- Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. Catteries and kennels require that your animal’s vaccinations are current and usually the last inoculation given at least 2 weeks prior to the start date of your pets boarding.
- High temperatures. Elderly and very young animals and brachycephalic (short snout breeds such us Pugs, French Bulldogs, etc.) are really sensitive to heat. Avoid exercising them in the middle of the day and always provide shade and fresh water.
- Never leave your dog inside your car. Even with opened windows, the car temperature can cause your pet to suffer from heat shock, a life compromising situation which needs to be managed as an emergency.
- Chocolate and raisin ingestion. Chocolate, really popular at this time of year, is toxic for animals, same as raisins. Leave them in a secure place and call the clinic on 521-1457 as soon as you find out that they have eaten them. Treatment varies if it was caught within the first hour of ingestion or after, the sooner the safest.
- Don't leave presents containing chocolates under the Christmas tree, dogs have an acute sense of smell.
Summer is coming, what should you be aware of?
Kitten and Puppies First Year
If you are the new owner of a puppy or kitten please click on the links below to read many of the recommendations from our vets to make sure that you have a happy healthy new pet.
When to desex your dog?
Not only does desexing your animal help in controlling the national population and stop your dog wandering, if done at the right time it also has some health benefits as well. Studies have shown that both male and female dogs who are not desexed or desexed later in life have a higher chance of getting various diseases as they get older, such as cancer. On the other side, if desexed too young a puppy’s growth can be impacted resulting in joint and bone problems later in life. We have created a flow chart that to help us understand the best time to give your pet the best chance in life.
Puppies first year
PUPPIES: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW OWNERS
We would like to congratulate you on the acquisition of your new puppy. Owning a dog can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it is also a large responsibility. We hope this handout will give you the information needed to make some good decisions regarding your puppy.
First, let us say that we are grateful that you have chosen us to help you with your puppy's health care. If you have questions concerning any subject related to your puppy's health, please feel free to call our clinic. Our entire professional staff is willing and happy to help you.
Kittens first year
Kittens first year
Owning a kitten brings its own special rewards and responsibilities, your kitten will be a member of your family for many years so it is worth considering how you will provide for the kittens/cat’s needs.
These needs include
- A suitable environment to live
- A suitable diet
- To exhibit normal behaviour patterns
- To be housed with or apart from other animals if applicable
- To be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
Desexing Flow Chart
Desexing Flow Chart
When to desex your dog?
Not only does desexing your animal help in controlling the national population and stop your dog wandering, if done at the right time is also has some health benefits as well. Studies have shown that both male and female dogs who are not desexed or desexed later in life have a higher chance of getting various diseases as they get older such as cancer. On the other side, if desexed too young a puppy’s growth can be impacted resulting in joint and bone problems later in life. We have created a flow chart that has found the ideal balance in age for desexing to give your pet the best chance in life.
10 Facts You Need To Know To Protect Your Pet's Oral (And Overall!) Health
Does your cat's bad breath keep the two of you from snuggling? Do you wish you could give your dog a breath mint? Contrary to popular belief, "doggy breath" is not normal. In fact, it could be one of the first signs that your furry pal is developing dental disease.
What is dental disease?
1. Dental disease begins early in life. By the age of three, most dogs and cats have some degree of dental disease. The early signs of dental disease in pets include bad breath, yellow tartar buildup on the teeth, and red and swollen gums. If left untreated, it will progress to cause chronic pain and inflammation. We recommend dental evaluations as part of your pet's regular preventive care exam, which should take place at least once a year.
2. Dental disease causes significant, chronic pain in pets. Animals are experts at hiding signs of pain, so the pain may go unnoticed by you. Instead, you may see that your pet is increasingly irritable and lethargic and has a decresed appetite - changes you may attribute to your pet's advancing age or other lifestyle factors. But after a proper and thorough dental procedure, many pet owners report the emergence of "a whole new pet" - one who is happier and more active.
3. X-rays are essential for diagnosing dental disease. After examining dental radiographs (x-rays) of cat and dogs with teeth that appeared normal to the naked eye, veterinarians found 27.8% of dogs and 41.7% of cats had diseased teeth. In pets with abnormal-looking teeth, veterinarians found additional diseased teeth in 50% of dogs and 53% cats.
4. Anesthesia makes dental evaluation and treatment safer and less stressful for your pet. Animals don't like to hold still while x-rays are taken and sharp instruments are used to clean their teeth. Placing your pet under anesthesia during the procedure allows us to make a more accurate diagnosis and decrease the chance of complications.
5. Anesthesia is much safer than you may think. Before anesthesia, your pet will be carefully screened with bloodwork and during the dental procedure a trained professional will be dedicated to continuously monitoring, recording vital signs, and communicating the findings to the veterinarian.
6. Nonanesthetic dentistry is stressful, unsafe, and ineffective. Without anesthesia it is impossible to obtain x-rays to see what lies beneath your pet's gumline. It is also impossible to safely and effectively clean the teeth using those sharp instruments while the pet is awake.
7. Removing plaque from teeth beneath the gumline is vital. In fact, it's even more important than scaling the portion of the teeth we can see. Bacteria thrive under the gumline, causing infections deep in the tooth root and jaw that can spread throughout the body and affect other organs, such as the heart and kidneys.
