Do you know what to do if one of your pets gets injured or becomes suddenly ill?
Small Animal First Aid Kit Now Available
Do you have what you need to treat them or patch them up until you can get to your vet?
At VetX, in addition to our popular Equine First Aid Kits, we have put together a comprehensive small animal First Aid Kit which contains everything you will need to handle the most common emergencies.
In addition to basic first aid supplies we have put together a pamphlet offering you helpful information on how to use your first aid kit and when you need to call your Vet.
It's Tick & Flea season
The sun is out which means we get to go out and enjoy glorious walks on the Common and in the Wetlands. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA recently issued an urgent appeal to ensure that pet owners make sure their tick and flea management is up to date due to the recent surge in tick-fever related cases.
In addition to regularly using a tick and flea treatment. Give your dogs, cats and horses a daily once over to make sure they didn’t pick up any hitchhikers.
At VetX we offer various products suited to all animals to help control these pesky critters. From topical treatments, monthly spot-on treatments to oral treatments that can last up to 3 months.
Paterson’s Curse is Toxic to horses. Learn the signs.
Echium Plantagineum, more commonly known as Paterson’s curse, makes its appearance during the Spring/Summer months and can be found in fields and paddocks.
A single plant can produce 5000 seeds, which are distributed primarily by wind, and it has an incubation period of six years. If not pulled out it will soon destroy indigenous plants as it also poisons the soil with a deadly alkaloid toxin which prevents growth of all other plants.
This prolific plant is toxic to horses and causes liver damage if ingested. The most common signs of Patersons curse poisoning are:
Constipation, Diarrhoea, Jaundice, Swelling, Poor appetite, Weight loss and can take weeks or even months to show.
Make sure you are aware of this and other toxic plants in our region and try to establish a regular routine to check your pastures. If you suspect your horse has ingested this or any other toxic plant, call us on so that we can advise you on the best treatment.
Hot dry weather leads to dry hooves which can cause cracking, chipping and peeling hooves.
- maintain a regular farrier schedule
- avoid dry-wet-dry conditions
- Use a hoof conditioner
- feed a balanced diet and a hoof supplement
We have a range of hoof supplements available, pop in to have a chat about the best option for your horse or shop hoof care online.
We are now able to offer dental scaling in the comfort of your home. Causing less distress to your pet and more convenience for you.
Call us today to book your session and take advantage of our launch promotion.