1. What Vaccinations does my pet need?
Puppies and kittens normally need a series or course of vaccines when they are young to help build up their immunities. They normally need three sets of shots given over a three month period. After that they need immunizations a yearly (depending on the duration of the particular vaccine). Ask us about recommendations for your specific pet. NOTE: Did you know that you puppy should get its first vaccination with 6weeks of age?
So what happens when your dog suddenly does not want to go for his walk anymore, refuses to walk up stairs and has difficulty in getting up?
Signs and Diagnosis:
Unfortunately older pets, and these days even puppies, get afflicted by a condition commonly known as joint disease. This is the same problem we as humans suffer from as well, better known as arthritis. In dogs and cats and more commonly in larger breed dogs, it is concentrated in the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow joints.
Treatment and prevention:
With the advancement of technology and medicine, arthritis is no longer a death sentence. Our beloved pets can benefit from a range of surgical and medical treatment. As mentioned above, it can never be stopped or cured but arthritis can definitely be managed and symptoms relieved to give your pet a pain free life.
3. Do Periodontal disease occur in dogs and cats?
“My dog/cat has bad breath!” This is probably one of the most common complaints vets hear from pet owners. Halitosis (bad breath) can be caused by many things, but is most often related to dental disease.
4. Is Spaying / Neutering my pet a quick operation?
Clients will often refer to sterilising an animal or alternatively called spaying or neutering of a pet as a “snip-snip”. This makes it sound like it is a quick, outpatient procedure, which only takes a few minutes and only cost a few rand. Nothing could be further away from the truth. Spaying or neutering pets is a full blown surgical operation which requires a general anaesthetic.
5. When are stitches supposed to be removed after my pet has had an operation?
Please bring your pet to have stitches removed 10 to 14 days after the procedure. Should your pet start removing the stitches by itself, in the interim, contact us to fit a collar or medicate your pet.
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