Zeke runs again2 weeks

Damage to the cruciate ligament in the stifle (knee) joint is the most common cause of lameness in a large breed dog. Dislocation of the patella (kneecap) is a very common cause of lameness in small breed dogs. Having both …Read More


Ear infections – under the microscope4 weeks

Ear infections are an unfortunate secondary complication of skin disease. Occasionally they will occur due to other conditions such as ear mites, foreign bodies in the ear (such as grass seeds) or swimmers ear which is where some water is …Read More

Painter the itchy dog

Taking control of Painter’s itchy skin4 weeks

Painter is a dog who has suffered from itchy skin due to allergies since he was 4 months old, so basically his whole life. Controlling the itch has taken a regime of treatments, one of which is using Allermyl shampoo, …Read More

Common health issues in elderly dogs2 months

Just like people, as nutrition and healthcare improve, so does the lifespan of our pets. This inevitably results in an ageing population which has to be cared for. There is much debate as to what constitutes “senior” or “geriatric” in …Read More

Cast versus plate for dog with fractured shin bone2 months

Lily is a lovely 6-year-old Bichon Frise cross, who came into our Pukekohe clinic after catching a hindleg in a tractor. Remarkably, Lily had managed to get away with a single fracture, to the tibia (shin bone). The lower hindleg …Read More

dog under blanket

Helping our furry friends through the fear of fireworks2 months

The loud noises and bright, unfamiliar flashes associated with fireworks can make Guy Fawkes a stressful time for many cats and dogs. Their fear can be seen as panting, excessive vocalisation, crying, soiling and hiding. A few simple measures can …Read More

Great Dane

Preventing GDV with prophylactic gastropexy2 months

Following up on the article in the last newsletter on gastric dilatation with volvulus (GDV), the nightmare we all dread ever seeing in dogs, I’d like to introduce a preventative solution for you. Gastropexy means permanently securing the stomach to …Read More

GDV xray

GDV: every dog owner’s nightmare2 months

Hannah is an 8-year old Newfoundland who recently experienced what all owners of large breed dogs dread most: a gastric dilatation with volvulus (GDV). This condition is where the stomach rapidly swells with gas and liquid, then twists on itself. …Read More

Jett following laser therapy

Jett’s Success with Laser Therapy3 months

Total Physiotherapy, our veterinary physio at the Franklin Vets Pukekohe clinic, is now using Companion Therapy Laser®, the most technologically advanced veterinary laser therapy. This makes us the only vet practice in the region to have access to this technology, which …Read More

cat mouth

Cats get cavities too!4 months

Dental disease is very common in cats. More than half of cats over the age of three have feline oral resorptive lesions (FORL), colloquially known as ‘cat cavities’. FORL is a painful condition where holes form in our friendly feline’s …Read More

Zorro 2 weeks post ortho surgery

Zorro’s Plate-rod combination surgery4 months

Zorro is a 6-year-old Border Collie who somehow managed to break his leg while playing in the garden. The leg broke in the middle of the shin bone, resulting in fractures to the tibia and fibula. Because there were more …Read More

brachycephalic dog

Airway surgery in brachycephalic dogs4 months

With the rising popularity of brachycephalic breeds, (those with a short nose and flat face e.g. Pugs, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, and Chihuahuas) it is worth spending a moment looking at some of the health problems these dogs have and what …Read More