The Franklin Vets Blog

Our Vets love to share their experiences, knowledge and stories.

Treating Blackberry’s Bumblefoot2 weeks

Meet Miss Blackberry, one of 5 lovely ladies that rule the roost on their lifestyle block.  After a great summer running free-range around the property, her owners were concerned to notice her two tiny, swollen feet. A trip to Franklin …Read More

March 2018 newsletter

Franklin Vets Update March 20182 weeks

The latest newsletter from the large animal team at Franklin Vets with articles from the Franklin Vet Club Trust, our dairy, equine, and lifestyle vets, plus all the good deals going at the moment.

rabbit vaccination with Dr Victoria Hill

Protecting your pet rabbit from calicivirus2 weeks

Pet rabbits in New Zealand have been living with the risk of the disease since the rabbit calicivirus was illegally released in 1997. The new strain set to be released in Canterbury in Autumn 2018, is likely to see an increase in …Read More

cat in carrier

Tips for transporting your cat to the vet4 weeks

A trip to the vets, moving house or travelling anywhere with your cat can be a stressful experience. Here are a few simple measures can make the whole process more tolerable for cats and owners alike. Safety is extremely important …Read More

Tasman the dog

What Tasman’s full physical revealed4 weeks

It isn’t uncommon for our vets to get questioned as to why they are doing a full physical exam on a patient that comes in for a specific problem – I mean when was the last time your doctor gave …Read More

cria and mum

The birth of a llama cria – a family affair4 weeks

Last week we were called out to see Autumn, a beautiful hembra (female llama), ready to give birth but having some trouble. With a troublesome birthing in the past, this loving owner wasn’t taking any chances and called Franklin Vets …Read More

2 dogs in paddock

Donor Dogs1 month

You can help save a dog’s life by registering your pet as a potential blood donor today! Every day dogs just like yours need blood transfusions. For many procedures a transfusion is a clinical necessity, without dog blood donors, our …Read More

Franklin Vets charity fishing competition

Franklin Vets Charity Fishing Competition2 months

  Unfortunately, due to low numbers, this has been cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Alpacas at gate

Barber’s pole worm – Combating a silent killer2 months

Haemonchus contortus, commonly known as barber’s pole, is a blood-sucking parasite which is found in the stomach of sheep, goats and alpacas. It reproduces very quickly and produces thousands of eggs per day. As a result, sufficient numbers of these …Read More


Tick Trouble?2 months

The NZ cattle tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) is an introduced species and is NZ’s only tick. It is commonly found in the warmer parts of NZ and while this tick favours cattle, it also feeds on sheep, goats, alpacas, deer, horses, …Read More

calf with facial eczema

Facial eczema – Learn more & be prepared2 months

What is facial eczema? Facial eczema is caused by a toxin produced by the spores of the fungus Pithomyces chartarum, which grows on pasture, especially in the base and in dead litter. Facial eczema thrives in regions like Franklin between December …Read More

dog playing in water

Summer safety tips for your pets3 months

It looks like we are in for a long hot summer this year. Just a reminder of some safety tips to keep your pet happy and healthy this summer. Avoid heat stroke: Heat stroke occurs when an animal heats up …Read More