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  • Sore Tooth Solution: July's Dental Special at Holistic Vets, 20% OFF DENTALS*
  • A BIG WARM WELCOME to our new part-time vet at Holistic Vets, Dr Chris! Read more about Dr Chris below.
  • Dental Health: What You Need To Know
  • Kereru at ARRC Wildlife Trust
  • 5 Tips to Boost Your Pet's Longevity
  • Dr Liza's Vet Tales: Honcho and Sheila, our Crazy Staffies Part 1

June has been a busy month for our team with the Pet Expo, a veterinary conference and our First Aid Promotions. For those of you who haven't yet got a pet first aid kit, we have them available in reception so that you can have what you need to help your pet in their time of need. If you haven't yet watched our FREE online 10-minute First Aid Webinar click here to watch!

We all enjoyed the Pet Expo, it was wonderful to see many of you there! I always love talking about the work that we do to educate, empower and inspire people. I was excited to have a slot to speak at the Expo and although I know I had some valuable interactions with some people, it can be a difficult environment to engage in with so much back ground noise and many distractions. I sometimes wonder whether I have succeeded in conveying my message and was delighted with the last question from Samuel, a little boy who proved my insecurity to be wrong. At the end of my Saturday presentation Samuel asked if I was going to tell any more of my vet stories as he'd enjoyed them. I was so touched I gave him 1 of our ARRC Kids Adventure Series books, thank you Samuel!

The NZ Veterinary Association's Mega Conference was held in Hamilton. We were very grateful to have Dr Barbara Fougere, a world-renown veterinary herbalist shared her great wealth of knowledge. Dr Barbara presented some wonderful tips and also highlighted the great wealth of scientific evidence supporting herbal (botanical) medicine and that in the near future, there will be recognition of Veterinary Botanical Medicine Specialists. This will be a wonderful step forward to a more sustainable future.

July is DENTAL MONTH at Holistic Vets with 20% OFF DENTALS*. Read more below on tips to help identify and prevent dental disease.

ARRC Wildlife Trust cares for more than 700 birds per year, read below about the delightful kereru, our native wood pigeon that we have the privilege of caring for.

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Sore Tooth Solution: July's Dental Special at Holistic Vets, 20% OFF DENTALS*

Our Team at Holistic Vets know that dental care can be expensive since pets need general anesthetics when we need to pull out sore teeth. To help our clients and patients this July we are offering 20% OFF ALL DENTALS*

*This applies to the cost of the dental scale and polish and extractions only.

Hi, I'm Chris
I have always loved animals and from as early as I can remember, I wanted to be a vet. I started with Guinea Pigs and Rabbits and slowly over the years my furry friends have got bigger and more numerous!

I graduated from Massey University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and have worked in a variety of Small animal practices over the years in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. I worked in the same practice as an amazing group of Veterinary specialists in Auckland which is where my passion for Small animal medicine really began. Under the guidance of the specialists I completed my Australian College exams in Small Animal Internal Medicine which was extremely challenging but equally as rewarding.

I have taken a few years away from the vet world to be a stay at home Mum for our 3 children. This also gave me the opportunity to develop some of my interests a little further, including gardening and biking – I loved the spin classes so much that I became a spin instructor!

Our family moved to Tauranga in 2012 where we owned the Papamoa Kennels and Cattery through until 2016 where it was time to start another exciting new chapter in our lives.

I am thrilled to be joining this awesome team of Vets, nurses and support staff. I am a very strong believer in the Holistic approach and I am so excited to be returning to my dream job and helping provide the excellence of care your pets deserve

Dental Health: What you Need To Know

One of the major foundations of health is a healthy oral cavity. This is the place where nourishing the body begins as food is taken in and begins to be broken down and digested making valuable nutrients available.

In our modern world, dental disease is one of the biggest dis-eases affecting our furry friends. Sore teeth and gums are not only uncomfortable but set up a cascade of events that lead to further deterioration of our pets' health.

With improper dental hygiene, excessive amounts of unhealthy types of bacteria accumulate in the mouth, attaching to tooth surfaces which leads to the formation of dental calculus or tartar. These provide a greater surface area for more bacteria to accumulate in ever deepening pockets where toxins are produced and more bacteria multiply leading to gum inflammation or gingivitis and is usually the origin of putrid smelling breath.

Bacteria then have the potential to enter the bloodstream... To read more click here

Kereru, Our Native Wood Pigeon, at ARRC Wildlife Trust

Kereru, NZ's native wood pigeon, have exquisite iridescent green and bronze feathers with a white vest and may be found in most lowland native forests in NZ. Their strong wings have a noisy beat which has a distinctive sound in our forests. They are large birds and can weigh up to 650 grams.

Kereru are regularly brought into ARRC for care of injuries that they sustain when flying into windows. This includes broken wings and collar bones. Occasionally people bring in orphaned juveniles that we rear. Kereru are generally hardy and although it can be difficult to get them to eat in hospital, they usually make good recoveries and can be returned back to the wild.

They eat leaves, buds, flowers and fruits and are the only disperser of large fruits like the karaka and taraire making them an invaluable link for the regeneration of our native forests and the preservation of our native trees.

