Healthy Pets New Zealand
Healthy Pets NZ is a charity that supports research into improved health and welfare for Kiwi pets. Established by the New Zealand Veterinary Association’s Companion Animal Branch, we’ve been funding research into the big health and welfare issues facing Kiwi pets since 1998.
Kerikeri artist Tessa Brown kindly donated two original artworks for our silent auction at the recent NZVA Conference, the proceeds of which have raised over $500 for Healthy Pets - thanks Tessa!
The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) Conference was held at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton from 20-22nd June, 2022 and it proved to be a great opportunity for the Healthy Pets Trustees to meet and greet both delegates and other exhibitors.
Healthy Pets NZ is excited to announce the successful recipient of the second study to be completed under the Human-Animal Bond category with appreciation by our Human-Animal Bond Partner, and premium pet health nutrition company ROYAL CANIN®.
Sometimes new and unexpected diseases crop up in breeds they’ve not been seen in previously. Determining the underlying cause can help breeders avoid problems in future, and hopefully quickly stamp out any ongoing issues.
The biggest take home message is how little we really know and understand about the gut microbiome and its metabolic and physiologic effects in carnivores such as cats and dogs; so there is significant scope to better understand how we feed our carnivorous companion animals.
The New Zealand Veterinary Journal has recently published an excellent review article, written by Kat Crosse and funded by HPNZ, on pre-surgical hand preparation in veterinary practice. The conclusion was clear: alcohol-based rubs are effective in eliminating transient flora, reducing resident flora, safe for repeated use, have high compliance with appropriate training, can be used in or out of clinic facilities, are cost effective and water saving. Even if an alcohol-based rub is only as effective as traditional scrubbing in terms of bacterial load reduction, the other benefits should be enough to sway our practice in favour of their preferred use.
In the second of the CAV sponsored Research In Practice Grants recently approved, Dr Lorna Hardy will investigate the effect diarrhoea has on the cardiovascular system with the aim of treating patients more effectively.
HPNZ has just approved two new research projects under the CAV sponsored Research in Practice Grant category. The first of these is a study to be undertaken by Dr Joon Seo on Feline Cardiomyopathy, a common heart disease in cats that is poorly understood and has no specific treatment.
Collaborating for better animal health: PD Insurance partners with Healthy Pets New Zealand