Great South Vets
Affordable Veterinary Care for Everyone
785 Great South Road, Papatoetoe,
Auckland. Phone:  (09) 278 4165
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  • Consultions ($29.00)
  • Consulting Hours ( no appointment necessary )
  • Mon to Fri  8.00am - 5.00pm.
  • Sat: closed.
  • Sun: closed.
  • Public Holidays: closed.

    Vaccinations    Next (Microchipping)    Top    Previous (Consultations)
  • Dog Vaccinations: DHPPi - $29.00, Leptospira - $29.00, Kennel Cough - $29.00
    1st Pup Vaccination: less than 9 weeks of age, DHPPi $25.00
    Cat Vaccination $29.00
    1st Kitten Vaccination: less than 9 weeks of age, Enteritis & Flu $25.00

Points regarding dog & cat vaccinations. by Dr. William Baird. BVSc. (Hons Q'ld 1979)
Posted 22nd Feb 2018

  • Have you ever wondered why we recommend vaccinating our dogs and cats every year, when we humans don’t have ourselves vaccinated every year?
  • The answer is that we in the veterinary profession have been duped by the veterinary vaccine manufacturers, and veterinary schools, for at least the last 60 years.
    Recent (2015) evidence from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), debunks what we have been told and taught.
  • In a nutshell this is what the WSAVA have found. If a pup is given one vaccination against Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus at or after the age of 16 weeks (4 months) or similarly, in cats, if a kitten is given one vaccination against feline enteritis at or after 16 weeks of age, then there will be lifelong immunity against these diseases. That means you will never have to vaccinate your dog or cat again. What a saving, in both time and money!
  • There are two classes of vaccine used in dogs and cats, core vaccines and non-core vaccines. The core vaccines in dogs protect against the killer diseases, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvo virus and in cats against the killer disease, Feline Infectious Enteritis. These core vaccines are the ones that give the life-long immunity when given after 16 weeks of age as opposed to the non-core vaccines. The non-core vaccines in the dog are Kennel Cough and Leptospira and in the cat, Feline Flu. Kennel Cough, Lepto, and Feline flu are non-killer, treatable diseases. These non-core vaccines are also ineffective and therefore a waste of money.
  • So, in light of the above what do we recommend? Vaccinate pups and kittens with the core vaccines every 4 weeks from 6 to 8 weeks of age, with their last vaccination at or after 16 weeks of age. They must be 16 weeks of age or older, so it is very important that you know exactly the pup or kittens age to the day. If in doubt make the last vaccination when you think your pup or kitten will be 20 weeks of age or older. We also recommend one booster at around 6 months of age as a precaution in case the 16-week vaccination did not take, or if the age is not precisely known.
  • My personal views and observations. New Zealand is free of distemper and hepatitis, if not free, then at least provisionally free, therefore vaccinating against these two viruses is unnecessary. Parvo virus is prevalent and therefore is the most important disease to vaccinate against. Combining personal experience with recent data, I have concluded that for dogs one vaccination against Parvo virus any time after 16 weeks of age is all that is needed. And similarly for cats against Feline Infectious Enteritis. Except for the case of certain dog breeds. Rottweilers, Pit Bull and Staffordshire Terrier types seem to be more prone to coming down with parvo due a possible lower immune response or undeveloped immune system. In these breeds I would recommend the full puppy coarse as outlined. As far as the non-core vaccines are concerned, I wouldn't bother.
  • We recommend waiting until one or two weeks after a pups last vaccination booster before allowing them out onto parks, beaches and footpaths etc, as well we recommend keeping them away from other strange dogs. I consider these recommendations to be counter-intuitive. It is essential for a pup to be socialised during its first 12 weeks of life. This cannot be done by keeping it away from objects, and people, and animals, that it will meet as an adult. Aggression in dogs is secondary to fear. Fear of the unknown. The role of early socialisation is to eliminate the fear of the unknown, by allowing pups to mix and play with other dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages and to be petted and patted by humans of all shapes, sizes and ages, and to play in the same environment that the pup will encounter as an adult. Only then will your pup be comfortable to handle any challenge it encounters as an adult as it will have no fear and therefore no reactive aggression. A pup is very unlikely to pick up parvo or any other infectious disease when out and about.
  • Dogs are social animals, and establish pecking orders within their social group. In any dog group, there is an alpha male and female at the top of the pecking order. In the human world, a dog sees its owner and family as its social group, and if given the chance will try to establish itself in a higher pecking order. This is why socialisation as outlined is very important as is training. The owner and family must be alpha members, while the dog must remain subservient. To achieve this, all pups and dogs should be trained to at least sit, stay and heel. They should also be trained to accept being caged and tied up as well as having their food taken from them while they are eating it. This training combined with the socialisation outlined above will result in a dog that is your best friend, a dog that will obey you and your family and a dog you have control over rather than a dog who controls you. Dogs that are allowed to become alpha members are the masters of their owners and are dangerous.
  • A word on harnesses. These, for some reason, are becoming more popular. A dog in a harness cannot be controlled, they are one of the worst ideas I have ever seen. The argument that collars cause compression of the neck and chocking is a load of rubbish. The simple fact is that harnesses are for pulling carts. A dog with a harness cannot be controlled. In fact a large dog with a harness controls the person holding the lead, not good. Collars and haltis allow leverage of the head and therefore are the only way to control a dog whilst out walking on a lead.

