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Pet Stars

Pet Star of the month October 2019 – Dasha Calitz

Meet Dasha, a 5 year old Russian terrier and much loved furry family member of the Calitz family.

In June this year, Dasha was on heat. Herman and Sumarie made the decision to have her mated with and allow her to have at least one litter before sterilizing her. They were excited to experience puppy birth and whatever challenges goes hand in hand with it. After all, it is said that motherhood comes naturally. And who does not love puppies?

On the 17th of August, Dasha starting with nesting behaviour. It was obvious that the birthing process was about to happen. Dasha started getting contractions in the morning hours, with Herman and Sumare close by her side the entire time. Dasha struggled for a long time but could not get any puppies out and there was a green discharge visible.

Dasha at our Clinic still in labour

Mr Calitz phoned our Clinic during the early hours of morning to speak to Sister Ann, who was on night duty with Dr Yolande, thus assisting with any emergencies. It was advised that Dasha be brought to the Clinic for an examination and radiographs to see how many pups she still had in utero and if they were in the correct position to be born naturally.

Radiographs confirming 7 puppies

The radiographs confirmed that she still had 10 puppies inside of her. Dr Yolande did a vaginal exam and found one puppy already in the birth canal. The option of a C-section was discussed with the owners but it was decided to give Dasha some more time to try and give birth naturally. Dr Yolande gave an injection to further assist with contractions and sent Dasha home where she will be most comfortable to continue with the birthing process. The Calitz couple then knew exactly what to look out for and when to phone us again. They understood that if Dasha did not manage to get the puppies out soon, it would become an emergency and the puppies will need to be removed by a C-section. We regularly perform C-sections on especially small breed dogs.

Dasha went home with her owners, who still have not slept at all the entire night. In the next 3 hours, 3 puppies were born. At 7am Sunday morning, they brought Dasha back after one of the pups had unfortunately passed away. By this time Dasha had been in labour for hours already and the Calitz family did not want to risk any of the other babies’ lives. Dr Yolande advised that we surgically remove the pups by C-section. The owners also agreed to have her sterilized at the same time.

Dr Yolande placing skin sutures after performing a C-section on Dasha
The puppies shortly after the C-section

Dr Yolande, with the assistance of Dr Johan and Sister Marietjie who monitored the anaesthesia, went into theatre immediately whilst the other puppies were being bottle fed by Sister Cindy. Unfortunately another puppy was found dead in the birth canal.

After the C-section and recovery period, Dasha, her exhausted owners and the rest of the puppies went home with a tin of puppy milk as back-up. Dasha struggled as a new mom in the beginning. It took her some time to know how to lie so that her pups can suckle. She also didn’t seem to know how big she was and accidentally lay on one of her puppies, which also passed away. Another puppy was diagnosed with a serious birth defect and unfortunately had to be put to sleep. Sadly only 6 out of the 10 puppies were left.

One of the puppies being bottle fed by Mr Calitz

With this experience, the Calitz couple shed many tears of sadness but also tears of joy. They can easily now warn other pet owners of the big responsibility that comes with allowing your pets to have a litter. It is also not always as easy or natural as people might think. Sometimes surgical invention and medical treatment is needed. Mrs Calitz also added that she did not realise how emotionally attached you get to these pups, even if they are only a part of the household for a few weeks. If you cannot deal with this heartache, lack of sleep or financially support the medical expenses that go hand in hand with breeding, we advise pet owners to sterilize their pets as soon as they are matured enough. It should also be kept in mind that there are cases where pet owners will be left with the responsibility of feeding and stimulating pups every 2-3 hours.

Dasha with her puppies at the age of 6 weeks

With this being said, we want to thank the Calitz family for their dedication towards Dasha. They stood by her side the entire time, asked for medical advice and intervention when needed and still give the puppies the best start in life. A house filled with love and care.

Dr Yolande and Dr Johan with the puppies at their vaccination visit

A week back, the 6 puppies came for their first vaccinations and deworming. What a heart-warming site it was to see these beautiful pups back at our Clinic. Strong, happy and healthy. Calitz family, we salute you for all that you have been through this past 2 months.

Pet Star of the month September 2019 – Freddy van Aswegen

Pet star of the month September 2019 – Freddy

Meet Freddy, a very brave Afrikanus x Collie boy that is about 4 years old. Freddy deserves our Pet Star of the month title for all that he has been through.

