We are currently seeing many more cats and dogs coming into the clinic recently with painful joints.

The presenting signs are:
• Stiffness, especially when getting up in the morning.
• Reluctance to walk, play, or climb stairs.
• More irritable or stubborn.
• Swelling of joints.
• Licking or grooming joints.

It is important to watch your pet’s weight and take steps to reduce it if needed. Exercise in moderation and try to avoid energetic activities such as chasing a ball or jumping. Ensure that your dog has a thick comfortable bed away from draughts.
We have found the changing seasons to have a profound effect on the inflammation of joints. At the moment this may also be exacerbated by more frequent walks some dogs are getting whilst their owners are in lockdown.

Pentosan™ is a drug that we have used for a long period of time. For the treatment of arthritis, and we find it extremely effective.
Pentosan™ works by:
• Improving cartilage healing.
• Improving joint fluid production.
• It is anti-inflammatory, thereby minimizing pain.
• Maximizes healing in the joints.

Initially Pentosan™ is given as a course of four injections, with the injections given weekly. Then we give a single injection every one to three months depending on the severity of the arthritis. Synovan™, which is Pentosan™ with glucosamine added, is now our treatment of choice for arthritis.

Feel free to phone the clinic to discuss the options that are now available for treating your pets’arthritis.

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At this stage the Veterinary Clinic will be staying open as we are classed as an essential service

There will be a few changes to our open hours which are listed below.


Monday to Friday - 8am-12.30pm ,  2pm-5pm

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays - Closed

April 10th      CLOSED Good Friday

April 11th      CLOSED

April 12th      CLOSED

April 13th      CLOSED Easter Monday

April 14th      8am-12.30pm - 2pm-5pm

April  25th     CLOSED ANZAC Day

April 26th      CLOSED

April 27th      CLOSED ANZAC Day Observed

April 28th      8am-12.30pm - 2pm-5pm

 We will let you know if this changes due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Please make sure that if your contact details have changed recently that you either email us or phone 09 521 1457 to make sure we have your correct phone number and email address.

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If you are experiencing any COVID-19 or flu like symptoms or have returned from overseas in the last 14 days we ask that you do not come into the Veterinary Clinic.
If your pet requires treatment please phone the clinic and advise us of your pets symptoms and we will organise how best to treat your pet.

Can animals catch COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
Probably not. There is no strong evidence that animals can spread coronavirus to humans. A person with COVID-19 may sneeze or shed the virus onto the fur of animals which could spread the virus to other people. You may see veterinarians taking more precautions with personal protective equipment when dealing with patients, however this is the same as them being more careful about contact with surfaces that may have been contaminated.

What about that dog in Hong Kong?
In late February a dog was tested and the results showed a "weak positive" for coronavirus. The first set of blood test done on the dog have tested negative. At the moment it is not showing any clinical signs. It is unclear what exactly all this means but it’s believed this may be a case of a human transmitting the disease to a dog (and not the other way round). There is still no evidence of animals posing a risk of spreading COVID-19

What should I do to protect my animal?
At this stage, the best thing you can do is practice good hygiene. The risk of your animal catching COVID-19 is very low and there is no evidence that your pet could give it to you. However, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with animals.

What should I do if my animal gets sick?
As always, talk to your vet and follow their advice. If you can, ring them first, particularly if you are unwell, have been in contact with someone who is unwell or are self-isolating. It may be best to arrange for someone else to take your animal to the vet if it needs to be seen, so that you can remain isolated.

What should I do for my animal if someone in my home gets coronavirus or is in isolation?
If you or someone in your home is in isolation, the same process applies for animals as human members of the household.

If the person in isolation has not had close contact with the animal during the isolation period or the 2 weeks before that, they should try to minimise their contact with it and other household members. If possible, find someone who is well and not in isolation to help care for the animal. If the isolated person has to, they should wash their hands before and afterwards and wear a facemask. (this is recommended by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association).

If you are in self isolation or you are experiencing COVID-19 or flu like symptoms

• Please reschedule your pet’s appointment if it is not urgent

• If you need a repeat medication or prescription diet please ask a family member or friend to collect.

• If your pet urgently requires veterinary care then please have a friend or family member bring them in; we can phone you from the consult

• If none of the above are possible, please stay in your vehicle on arrival at the clinic and phone us from your car. A Kohi Vet team member will then come out to discuss your pet’s health and bring your pet inside if needed.

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The regulations that govern the dispensing and prescription of veterinary medicines by Veterinarians were updated in January 2020. These regulations are designed to keep our patients, the people involved in treating animals, veterinarians and the public safe from potential risks.
The main risk being the development of bacterial resistance which will spread to humans.

New Regulations,
1) For restricted veterinary medicine, the animals must have been examined by a veterinarian within the previous 6 months.
2) Within the previous 4 months for critically important antibiotics

Many of the ear medications that we dispense contain critically important antibiotics and will not be dispensed in the future without first doing ear swabs to determine that the infection warrants the use of these antibiotics. This also applies to many skin and urinary tract infections.
These precautions are taken to protect everybody against the development of transmissible antibiotic resistant bacteria.
We thank you for your cooperation.

