Musculoskeletal problems

– Continued

Wandering Lameness (Eosinophilic Panosteitis) Panosteitis, also called “growing pains” or “wandering lameness”, is a disease of puppies between five  and twelve months of age.

Musculoskeletal problems

Destruction of the Ball of the Femur (Aseptic Necrosis) Aseptic Necrosis of the head (‘ball’) of the femur (that part of the thigh bone which fits into the ‘socket’ of the hip bone) is due to impaired blood supply to that ‘ball’.

Canine hip joint dysplasia (HJD)

– continued Well, we have described the disease and the symptoms. Before we proceed to discuss the treatment, I would like to mention that some experienced veterinary practitioners (my old, now departed, mentor and professor included) swear that they can predict the development of HJD in the latter life of the dog, by just palpating the thigh bone/hip bone joints of the young (1 to 4-month-old) puppy.

Ruptured disc

Continued Well, we have returned to ‘science’ after the holiday season. We will continue where we left off – namely with the discussion on herniated (ruptured) discs.


For practical reasons, we can equate coma with unconsciousness. Some scientists speak instead of a very depressed level of consciousness, since they argue that there is never a complete state of unconsciousness.


Epilepsy is a recurrent seizure disorder of cerebral origin. When it is due to a blow to the head, or the encephalitis of canine distemper, or bacterial infections of the brain, it is said to be acquired.

Heart-worm control

Canine heartworm – final installment

Well, we have surely exhausted this topic – and perhaps even supersaturated you with facts about Canine Heart-worm Disease.

Canine heartworm – Continued

Destruction of the  immature stages Last week, we concluded the article by saying that even after the adult heartworms in the right heart chambers (and elsewhere) have been killed by the series of arsenic injections, the problem is not over. 


Continued form last week Well, let’s see what we have learned about that rapidly spreading scourge of heartworm.


(Continued from last week) Last week, we documented that the heartworms live mostly in the right side heart chambers.

Ailments of the heart

Continued from last week Last week, I had promised to commence a new theme today, since we had exhausted the topic of maladies associated with the heart and circulatory system.

Ailments of the heart

Continued from last week Right-sided (congestive) heart failure Last week, we discussed the left-sided congestive heart failure, which was the result primarily of the inability of the left ventricle (lower chamber) to function properly.

Heart failure

Last week, we defined heart failure as an inability of the heart to provide (by pumping) adequate circulation to meet the needs of the cells, tissues and organs of the body.

Ailments of the blood circulatory system

General comments As we introduced this new topic last week, we mentioned that the blood circulatory system comprises the blood itself (red cells, white cells, platelets, liquid plasma, dissolved nutrients, waste products), the heart, which pumps the blood throughout the body, and the blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries) through which the blood flows.

Types of breathing

Continued from last week Before we continue, as promised, with the discussion on different types of breathing, allow me to mention a few more conditions (see last week’s TPC) which can contribute to respiratory diseases.

Treatment of wounds

Pet Corner

Continued In order to implement better wound management procedures, it seems appropriate that the wound healing process be understood.

Wound treatment

Continued Last week, we discussed the emergency control of haemorrhaging due to cuts and assorted wounds on the extremities (legs, tails), etc.

To keep or not to keep wildlife as pets

Pet Corner

Many wild creatures are kept as pets. Sometimes, the intentions of the owners of these pets are very noble; they may have rescued an injured, orphaned animal from the wild, or the animal lover may have bought the wild animal off a trader or hunter, because it was being kept under deplorable conditions and was perceived to be suffering.


Pet Corner

ContinuedSnake bite There was a time whenever I heard ‘snake bite’ as a cause of death, especially among domestic livestock, I used to laugh and deem it an embarrassment diagnosis.