Information about Diabetes Mellitus in pets.

vaccHas your pet been diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus, often shortened to just Diabetes? Diabetes is a relatively common disease, not only in humans but also in cats and dogs. Cells in the body require insulin in order to be able to move sugar into the cell and use it as a fuel source. Diabetes may result from either inadequate insulin being produced by the pancreas or it being less effective on the cells in the body (insulin resistance). The sugar then cannot be taken up into the cells so there is then too much sugar in the blood stream. Continue reading

TAH Tips on keeping your pet calm during fireworks.

It is that dreaded time of the year for pet owners:) Guy Fawkes Night is upon us and we have put a few tips together to help you keep your furry friends save and calm.

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Remember to close windows and cat flaps. If your cat is used to going out, provide a litter tray. Small pets that normally live outside, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, should also be brought in if there are likely to be fireworks nearby. Make sure cats and dogs have ID tags or microchips in case they do get lost.
Then all you need to do is close the curtains, turn on the TV and try to relax. Continue reading

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)

Acute Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDimg-thingV) is a dramatic and enigmatic disease syndrome. It is characterised by abnormal distension as well as displacement (“turning”) of your pet’s stomach and typically occurs in deep-chested large breed dogs. Despite many studies no signal factor has emerged as the cause of GDV. Currently it is believed that a variety of risk factors (e.g. breed, genetics, overeating, aerophagia etc.) have an additive interaction eventually resulting in GDV. GDV is a severe potentially life-threatening emergency condition that requires immediate veterinary care. Continue reading

POST OVARIOHYSTERECTOMY (SPAY)

Your pet was sterilised today at TAH. This involves the removal of the uterus and ov28394-Beagle-pup-sitting-white-backgroundaries. The wound was closed with stitches, which are located under the tummy. This was covered with a small piece of cotton wool which may have fallen off before discharge, or may fall off over the next few days. Do not be concerned if the cotton wool falls off. It is not necessary to clean the wound. Continue reading

That’s not supposed to be there? – Gastrointestinal foreign body

A gastrointestinal foreign body is any abnormal indigestible object in your pet’s digestive xraytract and can be anything from bones, toys, stones, metal objects, pieces of material, pieces of string to mielie cobs. Some foreign bodies will in rare cases pass through the gut without causing any disease. However in most pets the foreign body will not pass through, getting stuck at some point in the digestive tract and causing your pet to feel very sick. In these cases your vet will have to surgically remove the foreign body. Continue reading