Our Services

Consultations

Consultations are between 8.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Monday to Friday from 3.00p.m. and 6.00p.m and Saturdays from 9.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.


Our practice operates by appointment so that we can serve you better.

Emergencies are taken at any time.

Even though we make a sincere effort to adhere to our appointment schedule unexpected emergencies can cause delay and we ask for your understanding.

We appreciate a phone call if you need to change your appointment.

Payment for all patients is required at the time of your consultation or surgery.

Annual Health Checks

Annual Health Checks play an important role in ensuring that your pet is healthy and for detecting the early signs of disease.

An email or written reminder will be sent when your pets Annual Health Check is due. This usually coincides with your pet’s vaccination requirement.

During this visit your pet will have a thorough examination and we will discuss your pet’s vaccination requirements as well as the possibility of blood and urine tests depending on your pet’s life stage. Appointments can be made Monday through to Saturday.

Hospital

If your pet needs to be hospitalised, rest assured they will be closely monitored by our nurses in our heated hospital. Our veterinarians and nurses take the time to explain in detail pertinent information regarding the progress and care of your pet, both in the hospital and in your care at home. We provide written home care instructions and information sheets about your pet’s care and treatment.

The preferred pick up time for hospitalised patients is between 3.00p.m. and 6.00p.m. Monday to Friday and 11.00a.m to 3.00p.m. on Saturday.

For major surgical, medical or dental cases a discharge time must be arranged for when the veterinarian treating your pet is able to speak with you.
 
Admittance to Hospital consent form pdf.

Dentistry

At Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic we offer routine teeth cleaning and polishing as well as the more advanced dental procedures.

Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult cats and dogs and is entirely preventable. By 3 years of age most cats and dogs have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is often a “silent” disease going unnoticed by pet owners because pets often don’t show signs of pain and continue to eat. Often the first sign detected by owners is severe halitosis. If caught early, before periodontal disease develops, dental disease is treatable. If ignored it can result in loss of teeth as well as have other harmful effects on your pet’s health. We offer a special discounted price for treatment of early stage dental disease. Enquire at reception about our Grade 1 prophylactic dental cleanings.
 
Safe Dental Anaesthesia

Many of the pets undergoing a dental procedure are aged and may have severe mouth infections. To prevent complications we strongly advise these patients have pre-anaesthetic blood work. Each patient also receives a thorough physical examination and then receives an anaesthetic protocol to fit their individual needs. Pre-anaesthetic medications are given to provide sedation and pain relief. Each patient has an intravenous catheter placed and is maintained on gas anaesthetic. Intravenous fluids are administered during the procedure. Blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, respiration and temperature are all monitored throughout anaesthesia. Your pet’s body temperature is maintained by a warmed water bed mat, and during anaesthetic recovery all patients are closely monitored and pain medication is given to make recovery more comfortable.

Dr Russell Tucker is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dentists and offers many advanced treatments including:



Endodontics: Treatment of fractured teeth, pulpitis, pulp exposure, root canal, crown reductions and tooth abscesses.



Periodontics: Treatment of periodontal disease, tooth scaling and polishing, root planning, mucogingival surgery and guided tissue and bone regeneration.



Orthodontics: Correction of common malocclusions, orthodontic appliances, bite evaluations and genetic counselling.



Restorations: Cast metal crowns, fillings, esthetic bonding, bridges and tooth implants.



Dental Radiology: Permanent tooth assessment for puppies, dental disease, oral tumours, fractures and TMJ evaluation.



Oral Surgery: Difficult extractions, jaw fractures, palate defects, oronasal fistulas, oral tumours and dislocated teeth.

Oral Disease: 

Oral manifestations of systemic disease, gingivostomatitis, feline resorptive lesions and oral autoimmune disorders.



American Veterinary Dental College:
 www.AVDC.org



Auckland Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery: www.aucklandvetdentist.co.nz

Medicine

Our experienced veterinarians have available excellent laboratory services, ECG, endoscopy, digital radiology and ultrasound to better treat your pet.

 

Radiology and Ultrasound:

Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic has both a standard size digital radiology unit as well as a digital dental unit. Along- side this we have an Ultrasound unit.

 

The K laser.

Does your pet suffer from acute or chronic pain?  K Laser treatment could help.

What is Laser therapy?

Laser therapy used different wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to create therapeutic effects within the body.  Laser therapy treatment facilitates wounds to heal faster.  Laser therapy relieves patients of aching joints and soft tissue injuries by releasing natural pain killers and anti-inflammatories into the circulation.

What can Laser therapy treat?

Osteoarthritis, oedema and congestion, ligament sprains, muscle strains, post traumatic injury, post surgical pain, neck and back pain, hip dysplasia, burns, chronic wounds and can aid in orthopaedic recovery. 

What can I expect during Laser therapy treatment?

There is no sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting for the patient.   Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth but generally little or no sensation is felt.   Treatments vary in length lasting from 5 – 15 minutes.  Most conditions require several treatments generally 3 – 8 for the greatest benefit.

 

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is an alternative, drug free, non-invasive treatment used at the Kohimarama Veterainary Clinic to alleviate and control pain. Some of the conditions treated at the Clinic include arthritic pain (joint pain), musculoskeletal pain, hip/elbow dysplasia and spondylosis.  Arthritis is a chronic condition and requires a series of weekly treatments.  Each treatment lasts around 30 minutes.    We see 75% of patients improve with acupuncture with 25% showing improvement after the first or second treatment. 

Acupuncture is well tolerated by most cats and dogs.  Many of the patients relax and enjoy the sessions.  Other conditions that may benefit from acupuncture include drug intolerance, reduced organ function, spinal conditions and paralysis. 

