Is your pet suffering with otitis externa, which is inflammation of the ear canal. There are several possible causes including bacteria, yeast, ear mites, allergies, foreign objects, trauma or tumours. The hair within as well as the conformation of your pets ear may also play a role in your pet developing outer ear diseases. Continue reading
This is a skin disease that is caused by a mite, Demodex canis. This mite is found on all dog’s skin, but may overgrow in puppies. Demodectic mange in older dogs often signals an underlying immunosuppressive condition.
The disease causes the hair to fall out in patches. Sometimes, secondary infections occur, leading to pimples and itching. The vet will have diagnosed the condition by looking at a skin scrape, or in some cases of deep infection, a skin biopsy. Continue reading
The holidays are a festive time for us and our pets. However, due to ongoing activities and constant distractions, we can easily overlook potential dangers to our four-legged family members. Her are a few things to keep in mind; Continue reading
Flea droppings (dark specks) in the fur, Flea eggs (white specks) in the fur, Excessive licking or scratching, Scabs or hot spots on the skin are warning signs that your pet has some unwelcome visitors. Continue reading
Recently we had the pleasure of reuniting a cat and its owner after four months of being apart. It was all thanks to the cat being micro chipped and caring people bringing the lost cat in to be scanned. With one or two scrapes the kitty was in good health and happy to be home.
Micro chipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they are lost or stolen. A tiny microchip as big as a grain of rice, is inserted under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades and doesn’t cause any lasting pain. This gives your pet their own unique identity code. Continue reading
This is a condition where the thyroid gland is producing too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormone affects the metabolism of the body and when in excess will increase the rate of metabolism. This may be seen as your pet losing weight despite a good appetite. Continue reading
These are symptoms that can be caused by a wide variety of diseases. There are different tests and treatments available for your pet to combat these symptoms. The tests and treatments recommended by your veterinarian will depend on your pet’s age, sex, breed, medical history, clinical signs, duration of illness and your accurate account of your pet’s behaviour and recent exposures. Continue reading
Getting a puppy or kitten brings so much joy into our lives, their quirky little personalities and adventurous sides bring us lots of laughter. But before making the leap into furry parent hood, have a look at the responsibilities below that should be met in order for your fur baby to have the best start in life. Continue reading
I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and praise to you and especially to Dr Jurgie Van Zyl for the proactive and excellent care our Chihuahua puppy Sammy received when he was admitted on Friday evening 13 November and was quickly diagnosed with the dreaded Parvo Virus. In other words, a sure death sentence. Continue reading