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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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

Additional info:

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.

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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:

Cats:

Spot on treatment that lasts for 3 months

Dogs:

A chewable tablet that last for three months

A spot on treatment that lasts for six months

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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 reception@kohivet.co.nz 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                                           

VSA Emergency

1 Te Apunga Place Mt Wellington, Auckland 1060

Call 09 320 5645

 

 

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Hi everyone,

 

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

Saturdays: 10am-1pm

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.

 

https://kohivet.co.nz/client-info/consent-forms-downloads/

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24th April    8am-12pm and 2pm-5pm

25th April    CLOSED ANZAC DAY

26th April    CLOSED 

27th April    CLOSED Public Holiday

28th April    COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am-12.30pm and 2pm-5pm  

Saturday : 9am -1pm 

Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed            

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We would like to thank all of our clients for their patience and consideration for the protocols that we have put in place to ensure safety for our staff and the community during COVID-19 Alert Level 4. We hope you and your furry family members are all keeping safe and looking after yourselves during this time.


When we change over to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 on Tuesday the 28th of April our safety protocols from Level Four will stay in place to keep staff and customers safe. We will be able to start doing routine consultations and surgeries, these include vaccinations and desexing surgeries and dentistry. This will be on top of the current treatments that we are providing including arthritis injections, cytopoint injections for skin, emergency procedures and consultations for any sick patients. We will continue our protocol from Level 4 of not having any customers inside the veterinary clinic.
Please either email us on reception@kohivet.co.nz or phone 09 521 1457 to book appointments.

 

When you arrive for your appointment, we ask that you stay in your vehicle and phone reception to let us know that you are in the car park. A nurse in protective clothing will come out to the car. If you have a cat please place the cat cage on the ground outside the car and then get straight back into your car. If you have a dog please hand the lead to the nurse and then return to your car. If you have a young puppy that is not fully vaccinated please bring the puppy in a cage.


For surgical procedures, we will email you documents prior to the surgery date and we ask that these be signed and emailed 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.


Please remember to keep your two metre distance. It is very important that we all stay safe so this clinic can continue operating.
The nurse will take your pet inside the clinic for the consultation. Once the consultation is complete we will phone you in your car and ask to put through a credit or debit card payment manually on the eftpos machine. A vet or nurse will come out to the carpark and discuss any treatment. Please remain in your vehicle or maintain your distance.


If you would like to purchase any food or repeat medication we ask that you phone reception and that payment is done over the phone, so when you arrive at the clinic and phone us from the car park a nurse can take the food/medication to your car to avoid you coming inside the clinic.


Our hours will increase in COVID-19 Level Three (28th April onwards)


8am-12.30pm and 2pm- 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 9am to 1pm.


Our Veterinarians Dr Russell Tucker, Dr Georgia Child and Dr Steve Mirams will be on duty over this period.


The clinic is closed Sundays and Public Holidays, (please remember this means we will be closed 25th, 26th and 27th of April).


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  

                                         
VSA Emergency
1 Te Apunga Place Mt Wellington, Auckland 1060
Call 09 320 5645

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FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL 09 521 1457