Your pet's health

Dogs and snakebites: what you can do


Dogs and snakebites are a common problem in summer as temperatures begin to soar. There is far more snake activity and thousands of pets end up at veterinary clinics with snakebite. Cats are highly intelligent and very quick and seldom get bitten, even though they often catch snakes and bring live ones into the house. […]



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Festive food that’s safe for dogs


Festive food that your dog can safely eat isn’t as difficult to find as you imagine. Everyone knows that chocolate is a definite no-no and that baked goods like mince pies are also not on the menu. But your dog can safely sit by your side at the Christmas table if your meal includes the […]



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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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Stress-free tips for taking a cat to the vet


Stress-free is what every cat owner wishes when it comes to taking their feline friend to the vet. But not all cats play along. However, there are a few key things you can do to make the experience less stressful for you both, and more positive for your feline friend. 1. Regular preventative check-ups. A […]



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Osteoarthritis in pets: what you need to know


Osteoarthritis is commonly associated with elderly humans but it is also relatively common in pets, particularly as they age. It is a chronic, degenerative joint disease that makes movement difficult and painful. Though it is more common in cats and dogs aged 6 and upwards, younger animals can also be affected. Studies suggest that up […]



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Make your dog a no-fly zone!


Flies emerge in their droves the moment the weather warms. For us, they’re a nuisance around food and bins but for our pets, and especially dogs, they can lead to serious injury, infection and even death of tissue. Flies carry bacteria and are capable of causing not only damage to your pet’s body, but also […]



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5 things you should know about Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)


Feline Leukaemia Virus is highly contagious and easily spread, though cats who are infected may show no signs of the disease for months or even years. The disease slowly weakens the immune system, exposing the cat to other life-threatening ailments like kidney disease and cancer. Here are 5 important things you should know about Feline […]



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Keeping your dog safe in the water


Does your dog love to swim? Does he or she plunge into the pool at every opportunity? Some dogs, like Labradors, are genetically drawn to water whereas others are either afraid of it or find swimming very difficult, like Pugs and Corgis. Whether your dog swims in your pool at home or plunges into the […]



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Keeping cats cool


Keeping cats cool seems like a silly thing to do as most cat owners know how much cats love to laze in the sun. But the reality is that when temperatures soar, cats are at risk of heatstroke and should be protected where possible. Here are some steps you can take to keep your cats […]



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Heatstroke: how to protect your dog


Heatstroke (hyperthermia) occurs more easily than most dog owners realise and it can be deadly unless your dog receives immediate veterinary treatment. Unfortunately, the most common causes of heatstroke are related to owner neglect, usually unintentional so read on to find out how you can protect your dog and what to do if it happens. […]



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