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Pancrea-what?

December 13, 2017 Heather Murphy

Pancreatitis - what it is and what causes it.  A little known fact that EVERY pet parent needs to know! Christmas is a time when we eat lots of foods and rich foods.  Eating leftovers is the symbol of Boxing Day!  Which are generally all-good for us humans but not so good for our pets. As it is the Christmas season, I wanted to bring to your attention the dangers of certain types of foods to our pets. This is not about the usual chocolate and grapes but something far more serious that can be fatal. Met Mia – the...


Spring Time - Pollen Time

October 09, 2017 Heather Murphy

Spring time allergies are real  - pollens, grasses - learn tips to get you  and your dog itch free this spring.

 


Hot Spots Or Cool Spots

February 23, 2017 Heather Murphy

Hot Spots Or Cool Spots Dogs love cool spots like these guys from Soi Dogs - but they definitely don't like hot spots! Don’t be fooled into thinking that hot spots only happen in the hot summer months. These intensely itchy patches can appear on your dog at any time of the year - winter or summer! The medical name is  Pyoderma but they are commonly referred to as Hot Spots or Heat Rashes - regardless of the name, they will cause you to have an irritated and itchy dog! These troublesome sores can appear in a matter of hours and...


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...