Dental promotion September 2020

One of the best sensory triggers of the “Awwww!” factor is puppy breath. Let that cutie patootie nibble on your nose and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about! But as your young pup grows up, they use their mouth to explore the world, eat food and treats, and… burrow in places they shouldn’t!

Eew! Bad breath!
When your pet’s breath starts to become noticeably unpleasant, it is time for a vet visit and a dental cleaning. It’s important for us to be familiar with your pet’s oral and dental health from early on because bad breath could be a sign of:

  • consuming unsavoury foods and objects like sticks and bones
  • dental or gum disease (tartar build-up, periodontal disease or tooth decay)
  • kidney disease (breath smells like ammonia or urine)
  • diabetes (sweet aroma on the breath)
  • oral tumour (can be in the form of a mass or discolouration)

A dental check-up and cleaning is a wonderful way to ensure your furry friend not only has a happy oral environment and fresh breath, but also a clean bill of health.

A proper dental cleaning and the associated procedures that go with it are surgical in nature. It is a specialised procedure performed for the benefit of your dog’s dental health and overall wellbeing.

With this in mind, we encourage you to take advantage of our Dental Month promotion, which includes a R 1 000 discount on dental cleaning procedures. In the interest of good dental health we already subsidise this procedure. For the month of September we are offering a further discount of R 1 000. Why not use the opportunity of this even further reduced cost to  focus on your dog or cat’s dental health, and to stop any potential health issues in its tracks.

There are limited appointments available, so booking is essential. To schedule a dental check-up and cleaning (or if you have any questions) give us a call on 011 887 8158.

This promotion is valid from 1 September to 30 September 2020 or until fully booked.

Kind regards
The Birnam Veterinary Clinic Team

Services to be provided during lock down

During the 21 day lockdown period from 26 March 2020 onwards it will be business unusual at Birnam Veterinary Clinic.  Veterinary services have been announced to be an essential service.  Birnam Veterinary Clinic will be open and functional and we will provide consultations and diagnostic modalities like radiography, ultrasound and laboratory services for sick and also provide emergency clinical services like general anaesthesia and surgery for emergencies, as long as we have healthy staff to man the practice.

We will not be doing elective procedures, i.e. ovariohysterectomies (spays), neuters, vaccinations, cosmetic surgery, dentals, nail clipping, grooming, beak trimming etc., unless medically indicated.

If you need any chronic medication to be dispensed, please phone us with this request in advance to allow us to prepare it for you and limit your waiting time in reception. Normal Regulations determine we can only provide you with a month’s supply but given the current extra-ordinary situation we may be able to provide you with two months’ supply.

You can purchase pet food and veterinary healthcare products like tick and flea products (and much more) via our website and have it delivered to your home https://pethero.co.za/en/birnam-veterinary-clinic/?referred_by=60192

To make an appointment to bring in your animal, please phone the practice on 011 887 8158.

PROCEDURE TO BRING AN ANIMAL FOR A VISIT DURING LOCKDOWN

We work on an appointment system only and we ask that you help us in this regard during the lockdown period. Appointments can be made by phoning 011 887 8158.

Upon arrival at the practice please stay in or at your car and phone our reception to notify them of your arrival. As soon as it is your turn, we will send a staff member outside to call you. This process will enhance social distancing and prevent many people having to aggregate and be in the reception area together. If possible only one human family member should come in with the animal/s.

We request that if there is a possibility that your health has been compromised ( i.e. have been diagnosed with COVID-19, been in contact with a confirmed case or even if you are displaying flu-like symptoms), that you notify our receptionists at the time of making the appointment so that one of our vets or nursing staff can phone you back to obtain the clinical history before the animal is brought in. You can e-mail pictures relevant to the animal’s condition to birnamv@gmail.com We also request that where possible your rather arrange for a relative or friend to bring your animal to Birnam Vet Clinic.

When the person bringing in the animal arrives for the appointment please phone us from the parking lot to notify us of the arrival and stay at the car until one of our staff members come to meet you at the vehicle. Our staff will bring your animal into the hospital. Once your animal has been examined, the doctor may come to the car or alternatively phone you to discuss the diagnostic and treatment plan and costs with you.

Should your pet require hospitalisation, we will send you the hospital admission form in electronic format via e-mail which will have to be accepted so we can proceed with treatment. If it is possible to treat your pet as an outpatient, and payment is required, we will bring the card machine to your car to make the payment.

We include a pamphlet from the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) here which outlines the procedure. Hyperlink to Pamphlet

 

Procedure to bring an animal for a visit during lockdown

We work on an appointment system only and we ask that you help us in this regard during the lockdown period. Appointments can be made by phoning 011 887 8158.

Upon arrival at the practice please stay in or at your car and phone our reception to notify them of your arrival. As soon as it is your turn, we will send a staff member outside to call you. This process will enhance social distancing and prevent many people having to aggregate and be in the reception area together. If possible only one human family member should come in with the animal/s.

We request that if there is a possibility that your health has been compromised ( i.e. have been diagnosed with COVID-19, been in contact with a confirmed case or even if you are displaying flu-like symptoms), that you notify our receptionists at the time of making the appointment so that one of our vets or nursing staff can phone you back to obtain the clinical history before the animal is brought in. You can e-mail pictures relevant to the animal’s condition to birnamv@gmail.com We also request that where possible your rather arrange for a relative or friend to bring your animal to Birnam Vet Clinic.

When the person bringing in the animal arrives for the appointment please phone us from the parking lot to notify us of the arrival and stay at the car until one of our staff members come to meet you at the vehicle. Our staff will bring your animal into the hospital. Once your animal has been examined, the doctor may come to the car or alternatively phone you to discuss the diagnostic and treatment plan and costs with you.

Should your pet require hospitalisation, we will send you the hospital admission form in electronic format via e-mail which will have to be accepted so we can proceed with treatment. If it is possible to treat your pet as an outpatient, and payment is required, we will bring the card machine to your car to make the payment.

We include a pamphlet from the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) here which outlines the procedure. Hyperlink to Pamphlet

Farewell Dr Jaco Viljoen

It is with a sad heart that we said goodbye to Dr Viljoen in March 2019. Dr Viljoen decided to emigrate to the United Kingdom where he will work as a veterinarian.

Dr Viljoen was certainly an asset to the practice where he brought his own charm and expertise to ensure all our patients were properly treated and cared for.

Birnam Vet wishes him and his wife all the best.

Corlett City Veterinary Hospital Take Over

We would like to inform you of the change of ownership and of the future of Corlett City Veterinary Hospital. It is an honour and privilege for us to officially take over the client and patient records of Corlett City Veterinary Hospital from Dr Vic Liebmann on 16 October 2017. Dr Liebmann is an old friend and colleague and our acquaintance dates back for a long time as with most of you who have known Dr Vic for a long time.

The story of Ginger

Hi,

My name is Ginger, I am a stray young ginger tomcat.

I have taken the liberty of attaching two photos of myself, my benefactors tell me I am a good looking lad.  They can’t keep me because of all the other cats they have to look after.  Presently I am confined in their outbuildings, in a room at the back of the house.