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Keeping your pets safe over the silly season

Keeping your pets safe over the silly season

Saturday, 1st December 2018
 
We all want the holiday season to be fun and safe for the whole family and this includes our pets. After all they are part of our family as well, bringing much joy and cheer. ...
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Hunter’s Hind Legs

Hunter’s Hind Legs

Tuesday, 11th December 2018
 
Hunter is a fit and healthy dog, who loves spending time with his family. He loves swimming and running, and has always had plenty of energy to burn. Hunter belongs to one of ...
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Do you have an older cat that seems to be eating a lot and not gaining weight?

Do you have an older cat that seems to be eating a lot and not gaining weight?

Tuesday, 11th December 2018
 
Has it become more talkative, or agitated? Has their coat lost its normal lustre? If so, your cat may be suffering from hyperthyroidism, a common disease in older cats. It is ...
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Pets on Holiday - Embedded or Swallowed Fish Hooks

Pets on Holiday - Embedded or Swallowed Fish Hooks

Saturday, 1st December 2018
 
Dogs and cats with embedded or swallowed fish hooks are another problem we see quite a bit of at our Raglan clinic. Usually these animals belong to people who are enjoying some ...
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Keeping your pet hydrated

Keeping your pet hydrated

Saturday, 1st December 2018
 
Water is required in the body for basic organ function Water intake for cats and dogs: approximately 60-70ml of water per kilo of body weight daily (average 4.5kg cat = about ...
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Holiday Hiccups

Holiday Hiccups

Friday, 23rd November 2018
 
Dog FightsOver the holidays, we treat an increased number of dogs injured in dog fights, most of which occur on the beach. These range from major, life-threatening injuries to ...
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The top ten Christmas foods that are toxic to your pets

The top ten Christmas foods that are toxic to your pets

Friday, 23rd November 2018
 
Make sure your friends and family are aware of these festive toxins, and help to keep your pets safe this holiday season. Chocolate! Your animals may love it, but it can cause ...
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Does your pooch need entertaining?

Does your pooch need entertaining?

Thursday, 22nd November 2018
 
Over the summer period, canine members of the family are often left at home while their humans are out on day trips, or are expected to behave while a yummy smelling BBQ is cooked ...
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Six things to organise before the festive season

Six things to organise before the festive season

Wednesday, 21st November 2018
 
1. No Vaccination – No Vacancy!If you are putting your dog or cat into a boarding kennel, then their vaccinations need to be up-to-date. If your pet’s vaccinations are not ...
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Keeping your pet stress free this fireworks season

Keeping your pet stress free this fireworks season

Monday, 1st October 2018
 
While we enjoy the party atmosphere that comes with big displays of loud noise, colour, and flashing lights this is not always the case for our four legged family members. ...
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Keep the Chocolate out of reach this Halloween

Keep the Chocolate out of reach this Halloween

Monday, 1st October 2018
 
Did you know that chocolate can be toxic, even fatal, for animals? Dogs are the most commonly affected, as their keen sense of smell means they are able to track down hidden ...
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Protect ALL of your pets against fleas

Protect ALL of your pets against fleas

Thursday, 27th September 2018
 
Cats and dogs share the same flea species. Even if your dog never goes near the cat in your house, forgetting to treat the cat can mean flea eggs are shed around the house, which ...
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George's upset tummy

George's upset tummy

Thursday, 27th September 2018
 
George, a 9 week old German Shorthair Pointer pup, came in for a check up this morning at our Huntly Clinic. He has been with his new owners for 6 days, had vomited a few times ...
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Parvo - is your pup protected?

Parvo - is your pup protected?

Thursday, 27th September 2018
 
As pet owners we know that annual vaccinations are important, and that they help protect our pets from serious illnesses. But do we understand the passion behind our Veterinary ...
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Will my itchy pet be alright if I just leave it?

Will my itchy pet be alright if I just leave it?

