Your pet's health

Rabbits get fat too: help yours to slim down


Rabbits, like dogs and cats, are prone to obesity. Rabbits that are obese are not able to function normally because of their large size and body fat percentage. Although certain breeds of rabbit, including the dwarf rabbit, are more at risk for obesity because of their shorter stature and inactivity, obesity occurs most often among […]



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If your pet’s behaving badly, he may be bored


Your pet’s behaving badly, tearing up the furniture or chewing your shoes. You don’t know why. He has food, shelter, a warm bed and plenty  of love. But how often do you play with your dog or cat? Are they simply ‘there’; part of the household that is fed and offered shelter but otherwise ignored. […]



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Why climbing high is essential for cats


Cats love climbing, but it isn’t all about fun. There are some important physical and psychological reasons behind why they do it. It’s also in their genes. Here are four reasons why cat owners need to ensure their cats have climbing space: Climbing keeps the peace. Cats living together use height to show their status in […]



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Fat cats are at high risk of serious health issues


Fat cats in Parliament may be at the top of the earnings pile but when it comes to our pets, cats that are fat are on a losing streak. Fat cats usually suffer adverse health effects: Lifespan is shorter Excess body fat places strain on the bones and joints, the digestiveorgans, and the organs responsible for breathing […]



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What you should know about overweight pets


Fact: half of South Africa’s pets are overweight or obese. Fact: 9 out of 10 pet owners believe their pets are a normal weight. October is Pet Obesity Month and because this is such a huge problem for South Africa’s pets, we’re highlighting ways you can help yours to slim down. Firstly, it’s important to […]



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Poisonous plants and your pets


By Dr Adri Rossouw They may be beautiful to look at and fill your garden with fragrance but there are many plants that are poisonous to pets. The flame lily, the perfumed Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Elephant Ear, syringa and cycads all pose significant dangers to dogs and cats. At our Country Animal Clinic we […]



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Seizures and epilepsy in pets


By Dr Ingrid de Wet Nothing can be more scary than seeing a beloved pet have a seizure. Seizures usually come out of the blue and one feels utterly helpless as the minutes tick by. Today, we’re going to discuss what causes seizures and what to do when your pet has one. What is a […]



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Rabies and your pets: what you need to know


Rabies is endemic in South Africa yet few pet owners appreciate the dangers to city and suburban pets. “We still tend to think of rabies as a disease found on farms, and that is spread by jackals and other wildlife,” says veterinarian Dr Hilldidge Beer. The reality though is that in South Africa 99% of […]



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Bird flu: is your parrot or budgie at risk?


The bird flu outbreak that has hit the Western Cape has been characterised as ‘severe’ by health authorities but infections so far are confined to chickens, domestic geese, ostriches and wild birds. As of September 7, 2017 no domestic pet birds were reported to have been stricken by the disease. No human infections have been reported […]



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When dogs’ baby teeth must be removed


You may have thought that it was only children that had ‘baby’ teeth but dogs have them too. And just like humans, some dogs don’t lose their baby teeth as they grow. This is a particular problem among certain breeds, in particular the toy breeds like Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers, Miniature Pinschers (Doberman) and Malteses but it […]



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