Archive for December, 2011

Christmas is only 3 sleeps away! And all of us at the vet clinic are looking forward to some sunny days off to spend with friends, family, and our pets. We are closed on the 25th, 26th, and 27th of December, and on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of January. Otherwise, opening hours are as normal (Mon-Fri 7:30am-7pm and Sat 9am-1pm, closed on Sundays)



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Christmas is only a few sleeps away, and Domino the miniature dachshund has received and destroyed his first Christmas teddy! Lots and lots of fluffy stuffing came out, then the squeaker. It was so much serious fun for him, it was almost worth the rag at the end. Just a note of caution if you are buying xmas toys for your pet, watch them with it to make sure they do not swallow the stuffing! (Domino did swallow some stuffing and his droppings came out all fuzzy….funny to talk about now, but he was lucky it did not block in his intestines.) Maybe we will try just edible treats in his stocking next year!

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This afternoon 3 young women came in with a cat wrapped in a blanket. They told us they had accidentally run it over with their car.

So, what happens at a vet clinic when someone brings in a cat/dog that’s been injured and there is no name tag or microchip for us to find the owner?

Firstly we dealt with the comfort of the cat. Assessed it’s pain. It’s a young female cat, she can’t walk and looks like it may have a broken pelvis. So we gave her pain relief and a tiny bit of sedative.  Then, we called the SPCA. The SPCA agreed to fund us some money to treat the cat with fluids (for shock and dehydration), pain relief, and vet assessment. So, we are going to keep her comfortable overnight and hope that her owners ring around the vet clinics and look for her. Otherwise, we might call other vet clinics around Christchurch tomorrow and see if anyone has reported a young female tabby missing. In cases like this, you can see why it is so useful to just microchip your pets.

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