Emergency Contact 03 418 1280
Emergency Contact 03 418 1280
Welcome to our Small Animal Healthcare, Surgical & Wellbeing area where we provide a range of services to cover all your needs.
HEALTH CHECKS / CONSULTATIONS
Vaccinations protect against the common infectious diseases that cause serious illness and even death. We make an individual vaccination programme for each animal according to their age, life style and risk level.
We have many different flea and worm treatments in store. This can make it difficult to choose so it pays to speak to the experts. Worm and flea products are available over the counter. Some flea products now last 3, 6 or even 8 months.
Clutha Vets run a mail out worming programme. Worming tablets are sent out either 3 monthly or monthly for those on Sheep Measles control. Please call the clinic if you would like to go on the programme.
Microchipping is a quick, easy and cheap way of permanently identifying your dog or cat. Each microchip contains a unique number read by a scanner. The numbers need recorded along with your details on the local district council dog register and can also be put on the New Zealand Companion Animal Register. A microchip is only effective when your pets number is recorded along with your contact details. This allows lost pets to be re-united with their owners quickly and easily.
By law all puppies should be registered and microchipped by 12 weeks of age. Only working farm dogs are exempt from microchipping but it’s still worth doing considering their value and the benefits if they are ever lost, stolen or stray.
We offer a limited clipping service for cats and dogs. We do ‘practical’ haircuts to prevent health problems i.e barley grass between toes and thick coats becoming matted or overheating. If your pet gets very stressed having their hair cut we offer sedation. This makes it a more pleasant experience for them.
Our x-ray suite is equipped with modern digital x-ray facilities. This allows us to take high quality x-rays with instant images.
It is also capable of taking dental x-rays to allow us to accurately identify any diseased teeth that need removed.
Our Ultrasound machine is invaluable for helping to make a diagnosis. It is used to image the urinary tract, reproductive tract, liver, spleen and heart.
It is very useful for showing free fluid in the chest or abdomen. It is also frequently used for pregnancy diagnosis and stage of pregnancy. Very few animals need sedated to have an ultrasound scan so we get results very quickly.
Our modern lab facilities allow us to have full blood results within minutes of taking the sample. Our machines are capable of running complete blood counts, full biochemistry panels and thyroid levels. This aids in the diagnosis of a large range of diseases and conditions such as liver and kidney disease, sugar diabetes, hyperthyroidism, anaemia (low red blood cells) and infections.
The range of tests we can run in our laboratory continues to increase. SDMA, an early marker for kidney disease has just become available and more are in the development stage.
We also carry out urine testing and microscopy for skin and ear disease. We can take fine needle samples from lumps and bumps and screen these so we can advise you on the best course of treatment.
Along with x-rays and ultrasound scans our laboratory allows us to perform a full diagnostic work up for each patient with immediate access to results. This allows treatment to begin at the soonest opportunity for our patients