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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
Well summer has officially started, although the weather of
the last few weeks seems more like late autumn than early
summer! As the weather improves people are out and about
more and owners want to take their best friends with them,
however, every year, dogs suffer and die when their owners
make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car---even for
"just a minute". Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a
25-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar
to between 38 to 50 degrees in just minutes.
Animals can suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke in
just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is hard for dogs because
they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating
through their paw pads.
Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness,
excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite,
dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, or lack of
coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get
her or him into the shade immediately and call your vet.
Lower your dogs body temperature gradually by providing
water to drink, applying a cold towel or ice pack to the head,
neck, and chest, or immersing the dog in lukewarm (not cold)
DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS
Feilding & Districts
Quality petcare at
Daystay and Boarding for
cats, dogs and companion
animals, bathing and
Book NOW for the
KENNELS & CATTER
Phone: 06 323 0685
or email: email@example.com • www.petstay.co.nz
The kennels are located at 32 Colyton Road
Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 8am-10am & 3pm-6pm
Sundays and Public Holidays 3pm-6pm only
Closed Christmas Day and New Years day
Daystay and Boa
Where your pet would stay
Kimbolton Road, Feilding
Phone 323 4054
KIWICARE BUG BOMB
on the wing.
call us today
06 323 5839
24 Hr Emergency Service
www.totallyvets.co.nz • email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Sara -- the first photo is of her at
just 8 weeks old - she is now 9 months
old -- Sara arrived at the SPCA at just 4
weeks old so was hand reared and bottle
fed. Sadly, no one has fallen in love with
her yet. She is friendly and mischievous
but likes cuddles in her own time -- i.e.
if you pick her up she'll jump off you, but
then will jump straight back onto your knee for cuddles
-- she loves to wash you -- after all a lady likes to know
that the hands that stroke her are nice and clean!, Sara
is a tall, slender girl with a long tail.
Sara is an Aquarius -- February birthday
-- Aquarian traits are friendly, loyal,
independent and unpredictable -- which
all match Sara's personality!
2011 is also the Year of the Rabbit
in Chinese astrology (how's that for
confusing -- a cat that is also a rabbit!)
2011 Rabbit characteristics are grace,
culture and beautiful manners
-- again, all this sums up Sara.
Sara is fully vaccinated and desexed.
If you could make Sara's Christmas and offer her the
wonderful loving home she deserves, please contact
Feilding SPCA -- 06 323 6407
Feilding & Districts
Did you know we receive no local or central government funding
and operate entirely on donations and fundraising to save the
lives and speak for those that cannot speak for themselves.
This month we are focusing on just one
of our animals -- the pretty Sara
please read her profile below :
In recent years, people have become more and more interested
in natural and holistic therapies for themselves and their pets
to both help treat illness and to maintain homeostatic balance
and optimal health. Totally Vets would like to offer you the
opportunity to explore these options for your four-legged friends
in the form of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is an ancient, tried and tested technique that
uses small solid needles to access the flow of energy (Qi) in the
body and alter it to restore the body's natural balance. The flow
of Qi can be disturbed by many factors including but not limited
to anxiety, fear, poor nutrition, infections, poisons and trauma.
Acupuncture points are located along energy pathways or
meridians and are generally found close to the skin in areas
of low electrical resistance. Stimulation of these points has
the ability to modulate pain, boost the immune system, speed
healing and stimulate nerve function.
Often we use acupuncture as an aid in the treatment of
musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and muscle spasms;
however there may be instances where acupuncture can help in the
as well as boosting energy and wellbeing in geriatric animals.
Consultations will involve a discussion with you to obtain a
detailed history of your pet's problem, a general physical
and clinical exam followed by recommendation involving the
conventional options available and the role of acupuncture if
These consultations will take about 20-30 minutes and then
we may ask you to either revisit for an acupuncture session or
leave your pet with us for a session later in the day.
Often 3-4 weekly treatments will be required to assess
therapeutic outcomes and expectations; in some cases, a
longer-term treatment regime may be recommended.
Please contact our reception team in Feilding if you would like
more information on acupuncture or to make an appointment.
Acupuncture for pets
Capper at Glen Oroua
Pet Day enjoys some
from a pet lamb.
PHOTO: Christine Toms
We all look forward to a long break over the
summer and if you are travelling around
New Zealand you may want to take your
pet with you. If this is you then there are several
important factors to consider.
Common stresses of travelling with your pet are
travel sickness and nervousness in the car.
There is little that makes a journey worse than
your dog whining and barking all the way to your
DAP and Feliway are pheromone products which
can be purchased from veterinarans that help your
pet feel safe and secure.
SedaPet is a natural remedy that can have a
calming influence on your pet and is administered
by spraying two pumps into the mouth.
Better still, would be to get your pet used to their
crate and travelling in the car. Feeding your pet
or giving them treats in their crate can stop them
panicking when you try and get them in there.
If this is their normal routine they won't then
panic when you try and get them into the car - and
you are much less likely to be scratched.
Putting them in the car on the driveway for short
periods can get them used to the car, followed by
short trips around the neighbouring streets which
can gradually get longer before returning home.
A little effort and forward planning can save you
both much stress in the long run.
restrained in the car.
Having your pet running loose can distract you
from driving at your best and has the potential to
cause a serious accident.
So for the safety of both you and your pet, keep
them shut away.
If you would like more advice about travelling with
your nervous pet, contact your local veterinarian.
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