Wednesday, 26th September 2018
 
By Anne Gelling, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Te Aroha No, is the short and sharp answer. When your pet develops an itch, the problem can soon enter a vicious cycle. Your ...
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How do I chose which flea product to use? There’s just so many!

How do I chose which flea product to use? There’s just so many!

Saturday, 1st September 2018
 
By Ashley O’Driscoll, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Ngaruawahia How long do I want the flea treatment last? Most flea treatments are monthly, but a lot of people find it difficult ...
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Sparky's Dental

Sparky's Dental

Thursday, 5th July 2018
 
Sparky is a 10 year old Fox Terrier dog who presented to the clinic with a large swelling on the right hand side of his face, under his eye. Sparky was examined by our ...
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How is your pet's smile?

How is your pet's smile?

Sunday, 1st July 2018
 
If you have noticed that your pet has smelly breath, isn’t chewing as before, eating food slower or just generally slowing down with no obvious cause, please bring in your pet ...
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Dealing with dog breath

Dealing with dog breath

Sunday, 1st July 2018
 
‘Dog breath’ is a clear sign that something inside a dog’s mouth is not quite right and could require attention. Gum disease, one of the likely causes of smelly breath in ...
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Dental Disease in Pets

Dental Disease in Pets

Sunday, 1st July 2018
 
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in dogs and cats, and involves the buildup of tartar causing gum and tooth irritation. If left untreated, the gums will ...
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Has your pet’s behaviour changed with the weather?

Has your pet’s behaviour changed with the weather?

Thursday, 31st May 2018
 
The condition commonly referred to as arthritis is more correctly known as Degenerative Joint Disease or DJD, for short. Most people think of arthritis as affecting the older ...
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It all starts in the mouth

It all starts in the mouth

Thursday, 31st May 2018
 
Dental disease is the most common serious ailment in cats and dogs! The incidence and severity of dental disease increases as pets age. In fact, the vast majority of cats and dogs ...
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To desex or not to desex… that is the question!

To desex or not to desex… that is the question!

Thursday, 31st May 2018
 
Desexing a pet is also known as castration (males), spay (females), sterilization, neuter, or getting fixed. This usually happens around 4-6 months for dogs and cats, or 3-4 ...
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What is Euthanasia? (De-mystifying the end-of-life decision.)

What is Euthanasia? (De-mystifying the end-of-life decision.)

Thursday, 31st May 2018
 
It can be difficult to talk to your Veterinarian about euthanasia, but that doesn’t mean it should be a mystery. Euthanasia is a special privilege that allows us to end ...
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Should I buy pet insurance?

Should I buy pet insurance?

Thursday, 31st May 2018
 
Many pet owners will do whatever they can to help their dog or cat live a long, happy and healthy life. But sometimes when sudden accidents, injuries or illnesses happen, even the ...
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Exercising your cat

Exercising your cat

Tuesday, 10th April 2018
 
As we all know, most cats are happy to sleep, walk to the food bowl, and sleep again. Unfortunately, this is not the best exercise regime when trying to get a cat to lose weight. ...
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Toffee the Staffy X

Toffee the Staffy X

Friday, 16th March 2018
 
Toffee is a female Staffy X, approx. 10 years old, owned by one of our vet nurse’s family members. Toffee’s owner rang to have a chat to his sister, as Toffee has been ...
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Food for thought

Food for thought

Friday, 9th March 2018
 
Food is not only a requirement in order to live and function normally, but we also love it and so do our pets! Food, however, is not all equal. When it comes to feeding our ...
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How you feed your pet is just as important as what you feed your pet

How you feed your pet is just as important as what you feed your pet

Thursday, 1st March 2018
 
With your pets, it is just as important to have good habits around feeding routines as it is to feed a nutritionally balanced diet. Wild animals have to work for their food, ...
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Keep your bunny safe, vaccinate NOW

Keep your bunny safe, vaccinate NOW

Thursday, 1st March 2018
 
If your pet rabbit hasn’t been vaccinated in the last year, book an appointment now. Our Anexa Companion Animal Vets have seen many of our rabbit clients recently for ...
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Your pet can get sun burnt too!

