Vaccination prevents a number of potentially fatal diseases. Puppies need a series of three vaccines given at 6, 10 and 12 weeks of age. The vaccination is repeated every year. The most important dog diseases that are prevented by vaccination are.: Distemper, Rabies, Parvo Virus, Hepatitis, Para-influenza, and Kennel Cough. Cats are no different and also need a series of vaccines when they are young, to be repeated annually. Cat viral diseases that can be prevented by vaccination are.: Herpes Virus, Calici Virus, Feline Panleucopaenia, Feline Leukaemia Virus, Chlamydia and Rabies.
Worms (intestinal parasites) occur the whole year round. Once off deworming may not be enough to prevent re-infestation. Worm eggs are small, they can be blown around, they occur on grass lawns and they hatch every 3 weeks, depending on the time of year and the type of worm. It is therefore advisable that puppies and kittens should be dewormed every month and adult pets should be dewormed 3-4 times a year.
Tick And Flea Control
Nobody likes the thought of creepy-crawlies in their home. All animals in the household (dogs and cats) should be treated regularly with a good quality product such as Bravecto, which kills ticks and fleas. Ticks are the transmitters of the potentially deadly Tick Bite Fever. Fleas are responsible for Flea Allergic Dermatitis and they can transmit worms.
Microchips allow your pet to be traced directly back to you should they go missing without them having to wear a collar which could fall off. All it takes is one simple injection under the skin and your pet is ‘chipped’ for life.
So what happens when your beloved friend does not want to walk anymore because he is too sore? Bone injuries, soft tissue injuries and arthritis could be the cause. Most are easily treatable and your pet will be up and running in no time.
“Man’s best friend.” The reason why dogs have been described like this over centuries is because of their unwavering loyalty and their good nature towards humans. However now and again, behavioural problems crop up in pet dogs which.
Eye And Ear Disorders
Eye and ear infections are common in dogs and cats. The anatomy of the animal’s face and ears predisposes them to these conditions. The ear canal of the dog and cat follows the shape of an “L”, going first downwards and then horizontal.
Itching and scratching is a common complaint with dogs where the nightly thump, thump, thump of a hind leg hitting the floor keeps the owner and the dog awake for hours. If it is irritating and hard wearing on the owner, then equally so, for the affected pet. Skin problems in dogs and cats make up by far the biggest number of cases seen by vets. This is understandable given the fact that the skin is the biggest organ in the body. Ectoparasites (ticks, lice, mites), allergic dermatitis (contact allergy, food allergy, flea allergy) and certain mineral deficiencies all cause itching in dogs and cats.
Vomiting and diarrhoea is only a symptom of a disease. There are many causes of diarrhoeas: viruses, bacteria, protozoa, worms, inflammatory conditions and food intolerance, to mention a few. Pets especially the young dehydrate very quickly and therefore it can be life-threatening. Any gastrointestinal upsets lasting more than 24 hours need to be seen to by a vet immediately.
Every year thousands of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens are needlessly euthanased. The good news is that every pet owner can make a difference. By having your dog or cat surgically sterilised, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens and you will enhance your pet’s health and quality of life.
To euthanasias, a pet is often a very difficult decision and should be discussed with the veterinarian and family members. Having the procedure done in the comfort of your own home will definitely be less traumatic on the pet as well as the family members.
Many medical conditions can be diagnosed with a simple laboratory test. The sample eg blood can be taken from the animal at home and then sent to the lab should further tests be required. This alleviates a lot of stress for any animal.
Dental Examinations And Treatment
“My dog/cat has bad breath!” This is probably one of the most common complaints vets hear from pet owners. Halitosis (bad breath) can be caused by many things but is most often related to dental disease. A procedure is known as a dental scale and polish can be done as a prevention as well as a treatment for any tooth related problems.
Import And Export Of Pets
Emigrating and can’t bear to leave your furry friends behind? We comply with all regulations required by any country in the world should you sadly be leaving us.
Some studies show that more than 50 % of pets are overweight. This alarming figure effectively means we are “killing out pets with kindness.” Undernutrition is a less common problem but does occur. Scientifically formulated diets can aid in many nutrition-related disorders.