Pet Talk

PET TALK: Cancer in pets

Wednesday 28 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Our pets suffer from many of the same cancers we get. Mammary tumours (breast cancer) is very common in female dogs, less so in cats but it tends to be severe (malignant) when cats do get it, writes Dr Michael Baer of Te Are Manu Veterinary Clinic.

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Arthritis in dogs and cats: Recognising signs and symptoms

Tuesday 13 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Dogs and cats rely on us noticing their pain, if we are going to help it, writes Dr Michael Baer, Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director.

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PET TALK: Pain management for dogs and cats

Wednesday 17 August 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

It can be the easiest thing to notice at the extreme. Whimpering, screaming, howling. Or it can be the opposite. Silent, depressed, guarded, aggressive. And because it is so out of character, it stands out, writes Dr Michael Baer of Te Are Manu Vet Clinic.

Opinion


PET TALK: Registering your dog

Wednesday 3 August 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Why does everything important require registration? Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director Dr Michael Baer explains.

Opinion


On a mission in Mangaia: Desexing dogs, cats and a goat

Tuesday 19 July 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Te Are Manu is the only vet clinic in the Cook Islands and we want to serve the community of the Cook Islands, not just Rarotonga. We hope to be able to visit as many of the Pa Enua as we are able at regular intervals, writes clinic’s medical director Dr Michael Baer.

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PET TALK: End of life care for pets

Wednesday 6 July 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Your old friend is lying on a blanket on the verandah unable to control her bladder or bowels, unable to stand, unable to move out of her own mess.

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Raising newborn puppies

Wednesday 22 June 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

New pups are often scared of their new surroundings. Children are likely to be excited, but too much noise and attention can scare the pup more, writes Dr Michael Baer of Te Are Manu Vet Clinic.

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PET TALK: The challenges for birthing animals

Wednesday 8 June 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

She is tired, lying on her side, exhausted. The last few days have been hard, uncomfortable, and unsettled she has not felt like eating.

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A week in the land of Cats

Wednesday 30 March 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Staff from Te Are Manu, working closely with Aitutaki Community Animal Rescue and Aitutaki Community Cat Program provided a week-long vet clinic for pet and livestock owners in Aitutaki.

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PET TALK: Cuts, bumps and bites

Wednesday 2 March 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

When it comes to injuries, the noise and blood only tell some of the story, writes Dr Michael Baer.

Opinion

Puppies are for life, not for Christmas

Wednesday 16 February 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

If you don’t want the responsibility you shouldn’t get a puppy. Dogs are not TVs and throwing one away to get a new model is not okay, says Dr Michael Baer.

Opinion


PET TALK: Cat fights and dog bites

Wednesday 19 January 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Some friends of mine own a very large, rather round, very relaxed cat.

Opinion


Heat stroke in dogs

Wednesday 5 January 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

It is a beautiful day, and you are having a party, lots of people, noise, and lots of excitement. You are having a great time, sharing food and drink with friends and family.

Opinion


Pet Talk with Dr Michael Baer

Wednesday 22 December 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Five freedoms, the foundation of Animal Welfare, Justice Potter Stewart, in a famous US Supreme Court ruling, said, roughly, “I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it”. He wasn’t talking about animal welfare, but he could easily have been.

Opinion


PET TALK: Compliance arm of the Dog Registration and Animal Control Committee

Wednesday 24 November 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

The Dog Registration and Animal Control Committee (DRACC)

Opinion


PET TALK: A Day in the Life of a Vet

Wednesday 10 November 2021 | Written by Dr. Ellen McBryde | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Most of us don’t know much about what goes on behind-the-scenes at a veterinary clinic. We see puppies and kittens, old pets on their last legs, and everything in between - all on a daily basis. Dr Ellen McBryde takes you through a day in the life of a veterinarian in Rarotonga.

Opinion


PET TALK: Pets and your mental health

Wednesday 27 October 2021 | Written by Dr. Ellen McBryde | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

As we head into Movember and shine a light on men’s health, in particular mental health, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to look into the effects our pets have on our overall health and well-being.

Opinion


PET TALK: What should you be looking for

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Dr. Ellen McBryde | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Just this week, we’ve had two cats brought into the vet clinic with blocked bladders. This is a serious emergency, almost always affecting male cats. Dr Ellen McBryde discusses what you should be looking out for, as well as steps you can take at home to help prevent this condition.

Opinion


Eat, Sleep, Play, Repeat.

Wednesday 29 September 2021 | Written by Dr. Ellen McBryde | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

You’ve decided to adopt a puppy - so, what next? Ensuring your puppy’s first few weeks in its new home are as positive as possible, is critical to them growing up calm, confident, and open to new people and experiences. Dr Ellen McBryde looks at some key training tips to help you give your pup a great start in life.

Opinion

PET TALK: Puna Desexing Clinics – what you need to know

Wednesday 15 September 2021 | Written by Dr. Ellen McBryde | Published in Opinion, Pet Talk

Te Are Manu, in conjunction with the Dog Registration and Animal Control Committee (DR-ACC), will be hosting a desexing Clinic in each puna. This is all part of a wider plan to manage the ‘dog problem’ in Rarotonga, through sustainable dog population control and management. Dr Ellen McBryde explains.

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