Category: Vet

Are your rabbits vaccination up to date?

Rabbit owners may have heard of the likely release of a new strain of the deadly rabbit calicivirus. The Canterbury Regional Council has applied to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for approval to introduce and use a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) to control the wild rabbit population. If approval is …

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Solving problem puppy behaviours

Puppies are at their most impressionable between 8-14 weeks old. The keys to success are supervision, consistency, patience and praise – ideally you’ll be with your puppy so you can have heaps of fun, and recognise and fix problem behaviours early. Always positively reinforce good behaviour, but never punish your puppy for getting it wrong. …

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How to identify seasonal pet allergy symptoms

Springtime is a fine time for your pet to pick up a seasonal allergy from all the pollen, spores, grass seeds and dust that’s flying around. Allergies are no fun at all for your cat or dog as they can cause excessive scratching, and even chewing of irritated skin. The bad news is that if …

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Can you catch a disease from your pet?

Healthy pets mean healthy people – when your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig and turtle are well, they’ll enhance your life and not pose a health risk. But if your pet is sick, there’s a small chance they could pass what’s wrong onto you. Sicknesses that can be transmitted from pets to people are called …

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