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Billy’s concerned owners brought him into our clinic when they found he couldn’t use his back legs.  After some xrays and tests that ruled out any broken bones, we told his owners that he may or may not gradually recover the use of his back legs. They were keen to hope for the best, and he has stayed at our clinic having all his needs cared for by the nurses and vets. He’d been with us for a few days when we had a great idea! Why not ask Elena (our animal physiotherapist) if she could do some physio and laser treatment on him? So far, Billy has had 3 treatments of physio and laser therapy, and he is slowly but surely improving! He now has withdrawal reflex in his back legs, and is gaining a bit more strength in them too. Elena has taught the nurses some exercises they can do with Billy a few times a day to help strengthen his muscles. We have all fallen in love with this brave little bunny, he’s sweet and friendly and will shuffle his way towards you, especially if you have some dandilion leaves! We will be updating our blog about his progress, and we all have our fingers crossed for his recovery.

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Just as the shakes seem to be easing off, Christchurch (and the rest of New Zealand) was hit by a bitterly cold blast and heavy snow falls – even Auckland had snow! The blizzards caused many power outages over Christchurch and snowed everyone without a four-wheeled drive vehicle into their homes. ‘At the Vets’ Nurses were all ‘forced’ to stay home on the Monday, building snowmen and making snow Angels – whilst our Cattery Manager and Vet nurse Kerry moved in so that she could be here for her cattery cats and clinic emergencies. Our Veterinarian also trudged through the snow to come to the clinic for an emergency operation on a very unwell Australian Kelpie.

A huge thanks to Jason who volunteered his time and vehicle so we could open!It’s funny how one big dump of snow in the middle of winter immediately turns everyone into kids and lifts our spirits!

Those of us who managed to make it to the clinic on the Tuesday the 16th August had so much fun! A lovely man named Jason had volunteered his 4WD and time on the radio for people who were stuck, so we called him up, and he ferried us, our gear, families and pets accross Christchurch so that we could open the clinic to any needy animals!

We did get through a few surgeries, but not until we had cleared some snow from the driveway and car park, and frolicked around making a snowman, snow bunnies and throwing the odd snowball!

Meanwhile, the cattery cats watched out their windows whilst snuggled in their fluffy beds. I am sure they wondered what craziness had come to us all!

Continue for our silly snow photos…

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Someone asked me yesterday what was an easy, natural method to get rid of ear mites? It seems that there are many different methods suggested on the internet, but mites are very hard to get rid of, and these home remedies seldom work.  It was only a few weeks ago we saw one of the worst cases of ear mites we have seen in a long time ……

(Beware, the following photos are not for the squeemish!)

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