Does your pet have bad breath?

Emily patting St Bernard

Does your pet have bad breath? Bad breath is one of the early signs your pet may have dental disease. As veterinarians, we are concerned about dental care for many reasons. Not only can dental disease cause your pet discomfort, the high levels of bacteria in a diseased mouth can periodically be released into the […]

When it’s time to say goodbye

When it’s time to say goodbye Making the decision to euthanise your pet is one of the hardest decisions you as a pet owner will ever make. While it is the last thing you can do for your pet, it is also one of the most important, to end suffering in terminal disease processes, or […]

What’s parvo?

parvo dog

What’s parvo? Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral infection which causes depression and a sudden onset of profuse smelly bloody diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. Parvovirus infection in dogs can lead to severe dehydration and death and is prevalent throughout New Zealand. Dogs infected with parvovirus excrete infectious virus in their faeces from 10 days […]

Is your bull up to the job?

Is your bull up to the job?

Is your bull up to the job? Bull fertility testing is an essential service to ensure that your bull is capable of doing what he is bred to do – getting your cows in calf. This testing ensures you are minimising any issues with the bull that can be detected before it’s too late. A […]

Avoiding problems around fawning

Avoiding problems around fawning Many problems around fawning can be attributed to deer behaviour and the environment which the hinds are exposed to during this time. Of all the species we farm, deer are probably the most sensitive to social stress and disturbance disrupting reproduction, at both ends of the process! In general, hinds can […]

Stomach ulcers

Stomach ulcers Stomach ulcers, also called gastric ulcers, in horses are quite common. The current estimate of prevalence is 90% in racehorses, 50% in foals, and 37-66% in sport and leisure horses. A portion of horses don’t show obvious symptoms at all, while others do, and sometimes owners don’t recognise the signs until after their horse […]

Making the most of scanning

Making the most of ewe scanning

Making the most of scanning Ewe scanning allows us to measure and reflect on how well we have managed the late summer/autumn period and to plan for the months ahead. Aside from identifying single, twin, triplet and dry animals, scanning is also an excellent time to condition score ewes, take some faecal egg counts (FECs) […]

Getting the most out of spring calf rearing

Getting the most out of spring calf rearing When it comes to rearing any animal and how to control disease, it first pays to understand three major factors required for the development of disease which are: 1. The presence of a disease-causing organism. 2. The presence of a favourable environment to disease. 3. The requirement […]