All articles tagged ‘parasites’


FRONTLINE® Plus kills fleas and ticks and controls biting lice on both cats and dogs. »

Pets can pick up fleas from anywhere another infested animal has been, such as the garden or park – even indoor-only cats can be affected if another pet or human brings in a flea. And it doesn’t take long for one little flea to become a big problem. Fleas are blood-sucking parasites that can make […]

Tuku set to ‘fly’ birdlife park nest »

BIRD IN THE HAND: Kiwi Birdlife Park wildlife manager Nicole Kunzmann holds female chick Tuku as she gets her health checks at CareVets in Queenstown.   Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park staff are preparing to say goodbye to the first kiwi hatched at the park in more than five years. The 790-gram female chick, Tuku, hatched […]

Allergies in dogs »

As in the human population, the incidence of allergies in pets seems to be increasing. While allergic
humans may often sneeze, wheeze or even have serious respiratory difficulties, allergic reactions in
pets are characterized by skin problems, exacerbated by their primary symptom—itching and
scratching. Cat and dog allergies fall into three main categories: flea allergy dermatitis, atopy, and
food allergy. Many pets can be affected by one or more allergy.

Cat Health Check »

Congratulations – you have a new kitten! You’ve anticipated the new arrival by ‘kittenproofing’ your home and had lots of fun choosing the carrier, bed, blanket, toys and other supplies he or she will need. This adorable little bundle of fluff is sure to bring you much joy. In return, you can make a major […]

Cat Diseases & Vaccination »

Your cat counts on you for protection One of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that he is vaccinated against common feline diseases. Your cat’s mother gave her kitten immunity from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease-fighting […]

Ear Care »

Clean, odour-free, pale pink colour and a minimal accumulation of wax are indications of healthy ears. Check your pet’s ears regularly. Signs of Ear Disease Unpleasant odour Excessive scratching and pawing of the ear and head Sensitivity to touch, often resulting in pain Constant tilting/shaking of the head to one side Black or yellowish discharge […]

Eye Care for Cats »

A healthy cat’s eyes should be clear and bright and the area around the eyeball white. Common Symptoms of Illness Red inner eyelids Matter ‘stuck’ on the surface or in the corners of the eye Cloudiness within the eyeball A dull eye surface The ‘third eyelid’ coming across the eye Excessive tearing or unusual discharges […]

Dog Diseases & Vaccination »

Protecting your best friend One of the most important things you can do to give your dog a long and healthy life is to ensure that he is vaccinated against common canine diseases. Your dog’s mother gave her puppy immunity from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her […]

Intestinal Parasites »

Can you catch parasites from your pet? Parasitic infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans are known as parasitic zoonoses. 1. Hookworms In dogs, hookworm infection occurs through ingestion or skin penetration of hookworm larvae found in the stools or soil contaminated by feces of an infected animal. The larvae then develop and […]

Blood Testing in Geriatric Animals »

Why does my pet need blood tests? Even though your pet may appear to be in good health from the outside, we are often not able to tell what is happening inside from just a physical examination. Just as in humans, as an animal ages, their organ function deteriorates. Older animals are more likely to […]

Cat Information »

To help keep your cat healthy and happy, regular health checks, vaccinations, worming and flea treatment from your vet clinic are very important. Vaccinations To give your cat protection against cat diseases (Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopaenia) your cat must receive the full course of vaccinations. This will involve either two or three vaccinations, each given three […]