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Ear Infections

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Dog ear infections are most caused by bacteria or yeast. Thick hair in the ear, ear mites,  trapped water, a tumor or foreign body in the ear canal can cause this overgrowth of bacteria or yeast. Infections may also develop when allergies or an excessive amount of ear wax are present.  Frequent bathing and swimming  can also lead to infections. Since a dog’s ear canals plunge downward and then horizontally from the ear opening, it is difficult for caught debris or water to be released as it must work its way upward to escape and this makes dogs especially susceptible to ear infections.

Symptoms of a possible Ear Infection:

  • Ear scratching
  • Smelly ears
  • Brown, yellow or bloody discharge
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusted or scabby skin on the near ear flap
  • Hair loss around the ear
  • Wiping the ear area on the floor or furniture
  • Head shaking or head tilt
  • Loss of balance
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking in circles
  • Hearing loss

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Are certain breeds more prone to ear infections?
Dogs who have floppy ears can be especially vulnerable. These include cocker spaniels, golden retrievers and poodles. Dogs who tend to grow hair in the inner ear canal, such as schnauzers, are also susceptible to ear infections.

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How Are Ear Infections Diagnosed? 
A veterinarian can usually diagnose an ear infection by examining the ear canal and ear drum.  This may be done during a routine consultation but may sometimes require sedation or full anesthesia. An ear smear of the ear discharge may be examined to look for bacteria, yeast and parasites. Our vets may also suggest bloodwork and allergy tests to determine the root causes.
It’s important not to self-diagnose ear problems, as improperly treated infections may lead to chronic pain or deafness in dogs. Please always allow your vet to determine the cause of your dog’s symptoms.

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How Are Ear Infections Treated?
Many ear infections can be treated with a professional cleaning followed by regular cleaning and medication given at home. Your veterinarian may prescribe topical and/or oral medicine.

How Can Ear Infections Be Prevented?

  • Check your dog’s ears regularly for discharge, odor, swelling and other symptoms of infection.
  • If his ear canal appears dirty, clean with a cotton ball dampened with a solution suggested by your vet—but don’t clean too often or deeply that you cause irritation.
  • After baths and swimming, be sure to dry your dog’s ears as thoroughly and carefully as you can.
  • If your dog grows hair in or around the opening of his ear canals, request that your vet/groomer removes some of this hair.
  • Inner-ear skin is delicate, so ask your vet to demonstrate the proper method for maintaining your dog’s ear health.

When Is It Time to See the Vet? 
If your dog is showing any of the symptoms described above, see the vet as soon as possible. Please also bear in mind that even though dogs in pain don’t always show it with outward signs, a sudden increase in aggression can be an indicator of physical pain. Such behavioral changes should also prompt a veterinary exam.

Food Allergies…

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A quick guide to food allergies and intolerances.

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Let’s explain the difference between the two situations.

Food allergies occur when your critter’s immune system considers one of the ingredients in the food as harmful and creates an immune response to kill the “enemy” in the form of antibodies.

Food intolerance occurs when the digestive system of your creature is unable to digest a specific ingredient.  This has nothing to do with the immune system.  Us humans often struggle with lactose intolerance, whereby we are unable to break down the sugar found in milk, dogs can suffer from this too!

The symptoms of an allergy can include:

  • nausea or vomiting

  • obsessive licking

  • skin rash and itching

  • excessive paw biting.

The signs of food intolerance include (mainly):

  • vomiting or diarrhea,

  • bloating,

  • digestive distress,

  • gas,

  • nausea,

If you suspect that your pet is suffering from either a food allergy or intolerance, you need to chat to Dr Duncan.  By diagnosing the cause of the issue, your vet can treat accordingly and advise you on the best options going forward, to ensure that your cuddly companion is as comfortable and healthy as possible!

Here are a few hypoallergenic dog foods for you to consider:

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Hills Prescription Diet™ Canine z/d™ Low Allergen

Prescription Diet™ Canine z /d™ Low Allergen has the following key benefits:

  • Helps minimise allergic reactions to food. The unique hydrolysed formula provides a safe solution to virtually any food allergy.

  • Chicken hydrolysate is the only animal protein source.

  • Helps nourish skin and coat as it is formulated with high levels of essential fatty acids.

 

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Hills Prescription D/D

“This type of nutrition helps avoid reactions as it is formulated using a single novel protein that your dog is unlikely to be allergic to. It is also contains high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids to help your dog’s skin recover from other conditions.

