Monthly Archives: July 2015

Vaccination of your pets

VACCINATION OF YOUR PETS by Dr Liesel van der Merwe  Much work has been done to determine the optimal frequency with which we need to vaccinate our pets – the aim being to minimise the overstimulation of the immune system with foreign substances,   whilst still maintaining protective immunity against disease. Core vaccination is a term… Continue Reading

Vaccinations – What is all the fuss about?

Vaccinations – What is all the fuss about? by Liesel van der Merwe   I am going to try and demystify the whole vaccination process for all you pet owners out there. This will involve me taking some liberties with the exact detail of the immunological process, so to those with a bit more knowledge… Continue Reading

Canine Coronavirus

Canine Coronavirus(CCV) Canine coronavirus, sometimes called Corona, is a rare viral intestinal infection of dogs which is usually short in duration. The virus itself causes mild transient diarrhoea in dogs and is certainly harmless to other species – however, most infections in dogs go completely unnoticed. How is it spread? Infected dogs normally shed the… Continue Reading

Feline Chlamydia

Feline Chlamydophila Feline Chlamydophila (formerly known as Chlamydia) mainly causes conjunctivitis in the cat. Conjunctivitis may be defined as the inflammation of the delicate membranes or conjunctiva that cover the inner surface of the eyelids and over the white part of the eye (the sclera). However, this infectious organism is not responsible for the full… Continue Reading

Feline Bordetella

What is Feline Bortedella? Feline bordetella is a contagious respiratory infection of cats. The symptoms of the disease can be mistaken for a wide variety of other upper respiratory illness in cats or can be overlooked entirely. What Causes Feline Bordetella Infection? Feline bordetella is caused by the bacteria bordetella bronchiseptica. The virus is transmitted… Continue Reading

Canine Herpesvirus

What Is Canine Herpes? Canine herpes virus (CHV), also known as “fading puppy syndrome,” is a viral infection that affects the reproductive organs of adult dogs. While adult dogs infected with CHV usually do not show any symptoms, the infection is the leading cause of death in newborn puppies.Canine herpes virus lives in the reproductive… Continue Reading

Babesiosis

Babesiosis Babesia infections occur in dogs and other species, and are transmitted mainly by ticks. Babesia are protozoal parasites that attack blood cells. Babesia infections have a wide range of severity: they can be very mild (dogs may not even show symptoms) or very severe (sometimes fatal). The severity depends mainly on the species of… Continue Reading

Feline Rabies

Rabies Rabies is a viral infection of the central nervous system that can affect all mammals, including humans, and is 100% fatal if left untreated. It is transmitted from animal-to-animal or from animal-to-human primarily through the bite of an infected animal. Rabies virus travels in the nerves from the site of the bite to the… Continue Reading

Feline Leukemia

Feline Leukemia Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is transmitted from cat to cat via saliva and nasal mucus. It is also commonly transmitted directly from an infected mother to her kittens. Cats in direct contact with one another are the most likely to transmit the disease. This virus suppresses a cat’s immune system much like AIDS… Continue Reading