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
by Dr Michael Ferreira
January is already almost over, and many of us are wondering whether we will be able to keep to those New Year’s resolutions we made. Even if you don’t consciously make a list, I suspect most of us have probably subconsciously thought about things that we would like to do better or more of this year. But with this being a blog post on a Vet’s website, I am obviously not going to address YOUR New Year’s resolutions, but instead focus on what we can do to improve the lives of our pets in the year ahead.
Most humans aim to lose a bit of weight as a New Year’s resolution, but the many pets can also benefit from shedding a few kilos. We as pet owners struggle to be objective about our pets’ weight. In my experience, many pets we see for examinations are overweight or obese. Being overweight leads to increased strain on joints, organs and the cardiovascular system and can even exacerbate allergies. A recent study has found that overweight pets live on average 2 years less than dogs that are at their ideal weight. If you would like an honest opinion about your pet’s weight, please make a free Weight Clinic appointment with one of our amazing nurses, where you will receive a weight assessment and a safe personalised diet plan for your pet.
Secondly, I would advise resolving to bring your pets for regular check-ups on at least an annual basis. Often medical conditions such as itchy skin and ears, lumps and lameness get left for far too long before the vet sees them. We strongly recommend annual vaccination, which protects your pet against infectious diseases and includes a full medical examination to identify any underlying medical issues. You can also discuss any concerns you may have about your pet with one of our friendly vets and explore treatment options. Preventative care and early detection of medical conditions may save your pet a lot of suffering and you some money if managed early.
Thirdly, I would advise more playtime or doing fun or interesting things with your pet. A bored pet is often a naughty pet, causing havoc in your home. Taking your dog for a walk in a new area, getting your cat new toys, or just playing with your pets helps reduce the risk of boredom. Furthermore, the benefit of being outside or spending time with your beloved pets has been scientifically proven to improve your mood as well.
Come to think of it, I don’t think that this blog post is just about pets. If we end up having happier, healthier pets and create opportunities to spend quality time with them, it makes us happier, healthier human beings. Who doesn’t feel better when coming home after a long day of work and being greeted by a tail wag or purr? I know I do!
2018 is waning and the holiday season is fast approaching. It’s the time many of us get to drop our briefcases/laptops/backpacks and put up our feet and bask in the warmth of family, friends and loved ones. As is the tradition – we allow ourselves to overindulge in all the decadent holiday food we can muster up! Continue reading
Summer is here and a common issue that all caring pet owners should be aware of is heatstroke or heat stress. Unfortunately, many pet owners do not even realise that their cats and dogs can overheat when the weather is hot, and may only seek treatment at the eleventh hour. Continue reading
By Dr D. Brook /
Rabies is a fatal viral disease that can affected both man and animals. The World Health Organisation estimates that Rabies results in the deaths of as many as 50 000 people worldwide annually, with most of these fatalities in India.
However, Rabies also occurs throughout South Africa and is responsible for up to 30 human deaths a year in this country. Continue reading
Having worked as a nurse for several years, and most recently as assistant to Dr Jose, our veterinary dentist, I have seen some healthy mouths and some unfortunate animals with dreadful teeth. These animals are usually booked in to see us as their breath smells bad and they do not want to eat pellets any more. Continue reading
It was around 3 o’ clock the morning, 2nd Jan ‘18, when I woke up to the worst gagging sounds that I have ever heard. From that sound, I immediately knew that something was very wrong. I got out of bed to assist my 15-week-old Doberman puppy who was trying to throw up. Her tummy was as tight as a tennis ball. She was for some time, but nothing came out. She looked so terribly uncomfortable. Continue reading
Lucy Riley impressed us all when she waltzed into our rehab clinic the other day after we called to see how she’s doing. To our delight she is doing extremely well. She came wagging her tail, all smiles and very happily walking on all 4 legs. Lucy and her mom came twice a week for rehab, along with the support of Frankie, her brother.
A young kitty was brought into the Somerset West practice with a fracture on his leg assumed to be caused by an accident. Jess was helping Dr. Mia with the kitten when Dr. Mia dropped him in arms and told me I could take him home for the weekend, as he had no where to go.
Much like humans, when we are injured we go through a timely process of healing.
Animals too, need this kind of specialized attention after serious injury. Physical rehabilitation is something that can begin immediately post operatively. For patients suffering from a neurological condition, the first 6 weeks is crucial for performing physical rehab and exercises to aid a faster and better recovery.