In July, in the middle of the Winter one of our clients, Ms Cindy van Aswegen found Freddy, next to the road at the airport in Port Elizabeth. She was on her way back to Pretoria when she spotted him lying in the rain outside, barely moving. She ran towards him and could not believe that he was alive. He was in a terrible condition. He was severely emaciated, full of ticks, he had mange and a fractured leg.

Cindy has always had a soft spot for animals and could not leave the dog and get on her plane. So she missed her flight and took him to the nearest vet in the area where they treated him and kept him for 4 days. Luckily the fractured leg was stable and did not need surgical intervention.

Cindy did some networking and managed to find him a foster home in PE for time being. He started picking up some weight and got used to human contact.

After a month, Cindy managed to get Freddy to Pretoria where he came to our Clinic for a full clinical examination. We diagnosed him with a TVT (transmissible venereal tumour). This is a tumour of the external genitalia that gets transmitted during mating. Freddy is currently on a weekly Chemotherapy program at our Clinic. During this time, Freddy also found a loving forever home with Adre.

Despite the horrible side effects Freddy has to endure with his weekly chemotherapy and his saddening street life, Freddy still wags his tail when he enters our Clinic and his eyes now sparkle with new life.

Thank you Cindy and team for giving Freddy a second chance in life. We salute you!

Pet Star of the month – August 2019 (Levi D’Arcy)

Meet Levi, a 7 month old boerboel puppy and a much loved member of the D’Archy family. This sweet pup has faced some life-threatening and exhausting challenges in his short little life. Yet, he still has a happy and sparkly personality and loves coming to our Clinic. For this reason, we chose him to be a Bakenkop Pet Star.

Here is Levi’s story:

Levi’s owners bought him from a breeder in April this year. He fitted right in and immediately felt like he had been a part of the household for years. A few days after arriving at his new home, Levi got sick. He was lethargic, didn’t want to eat and started with diarrhoea. That was the first time he came to our Clinic. Levi was diagnosed with the dreaded Parvo Virus (Katgriep) and had to be admitted for intensive treatment.

Levi spent almost 2 weeks in hospital with us. He was very weak, but with 24 hour medical care from our team and daily visits from his new loving family, he managed to pull through and he became a Parvo survivor! He was happy and healthy and could go home.

We love seeing our patients for follow up’s. We saw Levi when he came back to be vaccinated and microchipped. What happy visits those were.

 But sadly, the 3rd visit after being discharged was not a happy one. Levi got hurt and needed to be admitted, again. The family suspected that Levi’s “brother” (Great Dane) accidentally fell on him. He was admitted for X-rays and pain management. It was confirmed that Levi had a broken left hind femur and multiple hernia’s that needed to be fixed urgently.

Levi spent another 5 days in hospital where he got operated twice by our Specialist surgeon, Dr Bruce with the assistance of Dr Kristina. The hernias had to be repaired and his leg needed special external pins to repair the fracture. Levi had to be kept still and come in weekly for bandage changes and check-ups over a period of 2 months. He also had to wear a buster collar around his neck during this time to prevent him from fiddling with the pins sticking out of the leg.

On the 10th of July 2019, Levi came for his final leg follow up. The X-rays revealed that his femur had fully healed and the pins could be removed. He was put under anaesthesia and the pins were removed.

Today, Levi can run and play normally again and without a plastic collar around his neck.

M’arcy family, we salute you for doing all you can to give Levi the best possible life even when it started with so many challenges. You strictly followed our advice and still take such good care of him. Levi is one of the luckiest dogs out there to have found a family that loves and cares for him as much as you do. In the course of the last 5 months, Levi also become a big part of the Bakenkop family. There is no staff member that is not excited to see Levi when he visits.

Pet Star of the month – “Little lamb” Green

Last Friday afternoon, we received a phone call from a very worried client, Mr Green. His sheep went into labour and the little lamb had been stuck for a few hours already. Mr Green phoned around and struggled to find a clinic in the area able to assist.

Although we are a Small Animal Clinic and we do not have all the medicine and equipment to work with production animals, we told Mr Green that we are willing to try and assist him as it was his last resort. We knew that if the little lamb was stuck for too long, it becomes dangerous for the lamb and the mother as the risk for complications gets more as time passes.
Mr Green was desperate for veterinary assistance and brought her in straight away, where two of our very capable animal handlers assisted him to take the ewe to our examination room.