Prescription Diet™ d/d is formulated for the nutritional management of dogs with any skin condition and vomiting/diarrhoea due to allergy.

Key benefits

  • Venison and pea are rarely used in cat food, this decreases the risk that your cat may have an allergic reaction to this diet.

  • Helps to reduce signs of adverse reactions to food and supports healthy skin function with the right levels of natural Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

  • Provides a great taste and wet and dry textures facilitates mixed feeding for greater enjoyment by your cat.

  • Helps to relieve or soothe uncomfortable digestive signs caused by adverse reactions to food.”

http://www.hillspet.co.za/en-za/skin-conditions/d-d-dog-food.html

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Eukanuba Dermatosis FP for Dogs Dry and wet dog food

Nutritional management of inflammatory skin conditions

PRIMARY INDICATIONS

  • Inflammatory Skin and Coat Conditions

  • Pruritic Dermatitis (atopic, flea-bite, contact)

  • Food Allergy/Intolerance

  • Chronic Otitis External

MAY ALSO BE PRESCRIBED TO NUTRITIONALLY MANAGE:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders associated with food allergy or intolerance:

– Inflammatory Bowel Disease
– Colitis
– Chronic Gastroenteritis
– Vomiting
– Intestinal Pathogen Overgrowth
– Malabsorption/Maldigestion

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Vets Choice Sensitive Skin

“Duck and Rice – Low Allergen

  • Unique protein source, therefore reducing risk of allergies.

  • Better digestion- optimal with only rice (ensures high digestibility).

  • Balanced Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids enhance skin and coat health.

  • Liver digest for enhanced taste and enjoyment.

  • Vitamin and mineral fortified.

  • Contains vitamins A, C and E and selenium which act as natural anti-oxidants.

  • Increased biotin and organic zinc to promote skin and coat health.

  • Added zeolite and vegetable pulp for better digestive safety.

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Acana

ACANA represents a new class of foods that mirrors the high and various inclusions of fresh, whole meats that dogs and cats are naturally evolved to eat, while excluding inappropriate ingredients.

With three unique product lines formulated to our Biologically Appropriate standards, ACANA is guaranteed to meet the diverse nutritional needs of today’s dogs and cats. Made from Canada’s best and freshest ingredients in our own award-winning kitchens, ACANA‘s authentic foods keep your pet healthy, happy and strong. Read our ingredients and we think you’ll agree.

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Orijen

Our Biologically Appropriate™ philosophy represents a new class of foods designed to nourish dogs and cats in keeping with their evolutionary adaptation to fresh meat and protein-rich diets.  Our ingredients are different too.  We don’t buy the bulk commodity ingredients in conventional pet foods, and instead focus on ingredients that are sustainably raised within our region by people we know and trust and then delivered to our kitchens fresh each day and bursting with goodness.  Prepared exclusively in our award-winning kitchens here in Alberta, Canada, ORIJEN is trusted by pet lovers worldwide and certified to meet every international safety standard.

Check out their super handy Product selector tool!

http://www.orijen.ca/product-selector/

Diabetic Disasters

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THE LOW DOWN:

The pancreas is the organ in the abdomen which produces and releases insulin in response to the intake of food.  Insulin then travels through the bloodstream and allows for the uptake of these ingested nutrients into the body’s cells.

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When the pancreas cannot release enough Insulin or when the body stops responding to the released insulin Diabetes mellitus occurs.  Since the body isn’t making use of these sugars and nutrients, they sit in the blood thus increasing the amount of sugars in the bloodand this is called Hyperglycaemia.

Diabetes mellitus is seen in approximately one in every 250 dogs or cats.  The majority of dogs suffer from the insulin dependant form of Diabetes and thus insulin has to be administered, whereas 50% of cats have the non-insulin dependant form.

CAUSES?

Diabetes is more common in older animals and is usually associated with other diseases or conditions such as Pancreatitis, bacterial infections, Cushings syndrome, pregnancy, kidney or liver failure but can also be due to an unknown cause.  In dogs, diabetes may have a genetic component with certains breeds being more susceptible; such as Schnauzers, Miniature Poodles, Dachshunds and Beagles.  Feline diabetes is very often associated with obesity and thus it is exceptionally important to avoid obesity in pets.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

  • Increased thirst

  • Increased urination

  • Weight loss

  • Increased appetite

  • Less grooming in cats (rough, messy coats with lots of shedding)

  • Bladder infections (because there is more glucose in the urine which will promote bacterial growth)

  • Cataract development

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TREATMENT?

