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
Is your pet suffering with otitis externa, which is inflammation of the ear canal. There are several possible causes including bacteria, yeast, ear mites, allergies, foreign objects, trauma or tumours. The hair within as well as the conformation of your pets ear may also play a role in your pet developing outer ear diseases. Continue reading
This is a skin disease that is caused 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
Don’t forget about your pets this Christmas! Here are two easy gifts that will get tails wagging for sure.
The holidays are a festive time for us and our pets. However, due to ongoing activities and constant distractions, we can easily overlook potential dangers to our four-legged family members. Her are a few things to keep in mind; Continue reading
Flea droppings (dark specks) in the fur, Flea eggs (white specks) in the fur, Excessive licking or scratching, Scabs or hot spots on the skin are warning signs that your pet has some unwelcome visitors. Continue reading