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Fear Free Veterinary Visit

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…
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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. The determination of the cause is a time-consuming process and sometimes the cause can never be found because multiple factors cause…
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Canine Distemper Virus

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…
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Raw food, consider the risks

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…
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Toxic plants that can poison your dog or cat

Many household and garden plants can result in life threatening situations if your pet consumes them. In this article the most common South African plants are discussed. 1. Cycads are commonly found in the SA gardens. All parts of the plant are potentially poisonous, however, the highest amount of toxin is found in the seeds.…
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What is the Parvo Virus? (Katgriep)

Parvo Virus infection, commonly called “katgriep,” is a disease that affects dogs. This virus affects the intestinal tract and causes vomiting, diarrhoea, and decreases the ability to fight infection. Puppies are especially susceptible, dogs older than three years are less susceptible. However, this dreadful disease can still occur in older dogs. How is it transmitted?…
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Everyday foods that can poison your pets

Did you know that there is a number of everyday human foods that can result in life-threatening situations if your pet consumes them? We have compiled a list for you to be aware of what to keep away from your furry friend and who knows, you might just save their life. 1. Bakers chocolate, dark…
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The Critical Role of Vaccinations

Vaccinations are of critical importance in your pet’s lifetime, by providing protection against highly contagious diseases, sometimes even fatal. This article explains 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. Their own defences are gradually building…
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