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
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
Recently we had 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
This is a condition where the thyroid gland is producing too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormone affects the metabolism of the body and when in excess will increase the rate of metabolism. This may be seen as your pet losing weight despite a good appetite. Continue reading