November 19, 2018

How to keep pets cool in summer

With temperatures reaching the high 30s during summer, it’s really important to know how to keep pets cool. Failing to do so could lead to seizures, a coma and even death — dogs overheat quite easily, so reading these tips on how to keep pets cool in summer could be lifesaving!  1. Take them to the parlour Getting your dog shaved for the summer is breed dependant. Shaving long-haired breeds will help to keep them cool, but leave at least a 3cm layer of fur. This will protect your dog from sunburn. Double coated breeds, like Labradors, German Shepherds, Huskies and Pomeranians, […]
November 19, 2018

Hot Weather Safety Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts: Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep […]
October 22, 2018


One of the saddest things in private practice is witnessing the joy and delight of a new puppy turn to sorrow when, a few days after its purchase; it succumbs to a horrible disease like parvo virus or distemper. What makes it especially sad is that these diseases are preventable with correct vaccination. A growing trend appears to be for breeders to vaccinate their puppies before selling them – presumably to save on veterinary fees. This “saving” may be very short-sighted. Breeders are not adequately trained in the proper handling and administration of vaccines, nor are they trained to diagnose disease in […]
October 22, 2018


What you should know about vaccination Vaccinations protect your pet from several highly contagious diseases such as canine distemper, parvovirus infection and respiratory tract infections. It also protects against transmissible diseases such as rabies that also pose a risk to humans. Vaccination will not cure a pet that is already sick. Only healthy pets should be vaccinated. A veterinarian or a veterinary nurse administers vaccines.   Are there any risks? The majority of pets experience no adverse effects following vaccination. A small number of animals may become feverish and have a reduced appetite. These reactions are mild and of short […]
October 22, 2018


What is spaying and neutering of dogs and cats? It is the surgical removal of reproductive organs of dogs or cats.   Why is it necessary? Every year thousands of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens are needlessly destroyed. 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.   What are the benefits of spaying and neutering? Both operations lead to the improved […]
October 22, 2018


Worms (hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms) commonly infect dogs and cats and also pose a threat to humans.   How do dogs and cats pick up worms? Worms or internal parasites can be picked up by: licking the ground or drinking contaminated water ingesting infected fleas which can transmit tapeworms through the placenta before birth from the mother to the puppies through the milk of the mother to the unweaned kittens and puppies from  scavenging or hunting eating raw offal, which could be infected with tapeworm cysts.   How do I know that my pet has worms? Pets rarely pass worms, […]
September 17, 2018

Why Would a Mother Dog Reject a Newborn Puppy?

When a mother dog rejects one or more of her pups, it usually means something is wrong with either her health or the health of the little guys. Without mom’s care, a rejected baby pooch needs immediate supportive care from you and veterinary treatment as soon as possible.   Puppy Illness A mother will reject a puppy if he is ill, whether due to a bacterial or viral infection, a congenital birth defect or another type of disease like anemia. When a puppy fails to thrive — a condition known as fading puppy syndrome — mom will stop feeding him […]
September 17, 2018

Taking Care of a Puppy Without Its Mother

The care involved in hand-raising a puppy varies depending on the young dog’s age. The first two months of life are spent by his mother’s side, so a puppy yet to wean is going to require some amount of tender loving care from you.   Warmth Keeping a puppy warm is a priority. Puppies swaddle each other and are warmed by their mom’s body heat. Without her and the litter, your little one needs a heat source to help maintain a healthy body temperature. A hot water bottle or heating pad tucked safely under a blanket or towel should do […]

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