Vaccination

Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) in cats


Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) in cats causes serious disease by compromising the body’s ability to fight off any infection (immunosuppression).  FeLV is also responsible for other conditions such as cancer, anaemia and seizures. Feline Leukaemia Virus in cats: how infection occurs The FeLV virus is secreted in saliva, stool, urine and faeces of infected cats. Therefore, […]



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Winter illnesses in pets


Winter illnesses in pets are not necessarily season-specific but they do tend to occur with greater frequency during the colder months. Taking steps early on to prevent or contain them can make a big difference to how your pet responds, and to his quality of life. Here’s what to look out for as the months […]



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Distemper in dogs: what you should know


Distemper in dogs (or hondesiekte) is a very contagious viral disease that affects the respiratory (lungs and nose), gastro-intestinal and nervous system of dogs. It has also been found in lions and wild dogs in South Africa. Distemper: how it spreads Distemper is spread through air-borne viral particles (sneezing or coughing) or direct contact (licking […]



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Ebervet Training Academy aids animal welfare


EberVet Training Academy’s Sister Hilda Mills held a two-day training camp in Oudtshoorn in mid-March for 11 animal welfare volunteers who work in three towns in the Karoo. The EberVet Training Academy supports animal welfare organisations by offering on-site training to welfare volunteers working on the frontline. The Oudtshoorn camp was initiated by Vanessa Engelbrecht […]



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Older dogs need regular vet checks


Older dogs, like people, begin to suffer a range of illnesses as they age. Many  of these ailments aren’t detected until they are far advanced which means treatment is probably going to cost a lot and success is not guaranteed. That’s why veterinarians the world over encourage owners of older dogs to plan for regular […]



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Tummy trouble: how to help your pet


Tummy trouble is a generic term used to describe a host of gastro-intestinal ailments which can be mild or serious. Symptoms vary from vomiting to diarrhoea and loss of appetite or constipation. What’s causing my pet’s tummy trouble? Acute gastroenteritis This is very common and is characterised by sudden vomiting and diarrhoea. This is usually […]



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Vaccinations: why they’re essential for your pet


Vaccinations are regrettably controversial. Thousands of parents (now known as anti-vaxxers) are choosing not to vaccinate their children against deadly diseases because of a single (now disproved) study that suggested a link between vaccination and autism. And the same is happening with pet parents. Veterinary clinics are experiencing anti-vaxxers too. We understand that some pet […]



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How to save money on vet’s bills


We all want to save money on vet’s bills and there are some simple things you can do that will certainly cut costs in the long-term. Here are our top 10 money savers: Do your research So your children want a dog and you want a cat and before you know it, your house is […]



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How to keep your cat healthy from birth to old age


How to keep your cat healthy from birth to old age need not involve expensive veterinary fees; nor is it particularly complicated. The key to good health is prevention and the earlier you start, the easier – and cheaper – it is to keep your cat healthy well into his senior years. How to protect […]



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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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