If you are anything like us, you too will feel that your pet is one of the family and we know just how big that responsibility can be. Our goal is to share this responsibility and make it easier for you to give them the very best care, so that they may live long, healthy and happy lives. In this way we hope that the relationship between you and your pet can reach its full, fun and let’s face it, sometimes crazy potential. Continue reading
“Taking care of your dog’s teeth is as important as looking after your own. It is critical for your pet’s overall health to have proper dental care from a young age,” says Dr Stephen Smith, a veterinarian at TAH Kenridge.
“Without proper dental care, your dog can suffer from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and the tissue surrounding the teeth (periodontitis). It is extremely painful and can be associated with serious health issues, ranging from tooth root abscesses and tooth loss to bacterial infection of the heart, liver, and kidneys,” explains Dr Smith. Continue reading
The warmer weather currently being experienced in South Africa means the end of snakes’ period of hibernation, increasing the chances of encountering a snake on your daily walk or weekend hike – or even at home. Continue reading
Arctic breed dogs are bred to flourish in cold weather. These breeds are represented by Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, Chow Chows, Samoyeds, Pomeranians to name but a few. They have a thick double coat. The undercoat consists of short, tightly packed soft fur whilst the outer coat consist of long guard hair. This means that they have a lot of fur and shed a lot, which is an important thing to consider when choosing one of these breeds. Continue reading
Canine hepatitis (or CAV-1) is a very serious condition caused by a highly infectious virus that affects a dog’s liver. CAV-1 can develop extremely quickly in especially puppies. The virus is transmitted through the blood, nasal discharge, saliva, urine, or faeces of infected dogs and is highly contagious.
Cannabis is becoming more and more legal throughout the world, and this could have a severe impact on your beloved pet.
“Cannabis is very much in the vogue with regards to treating all sorts of ailments, from cancer to itchy skin. Not much of this is supported by actual science though,” says Dr Omar Mehtar of TAH Somerset West. Continue reading
Kennel cough is a highly contagious, infectious disease and upper respiratory infection affecting dogs. Most kennel cough cases are caused by viruses, although dogs are often secondarily infected with bacteria due to their immune systems being compromised.
During the past week Capetonians have taken all their jackets, scarves and gloves out to protect themselves against the assault of winter cold fronts. It is, however, not only people that need to be protected from the cold, but also their beloved pets: Continue reading
Are you planning travelling with your pet abroad? |
Whether travelling domestically or internationally, planning and preparing for your four-legged companion’s travel requirements is the best way of reducing any stress to yourself and your pet…
> Be sure to read the first half of this article:
Travelling with your furry companions – Part-1/
by Andrew Backstrom ~
Kara woke up crying and we could not figure out what was wrong. Then she freaked out when Logan touched her, and we realised she cannot see!
It really broke my heart, my little girl that goes running/riding with me, who lives for adventure, was suddenly not able to navigate the world she so loves to explore…
by Dr Fiona Holman & Dr Kevin Solberg ~
Ensure that you have provided adequate time to do so. The requirements depend on where you are planning to travel, but the best place to start this process is with a visit to your vet. The vet will do a clinical examination and assess your pet’s fitness for travel.