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Summer safety for our pets

Summer safety for our pets

January 19, 2024

With the arrival of long sunny days, it’s a good time to touch upon some points to help our 4-legged family members stay comfortable and safe this summer.

Unfortunately, we tend to see an increase in heat stroke cases over the summer months. There can be a few contributing factors but the main causes we see are pets being left in vehicles and pets exercising in the heat of the day. Heat stroke can progress very quickly and is, in some cases, fatal.

By following some simple guidelines, we can decrease our pets’ chances of overheating.

  • NEVER leave your pet alone in a parked car, even if temperatures feel tolerable to you. Temperatures rise in parked cars incredibly quickly and our pets have minimal abilities to sweat and cool themselves down, resulting in increased panting and subsequently, overheating.
  • Exercise pets in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler and if possible, stick to shaded areas.
  • Always provide clean, fresh water both inside and outside and if possible, take water on walks.
  • Provide access to as much shade as possible if dogs are outside – trees, kennels, garage, porch etc.
  • Provision of a paddling pool. The clam shell pools are great, even for larger dogs that cannot lie in them. Dogs can cool down quickly via cooling their paws so many large dogs also enjoy simply standing in cold water.


July 31, 2023

“I have been having problems with my Labrador Archie’s ears since he was born 4 years ago and have been to numerous different vets and specialists. Since coming to the Matamata Vet Services small animals over a year ago, nothing has been a problem and the care and effort put into Archie has been amazing!! The communication from the staff and timely effort with appointments has been outstanding. Archie’s ears have improved significantly, and he is now a happy dog. Thank you for your amazing service and I highly recommend”.

Kaye


FREE BLACK HAWK SCOOP

December 12, 2022

Purchase any of the following to receive a free scoop:
🐾Black Hawk dog food 15kg or larger
🐾Black Hawk Puppy food 15kgs or larger
🐾Black Hawk Cat 6kg or larger (or 3kg bag multi-buy)
🐾Black Hawk Kitten 6kg or larger (or 3kg bag multi-buy)
One scoop per customer
While stocks last
The scoop holds 200gms of Black Hawk kibble


Tatum Malyon

September 28, 2022

Tatum joined MVS in August 2022 as part of the equine nursing team. 

 

Tatum has vast experience in the equine industry starting from a very young age riding track work in the UK and Australia. Tatum has recently moved to NZ having worked as an equine nurse for the last 8 years in Australia having spent time at multiple equine hospitals in Queensland and New South Wales.

Tatum has a strong interest in equine neonatology as well as surgery and sports medicine. 

Outside of work Tatum enjoys spending time at the beach, riding, exploring new places and spending time with friends and family. 


Last Chance for Spring Promo Special Deals

June 21, 2022

With the long weekend almost here, time is running out to get your Spring Sale orders in!

Metabolic bags have been dropped as low as we can go, and we’ve got 5-10% off a huge range of spring essentials, plus an air fryer and other goodies up for grabs!

All orders must be sent in before next week to be eligible for these deals – you can bring your order form in to us, or place your order by phone or email if that’s easier.

Order forms have been emailed, but let us know if you’ve missed out and need a copy.


Turbo Drench

April 12, 2022

Come in and talk to our retail team about this sweet promo


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

July 22, 2021

The Directors of MVS wish to inform you that from 13th August 2021, GlenBred – Small Animal Reproduction, a division of Matamata Veterinary Services will be under the new ownership of TCI Vets based in Feilding, Manawatu. Becky and her team can be contacted on 021 124 4365 or email: becky@tcivets.co.nz or repro@tcivets.co.nz

Currently we are working through the transition process and can advise that from now on, and up until Friday, August 13th 2021 we will still be available for TCI’s through GlenBred here in Matamata, however we will not be taking any new bookings for semen collection, processing and storage. Clients wishing to have dogs collected or have any importation/export enquiries are encouraged to contact TCI Vets from now on.

Please send all GlenBred-related queries as mentioned above or otherwise through to bronwynm@matavet.co.nz. Your queries are important to us and we will endeavour to reply to you within 48hrs. Please email rather than call the clinic where possible.

We wish to thank all of our loyal clients for their support over the years. We appreciate the importance of your bloodlines and breeding programs and wish to thank Mary and her fantastic team for their amazing efforts. We want to reiterate that our decision was not made without due consideration, nor on any reflection of their efforts and expertise.

On behalf of the all of the team here at Matamata Veterinary Services,

Thanks again.


Latest Facial Eczema Spore Count Results 30.4.21

April 30, 2021

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:
  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 11,600 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 1,600 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  no samples tested this week
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 21,600 spores/gram

This week we have seen spore counts continue to hold with some monitor farms showing moderate to low risk. If you do not have spore counts for your property we recommend that you continue to supplement stock with zinc.

Note that for spore multiplication to slow the temperature must remain under 12 degrees C for an extended period.

We anticipate these counts to continue to decline in the coming week as the cooler weather rolls in.

Remember that spore counts vary from farm to farm and the only way to know your risk to check your grass for spores.
 REMINDER IF YOU BRING IN THREE GRASS SAMPLES FOR TESTING YOU CAN HAVE A FOURTH FREE!


Latest Spore counts

April 23, 2021

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:
  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks – 10,000 spores/gram
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 15,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 1,600 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  43,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 3,300 spores/gram

This week on monitor farms spore counts have lowered. However, there is still potentially moderate risk as indicated in Tirau with counts of 43,000 spores/gram.  Although the counts are low, we encourage farmers to continue supplementing with zinc unless spore counts on your farm show otherwise.

Remember that spore counts vary from farm to farm and the only way to know your risk to check your grass for spores.

 REMINDER IF YOU BRING IN THREE GRASS SAMPLES FOR TESTING YOU CAN HAVE A FOURTH FREE!


Latest Spore Count results

January 15, 2021

Grass samples tested this week from the MVS Monitor Farms have shown the following:
  • Hinuera Monitor Paddocks  No samples tested
  • Matamata Monitor Paddocks – 18,000 spores/gram
  • Te Poi Monitor Paddocks – 8,000 spores/gram
  • Tirau Monitor Paddocks –  3,000 spores/gram
  • Walton Monitor Paddocks – 5,000  spores/gram

As expected, spore counts for the district have risen compared to last week and we expect this trend to continue. In the last seven days the biggest change we have seen was in Matamata with the count increasing 10 fold. If you have not done so yet, start supplementing your stock with zinc in preparation for counts to increase.

 

As it is the beginning of the Facial Eczema season we think it is best we all refresh our memories on spore count thresholds and actions in response to these.

Low:

    • Regional spore counts less than 10,000 spores/g pasture
    • Action: Monitor regional spore counts

Increasing:

    • Regional spore counts of 20,000 – 30,000 spores/g pasture
    • Action: Start monitoring YOUR FARM’S spore counts

High:

    • Individual farm spore counts greater than 30,000 spores/g pasture
    • Action: Dose cows at FULL RATES

 

This week Gribbles Laboratory has recorded a sample from Matamata as being over 100,000 spores/g! This is a timely reminder that spore counts vary from farm to farm and while monitor farms give us important trend data they should not be treated as your farm’s absolute potential risk.

A REMINDER IF YOU BRING IN THREE GRASS SAMPLES FOR TESTING YOU CAN HAVE A FOURTH FREE!

If you would like to know more about the various ways in which you can supplement your stock with Zinc, feel free to pop into the clinic and chat to the team.


Best Practices

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