  • Core Vaccination Schedules for Puppies and Kittens First Presented Between 6–9 Weeks of Age and Revaccinated Every 3 or 4 Weeks
    Age at first presentation Core vaccination schedule
    6 weeks 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, then 26 or 52 weeks
      6 weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks, 18 weeks, then 26 or 52 weeks
    7 weeks 7 weeks, 10 weeks, 13 weeks, 16 weeks, then 26 or 52 weeks
      7 weeks, 11 weeks, 15 weeks, 19 weeks, then 26 or 52 weeks
    8 weeks 8 weeks, 11 weeks, 14 weeks, 17 weeks, then 26 or 52 weeks
      8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, then 26 or 52 weeks
    9 weeks 9 weeks, 12 weeks, 15 weeks, 18 weeks, then 26 or 52 weeks
      9 weeks, 13 weeks, 17 weeks, then 26 or 52 weeks
    This table provides examples of possible vaccination schedules for puppies and kittens where vaccines are given either every 3 or 4 weeks.

More info: WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines
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  • Microchip ($25.00)
  • Why microchip your pet?
  • Microchipping is a permanent means of proving ownership of your pet, if it is lost or stolen.
  • Vets, councils and animal welfare charities have scanners to identify microchipped pets.
  • Auckland City Council requires all newly registered dogs to be microchipped.
  • There is peace of mind knowing you are more likely to recover your pet if it is lost.
  • It is a simple inexpensive ($25.00) once only procedure.

    Pharmacy & Retail    Next (Dental)    Top    Previous (Microchip)
  • We stock a vast range of medications in our pharmacy. These cover most diseases seen in pets.
  • In our retail section we stock pet food and pet accessories.
  • Some of the items we stock are :-
    • Flea and worm treatments.
    • A wide range of shampoos.
    • Brushes, combs and treats.
    • Assorted collars, leads and chains.
    • Premium dog and cat foods.
  • We offer advice on all our products.

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  • Dental Scale and Polish under general anaesthetic
    (Dog $98.00, Cat $89.00 Extractions extra)
  • Can you smell your pets breath? Are your pet's teeth discoloured? If you answered yes, then your pet probably has a dental condition and needs attention.
  • Dental conditions are common in most pets with advancing age.
  • Even wild animals incur dental conditions as they age.
  • The bacteria associated with plaque can lead to bad breath, gum disease, tartar build up and tooth loss.
  • These problems are resolved with our dental services, which includes a scale and polish (Dogs $98.00, Cats $89.00) and occationally extractions, all under general anaesthetic.
  • We also advise on diets, toothpastes, and other oral aids to help prevent the onset of dental disease.

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  • Scratching, losing hair, scurfy skin, dull dry coat. If your pet has one of more of these skin conditions, he/she is not a happy pet.
  • Constant scratching at night, is very distressing for you and your pet.
  • To identify the skin complaint, we offer a full range of diagnostic tests. We can then resolve or control it with appropriate treatment.