Kereru populations in some areas are under threat due to habitat loss, hunting and predation by rats, stoats, cats and possums that may eat their young or eggs. Possums also compete with kereru for food and devastate forests by consuming new shoots. They are a protected species and may not be hunted.

How you can help
Help to control predators by looking after your cat responsibly: feed good quality food, desex and ideally keep them at home
Plant native trees for kereru to feed on like miro, titoki, tawa, fuchsia, kōwhai, five-finger, pate, pigeonwood, taraire, puriri, wineberry and tree lucerne and preserve our natural forests
Don't hunt kereru
If you find an injured bird, call ARRC 07 578 7054

Read more about Kereru that we treat at ARRC in "You're OK Kingi", one of our 10 books that is part of the ARRC Kids Adventure Series to educate children about man's impact on our natural heritage and what they can do to help http://www.arrc.org.nz/education/

5 Tips to Boost Your Pet's Health and Longevity

Provide a loving environment – animals (and humans!) thrive when they are provided with a loving and environment where they are nurtured and cared for. A six-year study on human and cow interactions illustrated a significant improvement in production and well-being when they were treated more gently!

Feed Wholesome Food – Food that is ideally free of chemicals and preservatives, has optimal amounts of important nutrients and is biologically appropriate. Dogs and cats are carnivores and benefit from a well-balanced diet that includes meat whilst herbivorous animals such as cows, sheep and horses benefit from pasture that grows from nutrient enriched and healthy soil.
Exercise Your Pet Regularly – exercise helps to improve fitness and therefore well-being. At least 20 minutes a day is important, even for cats!

Mental Stimulation – Pets can become bored and it's important to provide them with activities to enrich their lives.

Rest and Relaxation – we all need down-time to re-energize. While many cats are experts at this, some of them have too much rest and not enough exercise. Some dogs on the other hand can be hyper-excitable and anxious, minimising their rest time.

Vet Tails Excerpt

Vet Tails Excerpt - To read more about my adventures, read Vet Tails available as a book or e-book from https://www.drliza.co.nz/shop/

Honcho and Sheila settled beautifully into the gorgeous little house that Ash and I rented, just one hundred metres away from the beach. The kids in the neighbourhood would come over and play with them which was great exercise. Ball games were always a favourite and Honch would chase them, carry two in his mouth not allowing the kids or us to take them from him but as soon as he saw Sheila had another ball, he would drop his, no doubt thinking that hers was better, giving us the opportunity to pick up his two balls, throw them again and the game would continue!

There were hours that Honch, not being overly intellectually endowed and a bit obsessive, would spend with two tennis balls in his mouth focusing intently on a third ball and contemplating how he could possibly fit the third ball into his mouth as well. On the beach Honch, would also enjoy chasing crabs and to his horror once found one dangling from his nose attached by a pincer! From then on he took to chasing shells as a much safer option and then evolved this pastime into shell collecting. Our beach was littered with beautiful shells but it was the triangular and semi hollow shells that he fancied.

He would see a shell that he liked and carry it in his mouth and when he saw another he would stack them and then carry two shells in his mouth. This continued until he had a pile of five shells carefully stacked and carried in his mouth. On our way home through the sand dunes he would carry his shells but occasionally he would become distracted with so many interesting doggy smells, drop his shells and pursue a trail. When he managed to maintain a concentration span, a few minutes later he would suddenly remember his shells, drag us back to the pile, carefully stack them so that they would all fit into his mouth and carry them home!

As a puppy Honcho was taken to the beach and loved it until a big wave came along and chased him all the way up the beach at which point he decided that he was big and brave and chased the wave all the way back into the sea. This sort of thing would go on indefinitely. Six years later in New Zealand, he wasn't scared of those vicious waves and loved to wade in the water. In fact, when a wave came along he tried to bite it! I learned that apparently Honcho could also swim despite early attempts as a pup when I could have sworn that he just about walked along the bottom of a tidal pool back in South Africa like a hippo.

It was most amusing to throw a shell into the water for him to retrieve. He would chase after it, dive into the sea and then immerse his nose into the water and with his head submerged trying to find it. Occasionally he would retrieve the shell, or another one, and surface very proud of his "catch". He would then run along the beach with it until he'd see another shell and begin his tedious shell stacking process – what a nutter!
Honcho also felt that it was his responsibility to chase any and every seagull that he saw. He was never quick enough to get to them and he knew this but something in him commanded "must chase gulls" and off he went, even if it is in a half hearted trot.

Honcho also felt obliged to bark back at fireworks and New Years Eve was always challenging as he relentlessly barked at the loud bangs and bright lights in the sky while little Sheila slept comfortably in her bed relishing another opportunity to enjoy the good life! We tried to distract Honcho on these nights by giving him a huge big bone to chew on. These were the femur bones of cows and would sometimes scare the visiting postman. Our plan of distraction was to no avail as he would have a good chew of his new bone, hear the fireworks, rush outside to bark at them and then back inside to chew his bone before the next round of fireworks!

