A healthy pet is a happy pet
Owning a pet can be a joy but choosing the right pet for your particular situation can be quite difficult.
Different breeds of dogs, and cats for that matter, have different temperaments as well as different shapes and sizes. So before buying a pet you need to answer a number of questions, such as what is the home environment like? Is it busy with lots of people passing through? Are there young children and babies? Will the pet sleep inside or outside? How much exercise and grooming is required and will there always be someone in the household willing and able to do these jobs? If you need help answering these types of questions, the highly-trained and professional team at Terrace End’s Pet Doctors are only too willing to assist in helping you choose a breed that will best suit your home situation.
The Pet Doctors’ team leader and vet nurse Kylie Yates says anyone who is considering buying a pet is welcome talk to staff who will point out differences between breeds and help the person make the right choice.
‘‘We can also point out any potential behavioural or health problems that certain breeds are susceptible to.’’
Pet Doctors will help you care for your pet throughout their life.
Veterinarian Lorna Johnson says most of their work is based around regular check ups of cats and dogs, especially when owners first purchase their pet and as they mature.
‘‘For puppies and kittens we’ll give them a general health check, provide their initial vaccines and once they are around six months old, we’ll de-sex them. Plus, with dogs we’ll insert their compulsory microchip at around this time, and also recommend that kittens be microchipped as well.
‘‘Then we recommend regular annual check ups both for a general health check and to give them any vaccinations that are due. We will also keep an eye on the pet’s weight and make any recommendations we think necessary to ensure the pet is in the best possible health. VacForLife is something new at Pet Doctors. This is a preventative care plan for your cat, dog or rabbit and provides for all their booster vaccinations for life. People are welcome to call in or phone our friendly staff for more information.’’
For older pets, fellow veterinarian Matt Sanchez and Lorna recommend more regular check ups. Matt says often owners do not notice the small gradual changes in older pets.
‘‘If they seem stiff in the joints, they may need a different type of bedding as well as a change in their exercise routine. We will also be aware of any deterioration in their teeth as well as their eyesight and hearing. By keeping an eye on these changes, we can put preventative measures in place to help reduce the likelihood of acute symptoms from developing further down the track,’’ says Matt.
Pet Doctors in Terrace End is one of 29 vet clinics around the country. ’’This gives us an enormous resource of expertise to call on if we come across a particularly challenging case or are presented with a rare pet,’’ says Matt.
The team at Pet Doctors in Terrace End comprises three vets, Matt Sanchez, Lorna Johnson and Jane Giliam (on leave), and three vet nurses, team leader Kylie Yates, Jessica Ellis and Annie Hickford. So if you’re passionate about your pet and want professional advice and the best long term care, call in and see the friendly team in their character home on the corner of Church and Ruahine Streets, or phone them on (06) 3576569 for a well-contented and healthy pet.
The Pet Doctors’ team, Jess, Lorna, Kylie, Matt and Annie.