Information on Rodenticide (Rat Poison) poisoning

Ingestion of rat poison by pets, most commopaknly 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

Pregnancy in dogs – Part two

After birth, the bitch will mom and pupsrelax, 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

Has your dog been diagnosed with Demodectic mange?

This is a skin disease that is causedog itchd by a mite, Demodex canis. This mite is found on all dog’s skin, but may overgrow in puppies. Demodectic mange in older dogs often signals an underlying immunosuppressive condition.

The disease causes the hair to fall out in patches. Sometimes, secondary infections occur, leading to pimples and itching. The vet will have diagnosed the condition by looking at a skin scrape, or in some cases of deep infection, a skin biopsy. Continue reading

Celebrations all around – Micro chipping @ TAH Animal Hospital

Recently we h11704986_650741518359835_3461160369940532184_nad the pleasure of reuniting a cat and its owner after four months of being apart. It was all thanks to the cat being micro chipped and caring people bringing the lost cat in to be scanned. With one or two scrapes the kitty was in good health and happy to be home.

Micro chipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they are lost or stolen. A tiny microchip as big as a grain of rice, is inserted under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades and doesn’t cause any lasting pain. This gives your pet their own unique identity code. Continue reading