I so loved walking on the beach and had dreamed of living close to the sea all my life. The beautiful, calm sparkling blue waters were an incredible tonic but taking Honcho and Sheila along was sometimes a challenge. Sheila, being a gentle and quiet lady, unlike Honcho the boisterous thug, would generally come along to the beach for a gentle stroll and I would often find myself being caught in the middle of Honcho dragging me forward (or sideways!) and Sheila dragging behind with their leads until we arrived at the beach when I would let them run, or slowly amble in Sheila's case!

One week-end we had part of a cyclone pass through and our gentle Pacific Ocean was transformed into a raging sea, an incredible sight to see with magnificent, huge waves that tossed huge logs and tree trunks around like they were feathers. Ash and I stood a long while on the sand dunes (as most of the beach was covered in water) admiring the view while our shell collecting staffie proceeded to dig a big hole at the foot of the dunes as he sometimes did. Some of these holes were deep enough to have buried him in and as always, he looked like he was having great fun in a safe area as far as we could tell!

A moment later, a huge wave came right up the sand dunes, demolishing Honcho's hole and not only nearly washing him away but also nearly crushing him into smithereens with a massive log! This lasted only an instant of a second and we breathed a great sigh of relief as the wave retreated and Honch, built like a battle tank, came trundling up the sand dunes, quite unperturbed and very proud of himself as he had found a shell and carried it in his mouth. He then looked up at us as if to say, "What are you guys so worried about? I've found a shell, all is well"..... crazy hound!

In scallop season, we had a lot of people on the beach collecting them and although those weren't Honchs shell of choice, he happened to pick one intact, accidentally cracked the shell open to reveal some tasty stuff inside which he quite enjoyed. We thought that one day he may become a scallop collector and do something productive to pay his rent!

Our walks on the beach with Honcho were always followed by hosing him down with some fresh water so that he didn't develop itchy skin. Needless to say, our dog with attitude had a problem with the hose, not quivering with fear as many other dogs do but as I switched it on, he would finally put down his collection of shells on our growing pile and he would bite at the stream of water coming out with great vigour! Thank goodness he saw the hosepipe itself as quite benign otherwise we'd probably have been replacing it at regular intervals as it would have been quite holey.

Cold winters would not deter Honcho from running into the ocean on his walks but at night time we were concerned that Sheila, not being as tough, would suffer from the cold since they were well adapted to the hot African weather but not to Tauranga's wet cold winter with snow not too far away. One night we put on Sheila's multicoloured, knitted doggy jersey and another similar one for Honch. Being the macho, well built staffie that he was, he sat looking at us in disgust, probably mumbling something to himself like, "What do they think I am, a pansy girl?"! A little while later Honcho seemed really content and the next morning we took it off when the weather warmed up.

That night Honcho kept badgering us, trying to draw our attention to something. It's usually either "I want food", "I want to walk" or "I want to go outside" but this time it was none of the above. We showed him his girlie doggy jersey and his eyes lit up. He sat still while we put it on him and he was satisfied, our dog was transformed and his feminine side had come out!

Honcho was a jovial character who entertained us no end with his interesting habits; he brought us much joy while Sheila brought us more peace! With her cancer growths enlarging and it being clear that putting her through another surgery was not in her best interests given her rough recovery and pain after previous surgery, we were at the end of the line of what conventional veterinary care could offer her....

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  • Learn All About Pet First Aid!
  • Join Holistic Vets & ARRC at The Pet Expo 23 & 24 June
  • Moreporks at ARRC Wildlife Trust
  • Be Prepared for a Pet Emergency: First Aid Kits ON SPECIAL & Our Online Webinar
  • Dr Liza's Vet Tales: Honcho and Sheila, Our Crazy Staffies from South Africa


Our May Senior Special has facilitated the care of many of our aged patients who have needed extra TLC at this time of year as the weather has changed and the cold has impacted on their quality of life. We enjoyed presenting our seminar about Care
of Your Aged Animal on 30th May with enthusiastic attendees, great giveaways and shared useful information to help our furry friends. For those of you that missed it, some of this info is available on our website but don't hesitate to give us a ring or pop in to Holistic Vets if we can help in any way.

June is all about Pet First Aid and all of the ways that we can help to educate and empower you with knowledge of what to do if your pet is unwell or injured. See more below for more info and about our Pet First Aid Kits ON SPECIAL and our Online First Aid Course, a quick 10 minutes to give you invaluable info on how to help your pet in times of need.

Our Holistic Vets and ARRC Team will be at The Pet Expo in Tauranga on 23 and 24 June sharing information about the work that we do to look after animals, the environment and our community. Join us and be in to win!

ARRC Wildlife Trust cares for more than 700 birds per year, read below about the delightful moreporks that we have the privilege of caring for.

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Animal First Aid:

What to Do In an Acute Crisis or Emergency

Having an understanding of useful tools to apply to support an acute crisis or emergency, until veterinary attention is obtained can make a huge difference to the outcome in a critically injured animal.

The most important question to answer is "Is the animal stable?". This means that they are breathing regularly and normally and the colour of their mucous membranes (gums in mouth, some animals have black areas of pigment making it difficult to assess) are pink, they are conscious and responsive, there's no major pain or discomfort and there is no significant blood loss.

