Specialist

Dental

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the most common disease in dogs and cats. 

Our Veterinarians can assess your dog or cats mouth for signs of periodontal disease. Dentistry involves giving your pet a general anaesthetic and scaling and polishing the teeth in the same way the dental hygienist or dentist do for people.  Next we perform a thorough dental exam. For teeth that cannot be saved, extractions will be necessary. As with all of our patients, we place a strong emphasis on comprehensive pain management and anaesthetic safety.

We believe in and recommend evidence based strategies to prevent or slow down the progression of periodontal disease . A list of products scientifically proven to slow down plaque and tartar formation in cats and dogs can be found here.

 

For more detailed information about dental disease click here.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and our practice’s fully equipped surgical suite allows us to perform the vast majority of soft tissue surgical procedures that your pet may require. Soft tissue surgery encompasses any surgery that is not related to bones. It includes procedures such as desexing, exploratory laporotomies, caesareans, lump removals, biopsies, wound stitch-ups, removal of intestinal foreign bodies – the list is endless!

A very common soft tissue surgery is the removal of lumps. Some lumps may require a biopsy prior to removal to help understand whether they are cancerous or not. This information assists us in planning the surgery accordingly to give your pet the best possible outcome. Once they have been removed we recommend sending them to our external laboratory for analysis.

Although most lumps are benign (not harmful), a minority are more serious (malignant). In the case of malignant (cancerous) tumours, early removal and an accurate diagnosis is extremely important to maximise the chances of a good outcome.

 

If you find a lump or bump on your pet please make an appointment to visit one of our veterinarians to discuss any surgery your pet may require. 

Te Puke Veterinary Centre 07 573 7606

Please see our section under desexing for more details about this surgery.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic surgery (cruciate ligament surgery) being performed on a dog at Te Puke Vet CentreOrthopaedic surgery encompasses any surgery that is related to bones or joints. It includes procedures such as fracture repairs, ligament repairs and spinal surgery to name a few.

 

For many orthopaedic cases we often call on referral surgeon Ben Leitch to come in and operate in our practice’s well equipped surgical suite.

 

For complicated orthopaedic cases, such as spinal surgery, total hip replacement etc we can offer referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon.

 

Our veterinarians will assess each case individually and provide the best advice for you and your pet.

Ophthalmic Surgery

Ophthalmic surgery is the specific area of pet care involving treatment of an animal’s eyes.

Eye examinations require specific equipment, such as an ophthalmoscope (a magnifying light to look into the eye). Our veterinarians may also use a special dye called fluorescein (it glows a green/yellow colour under a UV light) to identify damage to the cornea (the clear layer at the front of the eye). Many eye conditions can be treated medically, however, specific conditions may require surgery.

 

Our practice is fully equipped to offer the following eye surgeries:

  • Enucleation (removal) of the eye for severe glaucoma or cancer cases  

  • Entropion surgery to prevent ocular damage from inward pointing eye lashes/eyelids

  • Ectropion surgery to correct outward facing lower eyelids

  • Eyelid tumour removal

  • Cherry eye surgery to correct a protruding third eyelid in dogs

  • Surgery to repair corneal ulcers (ulcers on the eye surface)

 

Our veterinarians can also refer your pet to a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist for specialised procedures such as eye ultrasound, vision testing or cataract removal.

Radiography

 

Te Puke Veterinary Centre is fully equipped to take high quality digital radiographs
(often called X-rays) of your pet.  Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and
conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs.
Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals,
particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.
 
Your pet will usually stay in for the day to be sedated or anesthetised to take the
radiographs. We will show you and explain the radiographs and discuss the plan
with you when you collect your pet, or we will phone you earlier to discuss more
urgent cases. 
 
To learn more about radiographs and your pet, click here. 
 

Ultrasonography

Te Puke Veterinary Centre is equipped with an ultrasound scanner to assist evaluation of your pet’s condition if required.  Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires an ultrasound examination.  An ultrasound scan is a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving soft tissues, such as those found in the abdomen, or the heart.  We also use ultrasound for pregnancy diagnosis and estimating whelping date. For complicated ultrasonography cases we can refer you and your pet to a veterinarian with advanced ultrasonography skills and equipment.

 

To find out more about ultrasounography click here.

Clinical Pathology

Clinical pathology involves the laboratory evaluation of blood, fluids or body tissues in order to identify existing disease. Common laboratory tests include blood chemistries, complete blood counts, blood clotting times, urinalysis, faecal tests, biopsy examination, cultures and infectious disease testing.

 Te Puke Vet Centre is equipped with an in-house laboratory that allows our veterinarians to quickly perform many of these diagnostic tests to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate or emergency treatment. Some more specialised tests may need to be performed by an external veterinary laboratory in Hamilton.

 
Our in-house laboratory can provide results within minutes. Specialised testing may take 12-24 hours for blood results or 3-14 days for biopsy results, depending on the nature of the test being performed. Ask your veterinarian when to call for your pet’s laboratory results.
 

Specialist Referrals

When an animal develops an unusual illness or injury, there is often a need for specialised expertise and equipment to properly diagnose and treat the problem. If your pet has a problem that requires this level of expertise we can refer you to a specialist that has earned our trust and confidence in order to give your pet the optimal chance of recovery.

 

New Zealand registered veterinary specialists undergo a rigorous training and examination process to obtain their qualifications, and like human specialists are considered to be the epitome of knowledge and skill in their field. We work closely alongside the specialists and together can offer optimum care for pets that require this service.

 

Specialists are independent veterinarians and set their own fees. We can often give you an idea of what it is likely to cost but it’s a good idea to ask them about costs when you call to make an appointment.

 

Our sense of responsibility doesn’t end just because you’ve taken your pet to a specialist. If you find yourself faced with difficult decisions regarding the recommended treatment, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be pleased to help you evaluate your options.

 

We’re happy to discuss and organise a specialist referral if required by your pet.

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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.

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