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News & Stories at Mill Road Vet Hospital

Things are not always as they seem

Things are not always as they seem

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Leah is a 12year old female black Labrador who has been a patient with us for 10 years. Initially trained as a guide dog, she was rejected from the program because of fainting attacks. Even the Veterinary Specialist Group (VSG) in Auckland could not find an answer.

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Rat bait toxicity

Rat bait toxicity

Mill Road Vet Hospital

As we head into the cooler seasons, rats and mice can start to head indoors which can be a nuisance. Often rat bait is laid out to solve the problem. If the bait is not in a secured station, an inquisitive dog could ingest the bait. Unfortunately, rat bait is highly toxic to dogs.

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Periodontal disease – the “silent killer”

Periodontal disease – the “silent killer”

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You may or may not know that the number one health problem we see in pets is periodontal disease. Estimates of disease occurence state that by 2 years old , 70% cats and 80% dogs have clinical signs. Small and short-nosed (bracycephalic) breeds of dogs are susceptible because of the overcrowding of their teeth in their small jaws.

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PANNUS

PANNUS

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Pannus or canine superficial keratitis is a disease that affects the surface of the eye. It occurs mainly in middle-aged German Shepherd dogs but can sporadically occur in other breeds. The cause is not fully understood but there is likely a strong genetic component with UV light as...
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AVOIDING DENTAL DISASTER!

AVOIDING DENTAL DISASTER!

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“HALITOSIS”.  A word many people haven’t heard, but something that many of your pets probably experience.  It is the technical term for “bad breath”.  By 2 years of age, a whopping 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some form of periodontal...
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Parvovirus

Parvovirus

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If you have a puppy (or are considering getting a puppy) one of the diseases that you may or may not be aware of is Parvovirus. We sadly see a number of puppies that become very sick and die with parvovirus every year. What is parvovirus? Parvo or parvovirus is a serious, highly contagious...
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Demystifying Pet Insurance

Demystifying Pet Insurance

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I have met many, many people who regretted not getting pet insurance.  But I have never met a single one who has regretted getting pet insurance!  I have pet insurance for my 3-year old Schnauzer, and most of our staff members now have pet insurance for their pets.  More and more...
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When the pressure is on!

When the pressure is on!

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We have recently invested in a handheld veterinary tonometer at the practise. This vital piece of equipment has now become an integral part of our routine eye exams here at Mill Road and it only takes a minute or two to do! It is vital in the diagnosis, prevention and management of glaucoma. It...
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Neutering - What is it??

Neutering - What is it??

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Recently, we have seen a 'Covid-19' puppy boom at the clinic!...It is very exciting getting a puppy, and when you come along to see the the vet with your new addition, one important thing that we will discuss with you is.... neutering! What is neutering? It is a surgical procedure...
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RABBIT AND GUINEA PIG NUTRITION

RABBIT AND GUINEA PIG NUTRITION

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  Rabbits and Guinea Pigs make great pets.  Full of character and sociable they can be just as much fun to own as a dog or cat.   And many share the house with their human family. Sadly, their lives as pets are often not as long as they should be and there are some very...
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Stress At The Vets

Stress At The Vets

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  For many pets a trip to the vet is a stressful event, which in turn makes it stressful for their owners. Unfortunately, going to the vet is just as important for animals as the doctor is for people, and depending on your pet’s health they may frequently be visiting. Finding ways...
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PET BIRD NUTRITION

PET BIRD NUTRITION

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    As the resident “bird vet” I deal with a lot of pet birds here at Mill Road.  There are loads of different species kept in NZ.  From the more common budgies and Cockatiels to rarer varieties of Cockatoo – pictured is a “Red Tailed Black...
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Barley Grass

Barley Grass

Mill Road Vet Hospital
Meet Bentley!  He is a beautiful, and luckily very laidback little Shih Tzu Cross.  I first met him when he came in with long fur and multiple abscesses in both of his armpits, between his toes, and underneath his bottom.  His owner had already identified the problem, Bentley had...
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Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

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In order to understand diabetes mellitus, we will go through the way the body metabolises glucose.  The cells in our body require fuel to function. This fuel comes in the form of glucose, fat or protein (amino acids). A hormone called insulin is produced by the pancreas. Insulin...
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LUMPS!

LUMPS!

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A common issue that we see in our patients at Mill Road is lumps!  Even our exotic patients (rabbits, Guinea pigs, rats, mice, birds etc.) get these!  Lumps can be a cause of panic to our clients, especially when they appear suddenly and the animal is unwell or sometimes can be...
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Thyroid Disease in Cats

Thyroid Disease in Cats

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jill and her shy cat Marmite at a routine health check and vaccination appointment last year.  Marmite had dropped a large amount of weight in the previous months, had been eating ravenously and frequenting her water bowl.  Jill had noticed that she was...
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A High Pressure Situation!

A High Pressure Situation!

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Dude is a VIP (Very Important Pooch) at our clinic! He belongs to our staff-dog family, and he was also a blood donor for many years. When his nurse owner Monica noticed that he was behaving unusually, she brought him in for a check-up. Vets Leanne and Michelle did many tests on Dude including...
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The Great Imitator

The Great Imitator

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Addison’s disease can be caused by the body’s own immune system destroying at least 80% of the areas in the adrenal gland responsible for producing the hormones. Dogs may also experience Addison’s disease if there are complications from treatment of Cushing’s disease,...
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