News & Stories at Mill Road Vet Hospital

Sadie’s leaky gut

Sadie’s leaky gut

Mill Road Vet Hospital

Sadie, a usually sprightly 4-year-old Griffon came in to see us because she was feeling rather poorly. Sadie was having chronic diarrhea, losing weight and had developed a pot belly.

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Root Canal treatments now available

Root Canal treatments now available

Mill Road Vet Hospital

Broken teeth are very common in cats and dogs, with as many as 25% of dogs presenting with a fractured tooth during their life. Road accidents, blunt injuries, stones and bones are all common causes but sometimes owners are unaware of the injury as their pet gives no signs of pain or discomfort.

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Why do chickens lay so many eggs?

Why do chickens lay so many eggs?

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Have you ever stopped to ask why do chickens lay so many eggs?  Some of the common breeds kept as pets may lay as many as 300 in a season.  And the laying season is very long - stretching out over most of the year.  Certainly, in nature, no other bird does this. 

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Leptospirosis unravelled!

Leptospirosis unravelled!

Mill Road Vet Hospital

Leptospirosis is one of the sporadic diseases we see in Northland. It is caused by a bacteria which is spread from the urine of infected animals – usually rats, pigs and cattle but can be spread by other species. 

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Help, my pet hates the vet!

Help, my pet hates the vet!

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Your dog may start quaking and shaking as soon as you pull into the carpark. Cats can morph into a “cat-topus” with 8 limbs trying to get them into the carrier and sometimes they may even take off and hide on the day of the appointment as cats are known to have sixth...
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Why your puppy should go to Mill Road puppy preschool.

Why your puppy should go to Mill Road puppy preschool.

Mill Road Vet Hospital

There are multitudes of puppy kindies and preschools around. Why come to Mill Road puppy kindy?

Seasoned dog owners will know it is essential to socialise a new puppy so that it will grow into a happy, well-behaved, and confident adult dog. Without this, puppies can develop difficult behaviour problems such as aggression, anxiety, excessive baking, and that’s just to mention a few.

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Mycotoxity: Not such a ‘Fun-gi’

Mycotoxity: Not such a ‘Fun-gi’

Mill Road Vet Hospital

A family calls up in a panic, their dog is tremoring, uncoordinated, and acting unusual. They don’t know what could have happened! The dog may have gotten into the rubbish/compost recently....but that’s what dogs do, they scavenge...what’s the problem with a bit of old food, right?

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Kill those fleas!

Kill those fleas!

Mill Road Vet Hospital

As the weather is warming up, we are seeing an increasing number of pets with flea bite hypersensitivity dermatitis. Some  pets can  tolerate a few fleas without showing signs of itchiness  but once they develop allergies to the flea saliva, the itch escalates.  Any cat or dog that has had previous exposure to flea bites can become allergic to them, much like us with bee or wasp stings.

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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”

Mill Road Vet Hospital

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

Mill Road Vet Hospital
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!

Mill Road Vet Hospital
“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

Mill Road Vet Hospital
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

Mill Road Vet Hospital
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!

Mill Road Vet Hospital
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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