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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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.



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.



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.



Acute Abdomen

My pet won't eat, has a distended belly, is retching, and appears restless and in pain. She seemed fine yesterday, what could be the cause?

Now and again pet owners are faced with emergency situations when their pets are suddenly in severe belly pain. Unexpectedly, both the owner and the pet are in a moment of anxiety and distress. So what could possibly be going on? This sudden severe belly pain is what veterinarians call an acute abdomen.

What is acute abdomen?

Acute means to happen suddenly, while the abdomen is the lower part of the trunk of the body, often referred to as the belly. The term acute abdomen refers to sudden pain in the belly. This sudden, severe pain in an animal’s belly should be treated as an emergency and requires immediate evaluation and response by the vet.



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 parts of the world, as we do not get the very cold temperatures found in some parts of the Northern hemisphere. It is however found in many other products, which are found in South Africa. It is found in lower, less harmful concentrations in hydraulic brake fluid, solvents, motor oils, paints, film-processing solutions, wood stains, inks and printer cartridges.



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 months to 2 years of age - the young and the curious. During this phase of their development they tend to be curious about the world. Teething and growing creates the perfect atmosphere for chewing anything in their path. The incidence of electrocution can often coincide with the festive season with all the decorative lighting being put up but for most of us who work with a laptop from time to time and has to plug it in to charge, this could pose a risk for our pets.



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 into one. Unlike a normal sneeze where air is forcefully pushed out the nose to clear the irritation, a reverse sneeze involves air being pulled forcefully and rapidly into the nose. This is commonly seen in small and toy breeds breeds with long thin nasal passages like Miniature Pinchers, Toy Poms, Chihuahuas, Malteses, Dachshunds, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers and other Terriers, etc., and brachycephalic (short nose) breeds like Pugs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tsus, Pekingeses, etc.



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 surgical intervention. It is commonly associated with large or giant breed, deep-chested animals between 2 and 10 years of age. Some breeds affected are German Shepherds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Great Danes, Dobermans, Irish Setters and Basset hounds but any breed and age can be affected.



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 faced with almost on a weekly basis. The pelvis is an essential part of a pet’s skeletal structure and forms the framework around which their hind limbs move and function. Not only is it essential to our pets ability to walk but there are some very sensitive and important structures that lie in and around the pelvis which can easily be damaged in the event of a pelvic fracture. This will be explained in more detail later on in the article.



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