Kathu

Dierekliniek

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Monday - Friday

07h30 - 17h30

Saterday

09h00 - 12h00

 

Maandag - Vrydag

07h30 - 17h30

Saterdag

09h00 - 12h00

 

Consultations by appointment

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

 

Konsultasies op afspraak

Gesluit on Sondae en openbare vakansiedae

Troeteldier Raad

  • Maak altyd seker dat jou nuwe klein hondjie of katjie die gepaste inentings gekry het vir die relevante siektes van die omgewing.
  • Net omdat jou troeteldier vir jou soos 'n kind is, maak dit hom/haar nie 'n mens nie. Hulle fisiologie verskil en daarom het hulle die beste, gebalanseerde troeteldier voeding nodig vir 'n lang gesonde lewe.
  • Menslike pyn pille is skadelik vir diere. Disprin brand maagsere en Panado's veroorsaak lewerskade. Moenie dit vir jou diere gee nie.
  • Vra altyd die geleerdes. Moet nie kwakke raad vra oor jou diere se gesondheid nie. Vra jou veearts. Net omdat iemand 20 jaar getroud is, beteken dit nie hulle is 'n ginekoloog nie. Net so is iemand wat al lank diere teel nie 'n veearts of kenner van diergesondheid nie.

 

FAQ'S

Kan Dokter my hond se stert vir my afsit?

A: Stertjies afsit (kaudektomie) is sedert 1 Julie 2008 'n onetiese prosedure vir veeartse verklaar. Enige iemand anders dan 'n veearts wat 'n chirugiese prosedure op 'n dier uitvoer, kan van diere mishandeling aangekla word.

 

Hoeveel keer per dag moet my troeteldier kos kry?

A: As dit moontlik is, gee hulle 3 keer per dag kos. Anders 'n minimum van 2 etes. Dit hou hulle energie vlakke stabiel en keer dat hulle nie alles verorber wat hulle in die hande kry.

 

 

Pet advice

 

  • Always make sure that your pet is immunised against the prevailing diseases of the area.
  • Just because you love your pet like a child, you cannot feed and treat him/her as a human. Their physiology differs and they need the best perfectly balanced pet nutrition for a long healthy life.
  • Human painkillers are harmful for pets. Disprins cause gastric ulsers and Panado's cause liver failure. Don't give it to your pets.
  • Always ask the expert. Do not ask quacks about your pets health. Ask your veterinarian. Being married for 20 years does not make someone a gynaecologist. Just as breeding animals does not make you an expert on animal health.

 

 

FAQ'S

Will the veterinarian dock my puppy's tail?

A: Tail docking (caudectomy) is declared an unethical procedure since 1 July 2008. Any person that is not a veterinarian and does a surgical procedure on any animal can be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

 

How often should I feed my pet?

A: If possible 3 times a day. If this is not possible a minimum of 2 meals a day should be given. This keeps your pets energy levels stable and they wont gulp down everything they see.

 

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My cat is eating like crazy and not picking up weight

Hyperthyroidism in cats

What is hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that arises from an excessive production and secretion of active thyroid hormones by an abnormally functioning thyroid gland. First recognised in the late 1970’s, the frequency of diagnosis has escalated dramatically - currently it is the most common endocrine (hormone system) disease in cats and also one of the more frequently diagnosed disorders in the veterinary field. The condition is estimated to affect 1 in 300 cats.



My Dog is Pregnant

Midwifery 101 - What to expect when your dog is expecting

Is my dog pregnant?

In the days before high walls and fences in South Africa, it was quite common for dogs to roam around freely in cities and towns; and it was not uncommon to discover out of the blue, that your female dog at home may be pregnant without you knowing how she fell pregnant.

Having said that, in those days most people who had an un-spayed (unsterilized) bitch at home, would have known very well that she was “in season” or “on heat”, which is the time the female dog is ready to ovulate and mate, because the whole neighbourhoods’ male dogs would have been howling at the door for “a piece of the action”.



My Collie is bumping into things and seems to have difficulty with its eye sight

Collie Eye Anomaly

What is Collie eye anomaly?

