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Christmas Newsletter

We'd like to wish you all an enjoyable holiday season as we come into this busy time of year.  Read on to see how to win a luxury hamper just in time for Christmas!  We have a precautionary tale about what simple things are dangerous to feed to dogs, and cat-owners can read about diabetes - a common disease not just of people but of cats too! 

Beware Choking Hazards in Small Dogs

Take care what you let your little dog chew. They may enjoy those 'big dog' biscuits, but their jaws just aren't strong enough to always break them into a size that's safe to swallow.

Not long ago we had a little dog come in, going blue as he struggled for breath. Something was just visible at the back of his throat, but it took a light anaesthetic to be able to retrieve the object, which turned out to be a 4 cm dog biscuit jammed across the entrance to his airway. He'd eaten large biscuits previously without incident, but it's a risky business when you're relying on a dog to never gulp his food!
So, a few rules for dogs:
  • Keep the large biscuits for the large dogs.
  • Never feed corncobs.  (They're the perfect size for blocking an intestine if a chunk is swallowed.)
  • If feeding bones, only ever provide a bone they can chew on without chewing up. (Try a nice solid cannon bone!)
  • Keep plastic bags and meat wrappers out of reach.  Though small enough to swallow, they can still tangle intestines.
We have a wonderful Christmas hamper again this year, for one lucky client to win. Filled with lovely goodies, all you have to do is spend $50 or more in store between 1 December and Christmas Eve 2014 and we’ll put your name in the draw.
Bruce is the owner of the practice and had the building 'tailor-made' as a veterinary clinic in 1988. Bruce works full time in the practice, coordinating time away from work with Geoff and Andrea. Bruce has a special interest in feline medicine, being a member of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Veterinary Scientists by examination. When not working Bruce enjoys time with his family and stays fit by regular road cycling. His Pekinese dog Oscar can sometimes be seen at the clinic while at home there are two Burmese cats, Tia & Clio.
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Diabetes in Cats: Early Detection Essential

Diabetes is a relatively common disease of middle-aged and elderly cats. It is particularly prevalent in Burmese cats, with an estimated 10% of NZ Burmese cats over the age of eight having diabetes!

There is more than one type of diabetes, but the most common (type 2) can go into remission if treated early enough.

Treatment is by twice-daily injections of insulin. While this may sound daunting, most cat owners have no trouble treating their pets, as cats barely seem to notice the tiny injection.

Once we have established the appropriate dose of insulin the blood glucose should stay within a healthy range for much of the day. In type 2 diabetes this gives the cat's own insulin-producing cells a chance to recover. However, if a cat has experienced high blood sugar for too long (or it is a less common type of diabetes) then remission is less likely.

The longer a cat has a high blood sugar, the less likely it is to go into remission. This means we should be routinely checking the blood sugar of all middle-aged and older cats, to give them the best chance of recovery.

At North Harbour Vet we can test your cat's blood glucose for only $11 on top of the vaccination or consultation fee.  If your cat is eight or older, give them the best chance and get their glucose checked regularly.
North Harbour Veterinary Clinic is the Auckland home for the Animal Dermatology Clinic, New Zealand's only specialist animal dermatologists.

Pet owners come from all over the upper North Island so the specialist dermatologists can diagnose and treat their problem skin.  We are fortunate to have such ready access to a specialist, to pick their brains occasionally for handy tips and of course to refer any really tricky cases.

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Christmas Hours

On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve we'll finish around 6pm.  We'll open again on Tuesday 29 December, and after New Year on Tuesday 5 January.

Normal Hours of Attendance
Monday- Friday 7.30am - 6.45pm
Saturdays         8.00 - 12.00pm

After-Hours Veterinary Clinic
2/96 Ellice Road, Glenfield
ph (09) 443-5640
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