Some of our clients have asked, ‘Why do we need ‘Wellness Bloods’ done when my pet is well?’ Good question! The main reason to do them at the time of the arthritis consult is to check everything is A-OK internally prior to starting any pain medication, as some medications are dangerous if there is underlying
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The Tibeal Plateau Levelling Osteotomy, TPLO for short, is a specialised surgery to repair the common problem of the ruptured cruciate ligament in the stifle (the knee joint) of dogs. In Tauranga, Dr Campbell Johnston is the only in-house Surgical Consultant to be offering this specialised surgery and VetCare and the pets of Tauranga
It had been a long day at VetCare, I think I had made it home for maybe 3 hours on my on-call Sunday, very unlike the typically relaxed Sundays following a busy Saturday. I had just been to the clinic to check on my epileptic emergency earlier in the day and while still agitated, there
Epic, a young tricolour border collie is the beloved agility dog of our long time client, Fiona. Epic was rushed into VetCare Bethlehem one Saturday morning as she was terribly unhappy, lethargic and vomiting. She wasn’t the type of dog to get into rubbish and she hadn’t eaten any bones but after a thorough physical
Poppy, a 10 year old West Highland White Terrier, was referred to VetCare from a local practice after initially thought to have been yet another case of Kennel Cough. She had not responded to their initial treatment and continued to retch and refuse food. After being examined further and x-rayed, she had later been found
Bailey the Labrador had been losing her appetite for two days. Within a few minutes of eating any food it was brought back up again. We had two reasons to be very concerned about her symptoms: 1. Labradors hardly ever lose their appetite! 2. There was a possibility she was regurgitating the food rather than vomiting it back up.
Tuppence the 14yr old Fox Terrier came for her senior health check recently. Although she did not appear to be in any discomfort, a deep ulcer was found in the cornea of her left eye. The cornea is composed of many fine layers like an onion skin. Tuppence's ulcer had eroded through all but the
Mack the cross-bred dog had only recently moved to Tauranga. He had been enjoying getting to know the area, exploring the bush and parks with his owners. However his owners started to notice he was now spending much of the evenings licking his paws, and he had an itchy, pink rash on his underbelly.
There was some concern this bed-wetting puppy may have had a congenital defect termed "ectopic ureter". In this condition a ureter [the narrow tube which normally takes urine from the kidneys to the bladder] can empty in an incorrect location, preventing the pup from having normal urinary control. However these images from her ultrasound scan
Using our endoscope we spotted the icecream stick in Timber's oesophagus. Safely removed - no more icecreams for Timber!