Read why you shouldn't have lilies in the house if you have cats; plan how to protect your pet in an emergency; and find out how you could win a prize in our pet photo competition.
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April Newsletter

Welcome to our new-look newsletter!  We're now sending out a shorter newletter which can be read on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
Spread the word: Lilies kill cats! 
All parts of lilies including their pollen are known to cause death even in small amounts.  Even if a cat brushes against a lily and grooms off the pollen the cat will probably die.

Members of the Lilium and Hermerocallis genera are toxic to cats.  These include Easter lilies, daylilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic lilies, Christmas lilies and Stargazer lilies.

Recently we had a case of two young cats which died after coming into contact with lilies which had been discarded into the rubbish sack.  We assume they got pollen on their fur, or else got curious and had a wee nibble.
The lilies were thrown away in the morning, and by the time their owner returned from work both cats were lethargic and had brought up a small amount of vomit. Blood and urine tests showed severe kidney damage.  Despite intense intravenous fluid treatment over the new few days neither cat survived as their kidneys were irreversibly damaged.
The best advice is to not have lilies on your property, don’t give cut lilies to friends with cats, spread the word that you don’t wish to be given lilies, and explain why.
Lilies are not fatal to other pets, though eating them can cause skin irritation or 
an upset gut.  Some plants with the word lily in their name are not true lilies, like Belladonna lilies (Amaryllis belladonna) and lily-of-the-valley, so check first what their scientific name is before uprooting them from your garden.
Many of you will be aware that we had a well-respected veterinary dermatologist working from our clinic for many years.  Dr Allan Bell BVSc, MACVSc, FACVSc helped many desperate pet owners get their pets back to enjoying good quality of life, but has now taken a well-earned retirement.

Allan graduated with a Batchelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in 1967 and worked in companion animal practice until the mid-80s.  He became a member of the Australian College by examination in 1981 and attained a Fellowship in Dermatology in 1995.  He is well-published and a regular contributor to Continuing Education in dermatology.

In 1985 Allan became the first veterinarian to specialise in animal dermatology in New Zealand, and in fact has remained the only veterinary dermatology specialist registered in New Zealand.

Allan has sold his practice to Animal Dermatology, an international company who are now providing the upper North Island with specialist services by Dr Danielle Hoolahan and Dr Debbie Simpson from Australia. We will miss Dr Bell, and look forward to getting to know the Australian specialists.

For more information on the new specialists check out the  Animal Dermatology Clinic, Auckland.

For more information

Geoff recently spent a couple of weeks sailing with friends, taking advantage of the extended summer weather.  

He's very proud of
 this five pound snapper which he landed during his recent expedition to White Island!
Win with us on Facebook!  Email us a photo of your pet looking cute, silly or just plain gorgeous and we will post it on our Facebook page. Then go to our Facebook page and 'like' your photo. The photo with the most likes by the end of the month will win a prize.  It's as simple as that!

Win a bag of Hill's premium cat or dog food with our Facebook competition.  Or we can sort out a prize of equivalent value if your rabbit, guinea pig or rat is the winner!
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Does your pet have smelly breath? Due to better feeding and health care our pets are now living much longer, which means many pets outlive the normal lifespan of their teeth. Periodontal disease results in pain, bad breath, gum recession and loss of teeth, and untreated dental infections can even lead to heart and kidney failure.

While tooth-brushing and dental diets are helpful, only your veterinary clinic can descale and polish your pet’s teeth, as an anaesthetic is required.  Most cats and dogs need 'a dental' every few years, with some (particularly small dogs) needing them each year.

If you are concerned about your pet's dental health then book them in for a dental today.
A dog with tartar and resulting gum disease.
The same dog after his dental.
What will you do with your pets in an emergency?  Make a disaster plan now.  Click here to see what you can do to ensure your pet will be safe in an emergency.
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