If Dr Duncan has diagnosed that your pet has diabetes, an insulin dosage will be calculated and your diabetic creature will need to have insulin administered.   The required dosage is usually calculated after a Glucose Curve is done.

What is a Glucose Curve??

A Glucose Curve  involves your creature spending the day with us.  Dr Duncan and Jorja will take a Glucose reading from your pet every hour and plot these glucose readings on a graph that looks similar to this one:

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This allows us to see how your pet’s natural glucose levels fluctuate and thus we can calculate the best dosage to avoid dips and highs in glucose levels.  This treatment plan must be very strictly adhered to as an overdose of insulin will lead to very low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) with will cause weakness and even seizures.  It can take a few months of regular glucose curves to find the correct dose and timing regime for your individual pet and this can still change but it is absolutely essential for your creature to live a happy safe life with diabetes

INSULIN…

Some types of insulin must be kept in the fridge and is usually administered by the owner in a special insulin syringe at the same time every day.  It is essential to stick to your dosing routine and feeding times.

DIET

Diabetic patients need to have their diets controlled too as obesity can worsen their condition.  They need a diet that is low in calories and high in fibre and there are a number of prescription diets that can really assist in the treatment and management of diabetes.

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EXERCISE

Routine exercise is a fantastic way to keep your diabetic pet healthy and happy.  Keeping the exercise constant is also advantageous.  Short daily walks are certainly better than long weekly walks.

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Diabetic pets can have a long and happy life but it does take alot of commitment from you!  Support from Dr Duncan and his team at Hillside Veterinary Clinic will also make this journey much easier and little bit more fun!
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Seedy Characters

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One of the many benefits of living in this beautiful city is that we have plenty of amazing places to walk our creatures.  Grasses usually feature in these areas and in Cape Town alone there are a wide variety of grass types…

But how do grasses cause problems in our pets?

Once grasses have flowered they produce seeds which are disseminated.  These seeds are the trouble makers!

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These seeds can sneak into ears and eyes and will make these sore until they are removed. If your pet spends time running through the beautiful grassy areas of Cape Town and has one of the following symptoms:

  • a smelly ear,

  • a weepy eye or

  • keeps sneezing,

it would be worthwhile to pop in and see Dr Duncan in order to make sure they don’t have a hidden grass seed.

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The worst offenders are the seeds which look like small darts with a very sharp point and a long tail. These prick your pet’s skin which may cause a small swelling. If they are not removed immediately, these seeds can start to move around under the skin and some will travel long distances under the skin creating problems in very unexpected areas.

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Dental Dilemmas

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Eeeeeuuuuu BAD BREATH!  We hear this complaint alot and there are a variety of causes of bad breath… but they are most often related to dental disease. When was the last time you had a look at your chum’s chompers? If it’s been a while—or maybe never—you’re not alone. Studies show that up to 70% of pet owners have not ever considered that their pet’s teeth may need some attention.  Pets are very susceptible to periodontal or gum disease, which is actually the number one illness found in both dogs and cats. Estimates from studies conducted worldwide in 2013 suggest that, by the time they are three years old, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease. So, dental hygiene should be a priority in your pet’s health and wellness routine.

What are the main causes of dental disease?

  • AGE:  Older pets are much more affected by dental disease.

  • BREED:  Certain breeds seem to be more prone to the development of dental disease than others.  Oriental Shorthairs and Siamese cats are the most likely to have troubled teeth, while the dog breeds such as pugs, boxers, poodles, yorkies and bulldogs seem to be the most prone.

  • FOOD TYPES:  Dogs and cats that are mostly fed soft food seem to have a higher incidence of dental issues, while pellets seem to assist in reducing  plaque build up, due to the friction involved in the grinding action of chewing.

  • CHEWIES:  The wrong kind of chew toys can have a negative effect.  Bones and dried hooves can results in wear and tear on the teeth.

What signs to look out for:

  • Smelly breath

  • Sensitivity or difficulty when chewing

  • Inflamed gums

  • More drooling than normal

  • Loose teeth

How can I help?

  • Tooth brushing… yes, brushing your creature’s teeth!  We recommend starting when they are tiny in order to get your critter used to the process and remember to reward them straight afterwards so that they remember it ended positively!

