General Health Checks
We provide general health checks for all pets, from cats and dogs, to rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice, birds, reptiles and everything in between.
Unlike us, our pets can't tell us if they aren't feeling well. Regular health checks are important as it can help detect problems and disease early and allow treatment to be started before the problem gets out of hand.
The health check involves a full physical examination, often in conjunction with a vaccination, but can be done at any time. We can advise you on the best vaccination program tailored to your pet.
Our vets are accredited by MPI to perform pre-export checks prior to international travel.
These checks are required by law prior to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to fly. The check involves a complete physical examination, microchip scanning and implantation when required, flea and worm control.
Feel free to contact us for advice on the export requirements and timing for different countries - some countries require special vaccinations and blood tests which we can easily arrange for you.
We can recommend companies that can make all the travel arrangements on your behalf to make the move as stress-free as possible.
A microchip is a small device about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is implanted in the soft scruff of the neck using a special needle. This is usually done during one of your pet's vaccination visits, using a local anaesthetic cream to make the experience pleasant. The microchip has a unique number that can be read by a special scanner, similar to a barcode scanner enabling your pet to be identified.
By law your dog must be registered by the age of three months old. Once the microchip has been placed you can register your dog at your local council service centre or online at www.ccc.govt.nz. This registration needs to be renewed annually. Dogs registered for the first time after 1 July 2006 are required to be micro-chipped. While dogs first registered prior to 2006 are exempt, we strongly recommend microchipping these dogs regardless.
We also recommend that you register your pet on the Companion Animal Registry. We can arrange this for you and the small fee covers registration for the lifetime of your pet no matter how many times you move or where you live in New Zealand.