African Horse Sickness

African Horse Sickness is a very real and sometimes frustrating challenge for all of us and our horses. As horse owners, it is our responsibility to ensure that horses are vaccinated every year and that any movement of horses into the Western Cape African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled area complies…

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FAQ about Vets

1. WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO VETERINARIANS NEED? Students who will be admitted to the degree programme will need 6 years to complete their Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc). WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BVSC DEGREE? School-leavers: All school-leaving applicants will have to submit Grade 11 results with the required…

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Stem Cell Therapy

Does your pet suffer from osteoarthritis? Regenerative therapy in the form of Stem Cells may dramatically improve his/her mobility and Quality of life” Blue Hills Veterinary hospital – Cutting edge Stem Cell therapy Dr Tim Hepplestone recently attended a conference regarding the advancement of Stem Cell Therapy as a treatment…

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West Nile Virus (WNV)

A re-emerging insect-borne pathogen West Nile Virus is the most widespread and well travelled insect-borne virus in the world. It is a small Flavivirus with two genetic lineages, I and II. West Nile Virus is usually transmitted between wild birds by bird-feeding mosquitoes and spread by migratory birds. It can…

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CT – Now available to you.

In conjunction with Equicare, Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital is delighted to offer clients the availability of our latest diagnostic imaging modality – Computerized Tomography (CT scan). CT is now available to Equine and Small Animal patients, and referral cases are welcome. Dr Angela Rogers is the attending Practitioner performing the…

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Rat Poison and your dog?

Rodenticides ( = commercial rat poison products, made to be very palatable) cause a Coagulopathy, an inability for blood to clot. Appropriate blood clotting is an important self-regulating function in the body, and there are 2 separate pathways that are responsible for keeping the balance: 1) Platelets ( also called…

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What is SPIROCERCOSIS ?

This disease is caused by a potentially lethal parasitic worm, spirocerca lupi, which is carried by dung beetles that ingest the spirocerca eggs present in faecal matter. Dung beetles are naturally coprophagic ( = feeding on excrement) and, having ingested spirocerca eggs, the immature larvae hatch inside the dung beetle.…

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