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21 hours ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

Meet the beautiful Tui 🐾⁠

Tui is a 16 week old Dachshund puppy who was referred to our Sylvia Park hospital.⁠ This little baby hardly spent any time in her cage as she was constantly being cuddled, it’s hard being this cute. ❤️⁠











#Fursday #puppy #dachshund #dog #dogs #cutedog #dogsofnz #DogsOfNewZealand #dogsofauckland #instadog #dogsofinstagram #vet #vetsofnz #vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #VetSpecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare #vsapatient
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Meet the beautiful Tui 🐾⁠
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Tui is a 16 week old Dachshund puppy who was referred to our Sylvia Park hospital.⁠ This little baby hardly spent any time in her cage as she was constantly being cuddled, its hard being this cute. ❤️⁠
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#Fursday #puppy #dachshund #dog #dogs #cutedog #dogsofnz #dogsofnewzealand #dogsofauckland #instadog #dogsofinstagram  #vet #vetsofnz #vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #vetspecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare #vsapatient

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Be brace tomorrow . Big hugs

Is she ok Julie Hodgson.?

Maisie McCulloch

Out beautiful Tui

3 days ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

Beware of the Karaka Berries!⁠

If you are a dog owner in NZ, please make sure you are familiar with the Karaka tree and can easily identify it and it’s berries. ⁠

The Karaka berry is highly toxic to dogs and even a small amount can prove deadly. Right now is Karaka Berry season as the fruits are ripening and dropping to the ground.⁠

Read our Karaka Berry Toxicity blog post (link in comments) for more info.⁠



#dogtoxin #karakaberry #karakatree

#vet #vetsofnz #vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #VetSpecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare
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Beware of the Karaka Berries!⁠
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If you are a dog owner in NZ, please make sure you are familiar with the Karaka tree and can easily identify it and its berries. ⁠
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The Karaka berry is highly toxic to dogs and even a small amount can prove deadly. Right now is Karaka Berry season as the fruits are ripening and dropping to the ground.⁠
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Read our Karaka Berry Toxicity blog post (link in comments) for more info.⁠
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#dogtoxin #karakaberry #karakatree ⁠
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#vet #vetsofnz #vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #vetspecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare
5 days ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

Meet Libby, Everest, Miguel and Dante 🐾⁠

Libby is our newest Head Nurse, having joined our team in our new Christchurch hospital last year.⁠

Everest, named after Paw Patrol’s Snowy Patrol dog, was discovered as a kitten who needed to be rehomed. Libby, in true vet nurse style, took her and her brother home and they stayed forever.⁠

Since Everest’s brother passed away she has been looking for companions to join her neighbourhood watch, so enter Miguel and Dante, the newest furry additions to Libby’s family. ⁠

Everest hasn’t quite decided if these two adventurous kittens will help her on her patrols to keep the local fish and tadpoles safe from other cats. Only time and training will tell 😉⁠

#staffpetssunday


#vetnurselife #vetnursesofinstagram #vetnursesofnz #vetnursenz #vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #VetSpecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare
#cats #cat #cutecat #catsofnz #catsofnewzealand #catsofauckland #instacat
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Meet Libby, Everest, Miguel and Dante 🐾⁠
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Libby is our newest Head Nurse, having joined our team in our new Christchurch hospital last year.⁠
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Everest, named after Paw Patrols Snowy Patrol dog, was discovered as a kitten who needed to be rehomed. Libby, in true vet nurse style, took her and her brother home and they stayed forever.⁠
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Since Everests brother passed away she has been looking for companions to join her neighbourhood watch, so enter Miguel and Dante, the newest furry additions to Libbys family. ⁠
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Everest hasnt quite decided if these two adventurous kittens will help her on her patrols to keep the local fish and tadpoles safe from other cats. Only time and training will tell 😉⁠
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#staffpetssunday⁠
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#vetnurselife #vetnursesofinstagram #vetnursesofnz #vetnursenz #vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #vetspecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare ⁠
#cats #cat #cutecat #catsofnz #catsofnewzealand #catsofauckland #instacat
1 week ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

Meet Mali (and Gavin 😈 )⁠

Mali, which is Croatian for small, was fostered by our Mt Albert Imaging Head Nurse Leash. She was found alone and very tiny on a lawn and rushed into the Mt Albert team. She was possibly just a day old at this point and only weighed 100g.⁠

Luckily, Mali took to bottle feeding and thrived… and as you can see put Gavin’s (Leash’s cat, who was also fostered) nose out a little for being around. ⁠

The 2-3 hour feeding rotation for a kitten so small meant that Leash needed extra help and so at 9 weeks old, Mali was taken in and adopted by Leash’s friends.⁠

