Vet Related


One day, out of the blue, your cat struggles to get up; her hind quarters are paralysed, her paws are ice-cold. She’s panting heavily, struggling to breathe, and when you go to pick her up, she cries in pain. It’s a nightmare scenario for any cat lover. ...read more
 

Listeriosis has recently been all over the news, with widespread concern about the source of the infection. But what many people don’t realise is that this potentially serious infection can affect our pets too. ...read more
 

Is your dog or cat suddenly urinating in strange places (like on your bed or the couch) or inside the house when it’s never done so before? Or are they dribbling urine as they walk or lie down? Perhaps there’s blood in their urine or they look like they’re straining or struggling to pee. ...read more
 

I’m trying not to be a doggy owner that takes my pooch to the vet for every little wart, but I also don’t want to leave things that could be serious. ...read more
 

When we decided to test Grace for service dog work, the staff laughed at us and said: “Huh? Crazy Grace?! Are you sure?” But there was something special about this little dog that I just loved… ...read more
 

Homeopathy is fun to use and, because it works so well for many medical conditions, it’s very rewarding for me to have a veterinary practice with a holistic approach. On 18th May 2015, I was contacted by Louisa Oosthuizen, of Great Dane Rescue, asking if I could possibly help with a Great Dane puppy which had been run over by a truck and left for dead by the side of the road. ...read more
 

Older animals are no different from older people and are commonly afflicted with visual problems. Causes are varied and range from normal ageing changes, such as nuclear sclerosis and senile cataracts, to more severe conditions, such as retinal detachments, which are often associated with systemic disease. ...read more
 

Running is a sport that can be done year-round and enjoyed by young and old alike. Many enjoy it so much that they do end up running every day. However, if you are like me, it’s not always possible to get in those regular runs – my best friend is very demanding, not to mention her smelly breath and flatulence, and insists on going for hour-long walks at least three times per week. ...read more
 

Animal lovers know that if you truly love your pets – and care about animals everywhere – you will have them sterilised. Aside from the massive animal overpopulation crisis, known to lead to neglect and abuse, there are many diseases, some life threatening, which you can avoid or completely prevent simply by having them spayed or neutered. ...read more
 

Epilepsy or, more correctly, Idiopathic Epilepsy, is a term used to describe a condition of abnormal electrical activity in the brain which causes seizures or convulsions. A seizure is an episode of involuntary muscle contractions of the body’s voluntary muscles (the major muscles responsible for walking and other normal movement). Typical signs involve altered consciousness, collapse with stiffening of the muscles, and paddling movements of the legs; this is usually transient. Any convulsions that do not cease require immediate veterinary attention. ...read more
 

Fleas and ticks are probably the worst among the various parasites that affect our pets’ well-being. ...read more
 

Every animal deserves to be looked after well, including their health. This means regular check-ups, dental care, vaccinations, parasite treatment, and sterilisation, as well as getting prompt treatment if they are ill or are injured. Bottom line: if you have a pet, you need a vet. ...read more
 

Have you ever slipped your pooch a bite or two off your plate? Dished up turkey with all the trimmings so that they can celebrate too? Sprinkled leftover fish fingers over kitty’s pellets? Topped up their bowls with scraps from the kids’ plates? Many of us have… and then felt guilty or worried afterwards. ...read more
 

My tabby cat, Trigger, is 12 years old and has gingivitis. I know this could be from an underlying cause, such as Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) but, thankfully in his case, he isn’t positive for these. ...read more
 

At work, we have been feeding a local stray dog for the past few months. We’ve called her Mischief and everyone is really fond of her. We’ve raised money to get her spayed and took her to the vet for a check-up. To our shock we were told Mischief has TVT. I had never heard of this before. ...read more
 

My four Cocker Spaniels (a four-year-old and three seniors over 12 years of age) are all in good to reasonable health and a good, lean weight. They’re on vet-quality food, which they get wet or dry mixed with rice and chicken/mince, and they also get vegetables, fruit, yoghurt and supplements. They get limited treats and I never give them bones. ...read more
 

We adopted a puppy from a rescue organisation earlier this year and although she is due for her last puppy vaccination soon, we would like to know more about the vaccination regime going forwards. ...read more
 

My 11-year-old German Shepherd-Canadian Wolf Dog, Balto, has been struggling with bouts of runny tummy, and there have been traces of blood in his stool. He is prone to eating sticks and pine cones from the garden, which also can’t be helping matters. He has been diagnosed as suffering from Colitis... ...read more
 

I’d like to adopt a puppy, but apparently she has mange, which is being treated at the shelter. They say there will be some after-care required. I would like to give her the best possible care but am uncertain what this involves. What causes mange, and is it contagious to my other animals? And could the mange return? ...read more
 

I recently adopted four little rescued feral kittens who were posted on Facebook as looking for Forever Homes – possibly to be homed together. Having been saved from a shopping centre roof, my heart just melted and I immediately offered them a home. While travel arrangements were kindly being made to get them to me, they developed snuffles, but were fortunately successfully treated by their vet. ...read more
 

We noticed recently that our adopted 10-year-old Border Collie limps if she plays too hard or goes on long walks. After a thorough vet check, she has been diagnosed with arthritis; fortunately, her health is otherwise excellent – it seems this is due to her age. As advised by our vet, she takes arthritis supplements, and we’re looking into moving her onto a joint-specific dog food which our vet recommended. She really loves her walks and playtime,... ...read more
 

With low-carbohydrate and Banting diets gaining popularity, xylitol has become popular as a sugar substitute. This has resulted in an increase in the incidence of cases of xylitol toxicity in dogs. ...read more