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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.

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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.