Category: Emergency

Help! My pet has just drank some Anti-Freeze

Help! My pet has just drank some Anti-Freeze
Ethylene Glycol Toxicity
Winter has arrived and many people, as a precautionary measure, are putting antifreeze into their cars’ radiators, to prevent the water from freezing. Ethylene glycol is the main ingredient found in antifreeze. Antifreeze is not as commonly used in South Africa as on other very cold par...
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My puppy is trying to chew the cord of my laptop charger

My puppy is trying to chew the cord of my laptop charger
Electrical Injury in our pets
Although this may sound like a very unusual topic to discuss it is something that happens far more frequently than we would like. The most common reason for our pets to get electrocuted is chewing on electrical cords. In general the age groups affected in both cats and dogs are approximately 2 mo...
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My dog makes a strange snorting sound with funny gagging movements almost like something is stuck in his/her throat.

My dog makes a strange snorting sound with funny gagging movements almost like something is stuck in his/her throat.
Reverse Sneezing in dogs
What is reverse sneeze? Reverse sneezing is repetitive, forceful inspiratory (breathing in) efforts generally caused by irritation of the lining of the naso-pharynx or area at the back of the mouth and nose where these two openings join...
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My dog's stomach is suddenly very bloated and he is very uncomfortable

My dog's stomach is suddenly very bloated and he is very uncomfortable
The dreaded Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) Syndrome - Twisted Stomach
Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) is a rapidly progressive life-threatening condition in dogs characterised by bloating and twisting of the stomach. Patients admitted with suspected GDV are treated as an emergency as the condition is life threatening. Treatment may require medical and surgica...
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My pet was hit by a car on its hindquarters

My pet was hit by a car on its hindquarters
Pelvic Fractures
This article gives a simple overview of what to expect when a pet has a pelvic fracture, what are the most common causes and associated injuries, and what treatment options are available. Pelvic Fractures are a fairly common occurrence and it is something veterinarians in private practice are...
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Is your pet safe?

Is your pet safe?
Fatal Diseases that can easily be prevented
Fatal Diseases that can easily be prevented There are some fairly common fatal diseases in animals which can and should be prevented wherever possible. This article looks at how these diseases present, what they lead to and most importantly how they could be prevented. ...
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Proptosis

Proptosis
Displacement of the eyeball
Proptosis is defined, as the forward displacement of the globe (eyeball) out of the socket, with the eyelids trapped behind the globe. Proptosis is an ophthalmic emergency. Any suspected trauma to your pet’s eye warrants a visit to your veterinarian immediately. Let...
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What causes back pain in dogs?

What causes back pain in dogs?
Disc disease in dogs
Introduction Intervertebral disc disease is a term that describes the condition in which the softer cartilage like material in between the bones of the spine, called an intervertebral disc, pushes onto the spinal cord, causing clinical signs that varies from slight back pain and discomf...
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Can I treat my pet's wound at home?

Can I treat my pet's wound at home?
Wound Care at Home
When managing wounds at home it is important to always contact your veterinarian for assistance. Many home and even human wound remedies are not suitable for use in pets. Determining factors in deciding whether a wound can be treated at home or needs veterinary care includes the severity and age ...
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Do cats bite for no reason?

Do cats bite for no reason?
Aggression in cats
Cats are often seen as less aggressive animals than dogs but they have five sharp ends that can be used at a moments notice. Cats may also be seen as more instinctive than dogs, mimicking some of the behaviour seen in their wild counterparts. This is obviously on a much smaller level. Aggression ...
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