Eye ailments

(Continued) Sty I might have mentioned before that the great designer was at his/her constructive best when the eye was being put together.

Ailments of the eye

Pet Corner

Ectropion   Last week we dealt with the condition whereby the eyelids roll inwards and, as a consequence, the edge of the lids and the eyelashes rub against the eyeball.

Ailments of the eye

(Continued) The third eyelid You may recall that we had mentioned that dogs and cats and other species have a third eyelid (nictitating membrane) – in addition to the upper and lower lids, which cover the eyeball during sleep and blinking.

Diseases of the cornea

Last week we dealt with conjunctivitis, an inflammatory process of the membrane which covers the inner side of the eyelids and part of the surface of the eyeball.

Diseases of the eye

(Continued)   Let’s face it, the eye is a very vulnerable organ. In spite of protective eyelids (in many species there are three) injuries and diseases occur often.

Ailments of the eye

Having completed extensive articles on the issues of Pet Geriatrics and Euthanasia, we will commence today with considerations as they relate to specific organs and the diseases associated therewith.

Animals have feelings too

By Kristel-Marie Ramnauth   This article was written by guest columnist Kristel-Marie Ramnath, who is an Associate Member of the Veterinary Association of Trinidad and Tobago and specialises in animal behaviour and pet psychology.

Canine/feline geriatrics

– Conclusion

Over the past couple of months, we discussed the physical, emotional and psychological changes – that take place as dogs/cats become elderly.

Canine geriatrics

(continued) Physical changes in the elderly dog   Since the old dog tends to be more lethargic and less likely to frolic around the yard as he used to do when younger, it stands to reason that the increased slothfulness and resting periods will lead to a loss of muscular tone.

Canine geriatrics

– continued We had decided that during the festive season, a break would be taken from the science of geriatrics (the treatment and care of the elderly dog) and instead we would speak about matters pertaining to resolutions for the New Year.

Pet adoption – Continued

Let us look today at some other actions that will help you to make an intelligent choice of pet from the GSPCA’s Shelter at Robb Street and Orange Walk, Georgetown.

Pet adoption

(Continued from last week) When you are adopting a dog, especially one from the GSPCA Shelter, there are certain considerations that have to be factored into the exercise.

Adopting a pet in 2015

The Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) and so many other Good Samaritans collect abandoned dogs and cats with the hope that they can find a suitable and loving/caring home for the orphans.

Canine geriatrics

Continued from last week After having spent some time last week discussing canine chronology and positing that the ‘7 human years = 1 dog year’ opinion should not be taken as gospel, let us now have a more serious look at the physical and psychological (behavioural) changes in the elderly dog as well as those things that influence his wellbeing and longevity.

Euthanasia: The last undertaking

Last week we dealt with the activity associated with actually putting the pet to sleep permanently, usually using the method of lethal injection (overdose of an anaesthetic, which works quickly and smoothly).


Continued   Last week, I referred to the ‘Frequently Asked Ques-tions (FAQ)’ relative to the actual putting-to-sleep pro-cess.


Continued When pet owners come to the conclusion that it is best for their pets to be put to sleep permanently, very often they want to know how their beloved pets are going to be euthanised and what should they do with the dead body after the procedure.


(Continued) You remember that last week we began looking at quantifiable and measurable criteria that would assist the caring pet owner in making a well-considered decision on the question of putting the beloved pet to sleep.


(Continued from last week) Last week, I advised that you involve your veterinarian in that debate as to whether to put the pet to sleep permanently, or to try to keep it alive as long as possible, in spite of the agony being experienced by all.


(Continued)   We spent some time the week before last debunking the spurious reasons some people give for opting to kill their pets.


Continued from last week We will continue today analyzing the questionable arguments that develop when a person wants to self-justify reasons for killing his/her pet.


Continued   The topic of euthanasia is assuredly accompanied by heartache. Yet it has to be discussed, because sooner or later many pet owners/caregivers have to confront this eventuality.


Continued from last week Physicians who are deeply committed to the Hippocratic Oath must experience great agony when their patients are terminally ill, and they (the doctors) can do nothing treatment-wise to save them.

Surface tumours

Conclusion   Venereal tumours You may recall that last week a passing reference was made to ‘transmissible canine venereal tumours’ (TCVT) as a vaginal condition which could be mistaken for the proliferation of cells which accompanies another ailment, viz vaginal hyperplasia.

Surface tumours/cancers

(Continued from last week) Vaginal tumours Today and next week, we’ll address two types of tumours affecting the canine vagina, which are similar, yet distinct, relative to their origins/causes and the way they exhibit themselves.

Surface tumours

Continued from last week In last week’s column, in my haste to conclude the painful and distressing topic of tumours/cancers, I omitted mentioning two of the most frequent ailments in our tumour/cancer discussions, namely those associated with the vagina and the breast.

Surface tumours

Continued from last week Haematomas/Seromas I had promised last week (and the week before) to deal with ear haematomas.

The haemangiosarcoma

Last week, after discussing the benign haemangiomas (HAS), I promised to continue with haematomas – all within the context of the surface tumours theme.

Skin tumours

Continued from last week   As was promised last week, we will deal with a condition known as ‘Hygroma’ or, as some scientists refer to it, a ‘False bursa’ or ‘bursitis.’   Before we commence with the Hygroma/bursitis, I should mention a condition that is closely related to and possibly a precursor of the Hygroma problem.