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The aim of primary health care is to protect your pet against preventable diseases and conditions such as parasites and infectious diseases.
Keeping your animal healthy is a lot easier than trying to treat a preventable disease that sometimes can be fatal.
We would love to meet you and your new pet!
This is the ideal opportunity for you and your animal companion to get to know us, which will also assist in socialising your new puppy or kitten.
We offer advice on pet insurance, vaccination protocols and general pet care in order for you to start the journey with your new pet with peace of mind.
Microchipping of your pet is recommended. It is a safe and very dependable way of increasing the chances of you and your pet being reunited in the event of a lost pet.
It is a simple injection under the skin.
All veterinary practices and welfare organisation own microchip scanners. When your pet is scanned the chip number is linked to your contact details registered on a global database.
Vaccination is paramount to preventing certain infectious diseases in dogs and cats, some of which might be fatal.
Vaccinations for puppies and kittens start at 6 weeks of age and continue monthly until 16 weeks of age. In kittens vaccination against Feline Leukaemia virus strongly recommended.
When your pet is boarded at a kennel facility / pet hotel an annual vaccination against Bordetella (kennel cough / snuffles) is a pre-requisite.
A thorough clinical examination is performed at every vaccination visit, as well as a weight check.
Annual vaccination is recommended, which is an ideal opportunity for your pet to undergo a meticulous health check-up and to address any concerns that may arise.
One of the best things you can do for your pet is to keep him or her healthy. The simplest and least expensive way to do that is by bringing your pet in for regular exams and vaccinations.
Wellness exams allow us to diagnose diseases and conditions early when they are easier to treat or manage.
Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer.
Senior pets, and pets with health concerns or illnesses need more frequent check-ups.
We’ll work with you to create an individualized plan, including a vaccination and prevention protocol customized specifically for your pet.
What will happen during your pet’s wellness exam?
We will perform a physical assessment, checking your pet from nose to tail. If necessary a diagnostic workup, which may include blood, faecal, and urine analysis to check for parasites and underlying diseases might be done. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives if needed.
We may also recommend that your pet receive dental care. When your pet is nearing his or her senior years, we advise a baseline exam and diagnostic workup, so we’ll know what’s normal for your pet. This will enable us to keep track of any changes.
Because you spend the most time with your pet, you are your pet’s expert, as well as his or her greatest advocate! We will always listen to each and every concern.
Spaying/neutering of your companion is encouraged. In female animals it reduces the risk of mammary cancer and eliminates the risk of uterine infection. In male dogs the risk of prostatitis and inappropriate marking and sexual behaviour are reduced. Female dogs come into oestrus roughly every 4-6 months and this can last up to 3 weeks, spaying your female pet will prevent them from coming into oestrus. We advise that the earliest your pet be spayed/neutered is 6 months of age.
We also spay/neuter rabbits.
Obesity is an increasing concern in companion animals. Overweight pets are at greater risk for joint disease, diabetes and heart disease and have a reduced life expectancy. A complex relationship commonly exists between owners and their companion animals, particularly around feeding behaviour. We run a slimmer's program where we will assist you with weight loss concerns and challenges.
Please feel free to contact reception to book a free weight check consultation
More advanced medical services are for when illness and accidents arise. We are equipped to handle most scenarios including complex medical cases and surgical procedures.
The health of your pet's oral cavity is vital to the general health of your pet. Gum and dental disease cause discomfort and pain. It can also contribute to kidney and heart failure. Most pets will need a regular (yearly) dental scale and polish throughout their lives. We also perform tooth extractions and oral surgery to remove growths and repair jaw fractures. Pets in need of dental care undergo the procedure under general anaesthesia. Our dental equipment allows us to clean and extract teeth with ease allowing shorter anaesthetic time.
We offer free dental checks and recommendations.
At the initial consultation we gather as much information as possible about your pet's symptoms and your concerns in order to help guide the medical work-up. These consultations include our minimum database diagnostics such as blood smears, urinalysis, faecal analysis, and skin scrapes.
Diagnostic imaging is a very important modality when it comes to diagnosing various illnesses and injuries. Digital radiography enables us to evaluate various organ systems including heart, lungs, gastrointestinal, urinary tract and musculoskeletal system.
We make use of our modern GE ultrasound machine to investigate intra-abdominal pathology & also to obtain fine needle aspirates from organs and to collect urine. Echocardiography can also be performed which allows us to investigate cardiac diseases & occasionally intrathoracic abnormalities.
We have access to MRI facilities at Wilgers Hospital. MRI examination is required if there are neurological abnormalities in patients such as seizures, abnormal gait or paralysis/paresis.
Our in-house laboratory equipment are set up for routine and more complex blood work. These machines form an integral part in investigating more complex medical cases as well as screening for organ dysfunction (e.g. liver or kidney disease, diabetes, etc.).
At Vetland we offer a wide range of surgical procedures. These vary from routine stitch-ups, spaying & neutering, to more challenging soft tissue surgeries (exploratory laparotomies, gastrotomies, enterectomies, etc) & more advanced orthopaedic procedures (TTAs, ridge stops, extracapsular cruciate repair, fracture repair, etc). Our veterinary nurses closely monitor patients undergoing anaesthesia.
Routine blood screening is strongly recommended especially in our elderly patients pre-anaesthetic.
We feel strongly about controlling & managing pain in our veterinary patients be it pre-operative, intra or post-operative. Patients receive a well-designed anaesthetic protocol tailored to each patient's signalment, health status and morbidity. Analgesics are dispensed post-operatively according to each patient's requirement. Epidurals and nerve blocks are performed as deemed necessary.
Sadly there comes a time for some pets to be put to sleep. We fully comprehend that this is one of the most difficult decisions that any pet owner can make. We will do our utmost best to facilitate you in this decision making. If you choose to be present when euthanising your pet we try to make this process as comfortable for both you and your pet. We handle each euthanasia with compassion and care.
We have a dedicated private courtyard where we perform euthanasia’s.
Upon euthanising you will be given the choice to either take pet home for burial, communally or individually cremate pet in which case the ashes are returned in a container of your choice, visit https://www.petangels.co.za/ for more info regarding pet cremations.
We offer rabies titre testing as well as health examinations and other requirements prior to travelling.
We strongly recommend making use of a pet export company to provide you with a professional stress-free service.
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