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Wellness Care

Preventive care is the key to keeping your pet healthy and happy. It is our goal to prevent illness whenever possible. Routine examinations and a complete preventive health care plan are the best ways to stop illness and disease before they affect your pet’s quality of life.

When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, prevention is the key. Northlands Animal Care Hospital emphasizes wellness exams and preventive care as part of your pet’s overall health care plan. We recommend your pet undergo a thorough wellness exam each year, and in senior pets more frequent exams are encouraged. A “nose to tail” wellness exam can spot diseases and health care problems in your pet before they become more difficult to treat.


Up-to-date vaccinations are of the utmost importance in your pet’s health care. Every pet is unique and so each pet has different needs when it comes to vaccinations. We work closely with you to develop a vaccine protocol for your pet based on his or her needs and lifestyle. Some vaccines require annual boosters, while others do not.

  • Dogs are vaccinated against canine distemper virus (CDV), parvovirus (CPV), kennel cough (KC), parainfluenza (CPI), infectious canine hepatitis (CAV-1) and canine adenovirus 2 (CAV-2)
  • Puppies have a course of 3 vaccinations at 6, 9, and 12 weeks
  • Dogs 1 year and over require an annual booster for KC and a 3-yearly booster for CDV, CPV, CAV-1, CAV-2, CPI
  • Cats are vaccinated against viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), feline respiratory disease caused by feline calicivirus (FCV), and feline panleukopenia (FPL)
  • Cats should be vaccinated against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
  • Kittens have a course of 3 vaccinations at 8, 12, and 16 weeks
  • Cats 1 year and over need an annual booster for FIV and an annual (or three yearly) booster against FVR, FCV and FPL

Puppy and Kitten Care

Northlands Animal Care Hospital wants to help welcome your new puppy or kitten into your home!

Burmese kittens 8 weeks old
Your puppy or kitten’s first year is a critical time in your pet’s life. Vaccinations are particularly important and we create a vaccine protocol that is tailored specifically to your pet. Getting an early start on dental care is also a must. We can help you start a dental management routine for your pet that helps prevent periodontal disease and suggest a premium diet that meets 100% of their nutritional needs.

We are proud to offer a special welcome pack for your new puppy or kitten, filled with valuable healthcare information about your newest family member. This information helps you make informed decisions about the care and training of your new pet. Each pack also contains free samples, food vouchers and information on pet insurance!

Senior Pet Care

Your pet’s health care needs to change as he or she ages. Pets age faster than people, and your pet reaches his or her “senior years” by the age of seven. When it comes to older pets, prevention is the key. Often, symptoms of disease or chronic conditions may be misinterpreted as signs of “old age”. Regular wellness exams (at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged), routine blood tests and diagnostic procedures can keep your senior pet healthy for years to come.

You are your older pet’s most important ally when it comes to health care. As your pet ages, he or she may develop diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. Watch for changes in your pet’s health and behaviour. If you notice any sudden changes, we urge you to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. Together, we can develop a healthcare plan that best fits the needs of your older pet. We understand the life-long bond you share with your faithful companion, and it is our goal to strengthen and preserve that bond.

Parasite Control

Keeping your pet free from fleas, worms, ticks and other parasites is a must! Parasites cause your pet pain and discomfort, and some parasites, such as fleas, ticks and hookworms, can affect your family as well. Controlling and preventing parasites is an important part of your pet’s health care. Northlands Animal Care Hospital offers a great range of parasite prevention in-store.

Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool classes are held at Northlands Animal Care Hospital weekly on a Wednesday night from 7.30 pm (the whole family is welcome)!

Anne Benson our qualified behaviour specialist runs these fun classes for 8-14 week old puppies with their first vaccination. These valuable classes allow new owners to learn basic commands, toilet training, stages of development, dog language, responsible ownership, nutrition, and much more… and the pups have a blast!


Does your pet have a microchip? Each year, thousands of pets go missing and many don’t make it back home.

Microchipping your pet is a simple, effective way to prevent this tragedy. The chip about the size and shape of a grain of rice, and is implanted via a needle beneath your pet’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Microchips are encoded with you and you pet’s vital information.

Vet clinics, SPCA, Animal shelters, Christchurch City Council and Rangers across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips – if your pet is lost, then found, the microchip is scanned and the number read then this number is checked on the national database for your details to reunite you back with your pet.

Microchipping can be done in a consultation, is required for dogs in Christchurch and is highly recommended for cats.

What if I don’t get my dog microchipped?
The Council will send you a letter requesting you to comply with this law, and if you still fail to comply, you will receive an infringement notice without further warning. This carries a hefty penalty.

Weight Management Program


Have you got a pet carrying a few extra pounds? Struggling to keep their weight down? Obesity can increase a pet’s risk for many things including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and hypertension, among others.
If you aren’t sure how to start your pet on their weight loss journey, we have a brand new Weight Management Clinic run by our amazing nurse Tatanya! This service comes with a weight loss, diet and exercise plan which is fully customised for your pet, with monthly check-ins to monitor their progress. If you think your pet could benefit from some extra special support, give us a call. You don’t need to see a vet; you can book a spot with Tatanya straight away.
This clinic is also available for any pets that need to gain weight at a safe rate.
A fee of $48 will cover the initial comprehensive nurse consult and customised weight management plan, and all revisits are free. Any comorbid or subsequent health issues noticed will need to be seen and managed by a vet, and costs will be subject to usual consulting and treatment fees.
Give us a call if you are interested in attending this clinic, or for more information!

Nutrition Advice

The basis of good health is a sound diet, optimum exercise and maintaining an ideal body weight and composition.

Our vets and nurses can determine your pet’s individual needs and design a diet suitable for their breed type, life stage and activity level. We only recommend quality premium diets made from the highest quality ingredients with the right blend of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and omegas.


  • 100% money-back guarantee on all premium foods sold
  • Loyalty card system for the premium foods

A quality diet will:

  • Promote healthy immune system and help prevent disease with powerful antioxidants
  • Promote a healthy skin and coat with added Omega 3 and 6 and fatty acids
  • Ensure strong teeth and bones with ideal levels of calcium
  • Provide energy and reduce stool volume with digestible fats and carbohydrates
  • Promotes optimal sensory and mental health to minimise behavioural and health problems associated with stress
  • Promotes oral health to clean and freshen breath and reduce tartar build-up

We stock a large range of food from Hills, Royal Canin, Eukanuba and Black Hawk

Prescription Diets

We have a large range of specially designed diets for animals with specific health conditions such as:

  • Kidney, liver or renal disease
  • Heart disease
  • Weight loss and joint problems
  • Teeth and gum cleaning
  • Urinary tract (struvite crystals, cystitis, oxalates)
  • Brain
  • Skin and coat
  • Allergies
  • Digestive upsets (sensitive stomachs, vomiting and diarrhoea).
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes

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