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Tick bite fever can be deadly: protect your pets


Tick bite fever is a relatively common illness in South Africa, particularly as the weather warms and ticks become more plentiful. Known by its Latin name, Ehrlichiosis, this infectious disease first gained attention as a significant disease when military dogs returning from Vietnam during the 1970’s were found to be infected. The disease seems to […]



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Can my dog live on a vegan diet?


Vegan diets are kinder to the environment and to farm animals, but is it healthy to restrict a dog exclusively to veganism? Before considering a vegan diet for your best friend, it is important to understand the potential benefits and drawbacks. Regardless of the diet you feed your dog, experts stress the importance of consulting […]



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Taking your dog on holiday? Here are 10 tips to make the journey easier


If you’re planning to take your dog along on your next holiday, there are some important preparations that need to be made before you leave home. Protect your dog against parasites. Your own garden may be parasite-free (or so you think) but if your holiday includes hiking, visiting nature reserves or walks in parks and […]



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How to care for a senior cat


Senior cats, like people, need more focussed healthcare and attention as they age. Most vets consider cats ‘senior’ from the age of 7 and will recommend six-monthly wellness checkups rather than the usual annual veterinary exam. This is because cats are very good at hiding illness and the signs and symptoms may be so subtle […]



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Kennel Cough: what dog owners should know


Kennel Cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Dogs commonly contract kennel cough where large numbers of dogs gather, like boarding kennels, daycare facilities, in parks and at dog shows. Kennel cough is spread through airborne droplets, direct contact (e.g., touching noses), or contaminated surfaces (including water/food bowls). It’s […]



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How to handle food guarding


Food guarding is the term given to the habit some pets have of being aggressive or defensive when eating their food, or chewing on a bone or a toy. This is also known as food aggression. While the exact cause of food guarding has not been determined, one theory suggests that puppies fed from a […]



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Canine distemper outbreak: what you need to know


Canine distemper virus infects dogs and other mammals, including ferrets, but does not infect cats. Dogs of all ages are susceptible if not previously immunised, although infection is most common in puppies less than 16 weeks of age. Vaccination is your dog’s best protection. There is currently no available medication that can destroy the virus that […]



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Mount Pleasant, Hermanus


What an absolute joy to be able to send 100 cats and dogs home from this mass outreach clinic, sterilised and vaccinated against rabies. In addition to their medical care, all animals were sent home with food parcels and some with blankets, leads and collars. Five veterinarians from EberVet Pet Clinic, EberVet Community Veterinary Care, […]



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Why pets need their teeth cleaned


Pets need their teeth cleaned just as humans do. Few pet owners diligently follow this practice and that’s why 85 percent of all pets have gum disease and infection by the time they are 3 years of age. Like humans, if teeth aren’t cleaned regularly periodontal disease (gum disease) occurs. It starts when bacteria combine […]



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Pet emergencies: when to take your pet to the vet


Emergencies are impossible to predict and sometimes difficult to read, especially when it comes to a pet. Most pet owners will wait several hours, or sometimes days, before taking a pet to the vet believing that whatever ails their dog or cat may resolve itself, or can be helped with a bit of TLC at […]



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