Greenfields Vet

Contact Information:

043 7363681 (tel)
043 7363543 (fax)

Physical Address:

41 Jan Smuts Ave
Greenfields
East London
South Africa
5201
 

Directions


Visiting Hours:
Monday to Friday

07h30 - 12h00 &
15h00 - 18h00
(by appointment)
Reception open all day

Saturdays

08h30 - 11h00
(by appointment)

Public Holidays and After hours

Vet on call

Kidd's Beach Vet

Contact Information:

043 7811019 (tel)

 

Consultations:

By appointment only

Dosing tablets to your pet

Dogs

Make three small balls of mince. Hide the tablet in one of the balls, taking care not to transfer the smell of the tablet onto the decoy balls. Feed the first ball as a dry run, the second with the tablet, and the third as a reward.

Cats

Hold the head firmly with the nose facing the ceiling. Holding the tablet between thumb and index finger of the other hand, use the middle finger to prise the teeth apart and pop the tablet into the back of the throat and hold the mouth closed. A licking action will tell you that your efforts have been successful.

Dogs dragging their bums

Dogs that scoot along the ground are very often considered, erroneously, to have worms. Such behaviour is almost always due to blocked anal sacs (which produce territory-marking scent). This can be a very painful condition which often leads to constipation or infection. Simply blocked anal sacs can be cleared by your vet. Badly blocked sacs may required flushing or even surgical removal.

 

House training your new puppy

The name of the game is 'being in the right place at the right time'. By anticipating when you pup may be due to go you can increase the chances of having them on the lawn when it matters. Take them out after waking up, after meals, after drinking and play. By praising them every time they get it right they will associate their toilet activities on the lawn with positive feedback from you. Before long they'll have it!

 

What do I do if I have an emergency after hours?

Their is a vet on call to help you with an after hours emergency at any time between our normal opening hours. Dr Hensburg will cover most of the after-hours emergencies, but occasionally our telephone line will be diverted to an alternate vet, to allow our team some time off. Simply call our office number and you will be diverted to the vet on call.

 

My dog or cat eats grass. Should I be concerned?

While many carnivores occasionally eat grass without any ill effects it is usually a clear indication that they can feel that something is amiss in their digestive system. This is their means of showing you that all is not well. Some of the causes of this behaviour will subside on their own, but many may persist to cause further discomfort. Some examples of this are blocked anal sacs, intestinal worms, indigestion from inappropriate food, constipation and intestinal infections. Therefore it is best to have your pet examined timeously to prevent something serious happening.

 

My animals have a flea problem. What do I do?

Controlling fleas, particularly at the coast, can be a real challenge. Breaking the flea life cycle is the only way to prevent a resurgence of these very prolific and capable insects. Regular application of a reputable product to your pet's skin will ensure that any newly acquired fleas will come into contact with the product and will therefore die. Sterilization of surviving fleas once your product concentration diminishes is also a critical factor and so the product you choose should be able to perform both functions. With so many inadequate products available it is no wonder we still have fleas! Speak to us about the products you should be using, and how to get the best results for your efforts.

 

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Urolithiasis

My pet has begun to pee a lot more frequently, but in smaller amounts. Even though she's house-trained, she still pees in the house and sometimes there is blood in her urine.

What is urolithiasis?

Urolithiasis is the long-winded Latin term to describe the development of bladder and kidney stones. The term ‘uro’ describes the urinary system, while ‘lith’ means stone.



Rabies

I've heard on the news that there's a new outbreak of rabies in dogs. What are the symptoms and what should I do?

Towards the end of June 2021, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) informed the public of an outbreak of Rabies in the Cradle of Humankind area. Near the end of August 2021, the Western Cape government issued a warning of a new rabies outbreak and encouraged pet owners to ensure their pets' rabies shots are up to date. In early August, three women were attacked by a honey badger and tested positive for rabies, while earlier in September, a young boy in the Eastern Cape died from rabies as the result of a dog bite. Traditionally, rabies was considered to be restricted to Kwa-Zulu Natal and KZN was declared an endemic area for rabies. Unfortunately, it is no longer the case and the whole of South Africa is now considered endemic.



Eclampsia in pets

My dog/cat recently had puppies/kittens and is starting to show strange twitches and spasms

What is eclampsia?

Eclampsia is a life-threatening condition in dogs and cats that have recently had a litter of puppies or kittens. It has been seen in pets that are pregnant or giving birth, but more commonly occurs one to four weeks after giving birth. It is a medical emergency caused by a sudden drop in blood calcium levels, usually due to calcium loss during pregnancy and nursing.



