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The risk of rabies: why we need to be alarmed


The risk of rabies in South Africa is particularly high. It is endemic in our country. Rabies is the deadliest disease on earth. It’s fatality rate is 99.9%, with more than 95% of deaths occuring in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Dogs, and not farm animals as we like to believe, pose the greatest risk […]



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Pigs as pets: think carefully before you adopt


Pigs as pets may seem like the best idea in the world when you’re confronted with a tiny pink bundle of snout and hooves just a few days old. But pigs are not the easiest animals to handle, says our veterinarian Dr Adri Rossouw, so consider very carefully the implications of pig ownership before adopting […]



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Raw food diets for pets: the pros and cons


Raw food diets may be all the rage but are they good for our pets? We live in an age of intense nutritional awareness with more of us than ever before trying to make informed choices about what we eat in order to stay healthy and live longer. Given that our pets are family too, […]



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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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