Frequently Asked Questions

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

Do I really have to supervise my pets when they snack?

Supervising your pet is recommended especially when they eat rawhide chews or cow hoofs.

Larger breeds are also more likely to swallow pieces of chews often resulting in choking and gagging and a lot of stress to patient and owner.

If you notice any of these symptoms, get to your vet as soon as possible.

Why is my dog scooting?

Ask yourself this question 'When last was my dog dewormed?'  If it wasn't in the last 3 months, consider deworming your dog.  You can deworm every 3 months to prevent a worm infestation.

Another cause of scooting could be full anal glands.  If your dog has been dewormed recently and is still scooting, please bring him to the vet so his anal glands can be checked and expressed if needed.

My cat/dog is eating grass. Is it normal?

Yes, it is a natural remedy that makes your pet vomit which helps for stomach discomfort.  Your pet will seek out the grass when he or she feels it is necessary.  There is no need for great concern, just monitor the situation, your pet and the faecal consistency.

If you have any concern, please contact us.

Do I need to feed my pets a special diet?

All pets need to be on a diet that suits them the best. A standard good quality food ensures that your pet will get the correct nutrients it needs for a healthy lifestyle.

In certain situations like a growing puppy or kitten, a kitten or puppy food needs to be fed to guarantee that your furry friend gets the correct ratio of calcium and phosphorus for healthy development.

Large and giant breed puppies should also be fed their specially formulated diets for one year to 18 months.

For your senior pets special diets are also available.

If you have any questions, please ask your veterinarian.

I am immigrating and want to take my pets with, what must I do?

There are different regulations and requirements depending on the country that you are going to.

Most countries require that your dog/cat undergoes a Rabies Titre test.  This requires a blood sample that is sent to an accredited lab.

For requirements on what exactly needs to be done for the country you are immigrating to, you can contact a pet transport company.  We can recommend Keringa Petwings - 0861303132,

My dog is out of control when I get home. What can I do?

When you get home and your dog is overexcited you can try to ignore him until he has calmed down, then you can say hallo.

If you give into his attention seeking pleas it will just reinforce the behaviour.

When your dog's behaviour is an overall problem and it's not just when you get home, you should consider seeing an animal behaviourist.  Your vet can help with referring you if need be.

Is it necessary to vaccinate my pets every year?

We do recommend you bring your pet in yearly for vaccinations.  When you come in to Linden Vet, the doctor seeing you will also do a general check up on your pet to make sure that his or her health is in order.

Annually vaccinating your pet is very important especially to keep your pet's rabies protective antibodies at a high level.

Following are two articles about vaccinations for more information;

My pet has fleas, now what?

There are a multitude of products available to control fleas; these include dips, sprays, powders and shampoos etc. The most effective flea control products are however exclusively available from vets. Most of the supermarket products only kill the adult stage or, at most, two of the life-cycle stages. The veterinary recommended products should kill ALL stages of the flea on your pet. They are also much easier to use and usually come in a spot-on form where the product is applied on the coat between the shoulder blades. This is especially helpful in our difficult kittys. Remember that powders are not suitable for cats because they groom themselves by constantly licking. These products also have a wide safety margin and most of them can be used on pregnant bitches and queens and even in puppies and kittens of three days old. Pets should be treated at least once a month for a minimum of three months in order to kill all the eggs, larvae and pupa in the environment, preventing them to grow into adult fleas and again jump onto your pet. Usually by the third month the life-cycle should be broken. This may not be true in heavy infestations and some pets may need year long treatment. In such a case treatment of the environment is also very important. Ask your vet which products are safe for this – keeping in mind that fumigating your home is also hazardous to your pet’s health.

View our full article on Fleas

I am planning on traveling with my pet, what should I take along?

If you choose to travel with your pet, here are a few necessary things to take along which may come in handy along the way and at your holiday destination:

  • Water and bowls
  • Food
  • A leash (for taking your pet out of the car onto the grass)
  • Treats
  • Toys and blankets
  • Bags and a Poop Scoop to pick up stools after the trip to the grass
  • Medication if needed
  • Tick and flea products
  • A list of vets in the area you are going on holiday to
  • First aid kit
  • Grooming gear
  • Cleaning materials (for the car and your holiday accommodation)

Read the full article on traveling with your pets here.

What should I do for my pets when there is thunder or fireworks?

As a pet owner it is important that you prepare in advance to calm your animal down and keep them safe during these events. There are a number of remedies available.

  • Close the animal in a sound proof room, if you have access to such a room.
  • Keep your animal close to you as most animals feel a lot safer in the presence of their owner.
  • Get a product from your vet to help keep your animal calm.

To find out more, please read our article on fireworks and thunder storms



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