One of the most dangerous infectious diseases dogs are exposed to is the Parvo virus, more commonly known as “katgriep” or “cat flu”.
The symptoms include :
* severe vomiting
* lack of appetite
can eventually result in death.
Although the majority of pet owners are aware of this virus and fears it, the number of dogs and puppies in our area that succumb to this disease is shockingly high.
There is a significant increase in Parvo cases with the changing of seasons and the start of the rainy season. According to our practice statistics 27 Parvo snap tests were already performed in the past month. Unfortunately almost 90% of those tests were positive.
There are a variety of risk factors that can increase a dog’s susceptibility to the disease, but mainly, the virus is transmitted either by direct contact with an infected dog, or indirectly, by the faecal-oral route. Heavy concentrations of the virus are found in an infected dog’s stool, so when a healthy dog sniffs an infected dog’s stool, it will contract the disease. The virus can also be brought into a dog’s environment by way of shoes that have come into contact with infected faeces. There is evidence that the virus can live in ground soil for up to a year. It is resistant to most cleaning products, or even to weather changes.
The number of Parvo patients is increasing at an alarming rate every day. This devastating and sometimes fatal disease mostly affects puppies but can also affect adult dogs. The parvo virus will keep spreading because of the number of dogs missing their full vaccination schedule. When buying a new puppy, some owners assume that the puppy is fully vaccinated which is impossible if the puppy is only a few weeks old.
This is the vaccination schedule that we recommend for dogs:
1st vaccination: 6 weeks @ R400
2nd vaccination: 9 weeks @ R400
3rd vaccination including Rabies: 12 weeks R440
4th vaccination including Rabies booster: 16 weeks @ R440
We recommend an annual booster @ R440 to keep your dog’s vaccination status up to date
If you just bought a puppy, it will still need vaccination boosters every 3-4 weeks. When you strictly keep to the vaccination schedule, your puppy will only be fully protected after the completion of the boosters at the age of 4-5 months. Please keep this in mind.
We call on all pet owners to check their pets’ vaccination cards and bring them to be vaccinated if they are not up to date. Yes, your puppy’s vaccinations will cost you R1680 over 4 months, but the cost of intensive parvo virus treatment can go up to R15000 or more depending on the dog’s size and amount of days spent in hospital. We want to warn all owners that this disease is spreading and it is spreading really FAST!
If you are unsure whether your pet need another booster, feel free to phone us.
Please help us by spreading the word so we can protect our pets.
• Since 2013 Hill’s has had more than 21 000 pets sign up to the Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme.
• The most overweight dog breeds on the programme have been – Labrador / Retriever; Dachshund; Jack Russell; Pug and Miniature Pinscher.
• Gauteng has the highest number of overweight pets, followed by the Western Cape; KwaZulu-Natal; the Eastern Cape and the Free State.
• Less than 15% of pets enrolled on the programme are cats – though the largest cat ever to be signed up to the programme weighed 15kg!
• Some of the crazy treats that Hill’s has discovered that pet parents are giving to their pets include tea and rusks; marshmallows; honey on toast; viennas; dry wors, biltong & boerewors; ice cream, yoghurt and cheese. Some pets are also guilty of stealing treats – tales of pets stealing avocados from trees and dogs learning to open fridges and freezers to gain access to snacks have been heard.
• More than 50 pets had more than 30kgs to lose – that’s an 9 year old human!
• The most weight lost by a single pet slimmer is 26.7kg.
• There were some pets that signed up at 3 times their ideal body weight.
• One person brought her dog in for 59 weigh-ins – despite her utter dedication, her beagle never made it to its’ target weight.
For more information on the Hill’s Pet Slimmer Clinic please feel free to visit the website www.petslimmer.co.za
Does your dog qualify?
• Dog must be between 1-6 years old
• Good temperament, not aggressive and calm
• Large breed dog over 25kg
• Vaccinations up to date
• Must use tick and flea treatments monthly
• If they have ever received a blood transfusion themselves, they can’t become a blood donor
What are their different blood groups?