  • Feed your pets high quality food

  • Avoid giving your pets human treats…

There are plenty amazing pet treats that are specifically designed for your pet’s mouth, teeth and digestive system.  These are what we recommend:

http://www.greenies.com

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There are also some pet food brands with products specifically designed to aid in the cleaning of teeth.  We highly recommend:

You are not alone in the fight against pet dental decay. Ask Dr Duncan to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and look for dental problems. Dr Duncan will recommend the correct food choices, toys and treats to ensure your pet has a lifetime of healthy chompers.

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Here are some before and after shots of some of our dental patients:

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Tick Terrors

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Ticks are parasites from the phylum Arthropoda, which simply means “jointed appendages”.  There are over 850 different species of ticks, and they parasitize every single class of land animal, including amphibians!  The diagram below shows the life cycle of the Tick:

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Ticks need warm temperatures and high humidity to develop and breed. Young ticks tend to live in the soil or at ground level. Once they are able to they will climb up shoots, blades of grass or onto branches and wait for a host to pass by.  They they do the most fascinating ‘dance’ whereby the stand up and waving their front legs.  This is called Questing Behaviour and it increased their chance of grabbing onto a host and moving off with the host.  Ticks can send changes in Carbon Dioxide levels, changes in light (ie shadows), changes in temperature and vibrations – these are all considered indicators of the presence of a potential host.  Ticks can live for over 20 years!

Ticks come with their own pro and con’s…

Pros – Ticks tend to remain outdoors, and do not infest houses the way fleas do.

Cons – Ticks carry more dangerous diseases and are harder to find.

Ticks in South Africa

There are 2 types of ticks found in South Africa.

Hard ticks, so called as they have a hard plate on their “back”.  These ticks will cut open the skin of their host using their mouthparts and attach themselves.  The also secrete a substance similar to a ‘glue’ which solidifies and attaches them to the host.  Hard ticks are slow feeders.

Soft ticks are distinguished by their soft, leathery “shell”. They can be recognized easily by looking for their mouthparts which are on the underside of the tick. Soft ticks swell up when engorged with blood and are thus what we call, fast feeders.

Ticks can ingest 100 times their body weight in blood!

How to remove a Tick?

If you find a tick on your pet, you can remove it by picking up the body of the tick using tweezers and pulling gently and very slowly.  The mouthparts of the tick should release, leaving a small ‘crater’ in the skin of the dog.  If you do not manage to get the head out, please bring your dog into Hillside Veterinary Clinic as the head can lead to an infection.

We do not recommend you use any of the “old-wives” remedies such as acetone, matches or pins as they just tend to irritate the tick. But you can keep grassy areas mowed and treat your pet regularly with preventative products such as Advantix, Advantage, Frontline, Revolution or Fiprotec.

What are the adverse effects of ticks?

Ticks can cause disease and illness directly and they can also be responsible for:

  • anemia due to blood loss,

  • dermatosis due to salivary secretions, and

  • ascending tick paralysis due to neurotoxins in the salivary secretions.

If you have any questions regarding ticks and your pet, please feel free to give us a call at Hillside Veterinary Clinic!

Seizures

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Seizures are terrifying and witnessing your pet having a seizure is an awful experience!  The bad news is that seizures are very common in domestic animals and can differ dramatically in their severity.  In some creatures it is barely notable and in some it is a full scale massive, dramatic event involving foaming at the mouth, full body muscular contractions and a lowered state of consciousness.  Regardless of the frequency of your exposure to these events, they never get easier to see or less disturbing.   The good news is that seizures can be controlled and your pet can live a comfortable life and that’s what Dr Duncan will strive towards in his treatment.

It is often incredibly difficult to find the cause of seizures as the seizure itself is a symptom of an underlying condition, not a condition. Some of the more common causes of idiopathic seizures are listed below:

  • Epilepsy (electrical discharging)

  • Toxins containing organophosphates (such as antifreeze, insecticides or strychnine)

  • Incorrectly dosed Insulin treatment in Diabetes which can result in severe hypoglycaemia

  • Trauma to the brain

  • Calcium irregularities

  • Tumours

  • Liver Disease

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The majority of these conditions can be confirmed via procedures or specific tests, however Epilepsy can only be ‘diagnosed’ by means of eliminating all other possible causes of the seizures.  Epilepsy itself is described as a neurological condition, which affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder. It is usually diagnosed after an animal has had at least two seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition like extremely low blood sugar and it’s most distinguishing characteristic is that it causes seizures that are unprovoked and last less than 2 minutes.  Epileptic seizures occur when the balance between inhibitory and stimulatory impulses are disturbed, resulting in a spontaneous electrical discharge.  Such charges can be harmful to the brain itself, causing a loss in electrical stability over time, thus it’s very important to attempt to find the cause of seizures.

