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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

YES, you need to have your pet vaccinated. The vaccination will provide protection to your against the various diseases used in the vaccine. This protection making process takes about 2-3 weeks to be effective and your pet must be healthly at the time of vaccination (That is why a vet will perform a clinical exam on your pet during the consultation). A sick pet (for whatever reason) cannot respond to the vaccine particles as it s hould and the protection…

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Noise Phobia

Noise Phobia

Noise Phobia is a term used to describe your dog’s greatly exaggerated fear response to loud noises. This stress reaction is far out of proportion to the stimulus. Noise-related phobias are common in dogs, and may be trigged by fireworks, thunderstorms, gunshots, sirens and even bird noises. Things associated with the noise (stimuli) may also come to trigger the symptoms of the phobia or anxiety, such as a change in barometric pressure, an overcast sky or rain being associated with…

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Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough

The Kennel Cough Syndrome is a highly contagious illness of dogs, characterised by a dry, hacking cough. The invading germs cause inflammation/irritation of the upper respiratory tract, by invading the cells that line the throat & trachea. Kennel Cough (KC) can be caused by viral infections such as Canine Distemper Virus; Canine Adenovirus; Canine Para-influenza Virus or Canine Respiratory Coronvirus or Bacterial infections such as Bordatella bronchiseptica. The syndrome is so named because, the infection can spread quickly among dogs…

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Fleas

Fleas

What is small, brown, has six legs, is one of the world’s best jumpers and causes your pets a great deal of distress? …….. Yes – the common Flea! The flea has four stages in its life cycle – egg, larva, pupa (most resistant stage of the cycle) and adult flea. This cycle can take anything from 2 weeks to 8 months to complete – depending on temperature, humidity, space and host/food availability. The flea can live for up to…

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Canine Parvo Virus

Canine Parvo Virus

Also known as “CATFLU in Dogs”, “KATGRIP” or “PARVO”, it brings dread to any young puppy owner. This article has been written to shed some light on the disease and try and dispel some of the myths and old wives’ tales. The Canine Parvo Virus, that causes this disease, started out in the cat and mutated and transferred to the dog. That is why this disease is often called “Catflu” or “KatGrip” even though it has nothing to do with…

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