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Diamond Harbour Vet Clinic nearly 1 year on

We’ve now been open for 9 months and are thrilled to be a bigger part of this wonderful community. It has been a challenging time with the COVID-19 restrictions, Traffic Lights and trying to navigate our way through to ensure that our services have been uninterrupted, and we cannot thank you all enough for your patience and understanding at both clinics.

If you have lived here for a while, you will have been used to our vet, Dr Paul Williams, coming over to do home visits.  Now that we’ve opened the Diamond Harbour Vet he is able to see many more clients in an afternoon than previously. He consults here on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

In case you haven’t yet met me, my name is Sandra (Sandy) Meek; I am a Diamond Harbour Local and a Registered Vet Nurse. I am at the Diamond Harbour Vet every Monday-Friday from 1-5pm to help you with any queries and provide over-the-counter products: worm & flea, high quality foods – Royal Canin, Hills, Acana, Orijen and BlackHawk, as well as treats, toys, leads, collars and some lifestyle/farm animal products including Peak Layer, Chicks Choice, Rumen Nuts, Rabbit Pellets and Wild Bird Seed. If you don’t see something you want, let me know and I will do my best to source it for you. I am also working on getting in a display of Enrichment Toys so watch this space. With the price of fuel these days being able to offer you products on your doorstep to save you from driving into town is one of our main goals. The idea of ‘keeping it local’ is very much a part of our philosophy.

I can also provide you with many services for your pets including vaccinations, nail clips, grooms, suture removals, abscess identification, flushes, anal gland checks/clearing and general health checks with information and referrals being passed on to our veterinarians for follow-up if needed.

If your pet needs any surgery, dentals, x-rays etc that need to be performed at our Little River Vet Clinic I can pick your pet up from your home and deliver them back on the day of their procedures if they are booked in on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning as I am traveling over there to help with these anyway. I have found this to be a valuable service so don’t be afraid to take me up on it.

One of the things I most love about my job, and one of my passions, is running the Puppy Preschool classes at the clinic. It is amazing to see the growth and bonds between the puppies and owners grow throughout the 6-week course. I am so proud of our graduates! My 4th Puppy Preschool class started in April and I always get very excited to meet the new pups and owners and help set them up with the basics to ensure a happy, balanced and stress-free journey of learning, play, listening and understanding rules and boundaries your puppy needs. Carrying on from my classes, I am also pleased to let you know that Els Desart, another Diamond Harbour local and dog trainer, has started an Advanced Puppy Class that carries on where my classes end. Her first full class is about to ‘graduate’ and it has been awe inspiring to see the owners and puppy’s continued successes and bonds grow even stronger. Thank you Els! If you are interested in any of these classes, please stop by the clinic for a chat.

One thing I emphasize in my Puppy Preschool classes is to advise anyone that is out and about with their pet to stop in every now and then to say ‘Hi’, let me pop them on the scale, make a fuss, give them treats and let them know that a visit to the clinic can be fun and rewarding (treats and cuddles!) and not such a scary place to visit. It truly makes a difference to their behaviour, stress levels and attitudes and helps relieve your stress as well.

Hope to see you and your animals soon!

Sandy Meek RVN & Diamond Harbour Vet clinic manager

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As well as an online store with an extensive range we've also created an online portal to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions or pet food and other animal health products. You can also view invoices and statements as well as update your and your animal's details, and view their vaccination history.

Now you can like us on facebook to receive regular updates (including the monthly news article) and interact with us online.

In January 2022 we joined the Christchurch After Hours Veterinary Centre and now refer our small animal after hours emergency cases through to them. We still have an option to contact our duty vet after hours for large animal emergencies.

Under the higher Covid alert levels we've got good at tele consults and limiting face to face contact. You now have the option of booking a tele consult with our vets or sending us a message or email. Please note for all remote veterinary opinions (phone/video/email/message) there may be a small charge ($25-45).