Your pet can get sun burnt too!

Tuesday, 12th December 2017
 
The sun in New Zealand is particularly harsh, which can be problematic for lighter coloured animals. Over summer ensure your pet has access to a cool, shady area, out of direct ...
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Keeping your pets safe over the holiday season

Keeping your pets safe over the holiday season

Monday, 11th December 2017
 
We all want the holiday season to be fun and safe for the whole family and this includes our pets. After all, they are part of our family bringing much joy and cheer. The tips ...
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Does your cat get stressed when they visit the Vet?

Does your cat get stressed when they visit the Vet?

Monday, 11th December 2017
 
Below are some easy tips that you can put in place to help your cat, and create a more pleasant experience Desensitize your cat to the carrier cage - place the carrier in a ...
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Marvi the stray kitten gets a second chance at life

Marvi the stray kitten gets a second chance at life

Tuesday, 10th October 2017
 
By Isa Hulena-Leslie, Vet Nurse Anexa Raglan A very scared, very malnourished little stray kitten was found one evening on a clients property, hiding in the cattle yards. ...
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Five Reasons to de-flea your Dog or cat

Five Reasons to de-flea your Dog or cat

Sunday, 1st October 2017
 
1. Fleas make your pet itch! And itching can lead to skin trauma, rashes and even infected wounds. 2. Fleas also bite humans. 3. “Flea allergy dermatitis” is caused by ...
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Pet First Aid Advice At Your Finger-tips!

Pet First Aid Advice At Your Finger-tips!

Monday, 11th September 2017
 
Check out our new First Aid App, free and now available on Android Play Store and Apple App Store (search for First Aid for Pets New Zealand). This great new app complements the ...
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Did you know the skin is the largest organ in the body?

Did you know the skin is the largest organ in the body?

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
Skin takes all the wear and tear that nature dishes out, not only to us but to our beloved pets. With the change in seasons a few issues can arise. Spring can bring on ...
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Every dog has a tail to tell

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
By Lucy Picott, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Te Kauwhata New animal welfare rules come into force in October, meaning tail docking is banned unless for Veterinary reasons. These new ...
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Bunny Butt

Bunny Butt

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
By Audra Watkins, Vet Nurse, Anexa FVC Ngaruawahia We recently had a bunny rabbit, brought into our clinic at Ngaruawahia. His owner was concerned that he smelt funny and that ...
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Colombus's tangled tummy...

Colombus's tangled tummy...

Thursday, 7th September 2017
 
By Terrie Wells, Vet Nurse, Anexa FVC Huntly Being a Maine Coon, Colombus sits at roughly 11kg and is very fluffy, he gets very hot in the warmer months. Colombus doesn’t ...
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4 Signs that your pet may have a seasonal allergy

4 Signs that your pet may have a seasonal allergy

Friday, 1st September 2017
 
While human symptoms of seasonal allergies often include sneezing or watery eyes, dogs show seasonal allergies differently. They absorb airborne allergens mainly through their ...
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Did you know your dog or cat can suffer from seasonal allergies just as you do?

Did you know your dog or cat can suffer from seasonal allergies just as you do?

Friday, 1st September 2017
 
By Chris Hutchings, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Morrinsville There are primarily two types of allergies: food allergies and environmental allergies. If your pet gets itchy during ...
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Which Shampoo is best?

Which Shampoo is best?

Friday, 1st September 2017
 
When it comes to bathing dogs (and sometimes even cats) it can be confusing trying to choose the best wash/shampoo for your pet’s specific needs. For starters, it is a good idea ...
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How healthy is your pet's mouth?

How healthy is your pet's mouth?

