Working Dog

OUR APPROACH

We work with you to know your animals and your farm inside out.

West Coast Vets are well equipped to look after the needs of many different dogs. From stitching up pig dogs and other emergency procedures to desexing a tiny Chihuahua we offer your pet or working dog a high standard of love and care.

Our modern facilities boast comprehensive diagnostic equipment such as machines for blood analysis, digital x-ray equipment for quality radiographs, microscopes for examination of slides and portable ultrasound machines which are useful for pregnancy diagnosis as well and abdominal scans of your dog.

West Coast Vets also boasts a wealth of knowledge and skill in small animal orthopaedic injuries. Whilst we would rather not see them happen, if your pet is unfortunate enough to suffer from such an injury, the small animal team can present you with all the options and expert skill in diagnosis and treatment. Our small animal surgical suite is equipped with the latest, safer anaesthetic machines using isoflurane, pulse oximeters and ap-alerts to assist us with monitoring your pet while under anaesthesia. Our experienced veterinary nurses are well trained in anaesthetic protocols and monitoring.

We are passionate about providing the best start and on-going preventative health care for your dog. This starts from when your dog is a puppy and receives vaccinations against some nasty diseases such as parvovirus. At every consultation your dog is given a full examination to ensure they are fit and healthy. We are able to flea and worm your dog for you.

West Coast Vets has a wide range of food to keep your dog healthy and maintain a well balanced diet for their life stage, breed and activity levels. We also have lots of friendly staff who can offer advice on the best choices for nutrition and care. Our microchipping service ensures that your dog will be identified if found and we also have a wide range of petware available for dogs. Your dogs dental health is also very important to us, plaque and tartar build up can lead to gingivitis, (inflammation of the gums), potentially causing periodontal disease (bacterial infection). Periodontal disease left untreated can cause bad breath, teeth loss, inability to eat and damage to internal organs. We are able to routinely check your dog’s mouth and keep it clean and healthy using modern dental equipment to do so including an ultrasonic scaler and polisher.

THE BENEFITS

Why West Coast Vets is a great choice

We're locals

We’ve been located throughout the West Coast area for decades. It’s where we’re from and where we raise our families.

Wide network

We’re plugged into the Veterinary world and our team can call on expertise from all over the world, then deliver it locally.

Handy clinics

We’re close to you for consults, supplements, supplies...whatever you need. Pop on in or organise a delivery.

FURTHER READING

Latest news

Joining the herd: Kate

Hi there, I'm Kate.  Originally from Wellington, I first left to pursue a career with horses, initially in NZ, then further afield in Australia and the UK. I was fortunate to work across various equRead more

Tackling liver fluke

Liver fluke (fasciola hepatica) is a parasite of the trematode family. It affects a whole range of animals - not only cattle and sheep, but also people and horses!  It has a very complex life cycle,Read more

Managing nutrition during the transition period

Although this season has officially not ended yet, we must look to next season already. There are diet changes ahead and every change requires time for the rumen to adjust.  The first upcoming dietRead more

Scours vaccines

Before we have even finished drying off, it is time to start looking ahead and getting prepared for next season. At an already stressful time of the year, sick and scouring calves is frustrating andRead more

Growing great girls!

As the dry period looms, it is important to be thinking about how to maintain or improve the body condition of your herd to meet spring targets. Body Condition Scores (BCS) are a great indication of Read more

Keep your furry friend smiling

Nothing warms your heart more than your happy, smiling dog welcoming you home at the end of the day.  Just like us, to keep that happy smile, cats and dogs rely on healthy teeth and gums for theirRead more

Lameness: Part 3

For the final instalment of the lameness trilogy, we are going to look into the last couple of conditions commonly seen and a procedure to remove incurable toes.Read more

Joining the WCV herd: Molly

Hi, My name is Molly and I’ll be hanging out on-farm with the vets as their new tech. Before I took this job, I was working as a barista in one of the local cafes and as an AB assistant andRead more

Prevent down cows at the works

With cull cow season in full swing, now is a good time for a refresher on some essentials your animals need, before being loaded onto a truck, to avoid down cows on arrival at the works.  The localRead more

Salmonella vaccination

Salmonella is a zoonotic disease, which means it not only affects cattle, but can be passed to humans too. Immuno-compromised or pregnant people are the most at risk of infection. There are four mainRead more

Bulk milk somatic cell count and cow health

The bulk milk somatic cell count (BMSCC) refers to the concentration of white blood cells produced by the entire herd into the vat.  Cell counts above 400,000 cells/ml are regarded as unfit forRead more

The end of an era!

As some of you will be aware, Harold has been reducing his days at West Coast Vets for the last few years and has now decided to step back and retire from his role in the retail team.  He is stillRead more