Having worked as a nurse for several years, and most recently as assistant to Dr Jose, our veterinary dentist, I have seen some healthy mouths and some unfortunate animals with dreadful teeth. These animals are usually booked in to see us as their breath smells bad and they do not want to eat pellets any more. Continue reading
It was around 3 o’ clock the morning, 2nd Jan ‘18, when I woke up to the worst gagging sounds that I have ever heard. From that sound, I immediately knew that something was very wrong. I got out of bed to assist my 15-week-old Doberman puppy who was trying to throw up. Her tummy was as tight as a tennis ball. She was for some time, but nothing came out. She looked so terribly uncomfortable. Continue reading
Lucy Riley impressed us all when she waltzed into our rehab clinic the other day after we called to see how she’s doing. To our delight she is doing extremely well. She came wagging her tail, all smiles and very happily walking on all 4 legs. Lucy and her mom came twice a week for rehab, along with the support of Frankie, her brother.
A young kitty was brought into the Somerset West practice with a fracture on his leg assumed to be caused by an accident. Jess was helping Dr. Mia with the kitten when Dr. Mia dropped him in arms and told me I could take him home for the weekend, as he had no where to go.
Much like humans, when we are injured we go through a timely process of healing.
Animals too, need this kind of specialized attention after serious injury. Physical rehabilitation is something that can begin immediately post operatively. For patients suffering from a neurological condition, the first 6 weeks is crucial for performing physical rehab and exercises to aid a faster and better recovery.
RAD’s (Rescue Animal Drive) motto is “Love is Rescue”. Major’s story epitomises this philosophy and the unconditional love of a rescued dog.
There’s a misconception that your dog does not need to be groomed in the winter months, especially if they stay indoors. However, this is not true. In fact it becomes more important to groom your pet in winter as their long fur gets matted due to the cold, wet conditions. Continue reading
Know your breed
As a dog owner you should always research your breed to see how well they cope with the cold. Some breeds, like huskies, will have no problem taking on the colder weather, while others are better suited to stay indoors when it’s chilly.
Sometimes it seems as if our pets have these magical powers that make us happy, we think that might be true. Here are some ways our pets show us they care.