Dr Johan Jordaan, who has some experience with production animals, immediately evaluated the distressed ewe. Dr Orsilla gave the ewe an epidural and an injection to facilitate further contractions whilst Dr Johan assisted her with the birthing process. He correctly positioned the lambs’ legs and by applying enough lubrication, he was able to pull the lamb from the mother’s womb. After a few intense minutes of sweating and stressing, the lamb was out and alive. It was a moment of pure joy in the Clinic. Dr Orsilla quickly examined the little lamb and tied off the umbilical cord. Other than some swelling around the neck from being stuck for a few hours, the lamb sustained no serious injuries and was already standing and looking for her mother.

Sister Cindy put the mother on a drip (to help her cope with the shock she had been through) and the nurses assisted the little lamb with nursing from the mother.

Initially, the lamb struggled to latch as the mother could not stand up immediately after the birth. Her legs were still numb from lying down for a while and the epidural she received moments earlier. Sister Lizel milked the ewe and we were able to get the lamb to drink the much needed colostrum from a bottle.

As soon as she could stand, we took them outside where the mother and baby were able to bond and we witnessed the most heart-warming and beautiful moment where the lamb properly latched onto the mother’s teat and was able to nurse for the first time with a fast paced wagging tail.
We are so relieved that the little lamb made it out alive. We spoke to Mr Green yesterday and he confirmed that the little lamb is healthy and doing very well.

Ps: Please note that we are strictly a small animal clinic and advise consulting a production animal veterinarian for any related queries.

Pet Star of the month June 2019 – Leroy Krige

Meet Leroy, the 3 month old Great Dane puppy and much loved furry family member of the Krige household.

Leroy was brought for a consultation with Dr Soné last Thursday. His owners were very worried after they found him chewing on a box of staples. They suspected that he had swallowed quite a big portion of the staples as some of them were missing.

Dr Soné suggested that radiographs be taken and there it was; A whole lot of staples all bundled together could clearly be seen in the stomach.

Dr Kristina Lutz, our head surgeon got called out and an emergency Gastrotomy had to be performed to remove all the staples. Leroy was in theatre for about 45 minutes. A repeat radiograph was taken after the surgery to confirm that all the foreign objects had been removed. Dr Kristina even found a small piece of a PC board together with food particles inside of Leroy’s stomach.


Luckily Leroy’s owners were very observant and brought him in as soon as they realised he had swallowed the staples as it could have caused damage to his intestinal or stomach walls. It could easily have perforated the stomach or intestines and caused seepage of intestinal fluid into his peritoneum. This could lead to Peritonitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the abdomen) and even death.


Leroy was kept in our hospital for 48 hours post-surgery for observation. He was monitored throughout the night by Sister Molly that was on night shift and during the day Dr Kristina and the day nurses kept a close eye on him. He fully recovered from the anaesthesia within a few hours. The next day he was back to a playful busy puppy again. We started feeding him small meals frequently to give his gut a chance to heal. Leroy did not vomit, had no pain or discomfort.

Leroy was sent home on Saturday morning with some medication and an intestinal support diet. On Monday his owners confirmed that he was doing well. He was full of energy, eating well and already sniffing around to find something new to chew on.

With Leroy’s story we would like to warn all pet owners that pets can be very curious at times. Pets explore with their feet and mouths. Chewing and swallowing objects is their way of exploring. If possible try to keep ALL things that they can swallow out of reach. Especially when they are young.

Accidents happen quickly so if your pet presents with any of the following symptoms:

  • Not eating
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting & pale gums
  • Painful abdomen

we advise you to bring them in immediately.



Pet Star of the month May 2019- Ollie Maass

Meet Ollie, the adorable Africanis cross breed puppy that went from a wondering township dog to a loving member of the Maass family in a matter of no time.
Mr Simon Maass is in construction and is currently working on a project at a site close to the Olievenhoutbosch area. About 2 months ago this adorable but scared little stray dog started exploring the building site. He seemed very relieved to find people in the area but was very cautious with coming too close and just viewed them and all situations from a safe distance.

When Simon saw this lost little dog, his heart immediately melted. He called him, with the hopes of winning his trust. Although he seemed very scared, he ran towards Simon, very eager to be loved. It was at that moment that Simon decided he needed a name. He named him “Ollie”, giving some recognition to the Olievenhoutbosch township that Simon suspects he came from.

And there it started, he was no longer “some stray dog” but Ollie now had a name and it felt like he was sent there for a reason. They had an instant connection!

Simon did not know if Ollie had a home and gave it some time to see if Ollie would keep returning. Every morning when Simon got to work, Ollie would be sleeping on his parking spot, waiting for him to get to work and very excited to see him.

