Welcome to TAH Animal Hospital

If you are anything like us, you too will feel that your pet is one of the family and wtah and vetshop logoe 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

The Golden Years: taking care of our elderly pets

Jack Russells. They just keep going, don’t they? My little old man is 14 years old now, but no one has informed him of that fact so he still bounces off the walls and has enthusiastic zoomie sessions on a daily basis. He looks so good and is so happy all the time, he must be fine, right?

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Rodenticides: A Threat For More Than Just Rodents

Most people have had the experience of hearing little footsteps on our roof or catching a tail at the flash of light in your garage. You might not necessarily be sure whether it is a mouse, a rat or something else, but all you know is that it does not belong in your house and needs to disappear.

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COVID-19: Wash your Hands & Protect your Face!

Hearing that the WHO (World Health Organization) has classified COVID-19 as a pandemic can be frightening and now that there are confirmed cases in South Africa, as well as the Western Cape, what once seemed like a distant threat seems to be creeping closer to home.

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The Pet Allergy Season Is Here

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

Fireworks: No Celebration for Pets

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

DENTAL CARE: More than a toothbrush and toothpaste

“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

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To shave or not to shave… dogs with a double coat

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

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