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
Your pet was sterilised today at TAH. This involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries. 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
Your pet has had surgery today to drain an othaematoma. An othaematoma is a collection of blood between the two cartilage layers of the ear. It is normally caused by shaking of the head or scratching the ear. You vet will have checked for an underlying cause (usually an ear canal infection). Continue reading
This involves the removal of both the testes. The wound was closed with stitches, which are located just in front of the scrotum. 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
Is your cat being treated for an abscess? Usually this involves lancing the affected area under general anaesthetic, and flushing the abscess with a sterile solution. Occasionally the vet may place a drain into the wound to allow fluid build up to escape. The vet may also have removed dead tissue and placed sutures. Continue reading
Maggie came to Tygerberg Animal Hospital (TAH) in Bellville because her owner Magrieta had noticed she was limping during one of their daily walks. Maggie weighed in at 12.4kg and was diagnosed as overweight and in desperate need of losing some extra pounds in order to take strain off of her already sore joints. Continue reading
A gastrointestinal foreign body is any abnormal indigestible object in your pet’s digestive tract 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