Mali is now grown up and is the boss of her two mums, their ginger cat and two large dogs. Despite her boss-lady status, she still sleeps with her comfort "BunBun" and the pink baby blanket she had in her bottle feeding days⁠

#thoughsheislittlesheisfierce #smallandmighty #fursday⁠



#cats #cat #cutecat #catsofnz #catsofnewzealand #catsofauckland #instacat
#vetnurselife #vetnursesofinstagram #vetnursesofnz #vetnursenz
#vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #vetspecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare
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Meet Mali (and Gavin 😈 )⁠
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Mali, which is Croatian for small, was fostered by our Mt Albert Imaging Head Nurse Leash. She was found alone and very tiny on a lawn and rushed into the Mt Albert team. She was possibly just a day old at this point and only weighed 100g.⁠
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Luckily, Mali took to bottle feeding and thrived... and as you can see put Gavins (Leashs cat, who was also fostered) nose out a little for being around. ⁠
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The 2-3 hour feeding rotation for a kitten so small meant that Leash needed extra help and so at 9 weeks old, Mali was taken in and adopted by Leashs friends.⁠
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Mali is now grown up and is the boss of her two mums, their ginger cat and two large dogs. Despite her boss-lady status, she still sleeps with her comfort BunBun and the pink baby blanket she had in her bottle feeding days⁠
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#thoughsheislittlesheisfierce #smallandmighty #fursday⁠
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#cats #cat #cutecat #catsofnz #catsofnewzealand #catsofauckland #instacat ⁠
#vetnurselife #vetnursesofinstagram #vetnursesofnz #vetnursenz ⁠
#vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #vetspecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare
1 week ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

Meet Floyd 🐾⁠

Floyd is a very handsome 2 year old British Shorthair who recently visited Dr Mike Coleman and the imaging team at out Mount Albert hospital for an ultrasound.⁠

Floyd was such a good boy during his procedure, so much so that he didn’t need any sedation and was happy to be held by our nurses Tracy and Serena instead.⁠

Surprisingly, less than half of our feline patients need sedation for an ultrasound. Maybe they are well behaved? Maybe they love the attention from our nurses? Or maybe it’s Dr Mike Coleman’s relaxing playlist for cats?!?⁠






#cats #cat #cutecat #catsofnz #catsofnewzealand #catsofauckland #instacat
#vet #vetsofnz #vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #VetSpecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare #vsapatient
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Meet Floyd 🐾⁠
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Floyd is a very handsome 2 year old British Shorthair who recently visited Dr Mike Coleman and the imaging team at out Mount Albert hospital for an ultrasound.⁠
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Floyd was such a good boy during his procedure, so much so that he didnt need any sedation and was happy to be held by our nurses Tracy and Serena instead.⁠
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Surprisingly, less than half of our feline patients need sedation for an ultrasound. Maybe they are well behaved? Maybe they love the attention from our nurses? Or maybe its Dr Mike Colemans relaxing playlist for cats?!?⁠
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#cats #cat #cutecat #catsofnz #catsofnewzealand #catsofauckland #instacat ⁠
#vet #vetsofnz #vsahospital #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #vetspecialists #instavet #vetsofinstagram #animalhospital #vethospital #animalcare #vsapatient

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My handsome Floyd…thank you for checking him out…he is so much better now…back to annoying our Grandad cat (Biggles) and our dog (Ted) Robyn Nimmo Jane Nimmo

2 weeks ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

Meet Gavin and Leash 🐾⁠

We’re not sure there is a vet nurse in the world that hasn’t fostered a kitten for a few days…. and then the kitten never leaves.⁠

That’s how Gavin came to live with Leash, the Head Nurse of our imaging department at our Mount Albert Hospital.⁠

Gavin was one of a litter of kittens who were hit by a car on the North-Western Motorway and brought into VSA by the SPCA team.⁠

There was only 1 tiny survivor and the kitten, at about 400g, was approximately 4 weeks old. ⁠

Leash took him in to care for him and Dr Mike Coleman suggested she call him Gavin as a joke. The plan was to re-home him and so Leash agreed that Gavin was a great temporary foster name. ⁠

Gavin will be 4 in February and still lives with Leash where he is quite cozy relaxing on the sofa, having a cuddle with his mate Pete, Leash’s dog, and avoiding his Mum’s kisses! 💋⁠

