Psittacine Beak and Feather disease is a highly contagious viral disease occurring in birds. Cockatoos, African Grey parrots, Senegal or Meyer Parrots, Ring Neck Parakeets, and Lovebirds are very susceptible. This disease rarely occurs in Macaws, but they can become more susceptible to it when the environmental contamination is high. Young Macaws contracting this virus will…Read more
About: Dr. Tessa Brouwer
Dr. Tessa Brouwer is veterinarian and owner of Family Vet Clinic Centurion and Hazeldean. Originally from The Netherlands, she has lived in South Africa for more than a decade. She studied a Master’s degree in Animal Sciences at Wageningen University in Holland and came here initially for half a year to conduct research for her thesis. She completed her Veterinary Science degree at Onderstepoort faculty of the University of Pretoria in 2014.
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A veterinary visit should be relaxing and not be scary for your pet. Anxiety can have negative effects on an already sick pet. Therefore, it is important to read the following steps to calm your anxious pet down. 1. Plan happy visits to our veterinary clinic. During this visit, your pet will get used to…Read more
Many dogs suffer from an itchy skin. This itchiness can be triggered by a variety of causes. It is very important to follow a stepwise approach to eliminate the possible causes of the itching. Determining the cause can be a time-consuming and complicated process, due to the fact that multiple factors can play a role. Treatment is often…Read more
Parrots on a diet of primarily sunflower seed or peanuts will frequently suffer from severe malnutrition. They often have a vitamin A, vitamin E and calcium deficiency and suffer from high cholesterol. Parrots on a seed diet often suffer from chronic sinusitis, feather plucking, fatty liver disease, obesity, fungal infections (Aspergillosis), poor feather and poor beak quality. Vitamin…Read more
Metabolic bone disease is a very common problem in reptiles, especially chameleons, bearded dragons, lizards and tortoises. The most common form of metabolic bone disease is nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism. This is caused when a reptile does not have enough calcium or vitamin D3 in the diet, does not receive enough exposure to ultraviolet (UVB) light…Read more
Chameleons are peculiar animals. They have large bulging eyes that can move independently, move slowly with a rocking locomotion and are known to change colour rapidly. They have a flat body which is leaf shaped to camouflage them in their environment. When walking along branches they sway from side to side to look like a…Read more
Canine Distemper Virus is a highly contagious virus, which is mainly transmitted between dogs via close contact. This virus is a Morbillivirus, closely related to the measles virus in humans. Various species of animals are susceptible to the virus, such as dogs, jackals, hyenas, ferrets, civets, genets, seals, dolphins, whales and even lions. The domestic…Read more
IBD is a disease that causes neurological signs in snakes belonging to the families Boidae (Boas) and Pythonidae (Pythons). The disease was first discovered in a Burmese python in America in the 1970’s, and is now occurring worldwide in captive populations. The causative agent of this disease is currently still unknown, but a retrovirus is suspected to be…Read more
Many pet owners are searching for more natural pet food choices. Everyone wants to feed their pet a wholesome and appealing diet. Feeding every day, the same pelleted food is often seen as boring for the pet. A popular trend is to feed raw, meat-based diets. It is important to carefully weigh the advantages and…Read more
Rabbits are unique pets and to keep them happy and healthy there are a few things you need to know. Rabbits have teeth that continue to grow for most of their lives, they digest their food using hindgut fermentation and they stress easily. Always make sure to lift and carry your rabbit correctly by supporting the hindlegs…Read more
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