Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Services Ltd 03 325 4444 After-hours/Emergency Phone: 03 325 4444

Small Animal Services

Here at Selwyn Rakaia Vets we have a small, but qualified team of Vets and Vet Nurses who look after the small animal side of the business. They provide services from surgery to nail clipping, annual health checks and vaccinations.

Microchipping

Dogs that need to be microchipped are:

  • All dogs first registered from 1 July 2006 (except stock working farm dogs, which are exempt). These dogs will mainly be puppies when they are first registered at three months of age.
  • All dogs classified as dangerous or menacing, since 1 December 2003 (dogs classified as dangerous before 1 December 2003 will not have to be micro chipped).

  • Unregistered dogs that are impounded and released.

  • Registered dogs that are impounded for a second time and released.

For more information on the dog microchipping regulations please visit:

http://www.dogsafety.govt.nz/dogsafety.nsf/wpg_URL/Your-Council-Registration-&-Microchipping-Index!OpenDocument

 

Vaccinations

Adequate vaccination plays a crucial role in controlling infectious diseases in our pets as well as protecting the pet population as a whole.

Puppies should begin their primary vaccination course at 8 weeks of age. The vet will inform you of which vaccinations are needed and when the remainder of the puppy series is due. After the initial vaccinations, your pet should receive routine booster injections. Our system at the clinic can set up reminders so your pet doesn't miss a beat.

Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple months of life.  However, they can also neutralise vaccines until levels drop sufficiently. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten beginning at 9 weeks of age. The immunity from kitten vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for your pet over their lifetime.

Initial vaccination programs should provide three vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart against the following agents; Feline Panleukopenia, Calicivirus, Chlamydia, and Rhinotracheitis. Feline Leukemia Virus incidence in NZ is low so vaccination is not necessary in low risk cats. FIV (Feline AIDS) should be considered in cats that will be at risk of fighting with other cats, especially wild ones (e.g. A pet cat on a farm where there are multiple feral cats around).  

Following vaccination your pet may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food, water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.

 

Desexing

Desexing your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is commonly referred to as “neutering”, and in female pets as “spaying”. This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets. Surgery is usually performed in the morning so your pet can go home in the late afternoon.  

The most common age to desex your pet is between 4 and 6 months of age. We do not recommend this procedure earlier than 3 months of age. However, they are never too old to be desexed.

There are many benefits to desexing your pet at 6 months of age. They include:

  • Prevention of unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are euthanized each year
  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males; prevention of pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours in females
  • Stopping the “heat” cycle in females and associated undesirable behaviour
  • Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
  • Being less prone to wander, especially in males
  • Living a longer and healthier life

Before surgery:

  • Make a booking for your pet’s operation.
  • Do not give your pet food after 10pm the night before the operation and do not give them any water after 8am on the day of surgery.
  •  Some pets will require intravenous fluid support during surgery. This will be discussed with you prior to the procedure.
  • To ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible, they will receive pain relief prior to desexing as well as a take home supply for the few days after the procedure.

After Surgery:

  • Keep your pet restrained and quiet as the effects of anaesthetic can take some time to wear off completely.
  • Keeping them quiet is also essential for wound healing.
  • Food and water should be limited to small portions only on the night after surgery.
  • Ensure all post-surgical medications (if any) are administered as per the label instructions.
  • Ensure your pet’s rest area is clean to avoid infection.
  • Check the incision at least twice daily for any signs of infection or disruption (eg. bleeding, swelling, redness or discharge). Contact the vet immediately if these symptoms appear. Do not wait to see if they will spontaneously resolve.
  • Prevent your pet from licking or chewing the wound. Special cone-shaped collars assist with this problem. A single chew can remove the careful stitching with disastrous effects.
  • Ensure you return to us on time for routine post-operative check-ups and removal of stitches.

If you have any concerns before or after your pet has been desexed, please call us immediately to discuss.

 

Dentistry

Unlike humans, our pets won’t sit still or open their mouth to allow for comprehensive teeth cleaning. For this reason, our pets require a general anaesthetic for a professional dental clean (scale and polish).  One of our veterinarians will assess the degree of dental disease in your pet and determine if extractions, antibiotics or anti-inflammatories will be required.

 

Radiography

When we have radiographs (X-rays) taken the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions.  Most pets would never sit still for long enough in the correct position to allow us to take good quality radiographs. Sedation and anaesthesia may be necessary in order to obtain the most useful radiographs required to make a diagnosis.

 

Emergency Procedures

We provide you and your pets with an after-hours emergency service for critical illness or injury. We hope your pet never needs us for an emergency. However, common emergencies relate to car accidents, heart conditions, poisoning and a range of other injuries.

Upon arrival, your pet will be assessed by one of our veterinarians. We will aim to provide an estimate of the costs involved with your case. However, please be aware that with emergency procedures costs can vary depending on what services and treatments are required. Our veterinarians will keep you updated regularly during the procedure. In some cases we may need to refer to a veterinary specialist centre or a 24-hour emergency facility.

 

Lost And Found Pets:

Lost Pet Finders provides a free online resource for anyone who has lost a pet along with advice and a mass notification service.

www.lostpetfinders.co.nz