Thursday, 6th July 2017
 
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in dogs and cats, and involves the buildup of tartar causing gum and tooth irritation. If left untreated, the gums will ...
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Community Focus

Community Focus

Wednesday, 5th July 2017
 
Anexa FVC not only raises funds for it’s own Stray Animal and Wildlife fund, but works with other charities in the community. We are proud to support the PAWs trust and their ...
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Benefits of chew toys for your dog

Benefits of chew toys for your dog

Saturday, 1st July 2017
 
1. Fresher breath – chews and toys help to work out food that has become stuck in teeth. Otherwise, this food sits there and bad breath develops. 2. Whiter smile with each ...
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When is the last time you looked in your pet’s mouth?

When is the last time you looked in your pet’s mouth?

Tuesday, 6th June 2017
 
I mean, really looked. The vast majority of animals don’t brush their teeth every night, and therefore usually develop similar problems as people who don’t brush their ...
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Keep your pet warm and well this winter

Keep your pet warm and well this winter

Thursday, 11th May 2017
 
Good nutrition - keep feeding your cat or dog with quality pet food over the winter. Theoretically, energy requirements increase over the colder winter months, however pets often ...
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Paris gets the spring back in her step

Paris gets the spring back in her step

Thursday, 11th May 2017
 
Meet Paris, an 11 year old British bulldog. Her owner brought her into the Te Aroha clinic 4 weeks ago because she was slowing down, seemed sore in her hips and struggled to get ...
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Rabbit Calicivirus (RCD)

Rabbit Calicivirus (RCD)

Tuesday, 9th May 2017
 
A new strain of this virus is soon to be released by pest control companies in the South Island to control the rabbit problem in certain rural areas. We are unsure as to whether ...
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Could your pet have arthritis?

Could your pet have arthritis?

Tuesday, 9th May 2017
 
Have you noticed?A change in behaviour or a decreased exercise level in your pet recently as the colder months are creeping closer? Your pet may be suffering from a condition ...
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Product Review: PetKit Fit P2

Product Review: PetKit Fit P2

Tuesday, 9th May 2017
 
Ever thought that someone should make a FITBIT FOR PETS? Well, here it is. I am a mixed animal veterinarian in Ngaruawahia, and I offered to trial this product on my retired ...
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Keep your dog well this winter with these 5 tips

Keep your dog well this winter with these 5 tips

Tuesday, 9th May 2017
 
Cold weather will worsen arthritisIf your dog is more than 10 years old (small breed) or 8 years old (large breed), consider making life more comfortable. Arthritis is worse in ...
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Gun Dog Ready?

Gun Dog Ready?

Monday, 10th April 2017
 
Whether you think you have a great gun dog, or you have a gun dog who just thinks he/she is great… there’s a few tips that may ensure your gun dog can work for as long as ...
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Bear finds her waistline

Bear finds her waistline

Wednesday, 15th March 2017
 
Some of us are guilty of over feeding our companions, but never do anything about it when told by our Vet or clinic staff. So, here is an ongoing story about one special cat ...
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Underweight - 8 reasons why it's not ideal

Friday, 3rd March 2017
 
What could it mean for your pet: 1. Young animals – poor growth and bone development leading to early onset arthritis / organ dysfunction 2. Compromises organ function ...
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Fuel for Performance - Working Dog Nutrition

Fuel for Performance - Working Dog Nutrition

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
 
Did you know that feeding your working dogs like athletes could result in fewer injuries and keep them working for longer? Working dogs are running up to a marathon a day and ...
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Not all foods are created equal

Not all foods are created equal

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
 
Not all foods are created equal so make sure your pet gets the best diet possible! As vets we cannot emphasise enough the importance of good nutrition for your pet, to ensure ...
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Weight Management – Fighting Obesity

Weight Management – Fighting Obesity

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
 
By Wendy Jarnet, Veterinary Nurse - Anexa FVC Thames & Coromandel Why is it so important? It is estimated that between a third and half of all companion animal pets in New ...
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Hi, I am a very lucky puppy.

