Small Animal Clinic

Expertise and highly qualified staff: Our vets attend continuing education programs monthly and are accredited for this. The pharmaceutical and food companies ensure the staff are educated and kept up-to-date with the latest developments. The nursing and reception staff are all required to complete courses on various tick/flea and food products. All patients are treated with the utmost care and compassion, as we would treat our own pets. We endeavor to follow up on patients that are receiving treatment with us.

High standards: All operations and sterile procedures are performed with individually sterilized surgical sets, sterilized daily in our in-hospital sterilizing unit. The utmost care is taken to keep the hospital sterile and free from contagious diseases.

Education: We spend a considerable amount of time during a consultation to fully explain our patients' conditions to their owners and where possible use visual aids to make sure owners understand their pets' conditions and treatments. Appointments are taken at 20 minute intervals, allowing the veterinarian ample time to gather a history from the owner, examine the patient, decide on appropriate treatment and to explain the plan of action, be it further investigation or treatment.

Dogs and cats do not share a ward in our hospital There are separate wards for each species. Animals recovering from injury, disease or surgery needs a calm environment with as little stress as possible in which to recuperate.

Animals with contagious diseases are kept in our isolation unit which is completely separate from the dog and cat wards. We operate by appointments. Emergencies are accepted without appointment as they arrive and immediately receive the necessary attention.

Services

Vaccinations

We provide the full range of vaccinations for small animals' routine annual vaccinations.

Presenting your pet for annual vaccinations enables us to give him or her a thorough clinical check. In this way, we can detect early disease processes including heart disease, kidney problems, skin or ear problems, oral disease and arthritis. 

 

Sterilizations

In order to decrease the unwanted pet population, Blue Cross encourages the practice of early sterilization of all dogs and cats. We thus perform routine sterilizations (spays and castrations) on female and male pets at 6 months of age. We also perform sterilizations on pot-bellied pigs, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Early sterilization also reduces the incidence of some diseases. These include uterine infections, ovarian cancers, mammary tumors, testicular cancer and prostatic disease. It must be borne in mind that should an animal develop one of these conditions, it would require sterilization while it is sick which increases the risk of anaesthetic complications.

Internal Medicine

Our emphasis is on preventative medicine, but we are staffed and equipped to provide for most any illness, injury, or concern.

We will provide you with clear recommendations and then help you make the best decision for your pet’s healthcare needs by explaining each option.

Surgery

Surgical procedures are performed aseptically in fully equipped operating theatres. We are sufficiently experienced in and equipped for orthopedic surgery, including fracture repairs. We refer certain procedures, for example spinal surgery, to a specialist surgeon if necessary.
Soft tissue surgery, covering the full range of conditions, form a large part of our surgical procedures.

Ultrasonography and Digital Radiology

The hospital has state of the art digital x-ray units for the small animal and equine sections. Our ultrasound unit enables us to be able to scan the animals for any soft tissue or internal organ abnormalities, aiding in the diagnosis of bladder infections, pancreatitis, liver disease, abdominal tumors, inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, foreign bodies, prostatic disease, pregnancy, pyometra and many more conditions.

Endoscopy

Rigid and flexible video endoscopes of different diameters enable the vets to examine and sample the internal structures of the animals safely while avoiding invasive surgical procedures.

General Anaesthetic Monitoring Equipment

All anaethetised animals are monitored by specialized equipment and more importantly a qualified veterinary nurse. It is advisable that all animals over 7 years old have a pre-anaesthetic blood test to make sure they are healthy enough to handle the anaesthetic safely.

Weight Control Clinics

The weight-loss team comprises the attending veterinarian, veterinary nurse, nutritional advisor and reception staff. There are many different reasons for an animal to be or to appear to be overweight. These include under exercising, overeating or over feeding and medical problems like diabetes, cushings disease and cancer. It is important to us that the overweight animals are monitored just like any patients with weight-watcher programs. Diet, exercise, treats and lifestyle changes are often needed and our team is there to advise and help with these changes.

