24 HOUR Emergency
We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week for after hours emergencies. If your pet has an accident or needs urgent medical care after hours, please call us on our normal clinic number (09) 408 2838. Your call will be put straight through to our on call vet.
General Health Checks
We recommend all pets to have an annual check-up (or 6 monthly checks for geriatrics). This is
already included when your pets come in for annual vaccinations. These provide a good opportunity
for us to detect problems early (common issues include dental disease, weight changes, arthritis,
heart disease and skin disease) and discuss preventative measures. This will save you money in the
long run and give your beloved pets the best quality of life.
We recommend having your dogs and cats microchipped. Having them microchipped makes it so
much easier returning pets to their owners. Pets that get microchipped at our clinic will
automatically go onto the national animal register database. Dogs are also required to be
microchipped prior to registration with the local council, which starts from 3 months of age.
We are a cat-friendly clinic with 2 separate waiting areas in the reception and one of it is reserved
for our beloved feline friends. This also applies to our new purpose built Coopers beach clinic with
separate cattery to allow them to recuperate in a calm environment.
Kaitaia clinic is our main hub, where all the action is. We deal with all the emergency and critical
cases here. Xrays, ultrasound, cytology, in-house blood and urine analysis can all be performed here.
We are also well equipped for advance surgeries like orthopaedics, dentistry and laparotomies.
We are extremely pleased with our new location at Cooper Beach, where we are able to better serve
the local community with essential services like vaccinations, consulting, routine surgeries (eg de-
sexing and soft tissue surgeries) as well as stocking pet food and supplies.
We recommend de-sexing your dogs from 6 months of age. This procedure involves a day stay as
your pet will go under a general anaesthetic. There are numerous benefits for both male and female
Benefits of desexing your dogs:
– Preventing unwanted pregnancies
– Prevent reproduction organ diseases including but not limited to mammary gland tumour
(breast cancer), ovarian tumour, cystic ovaries, uterine infection, testicular tumour, and
– Reduces roaming and property escapes.
We recommend de-sexing your cats from 4 months of age.
Benefits of de-sexing your cats:
– Preventing unwanted pregnancies
– Preventing cat fighting, wandering and spraying in the house.
– Preventing reproduction organ disease including mammary gland tumour, cystic ovaries,
uterine infection and testicular tumour.
Luckily, one of the most deathly dog disease – Parvo, is preventable with vaccination. Puppy
vaccinations can start as early as 6 weeks old. It is crucial for puppies to complete the vaccination
program as advised. We recommend boosters every 3-4 weeks at this critical stage with the last
vaccine at or after 16 weeks old.
Canine cough is another disease that can become an outbreak periodically. This disease is
multifactorial but again vaccines are available to prevent the most common causes. This is also a
requirement for dogs that attend doggy day care and kennel stays.
Leptospirosis is a relatively rare disease. However the bug is prevalent in rural environments. We
highly encourage working dogs and dogs on rural properties to be vaccinated against lepto.
Cat flu is highly prevalent in stray cats. If your cats go outdoor, we recommend all kittens to be fully
vaccinated by 12 weeks old followed by annual boosters.
Rabbit calicivirus is deathly and highly prevalent in wild rabbits. The virus can harbour in hay or
straw so even rabbits in urban environment will be susceptible to infection. We recommend all pet
rabbits to be vaccinated against it. Only a single injection from 10 weeks onwards will be protective,
followed by an annual booster. In risky environment, we can commence vaccination before 10
weeks old, followed by a booster no earlier than 10 weeks old. Please enquire about this as we will
need to order the vaccine in for you.
Dental disease is a common problem in cats and dogs. This if left untreated can lead to ongoing pain
and even heart disease or other systemic diseases. We recommend 6 to 12 monthly dental checks
depending on breeds. We can discuss the best preventative measures that work for you and routine
scale/polish to prevent rotten teeth.
Lloyd has decades of experience in orthopaedics. Services that we can provide include:
– TTA or lateral tie for cruciate ligament rupture
– Meniscal repair
– Patella luxation repair
– Fracture repairs