New !  Hills Gastrointestinal Biome

Digestive/Fiber Care

Your pet's digestive health can be negatively affected by many things and when your pet has digestive upset, it’s a thoroughly unpleasant experience for everyone involved. The good news is that you can help your pet feel better with a food that revolutionises the way to approach fiber-responsive Gastro-intestinal (GI) issues by putting microbiome health – the unique gut ecosystem of your pet - at the forefront of GI care.

Hill’s nutritionists and veterinarians formulated Prescription Diet® Gastrointestinal Biome nutrition with ActivBiome+TM, a new ingredient technology, to actively promote regular healthy stool and help reduce risk of future episodes.

How It Works:

    With breakthrough ActivBiome+TM ingredient technology
    High levels of Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA & EPA)
    Optimally balanced soluble and insoluble fibers

ActivBiome+ ingredient technology is a proprietary blend of active fibers shown to nourish gut microbiome to support digestive health and well-being

How It Helps:

Hill's® Prescription Diet® Gastrointestinal Biome actively promotes regular healthy stool and helps reduce risk of future episodes.

Quick response - clinically tested to help firm loose stool in 24   hours
Helps soothe digestive tract
Promotes growth of beneficial gut bacteria to maintain digestive health
S+OX SHIELDTM: Formulated to promote a urinary environment that reduces the risk of developing struvite & calcium oxalate crystals

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Vaping and Pets Don’t Mix

As vaping continues to skyrocket, so do concerns about adverse health effects.
Initially seen as a healthy substitute for smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes are coming under increasing scrutiny for potential health hazards that may exceed the dangers of traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients that include:
• Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
• Falvorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
• Heavy metals, such as nickel, tin and lead

Regular e-cigarette cartridges contain high levels of liquid nicotine.
If dogs get into these cartridges, they can develop signs of nicotine poisoning.
These include; vomiting, agitation and high heart rates.

So please keep vaping supplies away from pets.

Reference: Tony Reynolds, American Animal Hospital Association publications, 24/10/2019

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Rat Bait Poisoning

In the last 3 weeks we have seen 3 dogs with rat bait poisoning, one of which did not survive.
The symptoms of poisoning are the result of bleeding which normally occurs 2 to 3 days after the consumption of bait. The first clinical signs are usually respiratory, such as coughing (possibly coughing up blood), rapid breathing or exercise intolerance.
Other symptoms are joint swelling, bleeding from the nose or mouth or rectum, bloody diarrhoea, pale gums, lethargy, depression and collapse.
A blood sample can show a prolonged clotting time. The antidote, Vitamin K1 will need to be administered for up to 6 weeks. Early treatment is very important.


Canine Distemper Virus

Recently, a sick stray dog was brought into this clinic from the St Johns area. The dog showed the classic symptoms for Canine Distemper. Canine Distemper Virus affects a dog’s brain causing it to show nervous signs and have epileptic seizures.
The dog’s symptoms worsened over the following 24 hours and it had to be put to sleep.
This is the first case of Caine Distemper we have seen in this practice for 34 years.
Please make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date.

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Oralade is a unique ready-to-use isotonic formula for dogs and cats designed to restore fluid and electrolyte balance, providing fast rehydration.

Oralade is suitable for all breeds and ages, and is suitable for pets with allergies.

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Recently Dr Tucker treated 2 dogs with neurological symptoms that completely resolved by feeding the dogs solely on a gluten-free diet.

Roxy, a 6-year- old Toy Poodle, who does have quite severe allergies, suddenly started having what appeared to the owner to be epileptic seizures. Roxy had 3 “seizures” over a 3-week period.
During the “seizures” Roxy did not lose consciousness, urinate or defecate, she recovered rapidly and there was no loss of muscle tone or consciousness. Instead Roxy had increased muscle tone or spasm which was aggravated by touch.

Phoebe an 18-month old Labrador who suddenly developed a benign vertical head bobbing, which seemed to be stimulated by excitement.

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PCSO-524® is the name given to the marine lipid oil that is sourced from the mollusc Perna canaliculus (Green lipped mussel) in Nelson, NZ. Due to our supercritical, environmentally-friendly and state-of- the-art extraction process the oil is unique and 100% natural. It consists of up to 91 free fatty acid components, sterol esters, polar and non-polar lipids along with carotenoids. The PCSO-524® oil is mixed with olive oil and Vitamin E oil to make Antinol® a great NZ natural product.

Because it provides nutrients that are essential components of body tissues, Antinol® supports cats’ and dogs’ healthy joints, mobility and skin.

Antinol® is currently used every day by thousands of cats and dogs worldwide helping them to live an active and healthy life. If you are unsure about how long to keep your pet on Antinol® chat with your vet. Taken daily Antinol® can help your pet enjoy an active life.

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The right way to introduce a Dog and Cat


Many pet owners feel their house isn’t complete until they’ve added a puppy and a cat to the family. It’s easy, as long as you stick to a few steps.

Under no circumstances should you let them work out things on their own.

That technique is far too stressful, even in the best circumstances. It is important to keep in mind that inductions can be dangerous, especially for the cat. Some dogs see cats as prey, and even those that are easy going may react instinctively to a cat on the run.

Introductions must be supervised and handled with planning, care and patience.

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Grain free diets - are they better?

Choosing a diet for your dog is a task not to be taken lightly. Grain free and gluten free pet diets have become very popular.
With an increase in the number of people choosing to eat a grain free or gluten free diet there has been a corresponding increase in the number of grain free and gluten free diets available for pets.
Many people assume that grain free diets are ‘more natural’ and carbohydrate free. The growing number of these products on the market is giving the misperception that grain is bad for pets.

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New Hills K/D + Mobility Diet

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition often associated with advanced age. According to recent data 1 out of 3 cats will develop CKD in his lifetime and 1 out of 10 dogs will develop CKD. It is also common for senior pets to develop age related conditions such as reduced mobility or cognitive dysfunction which can significantly impact the quality of life of both the pet and pet owner. Studies have shown that 80% of dogs greater than 8 years of age suffer from decreased mobility, and that 90% of cats over the age of 12 suffer from degenerative joint disease (DJD). Nutrition can play a key role in managing these age related conditions. This is why Hills nutritionists and veterinarians developed the new Hills Prescription Diet K/D + Mobility for cats and K/D + Mobility for dogs. This clinical nutrition not only helps to support your pets’ kidney function it also helps support their mobility and increase cognitive alertness and vitality. In fact the nutrition of k/d is clinically tested to improve and lengthen your pets quality of life. Hills K/D + Mobility is available for cats and dogs in both a biscuit and wet food form. Make an appointment and come into the clinic to discuss these diets with the vets.

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Chronic Kidney Failure in Cats


Unfortunately kidney failure is fairly common in older cats. Over time the small filtering units of the kidney, called nephrons, begin to fail. Initially only a small percentage will fail, which leads to the remaining nephrons working harder to compensate. In turn the overworked nephrons begin to fail also and it is an ongoing irreversible cycle.

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