They became best friends. Ollie drove around with Simon in his bakkie on site and loved to play in the sand. Simon made sure he had food and water and made the decision to permanently make Ollie his responsibility. Ollie went home with Simon and will never sleep cold or hungry again.

We feel very privileged that Ollie also became a member of the Bakenkop family. Simon brought him for a check-up as he struggled with some skin problems. Ollie is currently on medication. We were all amazed at how well behaved he is and how sweet his personality is. You just cannot help but instantly fall in love with this sweet boy.
We think Ollie realises how lucky he is to have an owner now. Not only someone that can dedicate time towards him to wash him with special shampoo and give his medication but also someone that can provide food and shelter for him in a loving and caring home. Ollie we can’t wait to see you again.

Hearing stories like this just reminds us that there are many helpless pets out there, in desperate need of some food, love, shelter etc.
We would like to thank Simon for this kind gesture of giving Ollie a second chance in life. We can see in his eyes that he is so grateful and will forever be his most loyal and best friend.

We understand that not everyone can adopt a stray pet but you can also make a BIG difference by:
• Microchipping your pets
• Sterilizing your pets
• Keeping your yard safe so your pets can’t wonder or get lost
• Making a donation at a shelter
• Donating your time at a shelter

Pet Star of the month April 2019 – Tipsy Lutz

Meet Tipsy, a 4 year old dearly loved furry family member of the Lutz household. Tipsy’s human mommy is our senior surgeon at Bakenkop Animal Clinic. Dr Lutz have always had a soft spot for dachshunds. The day Tipsy became a part of their household, was one of the happiest days of their lives.

For those who do not know the breed well; dachshunds are more prone to have back problems due to their elongated spines.

Tipsy gets treated like royalty. She gets plenty of play time, sleeps in the bed and even goes to doggy day care at a family friend, Antoinette, every day when Dr Kristina comes to work. Being in the veterinary industry, the Lutz household did everything .Tipsy received all the medical care she needed. From vaccinations and dental procedures to sterilization.

Shortly after her sterilisation Dr Kristina realised that Tipsy had picked up some weight. Something we warn all pet owners about due to the change in hormones slowing down the metabolism.  Knowing that the extra weight will put unnecessary strain on her spine, Dr Kristina made an appointment with our Pet Slimmer Clinic nurse, Sister Cindy and enrolled Tipsy into the weight-loss program in August 2018. Tipsy lost 1kg of weight (18% of her bodyweight) in just under 5 months. She also lost 4cm around her chest and 8cm around her waist.

Tipsy’s weight was being maintained. Her new dachshund sister helped her to keep trim and slim because together they never had a dull moment. They played and chased each other around the house. Life was fun and the family was happy.


Until one night…

It was the 31st of March and typical of the Sunday night theory. Tipsy was fine over the weekend but all of a sudden jumped off the couch and was paralyzed in her hind limbs. One of her discs had moved and placed pressure on the spinal cord. Dr Kristina being a vet herself and knowing the signs of disc disease knew she had to keep calm but her whole world felt like it was falling apart. She immediately started communicating with Dr Camby, one of the best orthopaedic surgeons. He was available to see Tipsy the following day. It was one of the longest nights for the Lutz family. A night filled with stress and no sleep.

Early the Monday morning Tipsy was taken to Zambezi Animal Clinic where Dr Camby examined her and immediately placed her on his surgery list for the day. The operation was a big success but Dr Camby warned Dr Lutz, just like all his other clients about how important the aftercare was. They needed to be patient and realise that it will take time for Tipsy to walk on her legs again. She will also be in pain and almost the worst part is to keep her movement restricted by cage rest and leash walks only.

She came back to Bakenkop a day after her operation for a few days of strict cage rest and pain monitoring as we have a 24 hour night monitoring service available. Dr Lutz knew that Tipsy would feel comfortable staying with her Bakenkop family and she entrust her colleagues to look after her “baby”.

Her rehabilitation process started within 48 hours post-op with leg exercises done by the nurses. Within 5 days she tried to use her left hind leg to walk and with the help of a physiotherapist, using treadmills and swimming, within two weeks she was walking even though with a limp on the right leg .With ongoing physiotherapy she should be up and running in the next two to three months.

With sharing Tipsy and Dr Kristina’s story we want our clients to know that we understand. The veterinary profession is much more than just a profession. All of the employees at our Clinic have our own pets that we call family and we care for deeply. We also get stressed when they fall ill or get hurt. We also have to treat them medically and pray for their recovery.