Canine blood types are denoted by “DEA,” or Dog Erythrocyte Antigen, and are broken down into eight categories:
Here is how it works!
Blood is collected once every 3-4 months.
We will make an appointment with you 1-2 days prior to the day of collection. Your doggy can be dropped off the morning and fetched when we are done or when you come back from work. We can also arrange to fetch animals if someone will be home and it is not too far from the Clinic.
The Collection process:
The collection area on the neck is shaved and surgically prepared to avoid contamination or infection.
Blood is collected using a collection bag and needle similar to those used in humans.
In some cases a light sedation may be needed to calm nervous donors.
One bag of 500ml is collected per donor.
What happens to the blood after collection?
We use these products in our hospital for critically ill patients suffering from diseases e.g. Babesia, Parvo, rat poison cases or trauma cases such as bite wounds.
As a token of our appreciation, after every donation you will have a choice of:
• an annual vaccination and deworming
• or a 8kg bag of Vets Choice of your choice
• or R300 credit on your account
If you would like to enroll your pet on this program, feel free to contact Sr Cindy at 012 653 4474 / email@example.com
Pet obesity is becoming a more common problem seen in general practice. Many pet owners mistakenly think that their pet’s size is normal, even when they are overweight. I would say that about 60% of the patients that we see weigh more than their ideal weight.
When a pet is overweight we strongly advise pet owners to enroll them into a weight-loss program.
For a successful weight-loss program, you need some motivation and perseverance. With our program at Bakenkop Animal Clinic we are able to help pet owners choose the perfect diet for their pets, help with feeding guidelines, give them advice on how to incorporate this diet into their lifestyle and schedule regular weigh-ins to monitor their pet’s progress.
When a pet is enrolled into a program, it keeps the owners motivated and goal focused.
Our Clinic also offers hydrotherapy exercise sessions to speed up weight loss.
For appointments please phone us on 012 653 4474 or email Cindy@bakenkop-vet.co.za
Our pets also need to take care of their teeth, just like we do. A fresh breath and sparkly teeth are not just “nice-to-haves”. Dental disease is more than a dirty mouth and unpleasant smell coming from your pet’s mouth. Dental disease is painful for the animal and can result in tooth root abscesses, loose teeth, bone loss and even infections of the heart valves and kidneys.
Signs that your pet has dental disease
* Bad breath
* Red and swollen gums
* Receding gums
* Yellow or brown crust of tartar on teeth
* Gums that easily bleed
* Loose teeth
* Reluctance to eat/ chew
* Abnormal drooling
* Mouth pawing/ rubbing
* Irritability/ Depression
Prevention is better than cure and that is why good oral hygiene for your pet is very important.
Ideally it is best to brush your pet’s teeth daily but we understand that it is not always possible and some pets will simply not allow it. Luckily there are many other ways to try and keep your pets teeth clean and healthy, for example dental chews, oral rinses and dental diets.
Unfortunately our furry friends won’t lie still in a chair and open their mouths to allow the vet to work. Thus pets need to be put under general anesthesia to have their teeth cleaned. This allows the veterinarian to properly examine each tooth. Periodontal disease occurs below the gum line and can only be evaluated while the animal is under anaesthesia. Every tooth is carefully evaluated to determine if it needs to be extracted. We will always chose the option to safe a tooth if possible. If in doubt we might recommend a dental X-ray to evaluate tooth roots.
Give your pet another reason to smile this September, book them for a dental scale and polish procedure this month and receive R200 discount. Please bring your pet for a FREE dental cost estimate. The estimation will depend on the severity of the tartar, if teeth need to be extracted and if medication will be needed. Please take note that we cannot give you a cost estimate without seeing your pet’s mouth as each pet’s oral health and dental procedure will be different.
Watch our video below on how to maintain the best oral hygiene in your pet