Thelma and her friend Louise were rescued in late January from Hangberg Township in Hout Bat by Network For Animals and Shaygam Shelter. Once in the care of rescuers, she was immediately transported to the TEARS Veterinary Hospital for emergency veterinary intervention. Once examined by the TEARS Veterinary Team, it was found that Thelma had…

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During the last month the number of confirmed, positive parvo cases have been steadily climbing at TEARS Animal Rescue in Sunnydale, Cape Town. As the recent article circling on social media from other welfare groups also confirm, we are seeing more and more positive cases recently and this is sufficient evidence to believe there to…

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Thando, Niah and Amari were rescued from a low-income community by the TEARS Mobile Clinic. The three puppies were skeletal and absolutely covered from heads to tiny toes in mange. When examined by the TEARS Welfare Clinic veterinary team, it was found that the pups were approximately 2 months old and had probably suffered with…

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Rabies is a virus that is usually spread by the bite or scratch of an animal, most commonly dogs. Without early treatment, it is usually fatal, making rabies vaccinations in pets more important than ever. What is Rabies? Rabies is a viral disease that can be transmitted from an unvaccinated animal to a human, usually…

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Canine parvovirus (parvo) affects all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months are at the greatest risk. Highly contagious, it causes an infectious gastrointestinal (GI) illness in puppies and young dogs, and without treatment can be fatal. Readily transmitted from one place to another on the hair or feet of dogs or…

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Nearly all cats are exposed to Feline Herpesvirus (FHV) at some point in their lives. Some develop more effective immunity against it, while many become carriers of the disease. Feline Herpesvirus (FHV), also known as Feline Viral Rhinopneumonitis (FVR), Rhinotracheitis Virus or Feline Herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1), is highly contagious and one of the major…

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It was a cold dark night and I was looking for some food.  There were lights on in the houses, but I knew that the people didn’t want me there.  But I was hungry.  It had been three full days since I’d had anything to eat and that had been a meagre meal of a…

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Feline Leukaemia is one of the most common infectious diseases found in cats. As the second-leading cause of death in cats, it’s responsible for up to 85% of deaths in infected felines within three years of diagnosis. However, exposure to the Feline Leukaemia virus, or FeLV, doesn’t have to be a death sentence; about 70%…

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Canine distemper is a highly contagious, systemic, viral disease, occurring in dogs worldwide. It’s among the most serious diseases your dog can get, but, thanks to modern-day vaccinations, it’s also one of the most preventable.  The disease is highly contagious and potentially fatal. It affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems, as well…

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About a month ago, little Popcorn arrived at the TEARS Welfare Clinic. She was young, thin and weak. Popcorn had been rescued off of the streets of Mitchells Plain where she had been wandering around. Despite a search of the area, her other siblings and her mother were never found. When Popcorn arrived at TEARS,…

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