A healthy pet is a happy pet

The Tribune (NZ) - - TERRACE END -

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.

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