“Courage is fear holding on a little longer”
Meet “Courage”, an approximately 6 year old Basset mix stray. This loving dog was found on the dumping site close to the R55 by 2 gentlemen from the Scorpion security company. It appeared as if he had been abandoned. He was lying in the sun, possibly for days and was unable to walk.
The two gentlemen, Ricardo and Jadan were very concerned about him and immediately brought him to our hospital. They also made a donation towards his medical treatment.
Dr Megan examined him upon arrival. He was dehydrated but so thankful to have been found that he could not stop wagging his tail. Unfortunately he was unable to fully extend his hind legs or walk at all but he found a way to drag himself by his front legs. This is why we named him Courage.
He spent the night on a drip and was monitored 24/7 throughout the night by our night nurse, Sister Aniceta and after-hours’ veterinarian, Dr Roy on duty. By the following day his appetite increased tremendously and it was clear that he was already feeling much better! His tail still wagged every time we gave him attention.
Radiographs confirmed that his back legs had been fractured some time ago. We suspect that he went through a traumatic incident and did not get the medical attention needed at that time to assist the recovery without complications.
The fractured leg healed with callus formation (bony growths) which led the muscles to contract permanently leading to his hind limbs being in a permantly flexed position. Surgery is not an option because of the chronicity of the damage in the joints.
His quality of life is not sustainable long-term, since trying to move is causing him to get pressure sores and pain and it is not fair to not be able to run or play like other dogs. He developed pressure sores from dragging himself around.
Dr Kristina took him to the well-known physiotherapist, Heather Withfield to establish whether therapy would be an option. They decided to give this doggy a 2nd chance by doing daily physio session on him to see if his muscles could get stronger and more flexible so he can have an acceptable quality of life again. We are treating him for pain and started him on Hill’s j/d joint diet to assist his recovery in every way possible.
We would like to thank Hill’s Pet Nutrition for sponsoring a bag of joint diet as well as Heather and her team at Pawsative Pawsabilities for all the sessions they have put in so far to try and help Courage.
He is touching hearts everywhere he goes. If you would like to contribute towards Courage’s treatment, we have a separate fund for him. You can email email@example.com for banking details and please use the reference “Courage” when making a donation. Every R100 will make a big difference towards his treatment received.
We will be reassessing his mobility after 3 weeks of intensive treatment to decide on the best option for him. We sincerely hope to have a happy ending for this loving dog.
Meet Levi, the 11 year old Labrador retriever and much loved furry member of the Strauss family.
Dr Johan booked him in for a SENIOR WELLNESS PACKAGE at our Clinic. We advise routine yearly check-ups on all pets but even more so for our senior pets as they age quicker. Levi’s age is equivalent to a 70 year old human.
This package includes:
• General examination
• A yearly vaccination
• Tick and flea treatment
• General anaesthesia + Dental scale and polish
• X-rays of the back, hips, knee’s, elbows and chest
• Basic blood screening
• SDMA kidney function test
• Faecal analysis
• Urine analysis
After taking radiographs, we confirmed that he has mild hip dysplasia, which is common in large breed dogs, but because we did a routine SCREENING on him, we discovered this abnormality before it became an untreatable problem. He is on the correct pain medication and diet to support his joints and ensure that he stays pain free.
It warms our hearts to say that this Golden oldie is in such a good condition. His blood tests were normal and his teeth is now clean again. His vaccinations, deworming and parasite control treatments are all up to date and most importantly, the owners know that they are doing their utmost to give Levi the best possible care.
Levi, you are our GOLDEN OLDIE rock star this month! Strauss family, well done on proving why preventative care is vital.
Book your pet for a Senior wellness package at a massive discounted price today. Please phone reception on 012 653 4474 for price queries and bookings
Remember Hope, the rescue kitten who stole the hearts of the whole Bakenkop team and some of our Clients?
In December this kitten was found on the streets. She was terrified and ran away from the community members who tried to pick her up. She ran into a nearby municipal water pump substation which they did not have access too. A community member phoned CERT emergency services for their assistance. They arrived soon after and with the help of a municipal worker, they managed to catch her. She was terrified and she had some very bad wounds on her legs and neck.
The good Samaritans who found her, also clients of ours, rushed her to us for medical attention. On closer inspection and full examination it was found that she had a snare wire stuck around her neck and leg. The wire was removed immediately, she was placed on a drip and received some pain medication, antibiotics and a big bowl of soft food. She ate as if she had not eaten for days.
After spending a night on a drip, Dr Kristina Lutz examined the leg and the wounds around the neck again. Unfortunately the wire had caused too much damage. The blood flow to this limb had completely been cut off by the wire and the leg was infected. There were also large open wounds on both sides of the neck. Despite the severity of her injuries, we knew she deserved a second chance in life.
After careful consideration, it was decided to amputate the leg. Not only because the limb had no more feeling but also to prevent further spread of the infection in the leg.
The operation was done the same day without any complications. The wounds around the neck are also closed with sutures. This little black cat has so much fighting spirit in her! She already stole the hearts of all the Bakenkop personnel. So much so that our stock Manager at the clinic decided to give her a loving home. She was then renamed Tayla, which means strong and beautiful.
After another week in hospital, where she became more like a Bakenkop family member, she went to her new loving home. She got to meet her feline family members too. At first, they were a bit shy of each other but they quickly got used to the “new normal”. They play with each other when no-one else is watching.
Today it is just over a month after the operation and we are happy to report that Tayla has picked up some weight as she still LOVES eating, she has adjusted in her new home and she is coping nicely with only 3 legs.
We would like to give a big shout out to the CERT team for assisting the community by saving this lovely cat from the street and the Uitzingers’ for making a generous donation towards our stray fund, helping us with her medical expenses. We know that she will receive the best love and care from the Herbst family.
