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Young dog fractures
Posted: Aug 25, 2018 (Disabled) comments

This is Pepper getting her splint changed. There are so many reasons dogs fracture bones. For example, road traffic accidents, or incidents such as falls from a height, playing fighting and the ‘I don’t know’ category. Signs that things are not all well are: limping, whining, not using their leg as much, swelling, or even shortening of a leg. Readmore

George
Posted: May 09, 2018 (Disabled) comments

Handsome George came in with a very sore ear and shoulder. Poor soul had come off second best in a cat brawl at home. The scratch marks on him had quickly turned into abscesses. Think of a pimple but 100 times more painful.  Readmore

Happy Harper
Posted: Mar 26, 2018 0 comments

Harper wasn’t quite well and not her usual bubbly self. As a young boxer she is usually full of beans.  Readmore

Dexter dodges disaster
Posted: Mar 04, 2018 (Disabled) comments

Dexter ate one sock but his owners didn’t know. He was very sick over a few days with lots of episodes of vomiting and lost interest in his usual favourite foods.

He had the x-rays to confirm that there was a sock in there. He had major surgery where the sock had got stuck and was damaging to his intestines.

He had to get 30cm of his intestines removed. His recovery was slightly rocky because so much of his intestines were removed. Surprisingly dogs can live without so much intestine. The challenges are getting the intestines moving again as they should be happy and vigorously digesting food.

The good news in that Dexter has recovered completely from his surgery and is back to his cool dude self. The bad news is his owners are short one sock of a pair and Dexter is still showing great interest in their other socks.

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Handsome Doogal
Posted: Feb 03, 2018 (Disabled) comments

One night, handsome Doogal, a 3 year old Basset Hound started to retch, howl, fall over and grow a big belly. Startled his family bought him in. Readmore

Titans FHO
Posted: Jan 10, 2018 (Disabled) comments

Titan got a fright and jumped out of his owners arms. He landed on the floor heavily and couldn’t put any weight on his back leg.  Readmore

EVH is open across Christmas
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 (Disabled) comments

EVH Emergency Vet Hospital in Wangara is open across Christmas.
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The dog who had to have a drink
Posted: Nov 22, 2017 (Disabled) comments

Murphy was bought to hospital as he had drunk antifreeze/coolant. While this might seem unusual, this happens as pets find it sweet and irresistible. Many people wouldn’t realise that it is extremely poisonous. Even in small doses it can cause extreme damage to both the kidneys and liver, leading to irreparable damage. Readmore

Cobra survives his under carriage being impaled
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 (Disabled) comments

Cobra is a big dog who lives on a property. Late one afternoon, he decided that it was a great idea to chase the horse. He lept over a log and a 20 cm stick impaled his undercarriage, from one side of his delicate bits right across to the other.  Readmore

Day in the life of a puppy
Posted: Sep 21, 2017 (Disabled) comments

Max is only 8 weeks old. His new family had just introduced him to his new home, when he became dramatically unwell. He went downhill with diarrhoea, vomiting, lethargy and no interest in eating or drinking.

With his parents’ permission, the vets kept him overnight to care for him and test to see what was causing him to be so unwell. These included blood tests to see if there was infection, dehydration or inflammation. They tested his poop for parvovirus, which is a severe and life-threatening disease. Additionally, samples were sent to external laboratories to look for parasites and bacteria.

Throughout the night, Max was monitored closely by the vets and nurses and cared for with pain relief, fluids to re-hydrate him, antibiotics and medicine to protect his stomach. He is back home now and growing beautifully!

Puppies health can go downhill quickly because they are very young and small in size. Things to focus on when you bring them are:

1. Diet - most puppies are weaned at 6 to 8 weeks of age, after which they leave their mothers and eat solid food. By this age, puppies should be eating 4 meals per day of a good quality food formulated for puppies of their size

2. Home environment – they are prone to eating and gnawing anything in the house and garden so move things out of their reach

3. Poisons – check places like garden sheds, kitchen cupboards, laundry and outdoors for common poisons. A list is available, but make sure these are not within reach

4. Vaccinations

5. Worm every 2 weeks until 3 months, then monthly until 6 months

6. Look at joining puppy classes for socialisation

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