The Medicine Clinic specialises in the advanced diagnosis and treatment of illnesses in cats and dogs. The registered veterinary specialist physicians Dr Malan van Zyl and Dr Tanya Schoeman specialise in medical problems including problems of the heart, intestine, lungs, liver, urinary tract, kidneys, nervous system, skin, etc. Any medical problem that has escaped accurate diagnosis or requires specialised treatment is expertly but sensitively handled at the Medicine Clinic. Sick patients that require hospitalisation or for recovery after surgery will be cared for in the High Care Unit.  The specialists are supported by 3 qualified veterinary nurses to ensure highest level of care.  At night and over week-ends the veterinarians and nurses from the All Hours Clinic ensure that care and treatments are continued.

Thanks to good health care and good nutrition, our pets tend to live longer.  Unfortunately they are also exposed to all the ills of the modern world, so cancer has become a very common disorder.  The diagnosis and treatment of cancer in your pet requires special techniques and advanced treatments individualized to each patient. The Medicine Clinic prides itself on its success in this field. No longer is a diagnosis of cancer necessarily the end of the road.  Some cancers can be treated very successfully and a cure may be possible.  When a cure is not possible, we will attempt to provide quality of life for as long as possible.  At the very least, once a specific diagnosis has been made and even if no treatment is possible, acceptance is somewhat easier and realistic goals can be set or choices made.

What equipment do we have?

The Medicine Clinic is equipped with specialised diagnostic and treatment equipment including high-detail ultrasound, ECG, X-rays, Doppler and automated blood pressure measuring equipment, pulse oximetry and anaesthetic and intensive care monitoring equipment, fluid infusion pumps, intensive care oxygen therapy and oxygen ventilatory support. We also have a large variety of flexible and rigid fibre-optic endoscopes and video-endoscopes available for examination, sampling or removal of foreign objects from the airways, nasal cavity, stomach, intestine, urinary tract and ear canals of cats and dogs of any size or age. Endoscopy is less invasive and can often avoid surgical procedures. Non-invasive ultrasound-guided biopsy and aspiration yields rapid test results and can avoid invasive surgery.

The veterinary specialist physician (specialist internist) investigates and treats all medical conditions such as:

  • Heart failure, rhythm disturbances and heart murmurs
  • Problems of the nose, respiratory system and lungs
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea and problems of the oesophagus, stomach and intestinal tract
  • Problems of the liver and pancreas
  • Problems of the urinary tract and kidneys
  • Medical problems of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system
  • Skin problems and ear problems
  • Certain musculoskeletal problems
  • Hormonal problems like diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid problems, etc.
  • Cancer of any organ or body part and chemotherapy, cryotherapy or supportive therapy of cancer patients

Images obtained with our video-endoscopic equipment: *WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES*

  • Reflux oesophagitis: (inflammation in the oesophagus resulting from stomach acid reflux)

  • A gastric ulcer

  • A benign rectal polyp almost completely obstructing the intestine.

  • A grass seed removed from inside the vagina of a dog, having been there for several months

  • A tumour in the nasopharynx (back of the nose)

  • A congenital abnormality in a brachycephalic dog (short-nosed dog) showing a nasal turbinate squeezed out into the nasopharynx (back of the nose) due to a lack of space in the nose.

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