Collie Eye Anomaly is an inherited condition affecting both eyes of many different Collie type breeds of dogs. Interesting to note, that not only Collie breeds are affected but also some other breeds. Affected breeds include Rough and Smooth Collies, the Shetland Sheepdog, the Australian Shepherd, the Border Collie, the Lancashire Heeler, and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. 



From Kitten to Cat

Kitten Behaviour

Tiny fuzz-balls of cuteness - the perfect description for every kitten. We cannot resist them creeping into our hearts. 

You have brought your new kitten home and realise it is dependent on you for its every need. For the kitten, the world is huge, brand new and can be a bit scary. Every sight, sound, smell, person and animal are a new experience. These first experiences are likely to influence their future behaviour.



My cat has suddenly gone lame in her hindquarters and seems to be in a lot of pain

Feline Aortic Thromboembolism

What is Feline Aortic Thromboembolism?

Feline Aortic Thromboembolism (ATE) is a condition in cats where a big blood clot settles and blocks the main artery (the aorta) running from the heart to the cat’s hind legs.  The clot typically settles near the pelvis, where the aorta divides into the two main arteries that extend into the legs.



My cat's eyes are swollen and teary

Conjunctivitis in Cats

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin semi-transparent mucous membrane lining the inside of the eyelids, covering the third eyelid. This membrane attaches to the globe of the eye at the level of the sclera (the white part of the eye). The back end of the word conjunctivitis (– itis) refers to inflammation which is a defense mechanism of the body and means swelling, redness, increased heat to the local area because of an increase in blood flow to the affected area, and pain or discomfort. Conjunctivitis is a very common condition affecting our household cats.



There is something wrong with my dog's eyes

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca - Dry eye

What is “dry eye?”

Keratocunjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) or dry eye as it is commonly known, is a condition found in humans and animals where the eyes do not produce enough tears or moisture for the eyeballs to stay moist and shiny.

Which animals are prone to dry eye?

The condition is common in dogs and rare in cats. Cats who do suffer from the condition tend to show fewer symptoms of eye problems than dogs.  Certain dog breeds are predisposed which include Cocker Spaniels, Bulldogs, West Highland White Terriers, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus.



My dog has what looks like a red cherry stuck in the corner of its eye

Cherry eyes in pets

Introduction to cherry eye

A cherry eye is a non-life-threatening condition that occurs in dogs, and less often in some cat breeds.  It is an extremely descriptive term, as one can see an oval, bright red swelling in the inside corner of an affected dog’s or cat’s eye, resembling a cherry. As a pet owner one can easily become quite alarmed by seeing this, but fortunately, it only causes slight irritation to the dog initially and you will have time to attend to it and take your animal to the vet before the condition gets out of hand. It is never a good idea to just leave it be. The condition tends to occur more commonly in younger dogs and cats, usually between the ages of 2 and 6 years.



My dog's nose seems to be all clogged up and hard and he is not well at all

Distemper in dogs

Following recent outbreaks of Distemper (Hondesiekte in Afrikaans) in Kwa Zulu Natal and Gauteng, it is important to have an understanding of this disease which is fatal in half of all cases of dogs that contract the disease.



My pet injured its eye!

Trauma to the eye- eyelids and cornea

Just like in people, the eye of a dog or cat is a delicate structure that can be affected by a huge number of different conditions. This article will cover trauma to the eyelids, third eyelid and cornea.

Anatomy of dogs and cats eyes

The eye of the dog and cat is very similar in structure to the human eye but there are one or two differences. Both a cat and dog’s eye is globoid (round) in shape. The part of the eye exposed to the outside is protected by the eyelids and eyelashes, just as in people. The cornea is the see-through part of the eye. It is a thin layer, allowing light to pass through the pupil and lens to the back of the eye.  The white of the eye is known as the sclera. The conjunctiva is the pink part of the eye that can be seen between the eyelids and the eyeball. Dogs and cats both have an extra membrane, known as the third eyelid or nictitating membrane.  This membrane can be seen in the inner angle of the eye and sometimes it can cover most of the eye, particularly following trauma. 



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