Barber’s pole worm

Barber’s pole worm Current weather conditions make it time to be on the lookout for barber’s pole worm. Having some knowledge of this parasite (Haemonchus contortus), and its debilitating effect on sheep mobs, is vital to combatting the disease. Barber’s pole is a worm named for its red and white striped appearance, the red being […]

Karaka Berry Poisoning

Karaka Berry Poisoning Karaka berries are ripening and falling to the ground from January to April. The kernels of the berries contain a highly toxic alkaloid that can be fatal when ingested. Signs of karaka berry poisoning include confusion, weakness, vomiting, hind leg paralysis and convulsions. There can be a delay of 24 to 48 […]

Is your pet safe to swim in our local rivers?

Is your pet safe to swim in our local rivers? During the warm weather, the river becomes one of the most popular places for people and their canine companions to cool down. Unfortunately, many waterways have toxic algae (cyanobacteria) lingering. It is important to actively consider if your favourite swimming spot is a safe place […]

Facial Eczema Risk Bulletin

Facial Eczema Risk Bulletin Welcome to our Facial Eczema Spore Count Bulletin for 2024 – this article will be updated each week, so please revisit to see what the spore count is in your area. Facial Eczema Spore counts 16 February 2024 Shannon Ihakara Foxton Moutoa Waitarere Levin Kuku Manakau Otaki Te Horo 15,000 35,000 […]

Facial eczema – all you need to know

Facial eczema – all you need to know We have compiled a list of information on facial eczema, frequently asked questions, how we can help you prevent and manage the risk of facial eczema and what your preventative plan should include. Facial eczema – facts and symptoms What causes facial eczema? Facial eczema (FE) is […]

New Products for Sheep and Cattle Farms

New Products for Sheep and Cattle Farms Over the last 6 weeks the NZ owned company, Alleva has brought to the market 4 new products Cyroshield EP Liquid This is a fly protection and fly knockdown product containing cyromazine and ivermectin (this is like Boehringer’s discontinued Cyrazin KO fly product). Cyroshield EP Liquid is suitable […]

Net Zero by 2050

Net Zero by 2050 Fonterra’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 at their AGM in November clearly put focus on markets and how they are now influencing their decisions on greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. Fonterra’s messaging was stark; improve in this space or our preferred clients will look elsewhere for their milk-based products. The […]

Picking the perfect puppy

Picking the perfect puppy Food for thought – before you get a puppy There are some important things to take into consideration before thinking about getting a puppy, so that once you ‘take the plunge’ you and your future four-legged friend will be set up for a lifetime of loveliness. Breed Bottom line – all […]

Your puppy’s first visit to the vet

Your puppy’s first visit to the vet Your puppy’s first visit to see our vet will probably be when their first vaccination is due. This will involve a weight check and our vet will ask a variety of questions that may include: How long have you owned your puppy? Where did you get him/her What […]

Kitten and Puppy Season

Kitten and Puppy Season Summertime in the veterinary industry also means puppy and kitten season. But along with the excitement and cuteness of the new furry or fluffy addition, also comes plenty of responsibility, hard work and most probably a handful of frustrations along the way. If you are thinking of adding a new pet […]