Pet heroism

Who is saving whom? How pets improve our lives

Carey was sitting on the kitchen floor; the low downlights hardly penetrating the shadows reflecting her sombre mood. It had been an incredibly tough year and she was at that point of wondering what it was all for. Her neighbours had moved out, friends were few and far between; there was hardly anyone to miss her – not immediately anyway. What was stopping her from doing something stupid with the paring knife in her hand? At that moment, the silence in her flat was punctuated by the unmistakable sound of little dog paws on tiles and then two fuzzy heads peeked out from behind the kitchen cupboard. Both her miniature pinscher and chiweenie flattened their ears against their heads and wagged nervously, but mustered all their courage to approach their teary-eyed human in that dark hole on the kitchen floor. With hands full of furry friends, there’s no room for despair and hopelessness. Carey had saved them once upon a time, and this was just their way of returning the favour. What was stopping her indeed?



Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and cats

My pet tires quickly when playing or exercising and sometimes has a soft cough like trying to clear their throat

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy is a disease condition of the heart muscle that inhibits its ability to function properly. In the case of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the heart muscle is stretched and the muscle is thin and flabby, affecting its pumping ability. Dilated cardiomyopathy can affect both pets and people.

The heart is designed as a pump where each contraction pushes blood from the lungs to the rest of the body and back again. This allows the oxygen we breathe in to be absorbed in the blood and distributed to where it is needed. When the pump itself is affected, the distribution and flow of blood is compromised. In DCM, the bottom chambers of the heart, which are the power house for the pumping action, are dilated and thin, and unable to properly expel the blood presented to them from the lungs and body. This leads to a backup behind the heart. Depending on which side of the heart is more severely affected, this usually ends up with fluid and blood buildup in the lungs. In DCM, it is usually all four chambers of the heart that are stretched and affected, not just one side. This stretching of the muscle also affects the electrical conduction of the heart and its ability to pump at a normal rhythm.



COVID-19 and Your Pets: Update

The SARS-CoV-2 Virus

It has been more than a year since COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has been declared a worldwide pandemic. Much research has been done regarding many aspects of the virus, the disease process it causes as well as the spread of the virus. In the wake of the anticipation of South Africa’s ‘third wave’ of COVID-19 infections, this article serves as a follow-up discussion regarding information that has come to light in the past year.



Domestic pet poisoning

My pet may have eaten something poisonous. How do I know if she will be alright?

Poisoning is a common occurrence in domestic animals like dogs and cats. The most widely observed route of poisoning is via the mouth (orally), but topical poisoning and other routes of intoxication are also possible. No matter the route of poisoning, it’s critical to treat each individual case of poisoning as a matter of urgency, as some poisons could be life-threatening for the pet. In this article, we give an overview of the most commonly encountered poisons in private practice in this part of the world.



Malicious poisoning of dogs

I think my dog has been poisoned! What must I do?

What poisons are used on dogs?

The most commonly used poisons are organophosphates (malathion, disufloton, acephate, parathion), carbamates (Aldicarb, Temik/‘two-step’) and rat poison. Organophosphates and carbamates are insecticides used for both agricultural and household applications. Temik is often used despite being a restricted substance, and may be combined with other substances. The tiny bluish-black granules, which are white on the inside when crushed, are commonly hidden in something tasty such as a piece of sausage, polony, meat or bread. Clinical signs of poisoning start within minutes to hours after exposure to the poison. Temik can kill dogs very quickly or even suddenly due to a build-up of secretions in and/or paralysis of the breathing system.



Coughing

My pet seems to have a persistent cough. What caused it and what can I do about it?

Coughing is one of the most common syndromes veterinarians all around the world encounter during consultations. Coughing in itself is not a disease, but a symptom of something else in your pet. The onset, type of cough, duration and production will help the vet to get to the bottom of what’s going on inside your pet.

What is coughing?

Coughing is an audible, forceful expelling of air from the lungs usually in an attempt to clear the airways. Forceful expulsion of air should follow forceful inhalation for the whole action to qualify as a cough. A cough is actually a protective reflex of the body, which signals the presence of an underlying condition. Coughing is generally classified into two main categories namely a wet/productive cough or a dry/non-productive cough. A wet cough is one in which there is an accompanying fluid or mucous discharge seen with each episode; while a dry cough has no discharge or fluid.  



PERIANAL FISTULA

My dog has sores around his anus, which he is constantly licking. He also gets aggressive if I touch his tail and he seems uncomfortable and is just not himself. What's wrong?

Perianal fistulas are an extremely painful medical condition of the anal region of dogs. As the name describes, this condition involves infection in the skin and surrounding tissue of the anus. ‘Peri’ means around, the anus, while a fistula is a tunnel in the skin that connects an area of infection to the skin or glands. This condition is characterised by very smelly draining sinus tracts in the skin around the anus and sometimes the deeper structures beneath the skin up to the rectum. 



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