Pet Star of the month – March 2019 BAKKIES HERTZOG

Meet Bakkies, an energetic 2 year old male Staffie and loving member of the Hertzog family.

We all know that Decembers can be a very busy and sometimes even chaotic time of the year. It was the 22nd of December, just before Christmas and the Hertzog family had just left to go on holiday, leaving their beloved furry family in the capable hands of friends and staff who work for them.

The family had just arrived at their holiday destination when they received the heart wrenching phone call from a family member, Barry Hertzog : “Bakkies was in an accident and was hurt!”

It is still unknown how exactly Bakkies managed to get out of the yard but he was hit by a car and was lying on the N11, 1 km away from home, in a puddle of blood. As luck would have it, Barry by coincidence drove on that highway at that time and recognised Bakkies from something that looked like a dark puddle lying in the middle of the road. A passing by vehicle also stopped to help transfer Bakkies’ fragile body from the road into the car to transport him to Dr Fritz Steenkamp, a veterinarian in Marble Hall, where the family reside.

Dr Steenkamp treated Bakkies for shock and stabilized him before taking radiographs of his broken legs. Bakkies sustained multiple fractured bones. His femur was broken into 3 pieces and 3 metatarsal bones were off but luckily his pelvis was still intact. He needed specialist surgery to repair the fractures.

He was then referred to our Clinic where Dr Orsilla van der Veen took over the case. She continued with treatment to get Bakkies stable for the big surgery that he needed to undergo. Unfortunately with the shock, Bakkies’ kidneys had to work harder and was in danger. Dr Orsilla kept the Hertzog family up to date with his prognosis and it was decided to go ahead with the surgery as soon as possible to avoid greater complications. Dr Orsilla arranged with our part-time specialist surgeon, Dr Charlie Boucher to operate on Bakkies’ broken femur. It was decided to let the metatarsal bones in his front leg heal with splint bandages as those bones a very delicate.

Bakkies was in surgery for just under 3 hours, after which Dr Orsilla phoned the Hertzog family with the good news that Bakkie’s surgery and anaesthesia went very well. He was intensively monitored by one of our qualified veterinary nurses together with Dr Orsilla throughout the whole surgery.

Dr Orsilla explained to the Hertzog family that the after care of such a big operation is just as important as the operation itself. Bakkies needed strict cage rest with short leash-walks only, bandage changes and later some physiotherapy to help him recover his normal gait again. It was then decided to leave Bakkies with us to assist with the rehabilitation process.

During this time Bakkies became a part of the Bakenkop family. He was examined daily by our doctors and had plenty of TLC and confined play time with our nurses. He later started with hydrotherapy sessions to help strengthen his muscles and keep him fit. The Hertzog family came to visit when they could. They were also kept up to date with daily messages from us.

Today, over 2 months after his surgery, Bakkies is back home and can run on both his injured legs again. We are so proud of Bakkies for never losing his sparkle throughout this tough journey. Anyone that owns a Staffie will know that it goes against their busy nature to be kept confined. We also want to salute the Hertzog family for doing what is best for Bakkies even if it meant being without him for so long.

Bakkies will always have a special place in our hearts and we miss him so much!

Pet star of the Month February 2019- Ginger Morkel

Golden oldie getting a second chance in life

The awful part of working in the veterinary industry is seeing pets suffer. Whether they are sick, hurt or even lost. It breaks our hearts to the same extent.

One day, early in January, Mrs Cassandra van Zyl found a very old, mostly blind cross breed dog at the Sasol garage in Rooihuiskraal. It was obvious that he was scared and had nowhere to go. She could not keep him and asked us to help as she did not want him to go to the SPCA.

Being in the veterinary industry, we all have a very soft spot for pets and thus we treat the stray animals with the same love and respect as we do our patients. If we have space in our very busy hospital, we always try to assist the community by taking in lost pets, buying the owners some time to find their missing pet.

We understand that accidents do happen and that some pets are escape artists. The first thing we did was to scan him for a chip. Sadly he was not chipped which changed the ball game completely. If pets are not chipped, it makes it so difficult for us to find the owner. Not everyone is on social media and many owners have no idea where to start looking for their missing pet.

We took this very hungry, tired and scared dog into our care. We prepared a cage with blankets for him and opened some soft tin food, which he gulped up – indicating he had not eaten in days. Mrs van Zyl was adamant to help us find his owners. She also posted his photo and information on various Facebook pages, community WhatsApp groups and alerted the Vets in the area. Sadly after 3 days, no owner had been found. As each day passed, we got more worried and sad. We knew that if the owners were not found quickly, this old dog would not stand a chance to be rehomed….

