+ Can it wait until tomorrow morning?
Sometimes it is tempting to assume that a pet's condition is mild and can wait until the regular veterinarian is available. Since pets cannot speak and tell us exactly what they are feeling, it is prudent to seek medical advice immediately if you are at all concerned about your pet's wellbeing in any way whatsoever. What appears mild can in fact be a symptom of a very serious condition, and the earlier any problems are treated the better the outcome.
+ How can I avoid a visit to the emergency room?
While we live in an unpedictable world and some emergencies occur despite every possible precaution being taken, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the chances of your pet suffering a health crisis: Ensure that vaccinations and parasite control are up to date. After the initial series given at 6, 8 and 12 weeks, it is essential to maintain your pet's immunity by taking them for a booster shot every year. Unless you intend to use your pet as part of a selective breeding program, spaying females and neutering males will reduce the likelihood of them straying and being involved in territorial battles, and can also prevent certain conditions such as cancer or pyometra, as well as reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that are destined for a short and miserable life. Just as for humans, an annual dental examination and timeous treatment of any developing weaknesses can nip a potentially huge problem in the bud. Diet is of paramount importance, as not all pet foods are equal and the wrong balance of nutrients or too much salt can strain the kidneys and cause multiple problems in the pet's urinary tract. It has also been discovered that foods which were traditionally thought to be good for pets are not always the best option. For example, it has been found that many cats are lactose (found in that saucer of milk) intolerant, and that the most common feline allergy is to fish! Also, chewables commonly given to dogs, such as hooves and chicken bones, can splinter and perforate their intestines or stick in their throats and choke them. For an optimum diet, we recommend that you consult your pet's regular veterinarian, or drop into our Food Hall for free and friendly advice. As you would child-proof your home environment, it is important to pet-proof it by ensuring that medications and pesticides are never anywhere near your pet's reach. Many human medications can be fatal to animals, so never give your pet any regular or herbal medicines without first consulting a veterinarian. Expect the unexpected. Ensure that your pet wears a collar with your contact details and is also microchipped, so that if you become separated you can be reunited as soon as possible. It is also worthwhile considering pet medical aid, so that if your pet should need emergency medical treatment you are not faced with a huge financial burden or even worse, having to make a life-or-death decision based on finances alone.
+ Why are vets so expensive?
Veterinary Science has evolved since the Animal Emergency Clinic first opened in the 1970's, and Veterinarians today are highly qualified professionals who have studied for a minimum of 7 years to be able to practice. Private veterinary facilities have to meet exacting requirements of hygiene, equipment and materials, the prices of which are affected by changes in the global marketplace. Fees at the Animal Emergency Clinic are within the framework provided by the South African Veterinary Council. We highly recommend that all pet owners invest in a Medical Aid Scheme to assist them in providing quality healthcare throughout their pet's lifetime. Brochures for these independent schemes are available at Reception.
+ Do you perform cosmetic tail docking?
In accordance with the advice of the Veterinary Defence Association and our own beliefs, we do not perform cosmetic tail docking operations.
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