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Humanimals
44 Rankeilor Street
Dunedin South, New Zealand, 9012

reception@humanimals.co.nz
www.humanimals.co.nz
Phone: 03 456 2345
 
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What were you doing 30 years ago?

What were you doing 30 years ago? Many of you many not even have been born then! I was a happy young veterinarian setting up a veterinary practice in South Dunedin. As "happy as a sandboy" would cover my feelings nicely. Doors opened on 3rd January 1989, so our 30th Anniversary is coming up. Many thanks to all the loyal clients, some of whom were here from the very beginning, and are still coming. Without people who care so much for their pets, we would not be able to perform all the great procedures and care we get to give. Nor develop the practice to a New Zealand Veterinary Association Best Practice Hospital standard.

So thank you again.

Dr Alistair Newbould

Humanimals (formerly Dunedin South Veterinary Clinic)

 
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Pets are for life - a good reminder at Christmas

Christmas is always a good time to discuss pet ownership and remember that pets are for life and not just a cute Christmas present. The Christmas period can be a suitable time to think about getting a new pet, as you and your family may be around the house more to bond with a new furry family member and help them settle in. But it's also a good time to think about where you should get a pet from and adopting a rescue pet is ALWAYS a good idea.

Rescue animals make great pets and some people believe that these animals secretly know they have been given a second chance! Adult rescues make extra special companions - they are generally toilet trained and can be a bit calmer and wiser than a new puppy or kitten!

Whatever you chose, remember that a pet is for life and you need to ask yourself if you have the ability to take on the responsibility for potentially 15 plus years. Who will care for the pet when you go away? Are you able to provide appropriate health care for the pet and is the pet suitable for your lifestyle? We can help you make an informed decision so ask us if you have any questions.

You might want to also click here to see a funny video of a Christmas surprise that didn't exactly go to plan!

 
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The twelve pet hazards of Christmas

We'd like to make sure your pet stays happy and healthy this silly season so here's a list of twelve potential pet hazards you need to watch out for this Christmas:

1. Christmas dinner and leftovers are too rich for our pets and can cause nasty tummy upsets and even pancreatitis. Stick to 'pet approved' treats.

2. Macadamia nuts are popular at Christmas and can be toxic for dogs leading to muscle weakness, vomiting and tremors.

3. Sultanas and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.

4. BBQ skewers can be catastrophic for pets so take care to ensure your pet doesn't accidentally ingest a skewer (which falls on the ground for example) and never feed your pet cooked bones - both can lead to the need for emergency intestinal surgery.

5. Chocolate - dogs can't metabolise the theobromine in chocolate and ingestion can lead to an increased heart rate, tremors, seizures and even death. The darker the chocolate the more toxic and the size of the dog and amount ingested also plays a part in the severity of the symptoms.

6. Decorations such as tinsel and fairy lights are very attractive to pets but can lead to a gastric obstruction if eaten.

7. Ribbons from presents are super attractive to cats and if ingested can lead to a nasty gastric obstruction requiring emergency surgery.

8. The Christmas tree might be an attractive indoor 'pee tree' but can also be a falling hazard.

9. Lots of guests can cause your pet to become stressed and even lead to them trying to escape - make sure they have a safe and quiet place to retreat to.

10. Christmas lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. The stamen, leaves and stems are all potentially toxic as is the water they are stored in so it's best not to have them in the first place.

11. Barbeque season means friendly visitors may feed bones to your pet. These may cause problems from lodging on a tooth, or even fracturing a tooth, being slow to digest in the stomach, to causing "bone cement" in the large intestine or worst of all lodging in the oesophagus (gullet). Keep a special "bone bucket" for bones which are then safely disposed of after the meal/party.

12. Heatstroke - never leave your pet in the car during the warmer weather, even on a mild day the temperature inside a car can reach dangerous levels in minutes. Leaving a window down will not help either so don't risk it!

If you have any questions about the health and safety of your pet, we are always here to put your mind at ease. Please ask us if you need any advice or information.

 
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Travelling with your pet this summer?

If you are travelling with your pet these summer holidays there are a few things you need to think about to help keep your pet happy, healthy and safe.

+ A good place to start is by asking the question: Is my pet healthy? You don't want to take your pet on a road trip if they are unwell. Arrange a checkup with us before you go for peace of mind.

If your pet is on medication do you have enough for the trip? And if your pet is on a specific diet, do you have enough to last while you are away?

Are your pet's vaccinations and parasite prevention up to date? And is your pet protected against worms, fleas and flies? We can advise you on the most effective parasite prevention for your pet.

+ Pets can become lost in an unfamiliar area so you should confirm your pet is microchipped and all the details (appropriate phone numbers) attached to the chip are up to date. It's a good idea to put a collar on your pet with your mobile contact details on an identification tag, this allows you to be reunited ASAP if your pet becomes lost.

Make sure you know where the local vet is and who to call after-hours if there is an emergency, it's a good idea to put their phone number in your mobile contacts.

+ And finally, if your pet gets car sick, you should ask us about the medication we have available to help reduce motion sickness. We also have a pheromone spray available for both cats and dogs that can help reduce anxiety on car trips. Ask us for all the details.

Happy travels furry friends!

 
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Does my pet need sunscreen?

Summer is coming (so they keep telling us!) and it's time to think about sun protection for your pets but does your pet actually need to need to slip, slop, slap? The answer to this question is not so simple and it depends on many factors.

You should think about applying sunscreen to your pet if:

+ they have a thin coat or a light coloured coat,

+ they like to lie in the sun for extended periods of time, or;

+ if they have exposed or pink skin around areas such as the nose and/or tips of the ears and the belly,

The most important take-home message is to make sure you only ever apply a pet approved sunscreen to your canine or feline friend. Any sunscreen that contains zinc oxide can be potentially harmful to dogs if ingested. Products containing salicylates can also cause problems in cats so it's always important to read the ingredient list.

There are UV rash vests available for dogs who spend extended periods outside or at the beach but these products aren't perfect as they don't cover areas of exposed skin under the belly which is no good if your dog is partial to a bit of sunbaking on their back.

The best bit of advice is to always provide ample shade for your pet and remember that the best protection is avoidance so try to keep your pet out of the direct sun especially between the period of peak UV rays (between 10am - 2pm.)

We can recommend a suitable sunscreen for your pet, ask us for more information.