What must I look out for when buying a puppy?

One of the saddest things in private practice is witnessing the joy and delight of a new puppy turn to sorrow when, a few days after its purchase; it succumbs to a horrible disease like parvo virus or distemper. What makes it especially sad is that these diseases are preventable with correct vaccination. A growing […]

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Skin diseases

A common complaint with pet pigs is of pruritis (itching) and dry, flaky skin. This combined with hair loss along the sides of the body is usually signs of sarcoptic mange (a skin disease caused by infection with the Sarcoptes scabiei mite) which is easily treated with Ivermectin. In the case of demodectic mange, crusts […]

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Owners of feather picking parrots should do the following at home

Owners of feather picking parrots should do the following at home: Increase humidity by allowing birds into the bathroom while showering, especially in the dry Highveld winters. Also mist spray daily with decalcified water (ensure the environment is warm). Misting just before leaving keeps the birds busy for the first half hour after the owner has left, and reduces […]

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Feeding a green Iguana

Feeding a Green Iguana There are a large number of foods that can be fed to an iguana. As with people, some foods are really healthy and good to eat as a staple food, some are good in smaller amounts, and others should only be eaten on occasion as a treat. When formulating a diet […]

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What are ‘Exotic Pets’?

What are ‘Exotic Pets’? Whilst “exotic” is technically an expression for a species of animal not indigenous to a particular country, the term “exotic pets” is often used to refer to unusual pets like iguanas, snakes, parrots and monkeys. When choosing an exotic pet, please keep in mind some important ethical considerations – there is […]

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Veterinary Aspects Of Pot-Bellied Pigs As Pets

Origins: Far East Kept as pets by Chinese Emperors   General: Lifespan: 12 – 18 years Colour: Generally Black, but now all shades from white, through silver and browns Adult weight: 50 – 75 kg Ears: Erect Type: Lard pig   Housing: Indoors – need to be housetrained, and can be destructive, causing much damage. […]

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