(Note: we require 24 hours notice for all repeat prescriptions)

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Full time veterinarians:

Dr Russell Tucker (Practice Partner)

Dr Georgia Child - Joined the practice in March 2020

"I am really excited about working at Kohimarama Vet Clinic and have a real interest in emergency and internal medicine. In my spare time I enjoy getting outdoors and playing sports like underwater hockey for which I represent New Zealand. Although I am a dog person, I do love cats and  have a little black cat at home that gets most of my attention. I have wanted to be a vet since I was young and I really enjoy interacting with people and sharing the love they have for their pets. I look forward to meeting all the furry friends and their owners at the clinic."

Part time veterinarians:

Dr Anne Kernohan and Dr Steve Mirams both work part time at Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic and are well known to most of you as they have worked here for a considerable time.

Dr Hester Massop works part time and will be returing to Holland in May 2020

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Christmas and New Year Open Hours

December 2019

24th            8.00am - 5.00pm

25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th  CLOSED

30th            8.00am - 5.00pm

31st            8.00am - 4.00pm

January 2020

​1st, 2nd    CLOSED

​January 3rd onward we are open normal hours

Phone 5211457


Our cattery is closed from 4pm on 24th of December until the 3rd of January.

Our cattery hours are between 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.


Important Things To Remember In December


  • Check your pets vaccination status.
  • Check with the cattery or boarding kennel for their vaccination requirements.
  • If your pet is on prescription medication order it well in advance.
  • Order your pets prescription food well in advance.
  • If your dog is indoors don't put chocolate under the Christmas tree.
  • Travel safely and have a great holiday!


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Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of dogs and other mammals, including humans, which mainly affects the kidneys and liver. It is caused by Leptospira, a spiral-shaped bacterium that multiplies in the kidneys of animals and is shed in the urine. It has many species and serovars (strains), some of which cause disease in dogs but very rarely in cats.
The most important aspect is that it can be transmitted to humans, which constitutes it as a ZOONOSIS, hence its importance.
Leptospira is a bacterium that thrives in water and can be carried mainly by rats and other rodents. Infected or recovered dogs may act as a source of infection.
Ingestion of infected urine or rodent-contaminated garbage is the most important means of transmission, but some forms of the bacteria can penetrate damaged or thin skin. For instance, when dogs swim in contaminated water, they may become infected through their skin.
In New Zealand urban areas, water-logged recreational fields and reserves and waterways, are a particular risk.
Many Leptospira infections go undetected, but other cases can be life-threatening.
The most effective way of preventing this disease in dogs is through an annual vaccination. The new viral vaccines such as Distemper, Hepatitis and parvovirus are effective for 3 years, whereas bacterial vaccines such as leptospirosis and kennel Cough are only effective for 12 months.
It is important to prevent the spread of this disease by yearly vaccinations.

This is a part of the vaccination program that we have at Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic.

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Bone Diseases in Growing Dogs

There are many causes of limping and lameness in young dogs. Most of these are relatively minor, however, there are some causes that are more serious, and if not treated promptly, may result in permanent lameness or lead to debilitating arthritis.
The larger breeds of dogs have several bone diseases that can occur during the period of rapid growth that happens up to two years of age.

One of the most common, Osteochondritis dissecans or osteochondrosis, is a defect of the smooth cartilage surface within one or more joints. It most commonly affects the shoulder, but the elbow, hip or knee may also be involved. In some cases, the defect is either a flap of cartilage or a crack in the cartilage on the end of the bone. In other cases, a piece of cartilage breaks off and floats freely in the joint (sometimes called a "joint mouse"). This causes pain, which varies from mild intermittent limping, to intense constant pain.

This disease is most frequently seen in the larger breeds such as Labradors, Retrievers, Rottweilers and German Shepherds but is not just confined to these breeds. It is often first seen between 7 and 12 months of age and factors like genetics and inappropriate nutrition seem to be the most influential ones. It is more frequently found in dogs receiving too much energy and calcium in the diet.
There is no substitute for a well-balanced commercial puppy or kitten diet.

You are welcome to discuss your puppy’s or kitten’s diet with any of our staff.

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Regular Blood Testing. Why it is so important to your Pet’s Health.

At Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic, we offer blood tests as part of the Annual Health Check and Vaccinations. It is a good idea to consider blood testing every 2 to 3 years. Sophie’s story below, written by her owner, is a good reminder of why it is so important.

“Over the years I've had many Vets ask if we wanted bloods taken from our dogs, including Sophie. Often described as a useful thing to do because changes over time can be seen and tracked. The importance of that never really registered until our experience with Sophie's liver failure. My assumption was that illness would be evident. My takeout from her Liver illness was, that is not always the case. Liver disease and then failure progressed slowly and gradually and was not apparent until she had a vastly reduced liver size, function, and cirrhosis. Too late sadly. So now, I think of blood tests as an early detection system. For $140 or there about it's a whole lot less expensive than a $3500 liver biopsy, not to mention emergency care and an ultrasound before all that.

So I'd advise owners to have bloods taken as part of the annual health check on their pet (especially owners of pedigree dogs who may be pre-disposed to certain illnesses).

We did everything we could for Sophie once we knew something was badly wrong. My only lasting regret is that we did not discover her illness earlier. A blood test is pretty much the only way it would have come to light.

Sophie was only six and a half years old when we had to put her to sleep.

I hope the story helps some of your clients and saves them the heartache we felt.”

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