One of our darling clients, Mrs Morkel saw a post made by Sister Cindy urgently asking for a foster home. She made contact with us and offered to foster this old dog. She was like an angel sent from above!! Mrs Morkel sadly lost 3 of her senior pets recently. Grieving the loss of her beloved pets, she felt that this old dog needed her love and attention as much as she needed to hand it out.

We made contact with a rescue worker who helped us follow the correct steps. Mrs Morkel completed foster forms and passed the home check with flying colours. The Morkel family immediately fell in love with this sweet dog. She took him for a bath and a shave, he got lots of love, plenty of food and yummy snacks, slept in the house and was even allowed on the furniture. Quickly he fitted in and they knew that this dog crossed their path for a reason. They named him Ginger and are now in the process of adopting him.

We would like to thank the Morkel family for giving this sweet old dog a second chance and Mrs van Zyl for rescuing him off the street. We also want to thank each and every client that donates towards our stray fund.
In general only 10% of people that drop off strays and ask for our help are willing to make a donation. To those that do, we really appreciate it. We use these funds for any treatments needed (medical, dietary etc) of injured stray pets. We cannot make a difference if we do not get support from the community.

Please keep in mind that although we love animals and we always try to help, we are not a Rescue Organization or the SPCA. We are a veterinary hospital and we can only help if we have space available. We have 3 day policy where we keep dogs for 72 hours to help give the owners time to locate their missing pet, after this time we have to send a stray dog to a Rescue (if they have space) or the SPCA. If you help us find a foster home we can send those details with to the rescue where they will make contact with you. Also note that we do not take in healthy adult cats without microchips as cats tend to roam the area and will find their way back home.

We want to end this lovely story by asking everyone who loves their pets, to PLEASE microchip and sterilize them as not all pets are as lucky as Ginger. Some sit in cages for months, even years before they get adopted or might even be put to sleep due to the high demand of stray pets requiring shelter.

Pet Star of the Month January 2019 – Patches Wentworth

Meet Patches, the 7 month old adorable Basset pup and very much loved member of the Wentworth family.
The Wentworth family did know that puppies (especially basset puppies) love to chew and swallow foreign objects. Keeping this in mind, they bought Patches many toys to keep him busy and entertained. Only toys that they pre-checked and approved as safe enough not to be swallowed.

One morning Patches did not want to eat his breakfast, which was very unlike him. He became a bit lethargic and later started to vomit. His owners were very concerned and took him to a nearby veterinary clinic in Centurion. The veterinarian took abdominal X-rays and found a foreign body obstruction in his intestines. It appeared to be a rock.

The Veterinary Clinic referred Patches to our Hospital for an emergency exploratory laparotomy (surgical incision into the abdominal cavity) to remove the foreign body that was blocking the intestines.

Dr Kristina Lutz together with two of our qualified veterinary nurses went into theatre with Patches straight away. Sister Akhira monitored Patches’ anaesthesia throughout the whole operation (making sure that his heart rate, blood pressure and breathing was normal) while Sister Jeani assisted Dr Lutz with the operation. As seen on the X-ray, a very big rock was found in the small intestine. It had bruised and started damaging the intestinal wall. If the rock was not removed surgically, it could have caused the intestines to rupture into the peritoneal cavity causing infection, sepsis and most probably resulting in Patches’ untimely death.

The rock was successfully removed and Patches spent two nights in our hospital where our doctors together with our day and night nurses closely monitored Patches 24 hours a day. We made sure that when he went home his pain was under control, he did not vomit and he ate on his own again.


Although the family took all the necessary precautions to avoid a foreign body, Patches still decided to find a rock and swallow it. We know that it is in his inquisitive nature to want to explore and we understand that an accident like this can happen so quickly. Unfortunately we can try protect our pets but we cannot always keep them safe from harm. With this being said we are very proud of Patches to have gone through such major surgery so early in his life.

We sincerely hope that Patches will be more careful of what he plays with and chews on. Thank you to the Wentworth family for allowing us to help Patches and for being such good pet owners.

We hope that this story will warn other pet owners of how easily a pet can have a foreign body (this includes bones, sosatie sticks, toothpicks, toys, blankets, towels, underwear etc.) We also strongly advise all pet owners to look at a Medical Insurance plan for example Medipet (https://medipetsa.co.za/). This will come in handy when something unexpected like this happens to your pet.

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