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Is my pet in pain?

Kapi-Mana News Pet Health Column Article for 5 June 2012

Published on 05/06/2012, by Dr Ian Schraa

Owners often wonder if their pets are becoming arthritic when they start to show occasional limping, stiffness after lying down or after exercise or trouble jumping up. If you are seeing these signs your pet will be experiencing some level of pain.

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Lepto and Dogs

Kapi-Mana News Pet Health Column Article for 1 May 2012

Published on 01/05/2012, by Dr Ian Schraa

Lepto is the abbreviated name for the bacterial disease Leptospirosis that occurs as several strains, or serovars, in New Zealand.

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Pet Psychiatry

Kapi-Mana News Pet Health Column Article for 3 April 2012

Published on 03/04/2012, by Dr Ian Schraa

Anxiety, fear, stress, depression, self-mutilation, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) all sound like problems people can have, but some pets can to.

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Cancer – Understanding the Beast

Kapi-Mana News Pet Health Column Article for 6 March 2012

Published on 06/03/2012, by Dr Ian Schraa

Cancer conjures up connotations of terrible illness, horrible treatments and inevitable death. However although many cancers are hard to treat not all are, and a surprising number can even be cured.

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Parvo – The Puppy Killer

Kapi-Mana News Pet Health Column Article for 7 February 2012

Published on 07/02/2012, by Dr Ian Schraa

Currently in Auckland there is a major epidemic of Parvovirus infection, which affects dogs. Parvovirus infection is an easily spread and very nasty disease that often causes death.

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Fleas – The Most Common Parasite

Kapi-Mana News Pet Health Column Article for 10 January 2012

Published on 10/01/2012, by Dr Ian Schraa

We all know that Porirua and Wellington are not the warmest places on earth, but even our summer are nice enough to see an explosion of the most common parasite of dogs, cats and rabbits – the flea.

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Kennel Cough Epidemic

Kapi-Mana News Pet Health Column Article for 6 December 2011

Published on 06/12/2011, by Dr Ian Schraa

We are experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of Kennel Cough in the last 15 years in the north Wellington and Porirua area at present. This is a contagious disease that affects just dogs, and results in an irritating cough similar to that experienced by people with whooping cough.

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Helping Your Pet Through Fireworks Season

Kapi-Mana News Pet Health Column Article for 1 November 2011

Published on 01/11/2011, by Dr Ian Schraa

While most humans love fireworks, most pets don’t. Actually because their sense of hearing is so much more sensitive than ours most of them get quite distressed with the loud noises of fireworks.

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