Minka Kober is an 11 year old boxer who is a much loved companion that has unfortunately been struggling with spinal problems since she was very young. Even with her disabilities nothing has stopped Kinka from being a “bouncing boxer.”
In March 2015 Minka came in for a spinal and over all check up with Dr Campbell, during the check-up De Campbell noticed that there was a problem in her mouth and decided to refer her to Dr Jose Almansa Ruiz.
Minka was diagnosed with a benign but very invasive tumour on her maxilla. After a long discussion, Minka underwent a procedure called nostril maxillectomy to remove her oral mass. After a short stay in hospital, Minka recovered very fast, and at her 2 week follow- up everything was back to normal. She was again a very happy boxer, and Mrs Kober was very relieved that she had made the right decision. Seeing Minka back to herself again after such a big procedure was a sight for sore eyes.
The best news yet came when the histopathology results showed clean margins, meaning that Minka was in the clear.
It is very essential to perform routine dental care on your pets to ensure you are on top of their health needs. Your pet may not outwardly show a health issue until it is too late.
Brushing your pets’ teeth and grooming daily is a great way to bond with your pet as well as keep them in tip top shape.
During this time of the year there is a definite increase in snake bites as the snake spends more time out in the open soaking up the sun. Snakes are cold-blooded animals that raise their body temperature by lying in the sun or lower it by crawling into the shade. So this means snake bites will be less likely to happen in winter time as the snakes are hibernating. Also something to think about is all of the fires we are currently having; you find that most wild life will move to safer areas, this could be your back garden or even your house. Continue reading
*Please take the time to read through these instructions, as inadequate bandage care can have disastrous consequences.
The type of bandage used depends on the location and the purpose of the bandage. Please make a note on your calendar as to when your vet wants to see your pet for a bandage check or change. Leaving a bandage on for too long can cause serious complications. Continue reading
Dr Jose Almansa Ruiz has a real passion for dentistry and has helped TAH Animal Hospital understand that there is so much more that can be done for our dental patients. Many of our patients have already benefited greatly from his skills and we are sure he will be able to do the same for your patients too. Continue reading
This is an injury to the surface of the eyeball, which may vary in size from pin point to extensive. The condition is very painful, and can lead to serious consequences, including loss of the eye, and it is important to give the medication supplied as instructed and return for follow ups as required. Continue reading
Has your dog been diagnosed with ‘dry eye’ or KCS? KCS is a condition in which there is inadequate tear production in one or both eyes. The most common cause is attack of the immune system on the lacrimal gland, the gland that produces tears. The reason for this is unknown. In rare cases it may be due to a problem with the nerve that supplies the gland.
The vet has diagnosed the problem by using the Schirmer Tear Test, a test that measures tear production. This test will be used to monitor the response to treatment and to guide therapy. Continue reading
Has your cat been diagnosed with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)? This is a common condition in cats that may be brought on by stress and diet. Crystals in the urine may cause severe irritation to the bladder and may even form stones, some of which may need to be surgically removed. Cats may show painful urination, blood in their urine, urinating in inappropriate places in the household or increased frequency of urination. Cats that show frequent attempts to urinate and do not pass urine may have a bladder or urethral stone. Such cats will need to have a catheter passed to ensure urine can be voided. This is an emergency procedure as any delay may have detrimental effects on the kidneys and well the body as a whole. Continue reading
Ingestion of rat poison by pets, most commonly dogs, may happen if the rat poison is not stored correctly. The rat poison will thin the animals blood so that it does not clot leading to the pet being prone to bleeding. This is especially dangerous when bleeding occurs into the lungs, brain or around the heart. It may also be fatal if large volumes of blood are lost. Continue reading
After birth, the bitch will relax, and care for the puppies. Only in isolated cases will puppies neglect or mutilate their puppies. She will probably have a green/brown/mucoid vulvar discharge, which may be bloody as well. The discharge may persist for up to 6 weeks. It is important to ensure that the discharge decreases from day to day, does not smell bad and does not look pussy. Contact your vet if concerned. Continue reading
Pregnancy in the bitch lasts for 57 days, from conception to birth. However, conception may take place up to a week after mating. Most bitches will give birth +-63 days after mating, although birth may take place from 53-73 days after mating. Continue reading