An unstable animal who doesn't meet one or more of these criteria is very likely to need immediate care. Ideally phone ahead to the vet with an outline of the situation so they're prepared and no time is wasted.

When an animal is unconscious or gasping and battling to breathe and their mucous membrane colour is white... To read more please click here

First Aid:
Understanding the signs and Symptoms
An astute animal owner / carer knows when their animal is compromised and will often be able to associate an earlier experience with this insight eg. The dog who has eaten a rotting carcass who is off their food and vomiting or the cat who was heard in a cat fight the night before and is now limping.

Having a good working knowledge of what signs to look for to determine if your animal's health is at risk is a very helpful investment. By observing your animal's vital signs (breathing rate and depth, colour of mucous membranes, heart rate and temperature) regularly when they are healthy will help you to detect an abnormality.

Subtle signs of illness might include a quiet...To read more please click here

Join Our Holistic Vets & ARRC Team at the Pet Expo 23 & 24 June 2018

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Moreporks at ARRC Wildlife Trust

Moreporks are native owl residents of New Zealand. They are nocturnal (active at night) and hunt insects as well as small birds, reptiles and mice. Unfortunately their night time hunting habits lead them to the road where they are hit by cars. ARRC often attends to moreporks that have been found on the side of the road by people passing by.

The impact injuries that these gorgeous owls usually sustain following these accidents are broken wings and head injuries which may affect their vision. Sometimes their eyes are severely damaged and they are unable to be rehabilitated to the wild because they are so dependent on accurate vision for hunting.

Thank goodness many of the owls which are brought to ARRC can be treated and recover extremely well. This little morepork was found on the side of the road in Omokoroa. He was collapsed and a veterinary examination revealed that he had moderate bruising and abrasions to his head and wing, he was dehydrated and his condition was poor. More than likely he had been hit by a car a couple of days before and lost condition as well as become dehydrated as he was too injured to find food.

He was treated with fluids, pain relief and some homeopathic medicine to aid his recovery. The next morning he was standing up and ready to eat some food! Two weeks later he was released after making a full recovery.

If you find an injured morepork, approach it quietly and then use a towel to cover its head and wings and allowing it to grasp the towel with its talons. Be careful to keep your fingers out of the way as their talons are very sharp! Place the morepork in a box with the towel so that it has something to grip onto and then contact ARRC on 579 9115.

Read more about Moreporks that we treat at ARRC in Manu's Mishap, one of our 10 books that is part of the ARRC Kids Adventure Series to educate children about man's impact on our natural heritage and what they can do to help http://www.arrc.org.nz/education/

Be Prepared for a Pet Emergency: First Aid Kits ON SPECIAL & Our Online Webinar

Having the tools that you need when your pet is injured or unwell can make a big difference to the outcome. Our Holistic Pet First Aid Kits are on SPECIAL this month and are designed to do just that:
To empower and give you important information that you need to know about helping your pet when they are sick and injured do our online First Aid Webinar. In 10 minutes you'll find out about important facts and useful tools to use.

The Webinar is FREE... watch this space for more info!

Our Pet First Aid Kits are on special for $20

Don't forget, Holistic Vets Team is available 24/7 to look after you and your pet. We pride ourselves in being there for you when you need us. If you have an after-hours emergency, give us a ring and we will have all of our conventional and complementary therapy tools to provide the very best care for your pet!

Vet Tails Excerpt

To read more about my adventures, read Vet Tails available as a book or e-book from https://www.drliza.co.nz/shop/

Working in the clinic, in a short time I learned a lot about various complementary therapies and especially about nutrition, which was very different to my veterinary training. Some of the therapies I found difficult to understand but I couldn't deny my observations of clinical improvements in so many patients. Where there was clearly no risk to my patients, offering additional therapies that could potentially help them was an obvious choice and I extrapolated this to our dogs Honcho and Sheila, both staffies that we had brought to New Zealand from South Africa..

Although Honcho was as tough as an ox and had robust health, he occasionally suffered from skin allergies while little Sheila was prone to fleas and had an ongoing battle with skin cancer that had been managed with radiation therapy in South Africa. The latter was unavailable for Sheila in New Zealand, since we'd moved I had regularly performed surgery to remove any new cancer growths. Sheila largely took this in her stride but it was clear that these procedures were taking their toll and I wondered how much longer we would be able to manage her condition.

I embarked on a journey to help Sheila with complementary therapies, the first step of which was to feed her a balanced diet that included good quality, pre-frozen raw meat. This was a foreign concept to me given that my vet training had led me to recommend commercial food and an even more of a foreign concept to our hounds given that they lived with a couple of vegetarians!

Our dogs looked at me in disbelief as they smelled and then saw real meat in their bowls and before their incredible dream ended they wasted no time in gobbling up their new food! From then on it was impossible to contain their enthusiasm at meal times as they ate with great gusto. With this change, over time I observed that Honcho's skin allergies had improved substantially and Sheila was no longer susceptible to heavy flea burdens. I treated Sheila with a number of other therapies to help her skin cancer and she took me on an incredible voyage of discovery....

