Frequently Asked Questions

Please find the answers to some Frequently asked questions you may have.

What types of bones are safe to give my dog?

To be truly honest, giving bones to pets are not safe.  The only reason why some of us tend to think it is good is because it keeps them busy.  

So if this is the reason for giving bones you should definitely have a look at alternatives that is available on the market.  There are plenty of other chew treats to choose from.  Your vet should be able to tell you what you can try.

Bones reallly do not have any nutritional value, therefore there is no reason to actually give them bones and bones are indigestible, which can lead to major surgery if the bone gets stuck.

For a more in depth read on bones - please click on the link below for our full article;

- Bones:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.


With so many tick and flea treatments on the market for dogs, one of which is a tablet, what would be the best to use for my dog?

This is quite a challenging question as different dogs respond differently to products available on the market.

The tablet forms of tick and flea control for dogs is pleasant to use if you have a dog that absolutely loves swimming because the spot-on treatments works with the oil of the skin on the dog, therefore if your dog swims you have to wait at least three days for the spot-on treatment to be most effective.

At the moment it seems that the tablet form of tick and flea control for dogs is the most popular option because it is less stressful to some dogs.  Some dogs absolutely hates having a liquid put on them where others would refuse to eat a tablet - therefore it basically comes down to preference to the owner, in what way they would find it easier to maintain the health of their pet, and what they are prepared to pay for the prevention and control of ticks and fleas in their home.

My cat has dirt on his/her chin that we can't seem to clean. What can we do about it?

The dirt you see on the chin is a common skin condition in cats, known as Feline acne.  Feline acne should be treated by the vet because there is a difference in severities to this skin condition.

Cleansing the skin with diluted disinfectant is recommended daily, please just don't use human skin disinfectants as this can be harmful.  Applying a warm cloth to the chin, if your cat allows you to, will open the pores, allowing better cleansing of the skin.

For more information on Feline acne, please read our following article;

- My cat has pimples!

I want to spay my dog, but should I let her have a litter first?

No.  At Linden Vet we recommend you spay your dog at six months.  She does not need to have a litter first.  When she has a litter, you will need to find all these pups homes, which will only add to the problem of unwanted pets.  You might even end up keeping another, which means more vet bills to keep this pup healthy as well. 

Spaying your dog will also have medical benefits for your dog, such as the risk of mammary cancer being reduced drastically.  To find out more about spaying please read our full article on Spaying/Neutering your pet.

What is Spirocerca lupi?

Spirocerca lupi is a worm with a three stage life cycle.  Egg - Larvae - Adult.  This worm occurs in summer rainfall areas.  The preventative therapy of this worm is not yet proven but some of the products on the market have been registered to be effective against Spirocerca lupi. 

As a rule vets usually recommend deworming your pet every 3 months to prevent common worms.

Please read our full article on Spirocerca lupi.

Can I treat my pet's wound at home?

Most human medicines and remedies are not suitable for pets as it can sometimes even be dangerous.
At Linden Vet we recommend you take your pet in to the vet to clean the wound and make sure that everything is ok, but if you are treating it at home, call Linden Vet at 011 782 5367 for vet assistance.
Also read the following article on treating wounds at home.

Why does my dog snap at me when he/she is eating?

This is just your pet's way of telling you that he or she would like to be left alone while he or she eats.  It is also canine instinct for the leader to eat first and your dog might consider himself to be the leader of the house.

If you notice that this is the case and your dog becomes aggressive, it would be a good idea to get an animal behaviourist to help you.  If he/she is still young, it is the perfect time to take him/her to puppy school.

Should I continue with tick & flea control during winter?

Yes because ticks and fleas are still active during winter.  Most cases seen by our vets with biliary are often due to owners whom have omitted to use tick and flea products, especially during winter time.  Ticks and fleas are less active during winter but still pose a real threat to your pet.

My child was bitten by a mouse (shrew,rat or monkey). Must he/she receive anti-rabies treatment?

If bitten by a shrew or rat then contracting rabies is not likely, however seek medical attention to treat bite wounds as they can become infected. If bitten by a monkey, depending on the behaviour of the animal, anti-rabies treatment may be indicated, seek medical attention.

Please read the following article on Frequently Asked Questions about rabies;

When hand rearing a kitten or puppy, can I give them cow's milk?

No, it is best to buy formula.

Formula is made specifically for the species (dog/cat) you want to feed, therefore guaranteeing that your puppy or kitten gets the correct nutrients it needs for healthy development.



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