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Pet ownership for the elderly is essential


Pet ownership remains one of the most important sources of mental, emotional and physical health for the elderly yet it is often overlooked or ignored as a benefit. Few residential homes for the elderly allow pets yet global research shows that pet ownership not only counteracts depression, it also encourages physical activity and stimulates the […]



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Animal hoarders are harmful to pets and humans


Animal hoarders hit the news headlines from time to time, usually when an animal welfare organisation raids a home that has multiple pets living in appalling conditions.  The pets may be confiscated and sometimes there is court action against the owner. But how exactly is an animal hoarder defined? It’s not necessarily the lady with […]



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Pregnancy and pets: what vet moms say


Pregnancy and pets are not mutually exclusive, despite some scare stories. If our vets are prepared to have babies while living in homes filled with pets, you can be assured the dangers are minimal. Here’s what our vet moms, Dr Susan van Niekerk of EberVet Pet Clinic and Dr Ingrid de Wet of Country Animal […]



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Betty’s Bay fire victim receives treatment at Country Animal Clinic


Betty’s Bay fires severely injured a young Grysbok, who was found by Wynland firemen and brought to EberVet’s Country Animal Clinic for emergency treatment. The tiny Grysbok, who has not yet reached adulthood, was handed over to paramedics Wardi de Wet and Riaz Arendse of ER24 who drove him in their ambulance to EberVet’s Country […]



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Parvovirus reaches crisis levels in Cape


Parvovirus, a highly contagious and often fatal viral disease that affects dogs, is spreading like wildfire through the Cape. One hospital which usually treats around 14 parvo cases a month, has already seen 45 patients this month. The disease is prevented by vaccination. Puppies are particularly vulnerable to the virus and it’s chances of surviving […]



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How to have a hassle-free holiday with your pet


Every pet owners wants a hassle-free holiday but not every pet travels well. If you want, or need, to take your dog or cat with you this holiday break, early planning is essential. Here’s what to consider: Are you travelling by car or by plane? Different modes of transport require different carriers; airlines can be […]



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Tick bite fever can be deadly: protect your pets


Tick bite fever is a relatively common illness in South Africa, particularly as the weather warms and ticks become more plentiful. Known by its Latin name, Ehrlichiosis, this infectious disease first gained attention as a significant disease when military dogs returning from Vietnam during the 1970’s were found to be infected. The disease seems to […]



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Taking your dog on holiday? Here are 10 tips to make the journey easier


If you’re planning to take your dog along on your next holiday, there are some important preparations that need to be made before you leave home. Protect your dog against parasites. Your own garden may be parasite-free (or so you think) but if your holiday includes hiking, visiting nature reserves or walks in parks and […]



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Canine distemper outbreak: what you need to know


Canine distemper virus infects dogs and other mammals, including ferrets, but does not infect cats. Dogs of all ages are susceptible if not previously immunised, although infection is most common in puppies less than 16 weeks of age. Vaccination is your dog’s best protection. There is currently no available medication that can destroy the virus that […]



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Rabies: 100% fatal, 100% preventable


Rabies is not a ‘farm animal’ disease; all mammals are at risk of rabies and in South Africa, more dogs carry rabies than any other animal. That’s why veterinarians are urging pet owners to please vaccinate their pets. You might think you’re safe in the suburbs but rabies is endemic in SA. It knows no […]



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