Read more about Honcho and Sheila in our next newsletter or buy Vet Tails online - available as a book or e-book from https://www.drliza.co.nz/shop/


In this edition:

• Neutraceuticals: how powerful nutrients can help animals to heal
• Neutraceuticals on SPECIAL at Holistic Vets: 10% OFF!!!
• Tips for Christmas and New Years to keep your pets safe
• Amazing Belinda and her Disability Assist Dog Finn in the Auckland Marathon!
• ARRC Kids Adventure Series – Great Christmas Gifts!
• Dr Liza's Vet Tales: Liza writes poetry!


Our pohutukawa trees are in bloom, the sun is shining and the festive season is upon us! It's been a wonderful year and it has been so fantastic to have been in our fabulous new and spacious premises for nearly a whole year!

2017 has been a great year consolidating our service in this awesome site at 56 Fraser street. Our fantastic team work together aiming to give you the best possible service – providing value and empowering you to keep your pets healthy and of course being here 24/7 for emergencies to make sure that we do everything that we can for your pet.

Nutrition is an invaluable part of health and neutraceuticals can play an invaluable role. To this end December has all nutraceuticals on special with 10% off at Holistic Vets!

ARRC Wildlife Trust is inundated with wildlife at the moment with moreporks, little blue penguins, tuis, kereru, swans, sparrows, ducklings, hawks, shags, a cute baby fantail today and so many more. Help support ARRC by considering the ARRC Kids Adventure Series of books as Christmas gifts. Read more below...

The festive season can also be a time when our pets can get into trouble. Read more below for tips on how to keep them safe.

If you haven't yet joined me on Facebook for regular updates, information titbits, the occasional laugh and tip, please do at www.facebook.com/drlizanz/

From all of us at Holistic Vets and ARRC Wildlife Trust, we wish you a fantabulous festive season and a peaceful and prosperous 2018!


Nutraceuticals for Animal Health

Nutraceuticals are non-drug substances derived from food and have therapeutic benefits. They are generally safe to use and may be used as a primary therapy or as an adjunct to conventional medicines.
Certain nutraceuticals can help to reduce the amount of drug necessary to manage disease conditions such as atopy, degenerative joint disease and congestive heart failure and can be of great assistance in supporting recovery and boosting vitality.

Unfortunately many supplements made for humans and animals are made according to food grade quality as opposed to pharmaceutical standard and do not actually contain what their label claims. Additionally, many products have limited bioavailability which has a substantial impact on their efficacy. Thankfully, there are some superb products available in the veterinary market today, many of which have undergone scientific trials and proven their value in case studies. READ MORE HERE...http://www.drliza.co.nz/nutraceuticals-for-animal-health-2/


10% OFF Neutraceuticals at Holistic Vets!

To help you provide Neutraceutical support to our furry friends this festive season, neutraceuticals that we stock including Mybeau, Nutravet products and Orijen Pet Kelp are 10% off for the rest of December!


Tips for the Festive Season to Help Keep Your Pets Safe

The festive season can be a stressful season for many, and that goes for pets too. As you gear up for the holiday season, think ahead and plan for your pets too.
Holiday pet care check list:

• Don't leave wrapped boxes of chocolates under the tree and leave your dog home alone as chocolate can be toxic READ MORE HERE...http://www.drliza.co.nz/tips-for-the-festive-season-to-help-keep-your-pets-safe/


Amazing Belinda and her Disability Assist Dog Finn in the Auckland Marathon!

Some of you may remember the touching story about an amazing lady Belinda who suffers from epilepsy and a head injury and is "looked after" by her disability assist dog Finn who had a rough start as a pup.
Finn, featured on the Purina Pound Pups to Dog Stars showcasing his rough start when he was rescued as a puppy from being drowned. Unfortunately, some of his litter-mates died but Finn grew into a healthy pup and was a match for Belinda who had tragically lost her incredible canine companion and life-line Tana. READ MORE HERE...http://www.drliza.co.nz/amazing-belinda-and-her-disability-assist-dog-finn-in-the-auckland-marathon/


ARRC Kids Adventure Series – Great Christmas Gifts!

This series of 10 books have been written with beautiful illustrations (by local artists who have all donated their time) to help children understand the impact that humans have on animals and the environment and what they can do to help.

They are all based on true stories that ARRC Wildlife Trust works with on a regular basis like Sheldon the Shag who becomes entangled in fishing line, Wiremu the Waxeye that is attacked by some starving cats who aren't cared for, Sal the Seagull who becomes encased in litter and nearly drowns and many more.

They're $10 each or $90 for the set of 10 and they make great gifts! They're available at ARRC and Holistic Vets or buy online at http://www.arrc.org.nz/shop/ or Fishpond.


