Vaccination

Distemper can be deadly but it is preventable


Distemper (known as ‘hondesiekte’ in Afrikaans) is a viral disease that is completely vaccine-preventable. By making sure your puppy is up to date with all their vaccinations and thereafter their annual vaccinations, he/she will be protected against the distemper virus. This disease is highly contagious and spreads through contact with infected animals or objects,  through […]



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Important questions to ask your vet


Responsible pet owners generally ensure their pets get to the vet once a year for their annual checkup but in the rush to get there, sometimes we forget those important questions we should be asking or we feel too shy. However, a good vet will welcome your questions as it shows that you are concerned […]



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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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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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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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