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
We are very sorry to hear that your pet has been bitten by dogs. Some pets mauled by dogs will noticeably be severely injured while others may appear fine initially, only to show clinical signs of cardiovascular shock, difficult breathing or severe infections later. It is therefore very important that all animals with dog bite wounds be thoroughly examined and treated by your vet. Continue reading
Constipation is a condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened faeces. This is may have several possible causes including: Continue reading
A ginger mass of fluff greeted me with a meow but didn’t move from his resting spot. Looking at his papers, I read that his name was Memphis, an 8 month old kitten (But yet he looks like a full size cat) who had been mauled by the next door neighbour’s dog. Continue reading
Has your cat has been diagnosed with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Like its human counterpart (HIV) it causes suppression of the cat’s immune system. Thankfully it cannot be transmitted to humans and neither can HIV infect cats.
Most commonly cats are infected through bite or scratch wounds from FIV infected cats, although occasionally mothers may transmit the virus to their kittens. Continue reading
For the last 50 years Tygerberg Animal Hospital has had the privilege of caring for the animals in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Branching out to Darling and Moorreesburg in 2014 was the beginning of our adventure into new territory which was met with great success. With eight hospitals under the TAH umbrella, we are happy to introduce our newest branch in Somerset west. Continue reading
Has your dog been diagnosed with Canine Parvovirus infection, commonly known as “Parvo” or “Katgriep”?
This is a viral disease of dogs that affects their immune system and gastrointestinal tract. The virus commonly causes inappetance, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and a decreased ability to fight infections. It is especially severe in puppies but the virus can also cause disease in older dogs whose vaccinations are not up to date. Continue reading
Some pets mauled by dogs will have obvious injuries while others may appear perfectly fine initially, only to later show clinical signs of cardiovascular shock, difficult breathing or severe infections. It is therefore very important that all animals with dog bite wounds be thoroughly examined and treated by your vet.
Our vets pride themselves in being well trained to deal quickly and effectively with trauma cases like dog bite wounds. Your vet will start with a basic clinical examination and by giving your pet strong pain medication. During the basic clinical examination in the consult room your vet will determine if your pet is breathing well, if he is in cardiovascular shock, if he is neurologically sound, the extent of his wounds and if obvious fractures are present. Continue reading