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Troeteldier Raad

  • Maak altyd seker dat jou nuwe klein hondjie of katjie die gepaste inentings gekry het vir die relevante siektes van die omgewing.
  • Net omdat jou troeteldier vir jou soos 'n kind is, maak dit hom/haar nie 'n mens nie. Hulle fisiologie verskil en daarom het hulle die beste, gebalanseerde troeteldier voeding nodig vir 'n lang gesonde lewe.
  • Menslike pyn pille is skadelik vir diere. Disprin brand maagsere en Panado's veroorsaak lewerskade. Moenie dit vir jou diere gee nie.
  • Vra altyd die geleerdes. Moet nie kwakke raad vra oor jou diere se gesondheid nie. Vra jou veearts. Net omdat iemand 20 jaar getroud is, beteken dit nie hulle is 'n ginekoloog nie. Net so is iemand wat al lank diere teel nie 'n veearts of kenner van diergesondheid nie.

 

FAQ'S

Kan Dokter my hond se stert vir my afsit?

A: Stertjies afsit (kaudektomie) is sedert 1 Julie 2008 'n onetiese prosedure vir veeartse verklaar. Enige iemand anders dan 'n veearts wat 'n chirugiese prosedure op 'n dier uitvoer, kan van diere mishandeling aangekla word.

 

Hoeveel keer per dag moet my troeteldier kos kry?

A: As dit moontlik is, gee hulle 3 keer per dag kos. Anders 'n minimum van 2 etes. Dit hou hulle energie vlakke stabiel en keer dat hulle nie alles verorber wat hulle in die hande kry.

 

 

Pet advice

 

  • Always make sure that your pet is immunised against the prevailing diseases of the area.
  • Just because you love your pet like a child, you cannot feed and treat him/her as a human. Their physiology differs and they need the best perfectly balanced pet nutrition for a long healthy life.
  • Human painkillers are harmful for pets. Disprins cause gastric ulsers and Panado's cause liver failure. Don't give it to your pets.
  • Always ask the expert. Do not ask quacks about your pets health. Ask your veterinarian. Being married for 20 years does not make someone a gynaecologist. Just as breeding animals does not make you an expert on animal health.

 

 

FAQ'S

Will the veterinarian dock my puppy's tail?

A: Tail docking (caudectomy) is declared an unethical procedure since 1 July 2008. Any person that is not a veterinarian and does a surgical procedure on any animal can be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

 

How often should I feed my pet?

A: If possible 3 times a day. If this is not possible a minimum of 2 meals a day should be given. This keeps your pets energy levels stable and they wont gulp down everything they see.

 

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Is my dog ill?

Common signs of illness in dogs

Thanks to the nationwide lockdown, we’ll all be spending the next three weeks in the constant company of our furry friends. As the days go by, you may notice some behaviours or signs in your dog that you haven’t noticed before and may wonder if these are cause for concern. This article will outline the most common signs of illness that you may notice in your dog.



Is my cat ill?

Common signs of illness in cats

Thanks to the nationwide lockdown, we’ll all be spending the next three weeks in the constant company of our furry friends. As the days go by you may start noticing some behaviours or signs in your cat that you haven’t noticed before and may wonder if these are cause for concern. This article will outline the most common signs of illness that you may notice in your cat.



Coronavirus and your pets

Now that the coronavirus has hit South Africa's shores, and several people have been confirmed to have the disease, COVID-19, there are many pet owners who are concerned about how COVID-19 will affect them and their pets.

Now that the coronavirus has hit South Africa's shores, and several people have been confirmed to have the disease, COVID-19, there are many pet owners who are concerned about how COVID-19 will affect them and their pets.

Background

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The source of the coronavirus is believed to be a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, China, which sold both dead and live animals including fish and birds. Currently, there is no evidence suggesting a specific animal host as a virus reservoir, and further investigations are ongoing.



SEPARATION ANXIETY

What it is, the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments, and if it is preventable.

What is separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety is a state of distress experienced by a dog or a cat (for our purposes) upon anticipation and/or the realisation of having been left behind by (separated from) the owner and/or other household members (including other pets). It is a behavioural or physical response exhibited by the affected animal and also has a biochemical component at play. It is not uncommon to find pets suffering from separation anxiety who also experience other anxiety-related conditions such as phobias of thunderstorms, loud noises and fireworks.