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  • We offer a comprehensive 'Wellness' examination for all pets over the age of 6. (Approx. 40 years in human terms ) Click here to view a dog age chart.
  • Just like us, advancing age brings age related problems.
  • Some of the most common are; heart disease, arthritis, urinary incontinance, dental disease, cataracts, kidney and liver disease, and cancers.
  • With regular Wellness Examinations we detect most of these conditions at an early stage. We then formulate a treatment regime that will decrease the advancement of the condition, A better quality of life is the result.
  • Wellness examinations are also performed as part of our vaccination service.

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  • Is your pet driving you crazy with abnormal behaviour?
  • Abnormal behaviours such as:-
    • Phobias to noise, fireworks, and thunder.
    • Separation anxiety, leading to destructive behaviour, when you are out.
    • Aggression toward, humans and or, other animals.
    • Repetitive actions, such as fly catching, tail chasing, barking at flying birds.
    • Inappropriate urination, defaecation, and sexual behaviours.
  • We will examine your pet, and if a medical problem is not the underlying cause, we will advise on the appropriate coarse to take.

    Surgery    Next (Anaesthetics)    Top    Previous (Behaviours)
  • We offer the full range of surgical procedures including:-
    • Desexing and Caesarian Sections
    • You can book a desexing surgery for your pet online by clicking the Book a Spay or Neuter tab on the main menu above.
    • Skin lacerations, lump and tumour removal.
    • Dentisty and tooth extractions.
    • Orthopaedics, bone fracture repair, tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA).
    • Fight wounds and abscesses,
    • Reconstructive Surgery.
    • General soft tissue surgery.
  • We, as veterinarians and nurses have the skills, experience and equipment to deal with the most demanding surgical procedures.
  • We cater for your lifestyle. You can bring your pet in between 7.30 and 9.00am on the morning of surgery, or before 8.00pm the night before. This flexibility allows you to more efficiently organise your day.

    Anaesthetics    Next (X-rays)    Top    Previous (Surgery)
  • To ensure the safety of your pet during operations, we do not compromise when it comes to anaesthetics.
  • We use modern day equipment and drugs.
  • The anaesthetic drugs we use are 'top-of-the-range'. They are also the drugs of choice in human anaesthetics.
  • During anaesthesia we are continuouly monitoring heart and lung function.
  • We perform a thorough preanaesthetic check, and may recommend a blood test before proceeding if we think it necessary.
  • These factors give us the confidence to offer anaesthesia with a successful outcome in even the oldest pets.

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  • X-Rays
    • We have a state of the art Digital X-ray Unit.
    • We offer both general x-rays and well as contrast studies.

    Laboratory    Next (Pet Export)    Top    Previous (X-rays.)
  • We have an in house laboratory.
  • The tests we offer range from preanaesthetic blood tests, screening blood tests, and urine testing.
  • We use a microscope to identify bacteria taken from swabs of the ears, and skin. We also look for skin parasites, with the microscope.
  • For other specialized tests, we use Gribbles Pathology located at Mount Wellington. They offer multiple daily pick up.

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  • Our Veterinarians are registered and can legally complete paperwork for export of pets to all destinations except Australia.
  • We perform the examination, fill in and sign the forms, and administer rabies vaccination, if these are required for certian destinations.

    Cremations    Next (Payments)    Top    Previous (Pet Export)
  • When the end is near or has happened, we can arrange a cremation for your pet. There are many options available so please feel free to discuss them with us.

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  • We offer 'Affordable Veterinary Care for Everyone', our profit margins are very low, and we cannot afford to give accounts. We require payment for all our services and products at the time of service or purchase.
  • We offer a number of means of payment for our services.
  • We accept Cash, Credit Card, EFTPOS, We do not accept Cheques.
  • We also offer Automatic Payments.
  • Yes, you can set up an Automatic Payment with us where you nominate a weekly amount. This will then accumulate and be credited to your account. You can use it to pay your pet's veterinary expenses. It acts a little like a pet insurance policy, the only difference is it is your money and you can withdraw it at anytime.
Great South Vets
Affordable Veterinary Care for Everyone
785 Great South Road, Papatoetoe,
Auckland. 2025 New Zealand.
ph:(09) 278 4165
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