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pets older than 8-9 years of age. In
human terms this is equivalent to 60
years of age plus. Just like humans, as
pets get older they are more prone to
some health issues. This can occur due
to a variety of reasons; their immunity
is not as strong, their ability to heal is
slower, their supporting organs may
be compromised, or their body may be
weaker from previous illness or injury.
It is important to remember that age
itself is not an illness, merely a stage
of life and that many older pets are
happy and healthy but are maybe just
a bit slower to do things. The same
applies in the human world where there
are many happy, active and productive
people in their senior years.
However to help stay this way regular
check-ups are important to ensure your
pets are not suffering from various
illnesses, and if they are to see what
can be done about it.
Our pets cannot speak directly and tell
us how they feel but their owners often
know that they may not be acting as
they once were. Many owners think that
slowing down and eating less is just
part of aging. Sometimes it is but often
it is because of organ dysfunction
(especially the kidneys and liver).
Sometimes the heart may not be
functioning as well as it was. Often it
can be due to pain from arthritis. Many
of these conditions can be managed
readily with diet and medication. Of
course picking up things early helps
as obviously the more advanced the
problem becomes the greater the
challenge to get on top of it.
Check-ups at least once a year and
sometimes more regularly if there
is a problem are advised. Blood and
urine tests are very important too as
they pick up things that may not be
obvious, particularly with degenerative
problems of the organs. Checking an
older pet's teeth is extremely relevant
as dental problems not only affect
a pet's ability to eat but the gum
inflammation and even infection can
cause problems internally.
I recently diagnosed my cat with
diabetes. I am hopeful because it was
an early diagnosis we may even have
a chance of reversing this problem
(this can happen in some cats). I also
know my 11 year old Labrador dog has
moderate hip dysplasia (poorly formed
hips joints). By keeping her weight
down, providing her with good nutrition
and using joint protective medications
she should continue to remain active
and pain-free for many more years.
There is certainly much that we
veterinarians can do these days to help
your pet remain happy and healthy and
a part of your life for as many years as
Go to www.hillspet.co.nz/seniors to
download a voucher for $10 off a senior
pet check and $25 off Hills Science Diet
senior food. This is an independent
promotion. See website for terms and
By Dr Ian Schraa, Rappaw Veterinary Care senior veterinarian and owner
Senior Pets and
Community work for paua poachers
Ignorance was no defence for four
Samoan immigrants convicted of
gathering eight times their paua
quota, much of it undersized, at
Whitireia Park in May.
Cannons Creek mother-of-three
Nora Talifeau, 38, appeared in
Porirua District Court last
Tuesday alongside her house-
mates Lui Maaefono, 32, and Tom
Malaefono, 32, both cleaners, and
Newlands knifehand Aiava
The four had been diving for
paua and shucking it on the shore
on May 1, a lawyer for the Minis-
try of Primary Industries told the
They gathered 340 paua that
day, despite the limit being 10
paua per person. Of their catch,
103 paua weighed less than 80
Maaefono and Malaesilia had
claimed to be unaware of limits on
paua gathering when confronted
All four pleaded guilty on two
charges -- gathering more than
three times the legal paua limit
and gathering undersized paua.
The group s lawyer Megan Boyd
argued Maaefono had been in the
country only a year, and all four
were accustomed to collecting
paua as a way of life in Samoa.
Malaesilia had been in New
Zealand two years, Talifeau four
and Malaefono seven.
Their catch was intended for a
family celebration, Ms Boyd said.
But Judge Ian Mill said ignor-
ance of the rules was unaccept-
able given paua s protected status
in New Zealand.
It s simply not acceptable for
this to occur when the resource is
so scarce now.
Ignorance was especially far-
fetched in Malaesilia s case,
because he has a previous convic-
tion for illegal paua gathering,
Judge Mill said.
You re all in this together.
Malaefono were given 120 hours
community work each, and
Malaesilia was given 150 hours
owing to his previous conviction.
A Takapuwahia teenager has
sworn off spirits after a night
drinking bourbon ended with him
stealing cash from Titahi Bay s
House painter Alan McKay, 19,
drank for several hours at the
Mariner on July 25. As the bar
manager was closing up at
10.20pm, McKay grabbed $72
from an open till and ran out the
door, dropping $20 in the process.
When he arrived home he had
no memory of the incident, but his
mother suspected something had
happened and rang the police.
McKay was charged with theft
and faced up to three months in
prison when he appeared at Pori-
rua District Court last Tuesday.
McKay s lawyer, Sue Insley,
said he had never drunk spirits
before and was shocked. He
hasn t had a drink since, it shook
him so much.
Judge Ian Mill sentenced
McKay to 40 hours community
work on top of the 180 hours he
was already serving for a previous
He will repay the $52 to the
Mariner and write a letter of apol-
ogy to its manager.
Mother avoids conviction for stolen cheque
A Titahi Bay mother-of-two who
tried to cash a stolen cheque was
let off last week because a convic-
tion would harm her employment
prospects and therefore her chil-
dren s futures.
Kitana Matapelu, 26, of Titahi
Bay, tried to cash a cheque for
$870 on May 13. She had been
given the cash cheque on May 11
in return for unspecified work.
Staff at BNZ Porirua refused to
cash the cheque because it had
Not Transferable written on it.
Matapelu went outside, crossed
the words out and returned to the
Bank tellers then noticed the
cheque s signature did not match
that of the chequebook holder or
the signature on Matapelu s
driver s licence.
Police were called, but Mata-
pelu left the bank before they
arrived, leaving her driver s
Matapelu gained nothing from
the incident -- in fact, she lost
money owed to her for work, her
lawyer Sonia Thistoll said at Pori-
rua District Court last Thursday.
Matapelu was looking for work
in hospitality or cleaning and a
conviction would harm her
chances, Ms Thistoll said.
It is about employment and a
future for her children.
Judge Ian Mill said Matapelu s
actions seemed to be an opportun-
istic attempt to obtain money. He
discharged her without conviction.
The consequences would be out
of proportion with the seriousness
of the offending, he said.
Boost for Sallies' foodbank stocks
By KRIS DANDO
Rowe and general
Beighton with the
collected in June.
Photo: KRIS DANDO
Porirua Club s members are a
Throughout June the club col-
lected cash and donations for the
Salvation Army s foodbank. More
than $600 was raised, with
Pak nSave providing $300.
Former grocery buyer and Pori-
rua Club executive member John
Rowe then bought groceries. They
were presented to Salvation Army
foodbank co-ordinator Elizabeth
Iona last Thursday night.
The club s general manager,
Lisa Beighton, said the club look-
ed at ways to engage with the
community and helping the
foodbank was something members
felt strongly about.
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