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African Horse Sickness vaccination dates

15 Dec

It has come to our attention at WAHG that some clients are uncertain about the vaccination dates of their horses against African Horse Sickness. The Western Cape falls under the African Horse Sickness Surveillance and Protection areas. This means that horses in the Western Cape can only be vaccinated between the 1st of June and […]

The Tortoise story

19 Nov
Skilpad Stan

On the 1st of October 2015 a Samaritan arrived at our hospital in Wellington with a badly injured tortoise. On his way home, in the area of Stanford, the man saw a tortoise in the road and decided to stop. Tortoises are not the fastest of species and he wanted to help this one cross […]

Kennel Cough

12 Nov
Kennel cough

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious infectious disease of the respiratory tract in dogs. The disease is caused by two viruses and a bacterium that are spread via the air or direct contact with the nose and/or mouth of an affected dog.   What the disease does: A combination of Canine Parainfluenza virus, Canine Adenovirus-2 […]


12 Nov

Rabies is a fatal disease which is caused by a virus and can affect all mammals, including humans. The virus is spread via saliva and is transmitted by bite wounds.   What the virus does: After the virus has been transmitted by a bite wound, it replicates in the tissues around the bite wound and […]

Canine Distemper

12 Nov

Canine Distemper is a highly contagious disease which is caused by a virus. It spreads via the air from respiratory secretions or via direct contact with the urine, feaces or even skin of an infected dog. The virus can also be spread from a bitch to her unborn puppies via the placenta.  It affects mainly […]