Jan

2019

Summer Newsletter 2019

Summer Newsletter 2019

What's new?

You may have noticed the clinic looking a little different!  We’ve had a revamp including our floors, cabinetry and reception desk – so everything is looking shinier and more modern. Thank you to all our clients for their patience throughout the renovation process!

Summer reminders!

Fleas love the warmer months so treat your pets regularly to avoid an infestation!

Never leave your pets inside the car! Even if it doesn’t seem like a hot day, the temperature in the car will be much higher. Animals can’t regulate their body temperature by sweating like we do so it can only take minutes for heatstroke to become life-threatening!

Make sure your pets always have access to shade and cool water to drink!

Footpaths and roads can get very hot and burn your pets’ paws; so try walking your dog on the grass.

Pets can get sunburned too and are susceptible to skin cancers. Those with light-coloured fur or skin on noses in particular, as well as ears of some cats and bellies of some dogs. Use a pet sunscreen like Filtabac and try to keep them out of the sun in the middle part of the day.   

- With temperatures rising so are the fly numbers! Flystrike is commonly seen in rabbits and guinea pigs at this time of year. It occurs when flies lay their eggs on or around the animal’s rear end. Flies are attracted to damp fur, urine and faeces so this can be avoided by cleaning hutches regularly, making a habit of checking your pet’s rear and bringing them in for a hygiene clip if necessary. 

Let’s better get to know… 

Eileen Mowat DipVN

Veterinary Nurse 

Eileen is originally from South Africa and qualified for her Veterinary Nursing Diploma in 1988. She is the smiling face you’ll most often see at the front desk and runs our puppy classes here at the clinic on Wednesday nights.

How long have you been working here?

I have been working at WGP Vets since October 2010 – so 8 years!! It is great being able to work in such a nice community. I love living on the coast and enjoy the beautiful beaches and many walks so easily accessible.

What inspired you to become a vet nurse?

I grew up on a farm and loved working with animals. Vet nursing was a way I could continue working with them.

What do you love about your job?

Besides working with animals, I love the interesting people that I meet and get to know. Vet nursing has enabled me to also work in different countries over the years as well as in both city and rural areas.

You can take baby birds found to The New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust, located at 74 Avonleigh Road, Green Bay, Waitakere, Auckland.

(09) 816 9219 ext 1.

Just remember, not all birds are in need of “rescuing”!

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Dec

2018

Christmas Newsletter 2018

Christmas Newsletter 2018

As tempting as it is to share our Christmas dinner and treats with our pets, it can be very dangerous for them!

Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas due to foods too rich and high in fat being fed and requires intensive care to treat.

Bones can be very hazardous as they can easily splinter as your dog chews them and become stuck in the throat or intestines causing a perforation or blockage.

Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is extremely toxic to pets.

Cakes and sweets often contain products such as Xylitol, a sugar substitute, which once ingested can cause a range of serious medical issues.

Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause sudden onset kidney failure.

Garlic and onions given in large amounts can cause serious gastrointestinal problems.

Christmas & New Year hours:

We are CLOSED on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day & January 2nd.

We will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve. 

All other hours as normal.

For emergencies outside of hours please contact:

North Shore Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

96b Ellice Road, Glenfield

09 443 5640

Summer reminders!

Fleas love the warmer months so treat your pets regularly to avoid an infestation!

Never leave your pets inside the car! Even if it doesn’t seem like a hot day, the temperature in the car will be much higher. Animals can’t regulate their body temperature by sweating like we do so it can only take minutes for heatstroke to become life-threatening!

Make sure your pets always have access to shade and cool water to drink!

Footpaths and roads can get very hot and burn your pets’ paws; so try walking your dog on the grass.

Pets can get sunburned too and are susceptible to skin cancers. Those with light-coloured fur or skin on noses, as well as ears of some cats and bellies of some dogs. Use a pet sunscreen like Filtabac and try to keep them out of the sun in the middle part of the day.   