8. Your veterinarian will create a personalised pain protocol to keep your pet comfortable.
9. Homecare is an essential part of taking care of your pet's oral health. A variety of products are available and the best choice for your pet can be discussed with out vets.
10. Not all pet dental products are created equal. If you aren't able to brush your pet's teeth as often as you'd like, consider using other dental products designed to help maintain your pet's oral hygiene.
Dental Care for Dogs and Cats
Dental Diet for Dogs and Cats
Dental care for your pet may be more important than you think. The accumulation of bacteria laden plaque above the gumline can lead to long term oral health issues. Recent studies have demonstrated there is an association between oral health issues and systemic general health issues affecting the kidney, heart and metabolic systems.
Hill's nutritionists & veterinarians developed Hill's Prescription Diet t/d clinical nutrition especially formulated to support your dog's dental health. In fact, t/d is clinically proven nutrition to reduce plaque, stain, & tartar buildup.
How it works:
Unique kibble shape & size
Special fibre matrix technology
Complete & balanced nutrition
How it helps:
Cleans the tooth surface
Fights bacteria-laden plaque
Promotes overall health
Recommended for lifelong feeding of adult dogs and cats
S+OXSHIELD: Formulated to promote a urinary environment that reduces the risk of developing struvite & calcium oxalate crystals
Hill's Prescription Diet t/d Canine and Feline is a complete and balanced food that provides all the nutrition your pets needs. Please consult your veterinarian for further information on how Hill's Prescription DietTM foods can help your pet to continue to enjoy a happy and active life.
LOOK AFTER YOUR FAMILY AND MANAGE FLEAS ALL YEAR ROUND
Protect all the pets in your household the easy way – Bravecto provides long lasting flea protection for cats and dogs in a single dose!
Your cats and dogs will LOVE BRAVECTO as much as you do! Bravecto provides long lasting protection against fleas with just one dose.
Bravecto covers the full flea life cycle, providing excellent control of flea infestations.
Remember! Treat all the pets in your household for fleas – even if a particular pet is not scratching or you can’t see fleas on them.
Below are the range of Bravecto Tick and Flea control that we stock at this clinic:
Spot on treatment that lasts for 3 months
A chewable tablet that last for three months
A spot on treatment that lasts for six months
Update for Kohi Vet Clients under COVID-19 Alert Level Two
Update for Kohi Vet Clients under COVID-19 Alert Level Two
Once again we would like to say thank you to our wonderful clients for their tolerance and compliance of the protocols that we have put in place to ensure safety for our staff and the community during COVID-19 Alert Level Three.
When we change over to COVID-19 Alert Level Two on Monday the 31st of August our safety protocols will stay in place. There will be a few changes.
We will still not be having any clients inside the consult room with the vet while your pet is being examined. Anyone entering the clinic must wear a face mask.
To make appointments please either email email@example.com or phone 09 521 1457 to book appointments.
Once an appointment is made please fill in the online form on the first page of our website prior to your consultation.
When you arrive for your appointment please stay in your vehicle and phone reception to let us know that you are in the car park. The nurse will then let you know when to come inside the clinic as we are only having three clients at a time inside the practice. When you walk in the door take a seat in one of the designated areas until the vet comes to talk to you.
If your pet is a dog the vet or nurse will take your dog to the scales to be weighed. Please remain seated while the vet examines your pet in the consult room. If there are any products you need to purchase please ask one of the nurses at reception to get these from the shelf.
We will have a protective barrier on the reception counter so that we can start taking payments on the eftpos machine.
For surgical procedures we will email your pet’s documents prior to the surgery date. Please sign and email back prior to the procedure. If you are unable to scan the documents just send an email confirming that you have read the document and that you give your consent for the procedure.
Please remember to keep your two metre distance. It is very important that we all stay safe so that this clinic can continue operating.
For repeat prescriptions please remember that we require at least 24hrs notice. If you would like to purchase food please phone us to make sure we do have the food in stock before coming up to the clinic. When you arrive to pick up your medication please be patient as we will not have more than one person inside the clinic at a time. Please maintain your distance of 2m while waiting.
Our hours will be the same as in COVID-19 Level Three
8am-1pm and 2pm- 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 9am to 1pm.
Our Veterinarians Dr Russell Tucker, Dr Georgia Child, Dr Steve Mirams and Dr Anne Kernohan will be on duty over this period.
We will are closed Sundays and Public Holidays
If you do have any emergency outside of our open hours there are a number of emergency centres available including the two below.
ARC After Hours
224 Albany Highway
Schnapper Rock, Auckland 0632
Call 09 281 5815
1 Te Apunga Place Mt Wellington, Auckland 1060
Call 09 320 5645
COVID-19 Update June
We hope you and your furry family members are keeping healthy and warm as we move into winter.
After Queens Birthday weekend we will be extending our hours and reopening our cattery.
2nd of June onwards
Our hours Monday to Friday 8am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm
Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays
Our cattery hours for drop off and collection will be :
Monday to Friday : 10am-1pm and 2pm-3pm
Sundays and Public Holidays – Closed
When you are dropping your cat off to the cattery please make sure you download and complete a cattery form. The forms can be found on our website.