Vet Tails Excerpt

Vet Tails Excerpt - To read more about my adventures, read Vet Tails available as a book or e-book from https://www.drliza.co.nz/shop/

As a young veterinary graduate under Rose's supervision I had the opportunity to develop my surgical skills further from doing more elaborate soft tissue surgery to some orthopaedics. As my skill developed I would be allowed to take on more difficult cases, one of which was a police dog with a huge tear of its skin right across its back that needed a special type of surgery using a skin flap. Apparently a burglar was loose (some excitement in our relatively peaceful city!) and the police were tracking him through several properties with the help of police dogs. One of the dogs got distracted from their chase, saw our patient and took a munch of its back. Our patient's policeman handler pulled him back causing the skin of the dog to rip away and we had a a three hour job of fixing him up! READ MORE HERE...http://www.drliza.co.nz/vet-tails-excerpt-5/


In this edition:

• Tips for Fireworks Phobias
• All About Abscesses and What to Do
• Zulu's Terrible Tummy Trouble.... Complementary Therapies to the Rescue!
• Dr Liza's Vet Tales: Mrs Finch goes the extra mile to help her cat

Fireworks season is upon us and for the next few months the use of fireworks, especially privately, will cause stress and anxiety for many animals. Read more below about what you can do to help.

With the longer daylight hours, cats are often out fighting and we see many suffering from abscesses which can be very painful. Dogs occasionally get them too and sometimes surgery is needed. Read more below.

Our first class of puppies at Holistic Vets have graduated and we're very proud of them and Chase who has done a wonderful job teaching them and their owners / guardians about how to care for them. We're grateful to Betty Hall from Western Bay of Plenty District Council who came in to share her pearls of wisdom about dog behaviour with our graduates, thank you Betty!

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Tips for Fireworks Phobias

Fireworks can be beautiful to watch but unfortunately many of our animals suffer from stress and anxiety when exposed to the loud noises and bright lights.

Listed below are some strategies to help your pet. Another helpful strategy to use wherever you can, is to encourage friends and family to rather attend public displays of fireworks and minimise private use.

• Ensure your pet has a safe and quiet place to 'get away from it all' at home.
• Have the TV or radio on a high volume to help drown out the noise of fireworks.
• Pheromones, in the form of a spray or diffuser or a collar, can be useful to help animals cope with stressful situations. Read more here... http://www.drliza.co.nz/tips-for-fireworks-phobias/



Occasionally dogs develop abscesses but cats are prone to getting them and sometimes it can make them feel quite sick and sore.

Abscesses are usually the result of puncture wounds, with cats they are commonly inflicted during cat fights. Infection starts under the skin and pus accumulates as the body tries to fight off the infection. It is very painful when a lump forms, pressure builds and there's nowhere for the fluid to go.

Generally, most abscesses burst on their own which provides great relief. Sometimes you can feel a scab over the area and when you pull it away pus comes out. Once an abscess is draining cats and dogs will often lick and clean the area which assists with healing. You can help by wiping the area clean twice a day with warm water and a swab or cotton wool pad.

If your pet is unwell, painful, feverish, off their food, lethargic or the abscess hasn't burst then a visit to the vet can help them to feel a lot better. We often treat cat abscesses by surgically lancing and draining them under sedation or anesthetic because they can be so painful. Sometimes we need to remove dying tissue which promotes more rapid healing and resolution of the infection. The wound will often be left open to encourage drainage and sometimes we place a special surgical drain to assist this process.

Anti-biotics may be needed to help clear up a bad infection but complementary therapies like homeopathy, herbal medicine, ozonated gel, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and others can help to make a big difference and encourage healing. Read more here... http://www.drliza.co.nz/abscesses/

Zulu's Terrible Tummy Trouble.... Complementary Therapies to the Rescue!

Zulu, a 13-year-old cat named after a Zulu warrior, occasionally lives up to her name which can make a veterinary examination quite challenging!

Zulu came to see us after she had extensive testing done at her local vets to try and find out the reason for her regular vomiting that had been going on for months. Sometimes blood tests, x-rays and other types of investigation give us very valuable information and this helps us to correct the problem but in Zulu's case no abnormalities were evident. Further to this, she hadn't shown any response to the treatments prescribed. Read more here...http://www.drliza.co.nz/blog/zulus-terrible-tummy-trouble-complementary-therapies-to-the-rescue/


Vet Tails Excerpt

Vet Tails Excerpt - To read more about my adventures, read Vet Tails available as a book or e-book from https://www.drliza.co.nz/shop/

One day I met elderly Mrs Finch who brought in her cat Molly as she was concerned that Molly had a problem with her mouth. Molly hadn't seen a vet since she was a kitten, and she was thirteen years old! An annual health check is recommended so that we vets can pick up any health problems at an early stage and since Molly hadn't been examined for a long time, I wondered what my examination might reveal. Read more here... http://www.drliza.co.nz/vet-tails-excerpt-4/


In this edition:

• What to Do: First Aid for Wildlife
• How To: Give Your Pet a Health Check
• Lily the cat's Wee Woes.... Bach Flowers to the Rescue!
• Dr Liza's Vet Tales: A Cat Called Cannibal

Our feathered friends, NZ's main wildlife species are busy with spring in the air! Breeding has begun and ARRC Wildlife Trust is beginning to be inundated with wildlife including fledglings, kereru, moreporks, little penguins and many more.... And of course, we always have time for shags! Read below to learn about First Aid for Wildlife.