Our nurse, Clare, carries out the acupuncture treatment at the Clinic. 

 

 

Surgery

The surgery is well equipped for both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery as well as reconstructive and exploratory surgical procedures. We regularly carry out elective surgery such as spays and castrations.

Russell has attended many continuing education courses in orthopaedic and general surgery and is able to do complicated fracture repair and joint surgery.

We now offer the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) method for surgical treatment of Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament. TTA is the latest method for repairing the canine knee with a torn ACL ligament.

Unfortunately, this condition does not repair itself and often requires surgical intervention. You may have been told that TPLO is the only way to rectify this situation. You may also have been told that lateral suture ("TightRope") works well for any dog, which is not always true. TTA or TPLO are better than lateral suture methods for many dogs. TTA works as equally well as TPLO, and is easier to perform, less invasive, and your dog will recover faster after surgery.

We also offer Laser Therapy for post-operative recuperation.

Laboratory

We have a new in-house Idexx laboratory available as well as a specialist laboratory for same day diagnosis and regular pre-surgical blood analysis.

Our new Lab enables us to have quick and reliable access to a wide range of diagnostic tests.

Lab work is an important part of pre-anaesthetic evaluation. Prior to anaesthesia, especially for patients over 6 years, we advise a complete blood count (CBC) and a chemistry that includes

  • Liver and kidney values
  • Electrolytes
  • Blood glucose
  • Thyroid hormone levels in aged patients.
Pet insurance

During the last 20 years veterinary knowledge and the range of treatments and surgical procedures available for pets has improved tremendously. Pets now have access to most of the same diagnostic tests and treatments available to Humans.

 Specialised veterinary procedures do come at a cost and can’t always be budgeted for. Unexpected veterinary bills can be more easily managed with pet insurance. We have worked with and recommend two companies, Ellenco Pet Insurance and Petplan.

Check out their web sites and select the pet insurance policy that best suits you and your pet. We are happy to help with recommendations.

www.ellenco.co.nz

www.petplan.net.nz

Boarding Cattery

Our clinic cattery is available to our clients only.  The cattery is often fully booked, especially during school holidays.  Therefore It pays to always book ahead of time.  Cats staying in our cattery must be fully vaccinated and have had their last booster vaccination no sooner than 10 days prior to admission.  We require vaccinations to be 11 months current.  This is for the protection of the cats in our care and cats will be turned away if they do not have proof of a current vaccination.  

Drop off and collection from the cattery is via the Veterinary Reception and is strictly between 10am and 2pm Monday to Saturday.  We ask that you please respect these times to enable us to run the clinic efficiently. 

Our Veterinary practice is often extremely busy, for this reason the cattery is not always open for visitors.  If you want to view the cattery please phone to arrange a mutually suitable time when the cattery nurse can give you a tour of the cattery

Nurses Clinic & Puppy school

Nurse’s clinic

Our nurses are experienced and trained to give advice about weight management as well as nutritional counselling to help whatever life stage needs your pet may have.

In addition the nurses are able to;

  • Nail clipping
  • Remove stitches after surgery
  • Discuss dental hygiene. What to feed and how to brush. The nurses will give you advice about how to look after your pets teeth.

 

Puppy school

Nurse Clare holds regular puppy socialisation and puppy training classes at the clinic.

Puppies are at their most influential between two and five months of age. Puppies that are trained and socialised correctly during this critical period grow up to be confident and well-mannered adult dogs.

Our ‘Puppy Preschool’ classes provide helpful information for owners that cover health care, nutrition, basic training and puppy behaviour. The controlled environment ensures your puppy is positively socialized with other dogs and stimuli.

Our course consists of four socialisation classes taught by our senior Veterinary Nurse Clare. Clare has been running the classes for seven years. The classes are designed to be educational as well as fun and cover all aspects of puppy behaviour.

Puppies often develop a positive association with the Clinic and enjoy returning to the clinic for required medical check-ups.
Spaces are limited and are available to our clients only.

Enquire today, we are more than happy to help.

Laser Treatments

The K laser.

Does your pet suffer from acute or chronic pain?  K Laser treatment could help.

What is Laser therapy?

Laser therapy used different wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to create therapeutic effects within the body.  Laser therapy treatment facilitates wounds to heal faster.  Laser therapy relieves patients of aching joints and soft tissue injuries by releasing natural pain killers and anti-inflammatories into the circulation.

What can Laser therapy treat?

Osteoarthritis, oedema and congestion, ligament sprains, muscle strains, post traumatic injury, post surgical pain, neck and back pain, hip dysplasia, burns, chronic wounds and can aid in orthopaedic recovery. 

What can I expect during Laser therapy treatment?

There is no sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting for the patient.   Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth but generally little or no sensation is felt.   Treatments vary in length lasting from 5 – 15 minutes.  Most conditions require several treatments generally 3 – 8 for the greatest benefit.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an alternative, drug free, non-invasive treatment used at the Kohimarama Veterainary Clinic to alleviate and control pain. Some of the conditions treated at the Clinic include arthritic pain (joint pain), musculoskeletal pain, hip/elbow dysplasia and spondylosis.  Arthritis is a chronic condition and requires a series of weekly treatments.  Each treatment lasts around 30 minutes.    We see 75% of patients improve with acupuncture with 25% showing improvement after the first or second treatment. 

Acupuncture is well tolerated by most cats and dogs.  Many of the patients relax and enjoy the sessions.  Other conditions that may benefit from acupuncture include drug intolerance, reduced organ function, spinal conditions and paralysis. 

Our nurse, Clare, carries out the acupuncture treatment at the Clinic.