Seizure Symptoms

  • Agitation

  • Twitches

  • Repetitive chewing

  • Repetitive circling in an area

  • Repetitive “snapping” of the jaws

Primary Epilepsy is usually due to a genetic/hereditary predisposition whereas Secondary Epilepsy is usually due to trauma in the brain itself or a lack of oxygen.

Come in and chat to Dr Duncan because epilepsy can be controlled and your pet can live a comfortable, happy and long life with this disease.

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Microchipping Mania

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This is it… your worst nightmare.  You get home and Bella your bulldog is gone.  You search the house and the garden and check with the neighbours but there is no sign of her.  What do you do now?  

  • Call all the vets in your area

  • Call the SPCA and any other animal welfare organisations

  • Call friends and family in the area and ask them to keep a lookout

  • Put up posters in your area

The statistics are scary, one in three pets will go missing at some time and up to 90% of those that do not have some form of identification will not be recovered.  At the very least, we STRONGLY recommend that all pets have an identification tag on their collar.  That way, if someone does see them running down the road, they can easily be picked up and you can be contacted.  Keep in mind, that tags can fall off!

THERE IS A BETTER OPTION THOUGH!

Microchipping your pet is the most effective way of guaranteeing that they find their way back into your arms, should they get lost.

What’s involved?

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Microchipping is a very simple procedure that can be done during a normal consultation at Hillside Veterinary Clinic.  Dr Duncan injects a microchip into the skin between the shoulder blades.  The microchip is about the same size as a grain of rice (just 12mm!) and no anaesthetic is required.  The microchip lasts for the entire life of your pet as it has no internal energy source and is read by simply passing a microchip scanner over your pet’s shoulders, the scanner emits a low radio frequency and this allows for the transmission of the microchips unique cat or dog ID code which allows us to then identify your pet.

So, if Bella goes missing and is taken to any shelter/vet in South Africa, the first thing they will do is check for a microchip in the hope that there is one!

The Pros of Microchipping:

  • Implantation is quick and easy with very little pain.

  • Microchips can last up to 25 years!

  • Microchips are a permanent form of identification and can’t ‘fall off’

The Cons of Microchipping:

  • Microchips can (very rarely) migrate under the skin to other areas of the body and can thus be ‘missed’ when scanning the shoulder region – thus always keep a tag on your creature too!

  • A microchip is not a GPS device. You cannot follow your pet with it.

  • The implantation can be a little painful for some sensitive creatures.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.identipet.co.za/Extras/public_html/Content/faq.html

Some handy info from Virbac on their BackHome microchipping system:

http://www.virbac.co.za/sites/default/files/BackhomeEndUserLeaflet.pdf

Fa fa fa fleas!

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Fleas are the most common and frustrating pests on our pets.  Let’s start with a little bit of information on the creepy critter itself…

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The entire life cycle takes about 15 days but the pupae can remain dormant for well over a year if the conditions are not suitable!

DOES FIDO HAVE FLEAS??

The most common way of identifying the presence of fleas is by noticing the “flea dirt” on your pet (see picture below) or by seeing the actual fleas themselves.

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The most commonly affected area are the hindquarters, so have a look there but if you are in any doubt, you can pop your pooch down to Hillside and one of us will gladly take a look.

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So, Fido has fleas… it’s nothing to be ashamed of… and it’s pretty darn easy to treat too!  There are hundreds of products on the market but the most effective forms of flea control are exclusively sold at Veterinary Clinics.  Most of these products come in a “Spot-On”  form which means you drop a few droplets of the mixture onto the skin between the pet’s shoulder blades.  There are also tablet forms of treatment which are incredibly effective at killing the adult life stage of the flea and thus stopping the itching and irritation immediately.

Frequency of treament…?

Fido should be treated once a month for 3 consecutive months in order to kill all the different life stages (egg, larvae and pupae).

Fleas and your environment…

The female flea can lay up to 50 eggs in 1 day… and since the eggs are not sticky, they often fall off your pet and into the environment.  So it’s incredibly important to treat your environment too!

A combination treatment is most effective!

 

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Another important fact to note is that fleas carry tapeworms…. Fido can easily become infected by simply licking the itch or grooming himself!  So deworming is also recommended regularly.

