Category Archives: From the Vet’s Desk

A guide to caring for Bearded Dragons

Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps) originate from the arid, rocky semi-desert regions of Australia. Their name originates from the defensive practice of extending the flap of skin under its jaw to look like a beard when it feels threatened. In captivity, Bearded Dragons typically have a lifespan of 7 to 12 years and reach sexual maturity…
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Psittacine Beak And Feather Disease

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…
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Itching dogs

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…
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What is the Parvo Virus? (Katgriep)

Parvo virus infection, commonly called “katgriep,” is a disease of dogs. This virus affects the intestinal tract and causes vomiting, diarrhoea, and decreased ability to fight infection. Puppies are especially susceptible to contract the Parvo virus. Although, this dreadful disease can still occur in dogs of any age, depending on their vaccination history. Oral intake of virus-infected…
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The Critical Role of Vaccinations

Vaccinations are of critical importance in your pet’s lifetime, through providing protection against highly contagious diseases, often fatal diseases. This article discusses why you should immunise your pet.   1 Puppies and kittens receive immunity from their mother. This protection is slowly lost between 4 to 12 weeks of age. His own defences are gradually…
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