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
“There is a common thought (or maybe hope!) amongst many of us that pets (and kids) will only get sick during weekends, after hours and holidays. But as we know, this does not always bode true, as emergencies happen when you least expect it, says Dr Omar Mehtar of TAH Somerset West. Continue reading
Spring is the season for new beginnings, warmer weather and flowers in abundance. Unfortunately, it also means the beginning of the peak allergy season for people and pets.
“These allergies occur mostly during the change of season (mostly spring and summer), but the occurrence depends on what allergen your pet is sensitive to. This can include anything, from pollen, mould spores, agricultural chemicals to detergents, fleas, food and grass,” says Dr Lizahn von Zeuner of TAH Somerset West. Continue reading
“Your pet depends on you, as owner to keep him or her healthy and vaccinations are one of the most important preventative measures you can take to protect your pet from viral and bacterial diseases, which could be fatal,” says Dr Kevin Solberg of TAH (Durbanville). Continue reading
The end of the year is usually packed with festivities and parties – from Diwali to Halloween, Guy Fawkes and New Year – and that usually goes hand-in-hand with fireworks. Although fireworks have recently been banned by the City of Cape Town, people might still take chances and set off a flare or two in a neighbourhood, terrifying pets in the process. 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.