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Is your pet on the podgy side? You’re not alone

Is your pet on the podgy side? You’re not alone

Pet obesity is no longer the exception to the rule, it has now reached epidemic proportions with an estimated 52% of dogs and 58% of cats now overweight.
Does your dog’s breath make your eyes water?

Does your dog’s breath make your eyes water?

As a vet, I can’t stress enough how important the health of your dog’s teeth and gums are to their overall wellbeing.
Shining the spotlight on leaky gut syndrome

Shining the spotlight on leaky gut syndrome

I would like to zero in on one particular gut health issue that seems to be capturing quite a lot of attention, and that’s the condition known as leaky gut syndrome.
Pet Insurance - Nice to Have or Need to Have?

Pet Insurance - Nice to Have or Need to Have?

According to industry statistics, only 1 in 10 cat Kiwi owners and not quite 1 in 5 Kiwi dog owners currently insure their pet.
We’re nuts about Coconut

We’re nuts about Coconut

Coconut is everywhere at the moment and for very good reason; it delivers a huge variety of medicinal benefits for pets and people alike including boosting pet heart health, reducing body stress, and decreasing mental decline.
10 simple wellness tips that will have your cat purring

10 simple wellness tips that will have your cat purring

Here are 10 simple wellness tips that will have your cat purring.
The tell-tail signs that your cat might need a change of diet!

The tell-tail signs that your cat might need a change of diet!

With diet playing such an important role in the overall health and wellbeing of our pets, just how do you know that your cat’s diet is adding and not detracting from their quality of life?
What is your cat trying to tell you?

What is your cat trying to tell you?

Cats are meat-loving carnivores and, just like us, what they eat directly impacts their health.
It takes a village to save Buddy the wonder dog

It takes a village to save Buddy the wonder dog

While Buddy was obviously going to need a lot of care and attention to restore him back to his very cute self, the team didn’t hesitate for a second; every dog deserves the very best quality of care.
The health and healing properties of Flaxseed

The health and healing properties of Flaxseed

Flaxseed is a powerhouse of body-essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and antioxidants which are all linked with reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
Saving Ruby

Saving Ruby

Meet Ruby, a gorgeous, healthy golden retriever living the dream on a lifestyle block in sunny Wairarapa. Four months ago, however, Ruby’s quality of life couldn’t have been more different.
Doggy Diets are a balancing act

Doggy Diets are a balancing act

Just like their owners, dogs need a balanced diet to keep them healthy and prevent inflammation and chronic disease. More specifically, they need macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) for energy and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to support the healthy functioning of their body.