#staffpetssunday
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Meet Gavin and Leash 🐾⁠
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Were not sure there is a vet nurse in the world that hasnt fostered a kitten for a few days.... and then the kitten never leaves.⁠
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Thats how Gavin came to live with Leash, the Head Nurse of our imaging department at our Mount Albert Hospital.⁠
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Gavin was one of a litter of kittens who were hit by a car on the North-Western Motorway and brought into VSA by the SPCA team.⁠
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There was only 1 tiny survivor and the kitten, at about 400g, was approximately 4 weeks old. ⁠
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Leash took him in to care for him and Dr Mike Coleman suggested she call him Gavin as a joke. The plan was to re-home him and so Leash agreed that Gavin was a great temporary foster name. ⁠
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Gavin will be 4 in February and still lives with Leash where he is quite cozy relaxing on the sofa, having a cuddle with his mate Pete, Leashs dog, and avoiding his Mums kisses! 💋⁠
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#staffpetssunday

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Christy Hadfield Demi Maclee Gavin's famous! 😂

2 weeks ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

Meet Chico⁠🐾⁠

If we were forced to make a "VSA’s Favourite Patient List" Chico would definitely be one of the first ones on it! Chico is a patient that we have been seeing for nearly 4 years and who has been through all of our departments at some point along his journey with us! ⁠

He was first seen by Richard back in 2018 for a hindlimb lameness, which resulted in TPLO surgery. From there Chico got referred to physio and to this day is still coming to see Ashley and Hannah!⁠ Here he is in the hydro tank waiting for another treat from Hannah 😍⁠

Chico is absolutely adored here at VSA and we can’t wait for lots of cuddles in the new year.⁠
#fursday⁠
#vsapatient #vsahospital #veterinarian #vetsofnz #vetspecialists #vetphysio #animalcare #instavet #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa
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Meet Chico⁠🐾⁠
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If we were forced to make a VSAs Favourite Patient List Chico would definitely be one of the first ones on it! Chico is a patient that we have been seeing for nearly 4 years and who has been through all of our departments at some point along his journey with us! ⁠
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He was first seen by Richard back in 2018 for a hindlimb lameness, which resulted in TPLO surgery. From there Chico got referred to physio and to this day is still coming to see Ashley and Hannah!⁠ Here he is in the hydro tank waiting for another treat from Hannah 😍⁠
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Chico is absolutely adored here at VSA and we cant wait for lots of cuddles in the new year.⁠
#fursday⁠
#vsapatient #vsahospital #veterinarian #vetsofnz #vetspecialists #vetphysio #animalcare #instavet #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa

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I can't thank you enough for taking care of him. ❤ You made his medical conditions easier for him so he could fully enjoy his dog life. 🐕 Slobber and kisses from Chico.😙😙

Bringing in the New Year, Emergency Vet Style!⁠

Our VS A&E team are here around the clock for any animal emergencies you have.. 24 hours a day, every day and that means raising our bottles of water to toast 2022 in our Sylvia Park Hospital.⁠

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Here’s to 2022

#herewhenyouneedus
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Happy New Year to you all

Stastny Novy Rock a hlavne co nejmin zvirecich pacientuuuuu

Good on ya! Looking after the furbies.😀

Meet Yogi 🐾 & Emily 👩🏻‍⚕️⁠

Yogi presented to Dr Alex Walker for hip pain and lameness of his left back leg. Radiographs were taken of Yogi which confirmed he had hip dysplasia. ⁠

Hip dysplasia is one of the most common causes of hind leg lameness in dogs, it is a developmental problem of the hip joint. Hip dysplasia leads to degenerative changes in the joint including cartilage damage, bone spur production , and loose bone fragments.⁠

In Yogi’s case he was a good candidate for a procedure called a DPO (Double Pelvic Osteotomy) but some patients will require a Total Hip Replacement to get them back to enjoying life. Yogi has had his first DPO surgery with Alex and will return for his second side in the new year.⁠

While Yogi was staying with us, we made sure there was plenty of time for cuddles. He looks especially comfy here on Dr Emily Ball’s lap. Emily is one of our 3 VSA interns. Even though there is a lot of hard work involved in an intern’s role, there is always room for some downtime with special patients.⁠

#perksofthejob
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Meet Yogi 🐾 & Emily 👩🏻‍⚕️⁠
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Yogi presented to Dr Alex Walker for hip pain and lameness of his left back leg. Radiographs were taken of Yogi which confirmed he had hip dysplasia. ⁠
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Hip dysplasia is one of the most common causes of hind leg lameness in dogs, it is a developmental problem of the hip joint. Hip dysplasia leads to degenerative changes in the joint including cartilage damage, bone spur production , and loose bone fragments.⁠
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In Yogis case he was a good candidate for a procedure called a DPO (Double Pelvic Osteotomy) but some patients will require a Total Hip Replacement to get them back to enjoying life. Yogi has had his first DPO surgery with Alex and will return for his second side in the new year.⁠
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While Yogi was staying with us, we made sure there was plenty of time for cuddles. He looks especially comfy here on Dr Emily Balls lap. Emily is one of our 3 VSA interns. Even though there is a lot of hard work involved in an interns role, there is always room for some downtime with special patients.⁠
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#perksofthejob⁠

