VETPlus Taupo welcomes Holly and Hayley to their team.
Holly Rabone - Veterinarian
Holly graduated from Massey in 2014 and has worked as a mixed animal vet in Tauranga for the past two and a half years. This has given her great experience with a diverse range of species from cats and dogs to chickens, alpacas, sheep, goats, cattle and horses. She has recently moved to Taupo to join us as a companion animal veterinarian and to be closer to the ski fields! She is currently completing a Master’s degree and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, oncology and cardiology. When not at work Holly will be enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer. She loves skiing, tramping, mountain biking and anything on the water. She also dances competitively in West Coast Swing and has competed overseas.
Hayley Looner - Veterinary Technician
Hayley is our new full time PA Veterinary technician who recently joined the team at VETPlus, she is based in our Taupo clinic. Her studies include animal science and zoology and has made a career from working in science as a Research/Laboratory Technician. She has a farming backround, is well travelled and worked a season on a sheep farm in Scotland in the snow. She has lived in Taupo for 4 years now and is still getting used to the cold. In her spare time she is an avid horse rider who also plays hockey, netball and keeps up with the all blacks.
Murphy’s Mum Fiona brought her 10 year old Labrador in, to take advantage of our senior health check.
She had noticed he was slowing down and was lame on his right front leg. Murphy was suffering from Arthritis but hadn’t noticeably complained or appeared to be in pain. It was suspected that Murphy being a stoic Labrador was probably in more pain than he was letting on.
We took some bloods from Murphy and did a wellness check and these showed that his kidney and liver functions were good.
As part of our senior health check our patients are entitled to a weeks free trial of a Non steroidal anti- inflammatory which helps treat painful conditions like arthritis.
Murphy went home with his trial and showed a marked improvement with his activity levels and mobility.
Optimizing your pets weight is extremely effective when managing Arthritis. Murphy had gained weight over the last few years, so we discussed ways to address and deal with this.
Arthritis in dogs does not always present as an obviously painful condition. Dogs with chronic pain become less playful and less mobile , so the signs of arthritis can be subtle. They may hesitate or refuse to climb into a vehicle or climb stairs. As the disease progresses they may lose the ability to walk or perform normal daily activities.
It's Senior Health Check time NOW @ VETPlus! Phone 0800 VETPlus to discuss your senior pet.