Follow up on our Christmas project in support of the Thaba Tshwane Outreach project.
(For those of you who do not know about this project, see some background below: )
Jane James has been running the Thaba Tshwane Project for a few years now. She has an awesome team who volunteers their time to go out to these pet’s homes weekly (sometimes more often) . They feed, wash food bowls, take their blankets home to be washed, give them shelter where possible, treat wounds, help with tick and flea treatment, deworming etc…
Jane believes that in order for you to make a difference you have to lead by example. No point in preaching, so they go out and show these families how to properly care for their pets. The only condition to receive Jane’s help, is that they have to sign a consent form allowing the team to take their pets to be sterilized.
|Above are examples of their ACTS OF KINDNESS. These ladies can only do what they do with the assistance of the community.|
We would like to thank each and every person who donated towards this ongoing project in December. We were not sure if we would be able to gather a 100 meals by the end of the project. To our suprise…
Number of Christmas meals gathered in total : 232
There were also many other donations such as blankets, deworming tablets, tick and flea treatments, tinned food, pouches, toys, food bowls and also cash donations towards their vet account with us.
Message from Jane James:
” I can not express my gratitute enough. Thank you to every person who made a donation towards our Thaba dogs. At the end of November we were so nervous, not knowing if we will have food to feed these pets by January. The donations of all the generous people helped us so much. We were blessed with a total of 487 lunch boxes over December and almost half of them came from Bakenkop alone. That is amazing. Thank you! “
One morning one of our lovely clients, Mrs Alta du Plessis phoned us in total distress. She had just rescued 5 puppies that she found in a garbage bag in other people’s garden. They were supposedly unwanted and thrown over the wall. Mrs du Plessis saw a message on a community WhatsApp group to which she responded.
When she got these poor puppies were lying in the sun dehydrated, covered in hundreds of ticks and 2 of them barely moved because they were so dehydrated.
All Mrs du Plessis wanted to do is to save these poor puppies and decided hand rear them. She just did not know where to start and what to look out for. She came to our Clinic where she spoke to Sister Cindy for advice. She left our Clinic with some puppy milk, feeding bottles, tick and flea treatment and loads of advice on what to look out for and when to be worried. She also knew that she could phone us at any time.
These pups definitely had the will to survive. Even the weaker puppies latched onto the bottle and consumed milk like little champions. Only after their first feeding and spending some time with them, Mrs du Plessis realised just how many ticks these puppies had on them. She found over 160 small little ticks on them. It is always very difficult to treat puppies with some parasite control as you have to be very careful with the amounts and route of application when it comes to especially such tiny and young patients.
We want to specially thank Trudie Coetzee from the Merial customer Care line for her telephonic assistance to Mrs du Plessis to give her the best advice on how to treat these puppies whilst keeping them as safe as possible.
On the other very serious note. The SPCA went out to deal with the situation where the pups were found and Mrs du Plessis got full custody of the pups as she could prove that she literally saved them and gave them a safe haven.
Every time Mrs du Plessis and family came to buy more milk, deworming or just came for advice, we could not believe how well these puppies were growing. It was obvious that the du Plessis household had hearts of gold and their eyes sparked when they spoke about these pups, who each had a unique little nickname.
After 6 weeks of waking up repeatedly during the night having to feed, stimulated urination and defecation in them and planning their whole schedule around these pups’ and their routine it was time to start looking for loving homes. We are very pleased to say that they managed to find all 5 puppies loving homes!
Although they were very sad to say goodbye, they know they are in good hands and will receive the love and care they deserve. And they will still be able to follow up on these pups. We cannot wait to see what they look like in a few months’ time.
Mrs Alta du Plessis we take our hats off to you and your family. Thank you for responding to that community WhatsApp message and most importantly thank you for becoming a part of the solution in a society full of problems. It takes a special type person to be willing to spend money, time and effort on a problem that was not yours. Rescues and vets are being flooded with pleads for help and already overflowing. Although you did not know exactly what to expect, you went out of your comfort zone, asked for advice and made serious sacrifices. You managed to save ALL 5 puppies. These 5 pups’ footprints will forever be embedded in our hearts just as they are in yours.
Please take note of the date that they will be featuring on our Facebook page, so you can make sure you save your pet’s love letter for the staff pet of their dreams😍😻
From: Alta Burgers
Sent: Tuesday, 15 October 2019 07:45
Subject: RE: October 2019 Heart Warmer
Dankie vir julle omgee harte, ek weet diere is julle passie, anders sou julle nie gedoen het wat julle doen nie.
Ek waardeer, respekteer, salueer en eer julle vir julle harde, liefdevolle en opofferende werk.
Ek bid seën, genade en lewensvreugde oor julle.©❀
From: Jestell Lehman
Sent: Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:03
Subject: RE: October 2019 Heart Warmer
Dearest Bakenkop admin staff, vet nurses, EVERYONE & most of all the amazing vets,
Thank you so very much for the below message.
So often we forget how human you are & I am saddened to hear about the dark side of your profession☹
Please know that your dedication & care for our pets & their human family don’t go unnoticed, although it is not always articulated.
You are an amazing bunch of people at Bakenkop Animal Clinic!
Let me express our feelings to you now: We LOVE you guys!!!!
Keep up the excellent work!
Blessings in abundance to each & every one of you!
The Lehmann family
Subject: RE: October 2019 Heart Warmer
To all the amazing vets and staff at Bakenkop,
I truly appreciate everything you do for my two precious Daxies, Nina and Mandy. My girls mean the world to me and you get that. I am so thankful that you go the extra mile for us. Saying thank you seems so lame but THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for all you do.
God bless you all.
Theresa, Nina and Mandy Stewart xx