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The Top Three Reasons Your Dog Goes To The Vet?

November 07, 2016 Heather Murphy

Do you know what the top three reasons for a vet visit are? If your dog suffers from them you’ll probably already know!   According to VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) data from 2012 the top 3 reasons for canines needing a visit to the vet are:  Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis Otitis Externa (ear inflammations) Pyoderma (hot spots)   2012 was the first time that allergies have topped the list. Allergic reactions, or an intolerance to a particular allergen can present in many different forms: Undercarriage rashes Underarm rashes Welts Pustules, pimples, itchy spots Rashes between the toes Hot spots Ear infections Itchy dogs...


Be Prepared For Your Pet - 4 things you need to do now!

September 07, 2016 Heather Murphy

The Prepared Pet! Being in NZ, living on fault-lines, near volcanoes or flood plains really means we should be thinking of the 'What if" scenario.  Are you prepared?  Not just for yourself but for you pet too? What if we had another devastating earthquake - we've all seen the effects of Christchurch 5 years ago and the devastation that unfolded, with the hundreds of displaced pets. Be prepared for your pet! Water: Living in Wellington (and right on top of the fault line) we all know that we should have a supply of water that lasts 100 days! That's a lot of...


Creature of Habit - is your dog one?

June 07, 2016 Heather Murphy

 Just like humans, some dogs need routine but how can you tell whether your dog will benefit from a routine? Look at their personality / behaviour. Is your dog unsettled during the day? Does your dog constantly follow you around? Is your dog a "worry wart"? If you answered yes to any of these then having your dog in a routine could be the answer. A dog that is "on edge" may be worried about what will happen next. Without a routine they don’t know what is going to happen next and may not settle as they have to be...


They jump, we scratch - they leave, we still scratch!

December 10, 2015 Heather Murphy

Aarghhhhh its that time of year again when fleas are causing havoc on our pets and in our houses! So in order to help control the situation you first need to understand a little about the flea.....   Fleas, flea eggs and flea dust: Fleas eat blood... eggs eat moisture and dust.... and flea dust is the egg and/or faeces of the flea. I remember seeing 'dust' once on Coco’s hind quarter – couldn’t see any fleas but noticed she was scratching and had little speckles of dirt in her fur, which I thought was odd. Upon a bit of...


A Vet's best friend

September 14, 2015 Heather Murphy

  One of the many reasons Eezapet is in high demand - Wandering Willy, Tradescantia,Wandering Jew -call it what you will this weed creeps everywhere and anywhere – full shade, full sun it doesn’t care. I bet it would even grow through the dark days of northern Scandinavia! (ponders – ‘wonder if it does??’) It’s like a succulent – it doesn’t need much to grow in to get its strength.  Every node in contact with the ground will root, and so the cycle begins!  It’s invasive! Not only that it is a noxious weed that can give your pet nasty, itchy rashes.  Most...