Meet Fred 🐾⁠

Fred is muscling in on some time with our amazing physio Ashley, showing us that it’s not just for dogs.⁠

Fred initially presented to our team with lameness in his hind limb which we were able to diagnose as cruciate ligament injury. Fred was admitted to our Sylvia Park hospital for a TPLO or Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy procedure. ⁠

This is a surgical procedure that is much more common in dogs, but cats are prone to cruciate ligament injuries too. The surgery is a more technically demanding procedure on a cat due to their smaller size, but thanks to surgery with Dr Richard Jerram, Fred is now recovering very well and being incredibly well behaved in physio!⁠


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Meet Fred 🐾⁠
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Fred is muscling in on some time with our amazing physio Ashley, showing us that its not just for dogs.⁠
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Fred initially presented to our team with lameness in his hind limb which we were able to diagnose as cruciate ligament injury. Fred was admitted to our Sylvia Park hospital for a TPLO or Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy procedure. ⁠
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This is a surgical procedure that is much more common in dogs, but cats are prone to cruciate ligament injuries too. The surgery is a more technically demanding procedure on a cat due to their smaller size, but thanks to surgery with Dr Richard Jerram, Fred is now recovering very well and being incredibly well behaved in physio!⁠
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Ashley did such a great job with my cat Pokahe when he needed physio, she is a true cat whisperer!

You’re a handsome lad Fred…💙. Hope you are on the mend…😘😘

What a beauty

4 weeks ago
Veterinary Specialists Aotearoa

Meri Kirihimete! 🌺⁠

And a special Happy Holiday message from our directors, Alex, Richard, Alastair and Damian!⁠

Let’s face it, this year has been tough for everyone and so let’s all take time to enjoy the holidays, enjoy the time with your family and have fun!⁠

Most of our team will be taking a break for a few days, but our emergency teams at both Sylvia Park and Mount Albert will be available around the clock if you need them. ⁠

From all the team at VSA, we wish you and your whanau a very Merry Christmas.⁠

p.s Our vets, don’t really dress as elves at Christmas. or do they…. 😉🎄🎅🏼

#merrychristmas #VSA #vsahospital #veterinarian #veterinaryspecialistsaotearoa #animalhospital #christmaselves
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Meri Kirihimete! 🌺⁠

And a special Happy Holidays message from our directors, Alex, Richard, Alastair and Damian!⁠

Let’s face it, this year has been tough for everyone and so let’s all take time to enjoy the holidays, enjoy the time with your family and have fun!⁠

Most of our team will be taking a break for a few days, but our emergency teams at both Sylvia Park and Mount Albert will be available around the clock if you need them. ⁠

From all the team at VSA, we wish you and your whanau a very Merry Christmas.⁠

p.s Our vets, don’t really dress as elves at Christmas. or do they…. 😉🎄🎅🏼
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KARAKA BERRY - NZ NATIVE TREE FRUITS THAT ARE TOXIC TO DOGS

KARAKA BERRY TOXICITY FOR PETS

Did you know that Karaka Berries are highly toxic for dogs? The New Zealand native evergreen Karaka tree (Corynocarpus laevigatus) is a common sight in coastal regions, particularly in the North Island. Each year during the Summer to Autumn months

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Dogs and Christmas dinner

CHRISTMAS DANGERS FOR DOGS

Christmas is a busy time of the year – full of celebrations, indulgence and family time.  Our pets are part of the family and also want to be part of the fun but it’s important to know of a few

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A gorgeous German Shepherd puppy is seated on the ground. He is one of Police Dog Vali's newest litter

Auckland Police’s Newest Recruits

Happy news for Vali the Police Dog Here at VSA we are lucky enough to work with some incredible animal services throughout New Zealand, including Auckland Zoo and the NZ Police Dog Section. The hard-working police dogs and their handlers

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x-ray showing cassie's compression fracture

CASSIE, A NEW MUM WITH A FRACTURED SPINE

Cassie was only eighteen months old when she first came to see the VSA team in Christchurch. She had recently given birth to her first litter of puppies and was a proud new mum of nine little huskies. Three weeks

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a dog hiding under a blanket

Anxious pets and fireworks: Helping to keep them calm

Fireworks season is about to start again, which means it’s time to start thinking about the safety of our pets. Some dogs and cats aren’t upset by the explosions, while others are highly stressed or get hurt by panicking and bolting to get away from the terrifying noise and lights.

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