Archive | Family Pets

Blood parasites in cats

26 Sep

In the context of South African companion animal veterinary medicine, blood parasites are frequently seen in dogs. Most have at least heard about “Biliary” or “Tick-bite Fever” and, seasonally, it appears to reach epidemic proportions. But what about cats? Do they run a similar risk? Two diseases are of serious concern. Feline Infectious Anaemia: This […]

Biliary fever (Tick fever)

26 Sep
Babesia canis

Biliary Fever or Tick Fever (Babesiosis) Babesia canis (photo courtesy of ProProfs) Babesiosis (also called Biliary fever or Tick fever) is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in dogs. Due to the high number of ticks found in our area it is a disease that we diagnose very commonly. Biliary fever can be fatal […]

Flea-allergic dermatitis

26 Sep

The most common flea related problem we see in practice is skin allergies triggered by fleas on your pet. Some dogs are extremely sensitive to flea saliva, resulting in continuous pruritis (itching) following even a single fleabite, with resultant skin diseases. In our area the problem is exacerbated by atopic allergies and pruritis especially in […]

Sedatives for pets at home

26 Sep
sleeping dog

Reasons for the use of sedatives would include the following: Travelling and/or flying Bad weather e.g. thunder Guy Fawkes Parlour treatment Bringing difficult animals to the vet Moving house (especially for cats) It must be remembered that these drugs are sedatives and not anaesthetics. Their effects are thus limited. You cannot expect them to do […]

Motion sickness (car sickness) in pets

26 Sep
driving dog

The prevention of car sickness/motion sickness Pets regularly join their owners on holiday, but not all of them like the experience of riding in a car. Every animal reacts differently to the experience. Motion sickness is caused by a combination of confinement, motion and fear. Some animals vomit due to the nausea while others may […]

Ticks and fleas

29 Aug
ticks on dog

External parasites TICKS Ticks on family pets is a serious problem in the Western Cape. The life cycle of ticks usually follows the weather patterns i.e. increased tick infestations usually follow rainy weather. In the Highveld region it is therefore usually a problem associated with summer. In the Western Cape however, ticks occur throughout the […]

Surgical Care

20 Aug

The Wellington Animal Hospital Group provides a wide range of surgical procedures.     Our preventative surgery entails population and disease control through surgical sterilisation of all companion animals – ranging from cats and dogs to exotic pets such as rodents, primates and reptiles. Emergency obstetrics are also dealt with on a 24-hour basis. Other […]