Making 2020 the best year ever for your pet

10 New Year's Resolutions for your Pet

As we enter a new year and a new decade, many of us make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves. This a great time to reconsider one’s priorities and establish the foundation for better living habits. Why not do the same for our pets?

1. Make sure they are safe 

Depending on which part of the country you live, your surroundings may differ. These days in the big cities, most of us have high walls or fences around our properties. This is usually a great way of keeping unwanted intruders from coming into our personal spaces, but how does it affect our pets? Growing up behind large walls and being confined for most of their lives means that our pets are probably not street smart, at least not to the level of a few decades ago where most properties had no walls or fences around them. Many people these days have electronic gates controlled with remotes which allows one not to have to get out your car to physically open the gate when arriving home. Dogs are social creatures by nature and are also curious, which mean every time the gate opens, they are likely to be tempted to explore the outside and go and “take a sniff” on the pavement. If your dogs have been properly trained, they will likely respond to your calling them back into the property if they do run out. However, if they have not been properly trained, the likelihood of them running into the street and being hit by a car becomes a much bigger risk. Training can be high on your list of New Year’s resolutions for your dog, if you have not done so yet. If your dog is not properly trained yet, you will have to ensure there are means inside the property to prevent him or her from getting out the gate. This may take the form of physical barriers like a fence or alternatively may take the form of a correctional collar which the dog wears which emits a tiny electrical current any time the dog comes close to the motor gate, making them associate the vicinity of a motor gate with an unpleasant experience. This will prevent them from running out the gate.  



My little dog is coughing often and sometimes seems to struggle to breathe.

Tracheal collapse

What is tracheal collapse?

Tracheal collapse is a common cause of coughing and airway obstruction in dogs. The trachea, which is also known as the “windpipe”, provides the air supply from the outside to the lungs. The trachea can be thought of as resembling a vacuum cleaner pipe. It is a flexible but firm tube that is reinforced by strong cartilage rings. These rings are not complete but rather “c-shaped”, with the open end of the “c” facing to the inside of the neck with a ligament attaching from the one end of the C to the other. Sometimes these cartilage rings weaken and cannot hold their shape causing the trachea to narrow or even close, making it more difficult for air to pass through.



How that cute puppy came to cost you R 150 000

The true cost of owning a pet

We are approaching that time of year when people are considering what to gift people for Christmas and as is often the case, a cute puppy or kitten comes to mind. Many people do the noble thing of going to a shelter or a welfare organisation to adopt a puppy or kitten for a mere R 650. What they fail to realise is that that cute puppy or kitten is not just a R 650 worth purchase but more likely a R 65 000.00 one, or in some cases up to a R 150 000. How is that possible or what do you mean, you might ask?



My cat is eating like crazy and not picking up weight

Hyperthyroidism in cats

What is hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that arises from an excessive production and secretion of active thyroid hormones by an abnormally functioning thyroid gland. First recognised in the late 1970’s, the frequency of diagnosis has escalated dramatically - currently it is the most common endocrine (hormone system) disease in cats and also one of the more frequently diagnosed disorders in the veterinary field. The condition is estimated to affect 1 in 300 cats.



My Dog is Pregnant

Midwifery 101 - What to expect when your dog is expecting

Is my dog pregnant?

In the days before high walls and fences in South Africa, it was quite common for dogs to roam around freely in cities and towns; and it was not uncommon to discover out of the blue, that your female dog at home may be pregnant without you knowing how she fell pregnant.

Having said that, in those days most people who had an un-spayed (unsterilized) bitch at home, would have known very well that she was “in season” or “on heat”, which is the time the female dog is ready to ovulate and mate, because the whole neighbourhoods’ male dogs would have been howling at the door for “a piece of the action”.



My Collie is bumping into things and seems to have difficulty with its eye sight

Collie Eye Anomaly

What is Collie eye anomaly?

Collie Eye Anomaly is an inherited condition affecting both eyes of many different Collie type breeds of dogs. Interesting to note, that not only Collie breeds are affected but also some other breeds. Affected breeds include Rough and Smooth Collies, the Shetland Sheepdog, the Australian Shepherd, the Border Collie, the Lancashire Heeler, and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. 



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