Hi, I am a very lucky puppy.

Tuesday, 6th December 2016
 
I was found by a lady out walking her dog; she picked me up out of the roadside gutter and brought me into the Ngaruawahia Vet Clinic. On examination, I was found to be about ...
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Taming the furry beasts!

Taming the furry beasts!

Sunday, 20th November 2016
 
2 years ago, 2 approximately 14 week old kittens (siblings) who had been waiting around in clinic for weeks trying to find their forever home finally managed to attract the ...
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Suzie Jones and her bladder stones

Suzie Jones and her bladder stones

Saturday, 12th November 2016
 
For a few weeks Suzie, a twelve and a half year old Shih Tzu cross, was having a little trouble passing urine and was wanting to go out to the toilet at all hours of the ...
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Thomas the cat… turned into a poodle!

Thomas the cat… turned into a poodle!

Friday, 16th September 2016
 
Thomas is a 13 year old Domestic Medium hair male cat. Over the past year or so, Thomas’s owners have noticed that he has been grooming himself much less than usual, for what ...
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Break the Flea Cycle

Break the Flea Cycle

Tuesday, 6th September 2016
 
Over the winter months many pet owners may become complacent, with lapses in their pet’s flea control. In the North Island the climate is too mild to kill off all fleas over ...
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Flea treatment all up- to-date and your dog is STILL itchy?

Flea treatment all up- to-date and your dog is STILL itchy?

Tuesday, 6th September 2016
 
Occasional itching is a normal protective mechanism. But when itching causes your dog to damage its skin, causes your pet distress, or disrupts the household, it can be a problem. ...
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Pet hair everywhere?

Pet hair everywhere?

Tuesday, 6th September 2016
 
Now that it is officially Spring, our pets will be soon shedding their winter coats. Before you start pulling your hair out, here are a few tips to help deal with all of that ...
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Essential steps for bathing your dog

Essential steps for bathing your dog

Tuesday, 6th September 2016
 
• Brush out the dogs coat to remove knots and loosen dirt • With warm water, use a small washcloth to wet face, carefully avoiding the eyes and ears • Lather and rinse ...
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Max and her smooch worthy recovery

Max and her smooch worthy recovery

Sunday, 31st July 2016
 
Max is a sweet little female, 1 year old domestic short hair cat who was brought to our clinic walking on three legs only. Upon examination, the Veterinarian discovered that ...
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Miracles do happen!

Miracles do happen!

Monday, 11th July 2016
 
Just out of Raglan town, a concerned citizen came across a dog wandering across the main road; the local lady was worried for the dogs safety so took the dog home with her for the ...
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Do you love your dog or cat too much?

Do you love your dog or cat too much?

Monday, 6th June 2016
 
We all love food, and so do our pets. So what better way to show our pets that we love them than to give them yummy food? Unfortunately, this “love” often makes our pets ...
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Is Ant-Bait Toxic To Your Pet?

Is Ant-Bait Toxic To Your Pet?

Sunday, 13th March 2016
 
By Cath Picard, Anexa FVC Veterinarian, Thames We often get after hours calls from owners whose dogs have eaten some ant bait. The good news is that most ant-baits in New ...
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Feline House Soiling

Feline House Soiling

Wednesday, 16th September 2015
 
By Wendy Jarnet – Veterinary Nurse, Anexa FVC Thames Did you know that feline house soiling can often be attributed to aggression between cats, even when they are not ...
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Pets benefit from faster digital x-ray machines

Pets benefit from faster digital x-ray machines

Tuesday, 18th August 2015
 
Anexa FVC Raglan and Morrinsville are delighted with their new digital x-ray developers. Gone are the days of developing x-rays in a time consuming film bath; we now have digital ...
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