PET CARE INFO

Microchipping saves the day


Microchipping is a quick and easy, painless and relatively cheap procedure yet there are still pet owners who neglect to have it done, or are reluctant to do it. Here’s a story that should convince you of its benefits. Microchipping: how it saved this cat’s life Ten months ago, Alet Willers had her prized Maine […]



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Itchy ears and weepy eyes


Itchy ears are a common complaint in dogs. Certain breeds like Spaniels with their long ears and Labradors that like to swim, are more at risk. Itchy ears: symptoms to look out for • Repeated, vigorous scratching of the ear • Discharge • Bad smell from the ears Itchy ears: diagnosis and treatment It’s absolutely […]



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My pet has diarrhoea: what should I do?


My pet has diarrhoea. Should I see my vet? Vomiting and diarrhoea are common symptoms and are not diseases in themselves, but are symptoms of underlying disease. It is important to look at the pet and the other symptoms in order to make a diagnosis and choose the correct treatment. My pet has diarrhoea: what […]



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Pets in pain: what to look out for


Pets in pain are different to humans in pain. While we vocalise our pain, they go to the other extreme, hiding their pain to protect themselves from predators. However, rehabilitation and pain management specialist Dr Janice Huntingford says knowing what to look for can help you identify a pet in pain. Pets in pain: what […]



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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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Feeding bones to dogs is not a good idea


Feeding bones to dogs has been depicted as perfectly natural for as long as any of us can remember. Whether dogs are depicted in cartoons, children’s stories or nursery rhymes there is usually a bone in its mouth or at its side. However, what we’ve learned thanks to modern medical science is that feeding a […]



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Exercise is essential for pets


Exercise may seem like something pets do naturally but the truth is, like us, even dogs and cats can become inactive and lazy if not encouraged to get up and move. Coupled with high calorie snacking, this makes them susceptible to a range of series diseases like diabetes and joint ailments. About half of the pets […]



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Rabbits as pets: what you need to know


Rabbits as pets seem hugely appealing, especially at Easter when shops are inundated with fluffy bunny toys and pictures of cute baby rabbits. However, bunny ownership can be challenging as they have special needs to keep them healthy and happy. Because of this up to 90% of bunnies bought at Easter as pets end up […]



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Buying a puppy from a breeder


Buying a puppy from a breeder is no guarantee of long-term health. If you want a particular breed it is essential you follow this advice. Buying a puppy: the research It is always a good idea to research not just the breeder but also the breed of dog you’re after before committing to a new […]



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