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By REON McMURTRIE, BVSC
In January 2012, a much-loved huntaway,
Sam, from a local farm was presented to us
with severe joint stiffness and lameness
affecting all limbs.
Sam had been slowly deteriorating, had
developed pressure sores from his inactivity and
was unable to move comfortably.
He needed shallow steps to get in and out of
his kennel and his quality of life was dwindling
along with his mobility.
Sam's owners noticed their old boy suffering
in silence. Facing an ominous decision they
decided it was time for a trip to the vet.
After a simple blood test, it was confirmed
that Sam was a candidate for treatment with a
new long-acting drug called Trocoxil; an orally
administered anti-inflammatory given once a
Sam improved dramatically, returned to his
former active self over a few weeks and the
pressure sores healed.
Sam has now been on Trocoxil for a year and
has an excellent quality of life.
Every six months Sam is re-examined and his
While Trocoxil has an excellent safety profile,
a blood test is carried out before a course of
This ensures that the kidneys are functioning
well, as once the drug is on-board it will be in
the patient's system for some time.
The benefit of using a long-acting anti-
inflammatory is that pain relief is continuous.
With products which require daily dosing, the
amount of anti-inflammatory in the blood
fluctuates and may drop below therapeutic
levels, especially when doses are missed.
If you suspect your dog has arthritis and
would like to discuss treatment options with a
vet, give your local Vetlife clinic a call.
If you have a dog which is on a daily anti-
inflammatory to manage arthritis, feel free to ask
about Trocoxil at your next vet visit -- it may be
a worthwhile change.
''Trocoxil for our dog has been the best thing
out, Sam is back to wanting to come out on farm
with us,'' David and Diane Colbourne said.
First Friday club pulls
in record audience
ROCK ON: Dunedin band Growler's front man
''Pottley'' gets the crowd rocking.
By MAT KERMEEN
ROLLESTON MUSIC club First Friday
celebrated its first birthday with a
smorgasbord of musical talent on Friday
A record crowd packed in the Rolleston
Rugby Club to hear bands and solo art-
Many of the younger musicians who
started at the club were performing as
well as others who had played regularly
at the club throughout the past year.
One of the highlights of the night was
when Dave Richards from the band Pick-
ing at the Remnants stopped the music to
pay tribute to the club's founder Duncan
Passion, commitment and drive, from
this man next to me, that is why we are
here,'' Richards said of his bandmate
which sent the crowd into a loud cheer.
Richards praised Sole for his hard
work and dedication to his community to
get the club up and running.
Many young musicians went along to
listen to the music in the club's early
stages but with the help of Sole are now
Richards' comments followed on from
New Zealand Battle of the Bands finalist
Growler frontman Pottley'', who con-
gratulated Sole and the rest of the club
for fostering so much young talent in the
Aptly the night finished with Sole,
Richards and drummer Nicole Schapp on
The trio make up Picking at the Rem-
nants who play in the Canterbury
regional finals of the Battle of the bands
on Saturday night.
Sole said Friday night was an awe-
some celebration of music'' and would
help drive the club going forward.
The First Friday club holds open mic
nights on the first Friday of every month
at the Rolleston Rugby Club.
Brazilian teen's crusade
SADDLE UP: Rodrigo Toledo Junqueira
Franco Filho preparing to ride in to AMI
By MAT KERMEEN
GETTING THE chance to ride in to AMI
Stadium as part of the Crusaders Horse-
men is almost as privileged as making
the playing squad.
Very few people get the chance to sal-
ute arguably the most passionate rugby
supporters in the country on horseback,
but for a young international student,
from football-mad Brazil, it was an eye
opener he will never forget.
Rodrigo Toledo Junqueira Franco Filho
is an 18-year-old international student
studying at Lincoln High School.
From a football and polo background,
Rodrigo may not understand lineouts,
scrums or the breakdown laws, but he
And even if rugby seemed like a differ-
ent language, he is used to adapting --
when he arrived in New Zealand in
January his English was almost non-
An experienced polo player, Rodrigo
has taken to rural Greenpark like a sec-
Lincoln High School's director of inter-
national students Glenda Stone said
Rodrigo had been teamed up with the
the perfect'' homestay.
He is staying with Greenpark couple
Nick and Natalie Iles, who have horses at
They have absolutely bent over back-
wards and given 150 per cent to provide
him with a fantastic environment,'' Mrs
She said Rodrigo is a little shy'' but
hard working, and she believed him to be
an excellent horseman''.
Mrs Stone said Rodrigo has been pro-
vided with some wonderful opportunities,
highlighted by his Crusaders experience.
The Iles have teamed Rodrigo up with
prominent polo player and coach Dean
Dean has taken Rodrigo under his
wing and given him a chance to play polo
and work with their horses,'' Mrs Iles
Another member of the Geddes family,
Brent, owns the horse Rodrigo rode
around a packed AMI Stadium before the
Crusaders versus Waratahs encounter
late last month.
It is highly unusual for other riders
outside the regulars to be given the
opportunity to salute the crowd at Cru-
saders games, with Brent Geddes having
to give up his ride for the young Brazilian
to get a taste of Crusaders fans at their
With the help of Dean Geddes,
Rodrigo's arrival was the catalyst for a
Lincoln High School polo team to be for-
med. The team, who had never played
together before, lost their first two
matches, but with rapid improvement
won their final two.
The team will reunite for more games
later this year when the season restarts.
Mrs Iles said Rodrigo may not know a
lot about rugby but the smile on his face
for days after meant he knew the signifi-
cance of the occasion.
Rodrigo will see out the year at Lincoln
High School and leave New Zealand in
December. He has a big year planned,
but it will have to be something pretty
special to beat his Crusaders horseman
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