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Adding a furry new addition


A new furry addition to the family is always an exciting time, but it can be stressful too! There are lots of things to learn and things to prepare for. Diana of the Ourvets team has recently had a new addition, Rupert, a gorgeous, nine-week-old corgi. We caught up with Diana about what she considered when taking on her new addition.

 

 

Did you request any information from the breeder?

Absolutely. I asked about worming, any vaccinations which had already been done and which diet he had been on; all three of these are important to continue (or start) once the new pup arrives with you.

Puppies need to have more frequent worming treatments when they’re young.

All puppies are born with worms, so it’s important to get on top of these.

The best way to protect your puppy is by vaccinating.

As with worming, they receive more frequent vaccines as puppies, so it’s important to get the timing right.

Meanwhile, having some of the diet that the puppy was eating previously is a good way to avoid an upset tummy – even if it’s only to transition them onto the diet you intend on feeding them long-term.


What else will you do now that you have him?

I’m definitely going to get him microchipped and registered with the Companion Animal Register (NZCAR).

I will also organise insurance for him. Starting puppy preschool is also high on the list (he’s quite the rascal!).

There are many insurers that even offer a free period for puppies and kittens!

It’s a great idea to shop around for insurance to find the best fit for you and your pup, as there are many options.


Ourvets holds puppy preschool classes in St Albans and Halswell.

These are focused mainly on educating owners on raising well-rounded, happy pups at home, and less focused on teaching specific commands (although we do cover this too!).

These are just a handful of things to consider. Remember, the best place to get pet advice is from your veterinarian.

Ourvets recommends ‘Best for Pet’ – a preventative healthcare plan that will give your pet discounts and free consultations so you can ask all the questions you have without the worry of cost.

Ask in clinic to find out more, or visit www.bestforpet.co.nz.


 

Coming home…


Having just celebrated its first anniversary, the Nurse Maude Hospital has become home for those needing long-term residential, end of life, complex and respite hospital-level care.

Copyright Neil Macbeth

 

With its large established garden and streamside walk, the residents enjoy warm and secure surroundings, each with their own ensuite, large communal and smaller private lounges.

Nurse Maude’s nursing and medical team works alongside residents and their families to provide the very best individual clinical care with skill and compassion.

That care is based on the values that were established almost 125 years ago when Nurse Maude herself cared for some of the most vulnerable and frail in the Christchurch community.

Having a sense of purpose, fun, meaning, control and dignity are all key elements of the care.

Family and friends are a large part of that, with visits welcome at any time, including those from the family dog.

“This is, after all, the residents’ home and they deserve no less,” Nurse Maude General Manager of Marketing Sue Bramwell says.

Meeting the individual needs of residents, many with complex health needs, takes a responsive, skilled and flexible approach, and the total commitment of nursing staff and specially trained volunteers.

A sense of loneliness or social isolation can be a large part of getting older for some, so along with that nursing care, Nurse Maude makes sure residents get the time they need to be listened to and enjoy the company of others.

“It’s important for our residents, and their families, to be able to trust that we will look after and respect them and never forget they have had full and interesting lives before they came to live here,” Sue says.

“Meeting their desire to be as independent as possible, to continue to be involved and know that they matter is just as important as meeting their health needs.”

Residents at the Nurse Maude Hospital may be fully funded and there is no charge for those needing palliative care.

“We can also provide private and respite care,” Sue says. “And we can step you through the process for funding and admission.”

Situated in the heart of Merivale, and surrounded by shops and cafés, the Nurse Maude Hospital also has its own café where residents and their families can enjoy coffee and great food.

“If you’re thinking of long-term or respite care with us then the best place to start is to ring and ask for a tour of the hospital. From there you can discuss what options are best for you,” Sue adds.


 

Empowering retirees’ independence


A new tablet-based health, safety and connection system, designed with the collaboration of Kiwi seniors, has won the financial backing of Qestral Corporation and is now installed in 200-plus independent living homes at Alpine View Retirement Village in Christchurch.

 

 

CEO of Spritely, Christopher Dawson, developed the system after his father suffered a medical event at home.

“I thought there had to be a way technology can help Kiwi seniors like Mum and Dad, not just to be safer, but also to be healthier and more connected.”

John Ryder, Executive Chairman of Qestral Corporation, describes Spritely as an important innovation in the New Zealand aged-care sector.

“We’ve invested in Spritely because we believe in its potential as a sector-wide solution to a number of big issues.”

Spritely addresses:

Health
• A sensor in the home triggers an alert if there’s no movement after 10am (called ‘awake and well’ monitoring)

Health
• Health vitals measurement and tracking; with wireless blood pressure machine and scales
• Day and time-packed medication dispensary and delivery (called ‘club med’)
• Medication alert reminders

Connection
• Digital phonebook
• Video calling
• Digital noticeboard
• Events and notifications
• A live weather forecast
Alpine View is the first retirement village in NZ to make this kind of touch screen communication system available in every house and apartment. Serviced houses and apartments also get additional Spritely Care features, including personal health monitoring etc, as outlined on their website.
Spritely is now available for retirement villages, with a ‘community version’ already in development.