- With temperatures rising so are the fly numbers! Flystrike is commonly seen in rabbits and guinea pigs at this time of year. It occurs when flies lay their eggs on or around the animal’s rear end. Flies are attracted to damp fur, urine and faeces so this can be avoided by cleaning hutches regularly, making a habit of checking your pet’s rear and bringing them in for a hygiene clip if necessary. 

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year – from the team at WGP Vets!

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Sep

2018

Spring Newsletter 2018

Spring Newsletter 2018

Your Team

Vets:

Dr Monique Veen DVM

Dr Emma Gerber BVSc

Dr Shanti Scott BVSc

Dr Erin Cassie BVSc

Nurses:

Eileen Mowatt DipVN Bubbbles Otway CVN

Amber Corney DVN

Bethany Glen DVN

Joanna Lea DVN

Jaskarn Singh BVT

Vanessa Gillard DVN

Sharron McColl (DVN student)

Lianne Bunn DVN & Gentle Spenceley BSc are currently on maternity leave.

 

Let's better get to know...

Dr Emma Gerber - Veterinarian & part-owner

What inspired you to become a vet?

I always loved sciences in school and was interested in studying medicine, however my love of nature and animals is what made me decide to become a vet.

What do you love about your job?

After my love of animals, the interaction with people. Helping their unwell pets and building a relationship over time is really rewarding.

What pets do you have?

Three special-needs pets! A 17-year-old chronic sneezing cat called James, a 13-year-old dachshund with arthritis called Chloe & 10-year-old bichon with skin allergies called Bruce!

What is your favourite food?

I’m a labrador – any food is good food!! 


Dr Shanti Scott - Veterinarian & part-owner

What inspired you to become a vet?

 I’ve always had a love of animals and a strong interest in science, especially biology. So it was inevitable that I would become a vet!

What do you love about your job?

I love being part of the community and seeing regular clients. My main passions are surgery and radiology.

What pets do you have?

I have two spoilt cats – Diego and Tiger.

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy spring-board diving and anything to do with the water.

What is your favourite food?

 I grew up in India so I love a good curry!

 

 Blocked Bladders in Cats

Urethral obstruction – more commonly referred to as a blocked bladder – is a LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY commonly seen during the colder months as cats are less inclined to go outside and will drink less. Inflammation of the urethra can occur, as well as cellular and crystalline debris building up to form a urethral plug. If the blockage persists for longer than 24 hours, urinary toxins will build up and can result in kidney damage, electrolyte imbalances, and can even be fatal. A partial blockage can be just as serious as a complete blockage.

It is commonly seen in overweight cats; and male cats are more susceptible due to having a long and narrow urethra.

Signs to look out for include:

- Straining to urinate (often mistaken for constipation)

- Frequent trips to the litter tray

- Inability to pass urine or only passing small amounts

- Blood in the urine

- Licking back end/genitals

- Vocalising

- Discomfort and pain, especially in the abdomen and hindquarters, and not wanting to be picked up or moved

- Other signs of illness such as vomiting, inappetence, and lethargy

 

Cattery Bookings

We are already almost fully booked for over the holiday period so give us a call on 094247752 if you still need to organise accommodation for your cat. Remember, your cat will need to be fully vaccinated.


What’s new?

New BRAVECTO PLUS for cats has added moxidectin so treats intestinal roundworm, lungworm and ear mites as well as three months protection from fleas and ticks. (Please note we still recommend regular all-wormers that include tapeworm). Regular BRAVECTO is still available.

 

Nurse consults

Our nurses run several clinics including checking patient weight, dental health, anal glands, trimming nails, and administering medications.  We also do free 6-monthly check ups in between annual vaccinations. Phone us on 094247752 to make an appointment.

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Jun

2018

Winter Newsletter 2018

Winter Newsletter 2018

What's new?

The importance of microchipping

Flea control information

Competitions!

 

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