Our Diamond Harbour clinic is up and running at 9 Stoddart Terrace, Church Bay. Please call in and say hello to Sandy. Dr India Martin joined us in July 2019 and is mainly based out of Lincoln servicing our dairy and lifestyle block clients, you will also see her at the clinic occasionally. We have beautiful cat greeting cards available to help fund our kitten rehoming and stray cat desexing work. Thanks to Cat Rescue Christchurch  who also generously pay for many of our surgeries on strays! You can hire stock signs for your car or to put on the road, as well as orange flashing beacons and hi-viz vests from us to comply with the new regulations when moving stock. We've put shingle down in the parking area and made it drive through so please park inside and tell us what you think! Also have you noticed our freshly painted roof?

We have a large of foods and animal health products, including the BlackHawk working dog food at great prices. Our cattery has proved very popular, and we've had many repeat customers. Masterpet has taken over the cattery's food sponsorship with BlackHawk cat and kitten food, we'd also like to thank Hills Pet Nutrition for their food sponsorship over the cattery's first 5 years.

We've upgraded our in house blood analyzer, so we can run many tests while you wait. This allows us to offer pre-anaesthetic testing as well as health screening for older animals, and provide an emergency laboratory service afterhours and weekends when the Christchurch laboratory is closed. We also now have a portable ultrasound scanner, good news for pregnancy testing.

We once again have the cheap mismating injection available for bitches. This has been off the market for a few years now, but Paul has been able to have some compounded. We have some ideas to help you save on animal health expenses- ask us about very competitively priced BlackHawk farm dog food specially designed at Massey for NZ working dogs, and get to feed a premium, performance enhancing brand. Also the RFID electronic ear tags are now compulsory for cattle and deer. Ask us about ordering NAIT tags for your stock, or about the new tagging requirements. There is a lot more flexibility in what visible tags are acceptable- they don't all have to be yellow! We are able to procure eartags at below recommended retail prices.

We also have a large range of Acana/Orijen, Hills Science Diet, Royal Canin and BlackHawk dog and cat food in stock. We can deliver to Akaroa on Tuesdays and to Diamond Harbour on Mondays and Thursdays.

Animal health information - Archives

Most of our articles are available to view as posts on Paul's Linkedin page. Please contact us if you’d like copies of any that are not yet online, also let us know if you’d like to see any other topics featured here.

A different perspective, Animal welfare, Accidental poisonings, Arthritis, Allergies, Above & beyond, After Hours, Akaroa or bust

Becoming a vet, Becoming a veterinary technologist, Birthing & midwifery, Be wormwise this Autumn, Barley grass

Calici vaccination update- rabbits, Canine cough

Dental care, De sexing, Dogs, sheep measles & farm etiquette, Distemper

External parasites, Euthanasia, EID's, Equine deworming recommendations & autumn animal health advice

First aid in animals. FIV and Feline Leukaemia, Five Freedoms

Grain Poisoning

Happy to be stuck with you, Human-animal bond, Heat Stroke

Internal parasites, Is it too late to spay or neuter my pet? Internet & Google- the good the bad and the ugly, It shouldn't happen to a vet, I don't vaccinate my animals, Insights from a vet nursing studentIndoor cats & ways to reduce predation

Kitten rehoming, Kennel cough

Lamb rearing

Mafikeng rhino, Memories of Mafikeng, Mr Talkative, Mycoplasma bovis , Microchipping,

Nutrition, Nutrition in pet rabbits, New Year Animal Health Checklist

Obesity in pets, Onwards & upwards

Poisons in the pantry, primary health care, Plant poisonings, Pigs rule, Pig's Ear, Pathology & blood testing, Pet statistics in NZ, Phamaceuticals- the NZ situation, Parvovirus

Quotable quotes

Rabbit calicivirus, Ramped up rhino, Resistance-squandering a miracle, Road block

Senior wellnessSheep measles, Snuffles

Tapeworm, TB in NZ, The nasties, The big move, The Challenge of Diamond Harbour, The thief, The Driving Lesson, Technology at work, Tom cat vasectomy

Urinary problems in cats, Upper Respiratory Tract (URT) infections

Vets’ cars, vaccination principles- ruminants, Vaccination of dogs & cats, Vet lifestyler

War wounds, Why vaccinate?, World veterinary year, World vaccination guidelines, Wild & stray cats

Xhosa- lost in translation

Yoghurtised milk recipe