Our puppy classes at Holistic Vets have begun and are proving to very popular. If you haven't managed to book in to our current class, we will be running more classes next month.
A regular pet health check every year can be invaluable and for older pets a 6-monthly check is ideal. For those times in-between, read below to learn more about how to give your pet a health check and identify any concerns.

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First aid for birds – what to do if you have found an injured bird.

1. First – observe from a distance to determine if intervention is necessary.
2. If injury is obvious, (a drooping wing, a hanging leg or a bleeding wound) and the bird is unresponsive to the threat of an approaching human, then it is likely to need attention.
3. Approach birds quietly and calmly ensuring that you do not endanger yourself or the bird in the process.
4. Young birds that are fledged and hop, usually have their parents nearby and are best left alone but may be placed up in a nearby a tree or shrub.
5. Use a towel or sheet to cover the birds head and enclose their wings to prevent flapping (this also helps with seabirds to limit damage to their waterproofed feathers). Gently, but firmly pick them up holding their wings against their bodies.
6. Be careful with Hawks, Owls and Tuis – their sharp claws can grip very tightly.
7. Be wary of powerful beaks with Herons, Gannets and Gulls – they have an incredible reach.
8. Place the bird in a box that doesn't allow too much movement and has ventilation holes. Line the base of the box with leaves, newspaper or an old towel.
9. Always keep handling to a minimum to help reduce stress.
10. Put the box in a warm (not hot), dark and quiet place, away from cats and dogs and give ARRC a call to determine the next best step.
11. For birds that have flown into a window, been found at the side of the road, or been attacked by a cat, that have no obvious injuries, keep in a warm dark box in a quiet place overnight and if ok the next morning then release.
12. When transporting birds in a vehicle, be sure to turn the radio/music system off and close car doors quietly.
13. If there is a delay in getting the bird to a rehabilitation facility then additional care may be required such as rehydrating the bird or strapping its wing.
14. A drop of rescue remedy or emergency essence is usually a useful aid in helping to minimize stress.

How to Give Your Pet a Check-Up

I love emergencies... They require quick thinking, elegant action and masterful communication with the animal's owner to succinctly explain the situation, gather enough information to help treat the animal effectively and to delicately handle the owner's emotion, which might be extreme at times.

What constitutes an emergency for animal owners and guardians is always relative; for example one night I had a phone call from a little old lady very concerned because she had found a knot in her dog Daisy's coat and urgently wanted to have her seen to remove it! The other extreme is the scenario where we get a phone call late at night "My dog's been vomiting for two weeks and has collapsed this morning, can I bring him in?"!

An astute animal owner knows when their animal is compromised and will often be able to associate an earlier experience with this insight eg. The dog who has eaten a rotting carcass and is off their food and vomiting or the dog that jumped off a great height the day before and is now limping.

Having a good working knowledge of what signs to look for to determine if your pet's health is at risk is a very helpful investment. Observing your pet's behavior from a distance is the first step.

Things to look out for include free flowing movement with no lameness or sign of discomfort, a bright and alert demeanor, they're not acting out of character (eg. A dog that loves to chase his ball and is just lying in the corner not keen is an indication that something is wrong), eating and drinking as well as peeing and pooping normally – consistency and frequency – bloody pee may indicate a trauma, a growth or bladder stones, peeing frequently could indicate infection, hormonal imbalances or organ damage and different coloured poop can be indicative of a variety of things. Us vets are fascinated with these details as they provide many clues to various problems. Yes, we're a strange bunch, did you know that vets are the only doctors who eat their patients!?!?
Read more here... http://www.drliza.co.nz/how-to-give-your-pet-a-check-up/

Lily the cat's Wee Woes.... Bach Flowers to the Rescue!

Cats often suffer with urinary issues and sometimes their humans can suffer with them too! Thank you to Lily's Mum for sharing her story with us...

"Lily is 3 years old, has lived in the same house with another kitten rescued from the SPCA, plus an adult very-cat-friendly dog. The only major difference in lifestyle was a flatmate for about 9 months. Lily is a small adult, but very outgoing. She is the one who goes adventuring off the property,,. across the road (eek) and on the roof. Impossible to keep her inside!

About a year ago I noticed that she and her buddy, Daisy were no longer playing or sleeping together, more likely to be fighting. There are a LOT of cats in the neighbourhood, and Lily often came home with scratches around her head and shoulders, indicating she was going in boots n all.

About that time I noticed that the odd 'accident' inside was creeping up to every few days, then every other day then daily. I kept cleaning up and coming home to that dreaded smell, and I did not know which one was the culprit, until she did it right in front of me - backed up to and sprayed the armchair opposite me!
Read more here... http://www.drliza.co.nz/lily-the-cats-wee-woes-bach-flowers-to-the-rescue/

Vet Tails Excerpt

Vet Tails Excerpt - To read more about my adventures, read Vet Tails available as a book or e-book from https://www.drliza.co.nz/shop/

Some animals take whatever opportunity that they can to manipulate things, especially cats who are known to have slaves while dogs have owners! One such cat who took it to the extreme was Cannibal. He weighed in at 8kg (your average cat usually gets to 4,5kg) and had a bit - okay A LOT - of attitude. He seemed to take great pleasure in reminding us who was in charge by swiping his paw at us and hissing viciously whenever we passed by his hospital cage. Cannibal had a bad case of constipation and although he was making good improvement, he would still need to stay in hospital for a little while.

