Monday, 16 December 2013

Blessed Holidays and a Happy New Year!

We wish to thank all our esteemed customers and four legged patients for a successful opening year of "small five VET CLINIC"! 

 Our clinic will be closed for holidays
from 23rd until 26th of December


Sunday, 15 December 2013

Tana - a success story.

A dog named Tana
Our “small five VET CLINIC”-Team got a call from Karen, Nairobi. As usual we respond to house calls very fast with the seriousness it deserves. It was a case involving Tana a 12 year old spayed Labrador Retriever. She had developed a huge lump on the left abdominal groin area which has been growing consistently over the past 3years.

Of major concern was that Tanas condition was deteriorating, she had lost her appetence, was lethargic and sluggish over the last 2 days to the visit. Vaccination and worming was up to date. She has a strong character, has rarely fell sick all her life, the owners love her and have always offered her the best care a dog can get. She is actually more than a member of this family.

On arriving at site, we were greeted and received by more than six dogs, different ages and breeds, ranging from Springer Spaniel, German Shepherd, White Labrador Retriever, Terriers amongst others. They barked heavily while they chased after our ambulatory mobile. At the parking lot we could clearly pick out Tana from the rest of the dogs, she lay at the veranda, upon seeing our vet she sluggishly stood up and came towards wagging her tail, our vets observation was that she struggled to walk. On the ventral left abdominal area next to the thigh muscle.


General Examination
The swelling was a painful firm smooth mass approximately 20cm diameter, it was warm to touch and surrounded by a centimetre of fluid. She had a fever with a body temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius, way above the normal 38.5 degrees Celsius. She had a weak pulsation, dehydrated; in general her health was greatly compromise.

Differential Diagnosis
Such swellings will either be an abscess, a tumour, haematoma or wound trauma and subsequent tissue swelling.

After a series of x-rays, aspiration, ultrasound we diagnosed the massive swelling to be a benign tumour of the left mammary gland also called mammary gland neoplasia.
Luckily for Tana the tumour had not metastasized to the abdominal and thoracic region.

Surgical excision of the tumour under general anaesthesia was the remedy of choice.
After a 4 hour procedure, we successfully excised the tumour.


Tana is glad to have back her life with an extended life span. 
We are always happy when we save your pets life!

Monday, 9 December 2013