Taking on all the waifs and strays is a occupational hazard as a Vet Nurse. This is not helped by my belief that every animal is destined for a particular home and that everything happens for a reason. Little Lucy Pig was no exception.
One morning while on a break, I was having a chat to hubby about possibly purchasing some pigs. A wonderful couple came into VETPlus Rural with a little bundle. Inside was a 3 day old piglet. She had been found in a trough of water half drowned after wondering too far from mum. She had a very low temperature and lungs full of water. The owners of the piglet kindly offered her to me as her mum was struggling with her rather large litter. This was a sign how could I not take her after having that very conversation!
Despite being told by several Vets that she would most likely not survive, with expert care from Chris, Claire, Michelle and Mel she is now thriving. At first we had to get up every hour to our demanding little bundle and after a few days she gave us an extra hour between feeds. She is now four weeks old and has gone from a tiny 1kg to a stroppy determined 6kg’s. Her favorite game is hide and seek with the cats and running around with the dogs.
by Terri Nathan Veterinary Nurse
Tana was re-homed from the pound by a lovely family. When she came to her new family she was very overweight, she lost a small portion before she came to visit us at VETPlus Taupo.
We first recorded her weight at 13.1Kg, but most likely she was about 14kg when her new owners adopted her. After examination the vet found her teeth were in a bad way, but it was necessary to reduce her weight before going under an anaesthetic as it would have been too high of a risk . Due to her very poor teeth she needed a soft diet, the owner fed her part wet and part dry Hills Metabolic (Hill's Prescription Diet™) soaking the dry diet to make it easier for her to eat.
The weeks passed by and Tana and her owner continuously worked hard on her new diet and she gradually lost the weight, in preparation for her dental her ideal weight she was 10kg. Tana had her dental and is doing really well and maintaining her ideal weight, Tana’s owner also said she has a new lease for life.
In New Zealand it is believed over 40% of dogs and over 30% of cats are overweight or obese. Being overweight can cause great strain on joints and the heart and in cats can lead to illnesses such a diabetes. A small 5kg dog with 1kg extra of body weight is roughly equivalent to 15kg on human weight.
VETPlus offer weight loss clinics with our nurses, if you are concerned your pet is overweight and are ready to take that step to give your pet a happier healthy life then please contact one of our clinics.