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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Sterilising

What is spaying and neutering of dogs and cats? It is the surgical removal of reproductive organs of dogs or cats. Why is it necessary? Every year thousands of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens are needlessly destroyed. The good news is that every pet owner can make a difference. By having your dog […]

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Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Hip and elbow dysplasia are developmental, multifactorial, genetically influenced conditions that are characterized by ill-fitting or loosely-fitting hip joints and the development of secondary degenerative joint disease (arthrosis). As hip and elbow dysplasia are developmental diseases, they usually only manifests radiologically after the age of about 6 months. There is no doubt about the fact that the […]

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Deworming

Worms (hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms) commonly infect dogs and cats and also pose a threat to humans. How do dogs and cats pick up worms? Worms or internal parasites can be picked up by: licking the ground or drinking contaminated water ingesting infected fleas which can transmit tapeworms through the placenta before birth from the […]

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