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  • Vaccinations - are they necessary?

    Horses are the most susceptible animal to this disease, 300 times more susceptible than your dog! We have lots of information in this newsletter about wounds and one of the potential side effect... Read More
  • Tetanus in dogs

    Tetanus is – fortunately! – an uncommon problem in dogs. The bacteria which causes tetanus ( clostridium tetani ) can lie dormant in the soil for many years. It usually enters the bo... Read More
  • Lungworm in cattle and deer

    We have had some reports in the lower North Island of lungworm in both deer and cattle this past autumn. This is most likely attributable to ideal conditions favouring larval development on pastur... Read More
  • Should I metricheck my herd?

    Infections of the uterus after calving At calving around 90% of cattle have a bacterial contamination of the inside of the uterus. In many cows the immune system will clear the contamination. So... Read More
  • Premating mineral levels

    It’s that time of year again and there is so much to think about. One of the subjects that gets a little lost in all the madness is mineral supplements. Minerals are important for cattle t... Read More
  • Colostrum – the key to good calf rearing

    Many dairy farmers understand the importance of feeding colostrum to their calves in the first few hours of life.   Each calf is born without immunity to disease and must instead absor... Read More
  • Updated calf regulations

    Over the last few years there has been updates in the animal welfare regulations particularly regarding calves. These were developed to strengthen the rules around young calf welfare.  Sinc... Read More
  • Wound wise

    Wounds are inevitable when keeping horses. Luckily they’re not all as bad. A lot of wounds can be treated by you, the horse owner. As vets we still regularly get called out to wounds that ... Read More
  • Rat bait poisoning

    Beware when you put out the rat bait to get rid of those pesky vermin. Most rat baits have a characteristic green dye, but dogs and cats have poor colour vision and may mistake it for a change of ... Read More
  • Iodine deficiency in sheep

    Iodine-dependent hormones produced by the thyroid gland are essential for growth and development of the foetus, and crucial for the survival of the newborn lamb. The foetus must produce his/her ... Read More

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