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Pet travel essentials this Easter

The school holidays are here and it’s almost Easter, and that means you may be heading off on a road-trip or a fun day out. And, if you’re like us, you plan to bring your pet along for the adventure! So, before you head out the door, don’t forget your

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Summer Safety: Grass Awns

What does a grass awn look like? With Summer here, taking our dogs out for a walk is at the top of our list. However, we have seen an increase in grass seed wounds over the last few weeks. Now, the first question we must ask ourselves is, what is

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Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) frequently asked questions

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease is an acute, highly contagious disease of rabbits and hares (lagomorphs). What causes rabbit haemorrhagic disease?RHD is caused by rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) from the calicivirus family. Three distinct groups of RHDV have been identified that cause severe disease, of which the emerging RHDV2 has been

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Can we as owners get any internal parasites from our pets.

There are a number of worms that can be transmitted between our pets and us which then can cause diseases, also known as zoonosis. Some of our clients often ask, when their pets are diagnosed with worms, “if the rest of the family can contract internal parasites?” There are different

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Cat Aids

Feline immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is part of the Lentivirus group, as is Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). However it cannot be passed between cats and humans. In the cat it does cause a deterioration in the immune system, thus making them susceptible to other infections. The most common cause of transmission of the

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Post Cruciate Surgery Operation Recovery

Post Cranial Cruciate Surgery Rehabilitation. Your pet has sustained an injury to one of the major ligaments stabilizing the knee joint. The result of this type of injury is an unstable knee joint. This instability is the reason for the lameness which you have observed and will result in degenerative

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My dog is chewing

Why do dogs chew? Dogs, especially puppies are playful and investigative. Exploration and object play are important ways for dogs to learn about their environment. Therefore it is a normal behaviour for puppies to investigate their environment by sniffing, tasting and perhaps chewing on objects. Dogs that chew may also

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Is Pet Insurance Really Necessary?

Picture this. Your beautiful family holiday, that you had to put aside savings for, is coming to an end. You are feeling rested and satisfied as you embark on your journey home; you and your partner simultaneously think to yourselves “That’s enough spending for a while!”. You arrive home to

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Spaying/Neutering Procedure & Benefits

Spaying (female) is the common surgical procedure of removing both ovaries, as well as the uterus, of the female animal; leaving them unble to reproduce. Spaying reduces incidence of: Uterine infections* Ovarian cancers Mammary tumorsThe desire to roam Spaying eliminates heat cycles in female animals, meaning you won’t have any unwanted males trying to get into your home. Each time a female animal goes

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Arthritis in our Pets

In the winter months, underlying problems such as arthritis can start to flare up, due to the colder weather causing stiffness on your pets joints. Is your pet showing any of these symptoms? You may notice changes in your pets behavior that could mean that they are in pain.  These

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Avian Influenza outbreak in the Western Cape

AVIAN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK IN THE WESTERN CAPE – 31/08/17.  “Western Cape Veterinary Services wishes to notify you of the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).  Avian influenza is a controlled disease in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, 35 of 1984. The virus has been isolated from various farms

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