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Rabbits are a common pet in New Zealand. They need housing that is draught-free (rabbits are very susceptible to wind chills), clean, and gives them access to fresh grass. A cage or hutch is important for their welfare as they are prey to visiting cats or dogs. Because rabbits dig holes, and breed easily, so keeping them enclosed will prevent lots of problems. ‘Snuffles’, an often fatal problem, is more common in drafty or dirty conditions.

Indoor rabbits are usually easy to housetrain and make great pets.

Veterinary intervention is generally minimal. Occasionally rabbits may need their teeth trimmed. Speak to one of the staff about vaccinations and desexing.


Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs make fantastic friendly pets, but require a lot of care to be healthy and happy. We don’t routinely vaccinate guinea pigs at Te Puke Veterinary Centre, but we can discuss all your options and provide great advice on rearing healthy guinea pigs that can live a long life. 

Guinea pigs are no different to other companion animals and can be desexed safely by a veterinary professional. 


Please give us a call at Te Puke Vet Centre on 07 5737606 to discuss your small mammals needs.

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Local farmers, associated rural communities and Te Puke town people have supported Te Puke Vet Centre for over 50 years. During those years scores of receptionists, nurses and vets have lived and enjoyed the benefits of this great town and area. It is very important for Te Puke Vets that we are strongly integrated with the local community and as part of that we are proud to support many local schools, sports clubs, service organisations and community events.