once again we prepare to see an influx of skin cases presented.  The skin is the body’s largest organ and can account for nearly a quarter of a pet’s bodyweight. Acting as a waterproof protective barrier the skin is highly sensitive and can suffer from up to 160 different conditions. Up to 25% of pets seen at a vet practic ...

Click on the link to open up the newsletter for the June/July edition of our Companion Animal Newsletter, 'Paws for a Moment'. In this newsletter we look at:  Dental disease in cats & dogsCompetitions running in-store and on FacebookSigns your pet may need dental careand more... Paws for a Moment ...

Dental disease is one of the most common conditions we see in adult dogs and cats. This is without question an extremely painful condition, just think back to the last time you had a toothache! Studies show that most dogs and cats over three years of age suffer from some form of periodontal disease and unfortunately this is often overlooked because many animals resent their mouths being handled and unlike humans will sometimes continue to eat even with severe dental disease and pain.

Click on the link to open up the newsletter for the Apr/May edition of our Companion Animal Newsletter, 'Paws for a Moment'. In this newsletter we look at:  Osteoarthritis and the many options we have to treat itOur competition winnersLocal Farmer Jeanine Calder volunteering in Africa and more... Paws for a Moment ...

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis seen in dogs and may affect up to 30% of the population.  It more often manifests in older dogs and can have vague and non-specific signs, such as reluctance to exercise decreased overall activity stiffness lameness inability to jump changes in gait such as ‘bunny hopping’ pain on manipulation of joints behavioral ch ...

Click on the link to open up the newsletter for the Feb/Mar edition of our Companion Animal Newsletter, 'Paws for a Moment'. In this newsletter we look at:  Nutrition for your petOur competition winnersHow to win a Barker's Hamperand more... Paws for a Moment ...

Have you ever wondered what is the 'right' food for your cat or dog? What percentage of protein should it contain? How long should they be on puppy/kitten food for? What about bones for dogs? Is your dog allergic to something? All and more of these questions are answered in the article below by Ebeneze Spamers, a vet in our Amberley Clinic. For many years “Tux biscuits and do ...

Click on the link to open up the newsletter for the Dec/Jan edition of our Companion Animal Newsletter, 'Paws for a Moment'. In this newsletter we look at:  VaccinationsWin a FitBark 2 for you & your dogPet InsuranceCat Handling for a vet visitand more... Paws for a Moment ...

Coming to the vet clinic can be stressful for cats. There are some things we can do to minimise the stress associated with being put in the carrier and coming to the vet. Firstly the choice of carrier is important:- Large enough that the cat can stand and turn around- Sturdy and able to be opened from top and front- A carrier that the top half comes off is good. The cat can be ...

Have you thought about a Pet health insurance policy and annual health check? Health Insurance - Every week we have animals with injuries or health problems that we could do so much more for if cost was taken out of the equation. We regularly have pets that are put to sleep for financial reasons after injury or sickness. Insuring your pet gives you the liberty to give them the ...

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