A: We use our observational skills in the clinical exam and add lab testing, imaging (xrays, ultrasound etc) and other diagnotic tools to gather information if required.

Q: What are the costs for a consultation for my pet?

A: A consultation with one of our clinicians costs $42.50.  Please be aware that diagnostic and/or treatment procedures and medications will be additional to this fee.  We will always offer the best course of treatment first, but we will also offer choices where applicable.

Q: What if I need afterhours emergency care? And what are the costs?

A: We have an after hours emergency service.  Our telephonist will make contact with a duty vet to ensure our pet is seen to or you are advised as to what to do to make your animal comfortable.  Our afterhours fee is an additional $57.50, or from midnight to 6am an additional $90.00

Q: Do you accept payment plans?

A: We accept payment at the time of consultation and accept payment by EFTPOS, credit card, cash and personal cheque.  We also offer a payment plan whereby you can make small  regular payments to enable you to have an emergency fund thus being prepared for unexpected veterinary expenses  when they arise.


The food you feed your puppy during the first year is critical to their adult development, health and growth. Formulated diets like Hills Science Diet, Eukanuba, or Advance, are specially designed to provide all the nutrients your puppy needs.


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  • General Medicine
  • Surgical
  • Health Checks
  • Dentistry
  • Radiography / Ultra sonography
  • In-house lab services
  • Puppy Preschool
  • Animal Export Certificates


The first year is a busy time to ensure you set everything up for a healthy, happy, hopefully obedient dog.  Tararua Veterinary Services runs puppy preschool classes to get you on track.  Click here for more info on both puppy school and general puppy health care.

Older Dogs

These are the years when we need to keep an eye on things.  Regular health checks ensure you know that your dog is happy and healthy.  Skin, teeth, heart and weight control are things we like to check up on as your pet starts to slow down in their later years.


A brief summery:

6 weeks old Health Check, Vanguard Plus 5 & Leptoguard
9 weeks old Health Check, Vanguard Plus 5 & Leptoguard
12 weeks old Health Check & Vanguard Plus 5
1 year Health Check, Vanguard Plus 5 & Leptoguard
2 years Health Check & Leptoguard
3 years Health Check & Leptoguard
4 years Health Check, Vanguard Plus 5 & Leptoguard
Going to Kennels? Health Check & Canvac CCI

Puppies should not be allowed off the property until two weeks after the completion of their puppy course at 12 weeks old.

De-Sexing your Pet

Unless you plan to breed from your puppy we encourage you to have your pet speyed or neutered early in life in.
The benefits of de-sexing your puppy are:

  • No unwanted puppies to find homes for
  • Helps to prevent roaming in male dogs if done early. (This will greatly reduce the chance of your dog being hit by a car, or lost).
  • Helps to reduce aggressive and boisterous behaviour
  • Less worry involved ie. You won’t have to lock your female dog up every time she comes into season.
  • Greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumours in female dogs as they get older.

The operation is usually a day surgery, we do speys and neuters

Registering & Microchipping

  • All puppies are required by law to be registered with the local Council by 3 months of age.
  • All puppies except for working farm dogs must also be microchipped within 2 months of being registered
  • Either your veterinarian or local Council can do Microchipping. To reduce costs, microchipping can be incorporated with other procedures such as vaccinations or spaying/neutering.
  • All microchipped dogs have their details stored on the National Database. Dogs can also be entered on the Australasian Database for an additional fee if the owner wishes.
  • Microchipping your puppy is a good idea. In the event that it gets lost, the microchip can be scanned and your puppy returned to you.



Many puppies are born with intestinal parasites or become infected with them shortly after birth. Parasitic worms such as roundworms or hookworms can occasionally cause severe illness in puppies. It is important to de-worm your puppy on a regular basis during the first 6 months.

  • Your puppy should be de-wormed at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 weeks of age, then monthly until they are 6 months old.
  • After 6 months of age, you can worm your puppy every 3-4 months


Fleas are the most common parasite affecting cats and dogs. Fleas bite and feed on the blood of the animal causing itching and irritation. This can lead to medical problems such as:

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis
  • Skin Infection
  • Anaemia
  • Tapeworms

There are spot-on flea treatments available from your Vet Clinic. Some products kill fleas and worms. They are applied monthly, and not only kill the fleas on your animal, but will kill adult fleas in the environment and flea larvae as well. This effectively breaks the flea cycle, and if used monthly will also help to prevent tapeworms as fleas carry tapeworm eggs.

  • Fleas can be picked up on walks or while visiting other animals, and will be passed on to people and other pets in the household.
  • Always de-flea all cats and dogs in the household at the same time as dogs and cats share fleas.