Zoom vs the zoomies: Should pet owners expect their vets to rely on telemedicine during and post-Covid-19?
The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the world into unchartered waters. As humans and as veterinarians, we are trying to adapt to the ‘new abnormal’, which requires navigating between providing the best care to our animal patients and ensuring the safety of their humans – you –...View Article
My dog is tilting his head to the side, and seems to be off balance
Head tilt - Vestibular disease
The vestibular system The vestibular system is the body’s ‘balance messenger’ – giving mammals (including humans and pets) key sensory information that allows us to stay upright and properl...View Article
Is my dog ill?
Common signs of illness in dogs
Thanks to the nationwide lockdown, we’ll all be spending the next three weeks in the constant company of our furry friends. As the days go by, you may notice some behaviours or signs in your dog that you haven’t noticed before and may wonder if these are cause for concern. This articl...View Article
Is my cat ill?
Common signs of illness in cats
Thanks to the nationwide lockdown, we’ll all be spending the next three weeks in the constant company of our furry friends. As the days go by you may start noticing some behaviours or signs in your cat that you haven’t noticed before and may wonder if these are cause for concern. This...View Article
Coronavirus and your pets
Now that the coronavirus has hit South Africa's shores, and several people have been confirmed to have the disease, COVID-19, there are many pet owners who are concerned about how COVID-19 will affect them and their pets.
Now that the coronavirus has hit South Africa's shores, and several people have been confirmed to have the disease, COVID-19, there are many pet owners who are concerned about how COVID-19 will affect them and their pets. Background Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disea...View Article
What it is, the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments, and if it is preventable.
What is separation anxiety? Separation anxiety is a state of distress experienced by a dog or a cat (for our purposes) upon anticipation and/or the realisation of having been left behind by (separated from) the owner and/or other household members (including other pets). It is a behavio...View Article
Making 2020 the best year ever for your pet
10 New Year's Resolutions for your Pet
As we enter a new year and a new decade, many of us make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves. This a great time to reconsider one’s priorities and establish the foundation for better living habits. Why not do the same for our pets? 1. Make sure they are safe&...View Article
My little dog is coughing often and sometimes seems to struggle to breathe.
What is tracheal collapse? Tracheal collapse is a common cause of coughing and airway obstruction in dogs. The trachea, which is also known as the “windpipe”, provides the air supply from the outside to the lungs. The trachea can be thought of as resembling a vacuum cleaner ...View Article
How that cute puppy came to cost you R 150 000
The true cost of owning a pet
We are approaching that time of year when people are considering what to gift people for Christmas and as is often the case, a cute puppy or kitten comes to mind. Many people do the noble thing of going to a shelter or a we...View Article
My cat is eating like crazy and not picking up weight
Hyperthyroidism in cats
What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism is a condition that arises from an excessive production and secret...View Article