Hoogland Newsletter December 2016
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Every year in September the so called “catflu” or Parvo virus season starts. Every patient has the same story of an incomplete vaccination history, many of them 6-8 months old and now lethargic with vomiting and diarrhoea. Sadly there is often also a history of a previous case on the same property. Devastating to the owner is the cost of treatment and the loss of a pet, and even more devastating to us is that this could have been prevented.

So the questions are always the same:
How did my dog get it – we don’t have any cats?

Although Canine Parvo virus is related the cat parvo virus, which is also lethal, the canine virus can only affect domestic and wild canines. Parvo virus is well protected from environmental conditions and disinfectants by a kind of a shell. This makes it possible for it to be carried around in the neighbourhood on shoes or clothes, or to wash from property to property in rainwater. So, for example, you could go for a walk with your dog and expose it to the virus on the way AND carry it home. Your property would then be infected for 6 months to 2 years with this deadly virus.
What do I do to protect my puppy and my wallet?

Puppies need to be vaccinated at least 3 times 3-4 weeks apart from the age of 6-8 weeks. In our area, without this protection, one is almost certainly heading for disaster.

We had a puppy that died of Parvo and now we are bringing a new one onto the same property. How do we do this?

Firstly it is not a good idea to do this within the first 6 months after the previous event at minimum. If necessary, one could vaccinate the pup twice 2-3 weeks apart and only allow it on the property 3 weeks after the second vaccination, however this could still fail. Ask your veterinarian which disinfectants to use as there are only a few that have proven efficacy against the virus – Jeyes Fluid is not one of them.

People say there is a new strain and the current vaccines are not effective against that strain?

Internationally, research is done on viruses causing outbreaks despite a vaccine being available, and all “new strains” reported are tested against the vaccines available. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, all the currently available vaccines are effective against the “latest” Parvovirus -2c strain, which has been around since 2000.

I heard these puppies could be treated with blue liquid, sweet rooibos tea, pectrolyte or energade?

Dogs with parvo die for the same reasons that babies die from diarrhoea – dehydration and septic shock. Because they vomit profusely, a route for administration of fluids other that by mouth is necessary, which means these patients can only be treated aggressively in an intensive care situation. Various combinations of anti-nausea medications are also administered to manage the vomiting. The virus damages the intestinal lining to the point where it is raw, bleeds and allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Antibiotics are ideally administered with the fluids into the veins to make them easy for the patient’s body to use. The severity of the patient’s symptoms dictates the intensity of the treatment. Since there is no cure, all we can do is support them until their immune systems have fought off the virus.

If one believes in research and scientific evidence, and not social media, vaccinating your puppy should be a no-brainer! Make your appointment to get discount on your pets' vaccinations in December!

Practice Hours over the Festive Season

16 December: 9am - 11am

25 December: CLOSED 

26 December: 9am - 11am

27 December: 8am - 12noon

31 December: 8am - 12noon

1 January: CLOSED

2 January: 9 - 11am

Other than these days, we will work on our normal hours.



Cute Christmas Cookies for Canines!

You will need:

2 cup flour (whole wheat best)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup non-fat plain greek yoghurt
Mini Christmas cookie cutters (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 190°C.

  • Combine all the ingredients to form a soft dough. If the mixture is too dry, add water as needed.

  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface and use your cookie cutters to cut the dough or make little balls of dough and press them flat to make small round cookies.

  • Place the cut cookies onto lightly greased baking paper and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Bunny Digging Box

Bunnies are naturally big on digging and burrowing, so a digging box is a great way to provide stimulation and encourage foraging behaviour.
You will need a box with sides at least as tall as the bunny’s head when standing on all 4 feet – if the bunny is not a big jumper or struggles with arthritis, then the sides should be lower. You can use a sturdy cardboard box or plastic tub/container big enough for the bunny to get into and move around in (bigger is more fun!)
To fill your bunny’s diggy box, you can use:

  • Soil (dry, clear of bugs, plant matter)
  • Finely shredded paper or newspaper
  • Timothy/eragrostis/mountain hay
  • Or a combination of the latter 2.

Distributing dried herbs or other small treats in amongst the filling will keep your bun busier for longer!

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