Arthritis can affect one or more joints anywhere in your pet's body. The most common joints affected are the hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. Most of these joints depend on a layer of cartilage acting as a cushion between two bones. Arthritis causes this cushion to deteriorate, resulting in the bones rubbing against
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Easter can be an exciting time for both adults and children. While we prepare for Easter, it is essential to keep an eye on potential dangers for your furry friend. Chocolate Chocolate contains both caffeine and theobromine (a chemical compound found in the cacao plant) which can be fatal to our pets. It
There comes a time in the lives of most pets when their diet needs to change. Sometimes this is because a different life stage comes with different dietary needs, other times an illness or condition needs added nutritional support, or sometimes you may simply want to change your pet’s food. Whether it’s kittens and
Allergies are a very common cause of skin problems in pets and surprisingly, approximately 10% of all skin allergy cases in dogs are food related. Seeing your dog scratch constantly, rubbing up against furniture to itch and licking their fur more than usual, could be an indication of a number of potential skin issues,
Our dogs can come into contact with all sorts of things in their environment that can potentially cause skin allergies. A dog’s exposure to things like grass, pollens and mites can sometimes lead on to allergies and these can show up as itchy skin or other skin related problems. Atopy is the term used
Bella is almost 16 years old and about a month ago bounced back from the brink! Bella had been boarding at a local Doggie Daycare while her owners were away. The employees found her one morning listless, dull and dehydrated. She had been terribly ill overnight so they brought her straight into our Bethlehem
Ghillie, the West Highland Terrier recently came to our clinic for a check up and dental examination. Because dogs don’t brush their teeth, bacteria and tarter can build up infecting the gums causing pain, redness, bleeding, damaging gums, ligaments or bone and eventually teeth begin to fall out. Here at VetCare Tauranga we want
Late one night we had a call from a distraught Vet from another local practice. They were faced with a 10 month old Labrador pup that had broken out of his Pukehina Beach home and in the 10 minutes he was on the run, he managed to gobble a tasty morsel……… containing a fish hook!
Amayah is a gorgeous young Springer Spaniel. She visited our Bethlehem clinic to have grass seeds removed from burrowing between her toes. With that problem sorted she was back 48 hours later – lethargic, third eyelids raised and was off food. She had an anaesthetic on the first visit so a blood test to
It’s grass seed season again and unfortunately these little terrors can cause your pet serious problems. There are some types of grass seeds that are shaped like a pointy needle and once caught in your pet’s fur they can start to burrow aggressively into their skin. If the seed does not exit, a painful