Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic offers a comprehensive range of series from routine Annual Health checks to complex surgical procedures and diagnostic laboratory testing. Your pets health is our highest priority.
Monday to Friday consultations are between 8.00am and 1.00pm, then again from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
Saturdays are from 9.00am to 1.00pm
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 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.
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
Our experienced veterinarians have available excellent laboratory services, ECG, digital radiology and ultrasound to better treat your pet.
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.
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;
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 10.00a.m to 1.00p.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.
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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, Southerncross and Petcover.
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.
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 speys 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.
But for some breeds of dog TPLO is still the preferred technique.
The TTA method is easier to perform, and dogs recover quite quickly after surgery. We also offer laser therapy as part of the post-surgery recuperation.
We also offer Laser Therapy for post-operative recuperation.
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.
We have extensive information about Dentistry on another page. Click on the link below to be redirected to that page