Oncology Treatment and Monitoring

Cancer therapy in animals has come a long way in recent years, giving good therapeutic results with fewer side-effects. Consequently, increasingly more pet owners are willing to allow their pets to have chemotherapy and radiation treatment. 

Veterinary Export Health Certificates

These are issued for pets who need to travel with their owners to foreign countries. Different countries have different vaccination and blood test requirements with regards to the import or export of animals across borders. We therefore advise that all owners travelling abroad with their pets get all the facts at least 4 months in advance. We make use of certain companies to transport our owners pets including Animal Travel Services and Global Paws.

Bathing and Dipping

We provide a dipping and medical bathing service for those animals that require it. Our veterinary nurses will also perform limited grooming when required.

Referral Services to Specialists

A number of specialists are now available in Cape Town covering fields of medicine, surgery, veterinary reproduction, pathology, dentistry, ophthalmology and alternative treatments. We have a policy of working closely with them and referring patients to them when needed.

Patient Rehabilitation Clinic

Dawn Jones, our in-house animal rehabilitation expert, works closely with the vets on some of our injured and healing patients in an attempt to facilitate the healing process.

 

Dental Clinic

As in people, animal oral health is vital for the general health of the animal. We strongly advise regular visits to the practice for us to check your animals' teeth and gums together with a general clinical check up. 

Our dental clinic comprises a dental x-ray unit, complete air-driven drill, a scaling and polishing unit and dental extraction instrumentation. The dental x-ray unit enables us to give a full service dental package. The new high speed drill, dental scaler and polisher and extraction instruments enable us to complete precise and safe dental extractions and surgeries.

 

Supply of dog and cat food and accessories

At the Blue Cross Shop we carry the full range of veterinary premium and super-premium dog and cat foods, which include Eukanuba dog and cat food, Iams cat food, Hills Science Plan, Royal Canin dog and cat food, Acana and Orijen, Ultradog and Vets Choice.

The shopping experience is not complete without browsing through our range of exciting treats, toys and accessories.

Puppy Socialization Classes

Puppy and adult dog socialization and training classes are run on our premises through the Intelligent K9 Academy.

"Intelligent K9 Academy is all about helping owners have a well rounded puppy with some guidance on training the new furry child!"

For more information contact Chyanne on: 079 675 7685.

Vaccinations

We provide the full range of vaccinations for small animals routine annual vaccinations (parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, parainfluenza and coronavirus in dogs and panleukopaenia, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis in cats), rabies vaccinations , inoculations against kennel cough in dogs and calicivirus and rhinotracheitis in cats and feline leukemia virus vaccines for cats.
Leucogen Vaccinations for cats - Our hospital is seeing an increasing number of Feline Leukemia positive patients and we are therefore advising all our clients to have their cats vaccinated against this incurable disease.

Presenting your pet for annual vaccinations enables us to give him or her a thorough clinical check. In this way, we can detect early disease processes including heart disease, kidney problems, skin or ear problems, oral disease and arthritis. 


Recommended Vaccinations for Puppies

  1. 6 weeks includes a core 5-in-1 vaccins (DHPPi) for Distemper, Parvo Virus,
    Parainfluenza,Herpes Virus.
  2. 10 weeksDHPPi
  3. 14 weeks DHPPi and Rabies
  4. Then annually.

Recommended Vaccinations for Kittens

  1. 8 weeks for 3-in-1 (Feline Flu, snuffles and herpes viruses) and Leukemia
  2. 12 week 3-in-1 and Leukemia and Rabies
  3. Then annually.

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EMERGENCY HOURS TELEPHONE NO:    +27 21 6744090


Please note: All after hours, public holiday and weekend consultations (except for Saturday mornings) will attract a surcharge


Unfortunately, we do not run on an account system. Please settle all invoices on presentation or on discharge of the patient.