 

Thus a combination treatment is the best plan!

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Flea Spot on + Flea tablet + deworming + Environmental flea control

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Where to Walk your Wagger…

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Where to walk your wagger…

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Living in Cape Town, we are absolutely blessed… We have so many gorgeous places to spend our free time exploring… but what about our furry family members…?  Can they join us?  Not sure?  Well, we have put together a guide, combining some of the City of Cape Town’s most helpful resources.  Have a look and let us know what you think… and please share our site and this information with anyone you think may benefit from it.  Let’s make use of this incredible city we live in!!

 

Table Mountain National Park is one of very few National Parks in South Africa where you can walk your dogs.  There are obviously restrictions as to where you can do this and these are to minimize the impacts of dogs on the biodiversity of this beautiful mountain.  If you are planning to walk your dog in Table Mountain National Park, you will need an Activity Permit… find some more information on the Activity Card just here:

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/access-cards-permits.php#permits

and here is a link to the application form for an Activity permit

http://www.sanparks.org/docs/parks_table_mountain/myactivity_permit_form.pdf

 

Remember that your dogs do need to be under your control at all times.  The most popular areas for dog walking are:SilvermineAlong the contour path from Constantia Nek to KirstenboschNoordhoek BeachLower Section of Tokai Plantation

 

Here is a link to an INCREDIBLE interactive map showing all the areas that are dog walking friendly:

http://www.sanparks.org/docs/parks_table_mountain/tourism/dog-walking.pdf

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How about a swim…?

Does your pooch love to doggie paddle?  The City of Cape Town has made a huge effort recently to correctly signpost all the beaches so it’ll be clear to absolutely anyone whether or not their furry friends can accompany them to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.  Please remember to carry a poop bag along with you and pick up from your pooch!

http://www.capetowngreenmap.co.za/blog/its-dogs-day-beach

http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Pages/Newdogrelatedsignageforbeaches.aspx

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Parks in Cape Town

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Sun-kissed beaches aren’t the only public places in Cape Town to take advantage of; our pretty city has a plethora of parks, which are perfect for walking your dogs!  Here are some of my personal favourites…

The Company’s Garden

Situated in the centre of the city, adjacent to the South African parliament, The Company’s Garden also allows access to key cultural attractions such as the SA Museum and the National Art Gallery. It features a historical city park, a rose garden, a fish pond, an aviary and numerous trees of botanical and historical significance.

Opening hours: daily: summer 7am – 7pm, winter 7am – 6pm

Queen Victoria Street (top end of Adderley Street) | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 400 2521

De Waal Park

De Waal Park is located in the heart of the City Bowl, Cape Town. Originally noted for the wide variety of trees in the park, it is now known for the social interaction of dogs, owners and children.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Upper Orange Road | Gardens | Cape Town  | +27 (0)21 400 2521

The Green Point Urban Park

Opened at the end of January 2011, it‘s a vibrant ‘people’s park’. From here you have stunning views of the Cape Town Stadium as well as Signal Hill. The park includes a fitness park for cycling, outdoor training and gym; a learning park for functions, seminars and arts training; a play park, a park for events, concerts, exhibitions and markets; an adventure park, a heritage park, a biodiversity nursery.

Opening hours: daily 7am – 7pm

Cape Town Stadium (can be accessed either from Beach Road (M6) or Bay Road, Moullie Point) | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 401 4000

Rondebosch Park

This is an open park with big trees, and features a variety of flora. There are pathways for gentle walks and its lawns provide ample space for picnics. Benches offer a space to sit and relax. Often used for craft markets, carols by candle light, plays and more.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Corner Campground Road & Sandown Roads | Rondebosch | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 4185

Maynardville Park

This district park features rolling expanses of lawn populated with trees and a vibrant eco-system of birds. The garden includes the famous Maynardville open-air theatre. There is also a water feature and children’s playground. The park is used to host a range of community activities throughout the year.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Corner Church & Wolfe Street | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 4185

Wynberg Park

Wynberg Park is where the spring of the Krakeelwater River begins. This district park features a conifer garden, children’s playground, duck pond, lawns, and ideal for walking dogs, picnics and braais. Summer concerts and fun days are held here annually.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Corner Klaassens & Trovato Link Roads | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 4185

CAPE TOWN GREEN MAP

http://www.capetowngreenmap.co.za/interactive-green-map

 

Biodiversity HOTSPOT

http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/parks/Pages/DeHelNatureArea.aspx