Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

Link between animal cruelty and human abuse

A review of the literature By: Regan Jules-Macquet Animal abuse has become increasingly recognised as a serious crime, as well as an indicator of human-directed violence (A Campbell ‘The Admissibility of Evidence of Animal Abuse in Criminal Trials for Child and Domestic Abuse’ (2002) 43(2) Boston College Law Review 463). Recently there have been a few cases of judicial responses to animal cruelty and abuse in the South African media. Public sentiment often runs very high over cases involving animals. A story that was discussed on social media refers to a magistrate who allegedly stated that people care more for […]

The SAFE Program Promotes Practical Dog Bite Prevention

One of the most frustrating aspects of being a dog trainer is not being able to get information across to the people that really need it the most, especially when it comes to dog bite prevention. Or, seeing solid information about dog emotion,stress signals, and body language go in one ear and out the other of the general public. Just five minutes on Facebook speaks volumes. The range of inappropriate and sometimes dangerous videos and pictures of children interacting with dogs being shared by our own friends and relatives tells us that our messages about bite prevention are not reaching […]

Animal Diseases Act (No. 35 of 1984)

ACT : To provide for the control of animal diseases and parasites, for measures to promote animal health, and for matters connected therewith. Download the PDF document : Animal Diseases Act (No. 35 of 1984)              

Dog Poisoning

The most common malicious poisoning one tends to see in veterinary practice is that of Temik, also known as “Two Step”. Temik was previously used as an insecticide on farms. It looks very similar to “poppy seeds” and can be bought illegally at taxi ranks and train stations.Burglars place it in meat such as sausage or mince, which is then thrown over the wall of a house so the dogs on the property can eat it. Signs of poisoning are usually seen within 5-20 minutes.     The most common signs are: Excessive salivation vomiting abdominal pain defecation/diarrhea not wanting […]

Sterilisation is the solution

17,000 dogs and cats come through the doors of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA every year. That’s nearly 1500 animals a month. Hard to imagine, right? Pet over-population is a chronic and serious issue in the Western Cape. Just one unsterilised pet and its offspring can produce over 60,000 lives in 6 years! And there simply aren’t enough homes for all these animals. At the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, we believe that pet over-population and the resulting neglect, abuse, relinquishment to animal shelters and subsequent euthanasia of many of these animals are preventable problems with a rational solution. […]

Feline Depigmentation Conditions – Vitiligo, Leukoderma, Leukotrichia

Leukoderma (“white skin”), leukotrichia (“white hair”) or vitiligo, is a cosmetic condition that produces a “cobweb” or “snowflake” effect and is most easily seen on black cats. White spots appear on the coat; these become more extensive with age until the cat has a white lace pattern on the black fur. Ultimately the cat may go completely white or be left with diminishing isolated patches of colour. This condition has been seen in black leopards (“cobweb panthers”), humans, dogs and other animals. This must not be confused with the normal sprinkling of isolated white hairs which appear in a cat’s […]

Potpourri hazards in cats

Liquid potpourris are popular household fragrances, especially during the holiday season. But many people don’t know that these products can be hazardous. Cats exposed to liquid potpourris can develop severe oral, dermal and ocular damage. Since 1995, veterinarians at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) have consulted on more than 125 cases of cat exposure to liquid potpourri products (ASPCA APCC Database: Unpublished data, 1999). Exposed cats exhibited hypersalivation (51%), hyperthermia (42%), vomiting or retching (40%), depression (38%), dyspnea and abnormal respiratory sounds (37%), and oral ulcers (35%). Fortunately, with prompt, aggressive treatment and good supportive care, most cats […]

Megacolon in Cats – Part II

Part 2 of the debilitating colon problem in cats called megacolon. This disease causes marked dilation of the colon with subsequent impaction with a large volume of feces. In this post, I review how we treat this painful condition to make our affected feline friends feel better. Happy reading! Megacolon – Medical Management A single bout of constipation typically resolves without therapy. Mild-to-moderate or recurrent episodes of usually require some form of medical intervention. Such therapies may include: – Dietary modification – Laxatives – Enemas – Colon pro-motility drugs Hospitalization for intravenous fluid therapy to correct dehydration and electrolyte derangements, as well […]

Megacolon in Cats – Part I

Nobody likes to feel constipated, not even cats. Unfortunately, some of our feline friends develop dysfunction in their colon called megacolon. In this first part of a two-part series, I’ll explain what megacolon is and how it’s diagnosed. Next week, I’ll review how to treat this potentially debilitating condition. Happy reading! Megacolon – What is it? The colon, also called the large intestine, is a tubular organ that connects the small intestine to the anus. The large intestine is divided into multiple segments, including the ascending colon, transverse colon, and descending colon. Cumulatively, the colon is responsible for absorbing water from […]