From the get go, we take the plunge and purchase that adorable little kitten or puppy. From that point on, vet visits are important for the obvious reasons of parasite control both internal and external, vaccination program, advice on good balanced nutrition and most importantly – socialization. This visit is key, especially for first time pet owners. This helps in producing a happy, balanced, strong and healthy pet. So besides the obvious, subtle checks are also done, like listening to the heart for abnormalities such as murmurs. Some conditions if detected early, carry a more favorable outcome.
Why pet insurance?
Most of you know that when you get a new furry baby, they become part of your family immediately. You can give them as much love and attention as you possibly can – but when the unexpected strikes, love won’t pay the bills.
What would you do if you were suddenly faced with a vet bill of R5000 or R10000 today? What if your beloved pet needed surgery costing R30000?
Illness and accidents can happen at any time, and when they do you want to do everything you can to make things better. That’s why it’s so important to get pet insurance, to put your heart at ease when you need it most, knowing your fur kid (and your wallet) are covered.
On the 9th of June Tygerberg Animal Hospital went to visit Welgemoed Pre-Primary School, where Sr. Karen came to talk to the children about her job as a veterinary nurse and about what a Vet does. Sr, Karen had her own two greyhounds named William, male, and Jinjer, female, with her. William is a rescue greyhound that started off life in awful conditions and cruelty and now is the best ambassador for greyhounds. He loved all the attention from the children. Continue reading
As animal lovers, we all know that leaving your pet alone for the day is one of the hardest things to do. Hearing their grief-stricken purr or bark as you wave goodbye can easily bring a tear to your eye. But have you ever wondered what little Whiskers or Fluffy get up to while their parents are out?
We have a patient called Lola Norrish who came to the hospital in April 2014. She walked in with an acute onset of generalised muscle weakness and was degenerating fast.
Within weeks she started suffering from tetraplegia where all four limbs had no function and she was unable to even lift her head.
Working at TAH for the past few years I have seen distraught clients come in or phone desperately looking for their loved pet that has gone missing. I never truly understood their heart ache and pain until one of my beloved pets ran away from home. Continue reading
Does your pet spend most of its time out doors? If this is the case you will need to ensure your pet has a shelter that will keep them dry and warm. Ideally something like a kennel with one entrance that has been placed in an area you know does not get bombarded by winter winds and rain. Ensure your pet has a fresh bowel of water near by the shelter so that they don’t have too far to walk in the cold rain to quench their thirst. Continue reading
Fisantekraal Animal Welfare has been helping animals in and around the impoverished township of Fisantekraal, just outside Durbanville, for over a decade; 2016 sees them proudly celebrating their official ten-year anniversary. Since 2011, TAH has been firmly on board, assisting them in their fight to improve the lives of the animals which call the area home. As the organisation has grown, they’ve added the farms surrounding Durbanville, and the lower-income communities of Klipheuwel and Morning Star to their ‘portfolio’. Continue reading
Bringing home a new born baby is stressful for first time parents, but imagines the stress your unknowing cat must go through. Routines change, attention is fleeting and sleeps?? Who really gets to sleep their full 12 – 16 hours a day…. Continue reading
Have you recently added a feline friend to your family? Here are some guidelines to help you through the beginning stages as a new fur parent. Continue reading