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Osteoarthritis is a common cause of pain and lameness, affecting as much as 20% of the canine population over the age of one year.  Most cases occur secondary to joint trauma, joint instability or developmental abnormalities present in the hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, disc prolapse.

Control of osteoarthritis is a combination of:

  • Proper nutrition and weight control;
  • Controlled exercise and physical therapy;
  • Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic drugs;
  • Disease modifying agents.

Breeding Management

Neutering and spaying of dogs and cats is the most effective, safest, least expensive and permanent method of birth control. We advise neutering and spaying at 6 months old, depending on the size of the dog.This is before they have their first season and we are happy to discuss the pros and cons of this if you contact us.

The only valid reason to avoid neutering or spaying is if your pet is going to be used for breeding. Owners who breed their pets must be aware that they are undertaking to manage the breeding, the whelping, the rearing of offspring, vaccinating, de-worming and the placing of the puppies or kittens in good homes. Breeding of dogs and cats is not financially rewarding – much the opposite! Breeding animals should be sterilized for health reasons once their breeding career is over.

fly controlEight steps to controlling flies around your home.

Repelling flies from your dog

1. Ex-it has excellent fly repellent properties. It can be used on open wounds. The disadvantage is that it is purple in colour.
2. Coopers fly repellent. Also an effective product and is not coloured.
3. Home made remedies –
a. Autan paste mixed with glycerol or liquid paraffin 50:50 can be dispensed from a used roller-ball deodorant bottle.
b. Ask at reception for more remedies.
4. Shoo-fly is a long acting product available in South Africa.

Flea Facts:
1. The cat flea Ctenocephalides felis is responsible for most of the severe flea irritations in animals and man.
2. The adult flea spends its entire life on the coat of an animal unless forced off by an insecticide or grooming.
3. Adult fleas lay eggs on the pet’s coat. These fall off onto bedding, carpets or soil where they hatch into larvae in 1-6 days.
4. These larvae feed on organic debris and adult flea faeces, which are essential for the development of the larvae. The larvae can only survive in shaded, humid environments because they are very susceptible to dessication, therefore they are usually found in cracks in hardwood floors, at the base of carpet fibres or in moist, shaded soil. The larval stage lasts 1-3 weeks.

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