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

Dog bite wounds.

We are very sorry to heacolli bandr 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

Walking with Memphis

I always get excited when I comephoto 1 across a main coon cat during my TLC walk through the hospital every morning. You can’t help but love this breed of cat!

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

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

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.kitty-cat

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