General Health

Taking care of an animal means more than just giving shelter and food. There are a lot of things you can do to ensure your animal stays healthy and happy. Here is a list of services we offer to assist in keeping your pet healthy:

  • Vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Ectoparasite control (Ticks and Fleas)
  • Anal gland expression
  • Nail clipping
  • General check-ups
  • Microchipping

Prevention is better than cure. It is essential that your puppy gets his/her first inoculations at the right time and intervals. Your pet is only immune after the third inoculation.

Dogs:

  1. 6 weeks of age (DHPPI) – 5 in one
  2. Booster one month later (DHPPI)
  3. 3 months of age they get their first Rabies vaccine (DHPPI+ Rabies)
  4. 6 months later, the Rabies booster (Rabies) plus DHPPI
  5. Annual vaccination (DHPPI + Rabies)
  6. Optional Kennel Cough vaccinations available (very important if your dog is going into kennels)

Cats:

  1. 8 weeks of age (1 HCP)
  2. Booster one month later (1HCP and Rabies)
  3. Optional BB Cat intranasal vaccinations are available if your cat is going to the kennels
  4. Optional Feline Leukemia virus (given at 9 weeks old with a booster vaccine 4 weeks later)

 

 

If this schedule has not been followed from 6 weeks, not to worry, we can start at any time. It’s better late than never.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often does my dog or cat need to be dewormed?

Once every 3 – 4 months if they are adults.  More regularly if they are puppies or kittens.

Why do I have to vaccinate?

Dogs: There are 2 very important diseases a dog can contract namely Distemper and Parvo (cat flu).  Both of these diseases can be fatal and can only be prevented by vaccination.  Parvovirus can stay in your environment  for six months to one year.  It can survive extreme heat, and even if you try to disinfect your yard, it would be impossible to get rid of all the viral particles.  Canine Distemper is a disease with a high mortality rate, and even if animals survive the disease, they can be left with debilitating consequences such as blindness, seizures or  muscle contractions (spasms)  of the head or limbs.  The other very dangerous disease is Canine Hepatitis which can cause a potentially fatal liver infection.  Rabies is a controlled disease in South Africa, and the world, and it is required of you to vaccinate your animal against this fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans.  Your pet will also require this vaccine to be legally transported around the country and to other countries.  Kennel Cough is a highly contagious but non fatal upper respiratory infection that can be transmitted by close contact.  It is advisable to vaccinate your dog against this if he goes to parks, kennels, grooming  parlours or training schools.

Cats: Respiratory infections (known as snuffles) are common in cats.  The vaccines will protect your cat against two of the most common respiratory viruses.  It also protects against a fatal disease called Feline Panleukopenia which is caused by a Feline Parvovirus which is a relative of canine Parvovirus.  The virus has a high mortality rate in young kittens, but even older cats can succumb to the disease.  It is recommended to vaccinate your cat against Bordetella which causes snuffles if your cat is going to be in close contact with other cats for example at grooming parlours or kennels.  The one disease that is causing growing concern and which is becoming more prevalent is Feline Leukemia.  This is a virus that can be transmitted from the mother to her kittens, or it can be contracted by sharing food bowls or sand boxes.  This is preventable by testing your kitten to see if it is negative for Feline Leukemia, and then vaccinating it at 9 weeks old and then a booster 4 weeks later.

What do the vaccines protect my pet against?

Dogs: Distemper Virus, Infectious Hepatitis (Canine Adenovirus type 1), Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza, Adenovirus type 2 and Rabies (Optional Bordetella)

Cats: Feline Leukemia, Rhinotracheitis , Calici, Panleukopenia and Rabies (Optional Bordetella)

Which vaccines are recommended when my pet goes to the kennels?

Dogs: Kennel Cough Vaccine
Cats: 1-HCP

Why does my dog scoot?

This can be caused by worm infestation or anal gland impaction.  Anal glands can be easily expressed and this is not an invasive procedure. Blocked anal glands can sometimes be associated with bad smelling breath.

Is it recommended to get pet medical aid?

Pet Medical Aid is becoming increasingly popular as cost of veterinary care is not something most people budget for.  Specialist operations such as spinal surgery, arthroscopy, and some orthopaedic surgeries can be very expensive and it is advisable to be prepared if disaster strikes.  There are various Pet Medical Aid schemes available for example Onepet, PetSure, MediPet and Rogz Pet Insurance.