Puppy care

Coccidiosis in dogs


Coccidiosis is an intestinal tract infection caused by a single-celled organism (a protozoa) called coccidia. There are four different species that can infect dogs. These microscopic parasites spend part of their life cycle in the lining cells of the intestine. Despite damaging these cells, most infections in dogs are not associated with any detectable clinical […]



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Pet vaccinations: what’s in them?


Pet vaccinations cover the most serious viral diseases and some bacterial diseases. It is not possible to vaccinate animals against all diseases, thus the most common and/or serious diseases are included in the vaccines. These vaccines are divided into core and non-core vaccines. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has a group of experts, The Vaccination […]



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How to toilet train a new puppy


How to toilet train a new puppy is a question veterinarians are frequently asked. For many new pet owners, those first few weeks after taking a puppy into your home can be frustrating and if you don’t do it right, your puppy’s peeing habits will damage your bond with him. Toilet training your new puppy […]



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Adopting a pet from a shelter


Adopting a pet from a shelter is a wonderful act of compassion. There are thousands of animals abandoned, surrendered or confiscated from situations of abuse and neglect in our country every year.  Covid-19 has only made things worse. Fortunately there are dozens of animal welfare organisations – most of them private, some big and some […]



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Adopting a puppy or kitten: checklist


Adopting a puppy or kitten is a big responsibility, not to be taken lightly. Your pet will likely live for at least 10 years so before taking him or her into your home, consider carefully whether your current lifestyle, and your future lifestyle, can cope. Other important considerations before adopting include: The breed of the […]



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House training a puppy successfully


House training a puppy is a minefield of good intentions, frustrations, misinformation and myth and doing it incorrectly can have serious long term implications for you and your puppy. The good news about house training Your dog’s wired to make house training possible. But it’s up to you to set her up for success. Wild […]



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What to feed a new puppy


New puppy owners are understandably anxious about what to feed their babies. There are so many food choices out there, as well as the latest fads and fashions and this can be confusing. However, feeding your new puppy the correct diet from day one will set up him for a longer,  healthier life – and […]



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Socialising your new puppy safely and happily


 Socialising your new puppy from the moment he or she enters your home is essential for his long-term development – and your sanity! A well-socialised dog is a pleasure to have around. But socialising a puppy isn’t always easy. The important thing is to treat your new pup with kindness. Understand that he’s a baby […]



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Why your puppy needs vaccination


Doctors have a way to protect pets from diseases: it’s called vaccination. Here’s why our clinics recommend them. What is a vaccine? Vaccine history starts with an epidemic of smallpox, which killed millions of people. In 1796, a physician named Edward Jenner noticed that the milk maids, who were routinely exposed to cowpox, did not […]



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Keep your pets, and your home, germ free


Germ protection is one of the most important aspects of pet ownership. Whether it’s keeping a wound clean, treating a skin condition or scrubbing a kennel, good pet hygiene is essential to his or her health. There are, of course, literally hundreds of disinfectants on supermarket shelves these days but when it comes to pets […]



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