Now a cat bite or scratch is a pretty nasty thing for any human (or cat for that matter) and we take many precautions to avoid such things. Rose had the strategy of keeping cats in hospital who we couldn't get near enough to handle with a small dog lead around their necks to facilitate easier handling. This would enable us to reach them without having our hands attacked or in the case of Cannibal, ripped right off!



In this edition:

• PUPPY CLASSES STARTING at Holistic Vets!!!
• HELP: Cats Clawing Your Furniture?
• What to Do: Bee & Wasp Stings
• Dr Liza's Vet Tales: Learning the Ropes with some Challenging Cases

Spring is here with longer daylight hours to enjoy and warmer weather too! This often means that our pets get up to more mischief and it can be a busy time for us helping animals suffering from traumatic injuries and diseases like tummy upsets. Our websites www.holisticvets.co.nz and www.drliza.co.nz: host an array of information sheets about a variety of health conditions and don't forget we're always available 24/7 to help, just give us a ring.

We're very excited to be launching PUPPY CLASSES at our new clinic where we have a whole lot more space. For more info read below....

Last month we hosted a conference for the Complementary Veterinary Medicine Branch of the NZ Vet Association at Holistic Vets gathering vets from all around NZ to learn more about Regenerative Medicine. It's wonderful to see integrative medicine (using conventional medicine together with complementary therapies) is being recognised more and more as a valuable and credible approach to healthcare.

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Puppy Classes


Before the age of 4 months is the most important time to expose your puppy to people, different environments and other animals and help them to become well-adjusted, confident and friendly individuals. Ensuring that your pup is well-socialised is a very important investment into their long-term health and well-being.

Join us for PUPPY CLASSES starting on 5th October at Holistic Vets. Over 4 weekly sessions we'll teach you all the important things that you need to know about having a pup.

Classes include FREE puppy packs!

To find out more or to book your place please ring us on 07 578 7054 or e-mail info@holisticvets.co.nz

HELP: Cats Clawing Your Furniture?

Cats often claw at furniture as part of their natural grooming behaviour, helping them to maintain healthy nails. This behaviour may also be habitual and overly destructive and as many of you know, while dogs are generally only to pleased to do as their owners wish most of the time, many cats are much less willing to oblige... "dogs have owners and cats have servants"!

Starting your kitten off with a scratching post at a young age will help them learn that this is an appropriate object to use, especially with positive re-enforcement like praise. Cat nip (a plant that has special properties inducing a state of relaxation in many cats) can be a useful addition to the scratching post.

If your cat is an indoor cat then regular manicures and pedicures are important to help prevent claws getting too long, uncomfortable, stuck in the carpet and also used to scratch furniture. Cats, mainly having white claws make it easy to see the pink part closest to the toe which is painful and bleeds if it is cut but trimming nails lower than this is often an easy way to prevent undesirable cat nail activity!

Sometimes negative re-enforcement of inappropriate behaviour is also useful like having a water pistol to squirt the cat when they scratch the furniture. BUT it is important that squirting is done "on the sly" without emotional reaction otherwise cats can sometimes use scratching inappropriately as an attention seeking behaviour – a double edged sword!

What to Do...Bee and Wasp Stings

• Bee & wasp stings can induce anaphylaxis, a reaction to the sting that is not just because of the pain and it can be life threatening. Always seek veterinary advise if breathing is compromised, or swelling occurs
• Scrape away the barb with finger nail or plastic eg. Credit card
• Apply soothing ointment such as aloe vera gel or calendula cream.
• Homeopathic Apis or Traumeel can be helpful
• A vet visit and pain relieving medication may be necessary


Vet Tails Excerpt

Vet Tails Excerpt - To read more about my adventures, read Vet Tails available as a book or e-book from https://www.drliza.co.nz/shop/

As vets we are trained to handle many different situations but as I learned early on as a student, it is impossible to know everything about everything. One of the most important things that we have to master is knowing where to find the information that we need when we need it, and when it comes to handling difficult cases and the sometimes difficult people who come with them, having a good mentor can make all the difference. Read more by clicking here. http://www.drliza.co.nz/vet-tails-excerpt-2/

August's Dental Special at Holistic Vets, 25% OFF DENTALS*

Our Team at Holistic Vets know that dental care can be expensivesince pets need general anesthetics when we need to
pull out sore teeth. To help our clients and patients through August we are offering 25% OFF ALL DENTALS*

Book now, your pets will thank you!

For further information on how to prevent dental disease and its effects on your pet, please visit our website
www.holisticvets.co.nz or come in and have a chat to our friendly staff.

*25% discount applies to dental work only ie. Scale and polish & tooth extractions
**All pets that haven't had a vet check within the last 6 months will need an examination prior to their dental
(consultation fee applies).

Please phone the Holistic Vets team on 07 578 7054 for an appointment.