These are symptoms that can be caused by a wide variety of diseases. There are different tests and treatments available for your pet to combat these symptoms. The tests and treatments recommended by your veterinarian will depend on your pet’s age, sex, breed, medical history, clinical signs, duration of illness and your accurate account of your pet’s behaviour and recent exposures. Continue reading
Getting a puppy or kitten brings so much joy into our lives, their quirky little personalities and adventurous sides bring us lots of laughter. But before making the leap into furry parent hood, have a look at the responsibilities below that should be met in order for your fur baby to have the best start in life. Continue reading
I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and praise to you and especially to Dr Jurgie Van Zyl for the proactive and excellent care our Chihuahua puppy Sammy received when he was admitted on Friday evening 13 November and was quickly diagnosed with the dreaded Parvo Virus. In other words, a sure death sentence. Continue reading
Did your pet have surgery today to remove a tumor from his skin? This is a common procedure in pets. We have described the procedure below to help you understand the surgery and after care your pet will need. Continue reading
If your pet has been booked for a CT or MRI examination, this allows us to look in detail at structures inside the body, to assist in making a diagnosis. We are proud to offer this state-of-the-art service. Continue reading
Under floor cage heaters, Dental equipment, x ray machine, under water treadmill are only a few of the tools used throughout the day at TAH Animal Hospital. Going through the long list of necessary equipment used day to day in our practises, made it clear to staff that we needed to do our part in reducing our electricity foot print on the grid and in turn reducing our involvement in adding to global warming. Continue reading
A normal day at TAH Animal Hospital will see a number of pets dropped off for theatre bookings between 7 and 8 in the morning. Many of these theatre bookings are dedicated to sterilizing pets that are over the age of 6 months. Continue reading
Has 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
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.
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
Acute Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) 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