Meet Niquta, the 6 year old Jack Russel and loved member of the Bayford family.
In July this year she was suddenly very sick. She had a fever, stopped eating, was vomiting and had severe abdominal pain. Her owners were very worried. Our medicine specialist, Dr Joanne Mclean examined her and upon doing an ultrasound of her abdomen, Dr Mclean found that her gallbladder had ruptured and bile was leaking into her abdomen. She was referred to Bryanston Veterinary Hospital where a specialist surgeon performed an emergency laparotomy and found a mass on her gallbladder wall which had caused the gallbladder to rupture. He removed the gallbladder with the mass and sent it to the laboratory for analysis. She was in ICU after the surgery for a few days but made a miraculous and speedy recovery.
The mass was diagnosed as a hemangiosarcoma which is a malignant cancer of the bloodvessels. This type of cancer is very aggressive and can spread easily from one organ to another especially to the liver, spleen, lungs and heart and can cause life-threatening haemorrhage. Once she had recovered from the surgery Dr McLean scanned her heart and took chest x-rays to make sure there was no signs of spread to the other organs.
Luckily all these tests were clear and Niquita was started on a course of chemotherapy to destroy any microscopic cancer cells that may have been present in the blood or organs.
She just recently had her post chemotherapy check-up and no traces of cancer could be found. Niquta is completely cancer free!Niquta came in for Chemotherapy treatment every three weeks for six treatments. Chemotherapy can have some horrible side -affects such as vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea but luckily Niquta responded well and had very few symptoms. Niquta was a star patient and still wagged her tail with each visit. She just had this sparkle in her eyes and this strong will to keep fighting.
We would like to thank the Bayford family for giving this sweet girl a second chance in life. We know that it wasn’t always an easy road and it warms our hearts seeing her healthy and happy again.
Meet Lunah, a 4 year old Labrador Retriever. She has been an honourable member of the Bakenkop Blood Donor Clinic since September 2016.
In this time she has donated 6 bags of blood to help save pets in need. Yes, dogs also receive blood transfusions. We use blood in the hospital to treat critically ill patients suffering from various diseases such as Babesia cases, trauma cases and rodenticide toxicity patients.
We do not only want to salute Lunah and all our other blood donors for the big difference they make but we want to especially thank Lunah’s owner, Mrs van der Linde, for always being willing to help when we need to perform an emergency blood transfusion. Mrs van der Linde has brought Lunah to us on a few Sundays and even as early as 4 am in the morning, always with a smile on her face. We just want to give the van der Linde family the credit that they deserve. Thank you for helping us save lives.
Did you know that a blood donor dog can save up to 8 other dogs’ lives a year? That is why we call all our blood donors HEROES.
If you have a friendly large breed dog at home that fits the following requirements, he/she can also become a blood donor:
For more information on our Blood Donation Clinic feel free to send an email to Sister Cindy at Cindy@bakenkop-vet.co.za
Meet Bruce, the boerboel cross that was rescued from the streets in Durban by the Jordaan family who lives in Centurion, Pretoria.
In September, Jacque Jordaan saw a very saddening post on Facebook about this dog wandering the streets of Durban. He was emaciated, had a terrible skin condition and he feared any human contact. Kind people in the Durban area put some food and water out for him close to a building where he seemed to feel safe and spend some of his nights.
The thought of this helpless dog living on the street really touched the hearts of the Jacques and his wife, Carina Jordaan. So 2 days later they decided to drive all the way to Durban, find the dog, get him in the car and bring him back home so they can love and take care of him. They did just that!
After a very long trip and special efforts to get this dog to trust them, they were on the way back home with this sweet but scared dog resting on the backseat of their car.
With the drive back home, they decided to name him Bruce. He was in a worse condition than they initially thought. While driving, they phoned our Clinic to tell us that they will be bringing Bruce for a check-up afterhours as it was obvious that he needed some medical care.
Dr Jeanine met Bruce later that evening. He was diagnosed with a skin condition (mange), a severe worm infestation, he was weak and had wasting of his body due to his poor condition. The Jordaan family was dedicated to help Bruce and they went home that evening with some medication and strict instructions to keep Bruce separated from their other dogs until he is healthy.
The family followed the instructions. They made sure Bruce knew that they were there to help him. Even though he was scared, he already started wagging his tail when he saw them on day 2. They checked up on him every 90 minutes and he was fed a high calorie diet 3 times a day.
Only a month later Bruce was brought to our Clinic again for his castration and vaccination. His hair had started growing back and he picked up 8kg and he is busy transforming into a different dog.
He got introduced to the two other Jordaan Rescue dogs. And in no time the Jordaan family grew with an extra member. It is so heart-warming to see people with a true love for animals, willing to go through so much trouble to give a dog a second chance.
Jordaan family, we salute you! We can’t wait to see Bruce for his next follow up and we know that he is already the happiest and healthiest version of himself.