MON-FRI 08:00-17:30 & SAT 08:30-12:30
MON-THU 08:00-17:30, FRI 08:00 - 17:00 & SAT 09:00-11:00
MON-FRI 08:30-17:00 & SAT 09:00-12:00
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Knysna Veterinary Clinic is a mixed veterinary practice situated in the beautiful and environmentally diverse Garden Route.
We predominantly work from our well equipped veterinary hospital in Knysna but have recently expanded to a fully functional and independent theatre and hospital in Sedgefield and a brand new consulting room and vetshop in Wilderness.
The term “mixed” embodies what all of us at the clinic appreciate about living and working in this area. No two days are ever the same. We may be visiting a dairy farm in the morning, treating your pet in Knysna or at our Sedgefield or Wilderness branches, looking at a horse later that day, and doing some challenging small animal surgery when a wild creature in need of help arrives at our clinic.
We enjoy being all-rounders, working at our steadily evolving hospital in the center of Knysna as well as being out in the country amongst the mountains and forests.
Our team of six experienced veterinary surgeons and two veterinary nurses all Onderstepoort-qualified, together with our longstanding support staff enjoy the challenges this diverse work creates. We constantly strive to provide the best service and cutting edge veterinary science.
We at Knysna Veterinary Clinic are passionate about veterinary science
as a profession.
We encourage young aspiring veterinarians to spend time at the practice to gain work experience. Pre and primary school tours are provided.
Learners from the age of 16 are welcome to enquire about our “job shadowing program”.
Students registered for the BVSc degree are also welcome to do electives with us as part of their training. Please contact Karin Rademeyer-Pretorius
for more information.
20 Trotter Street
Tel: 044 382 1844
MON-FRI 08:00-13:00 / 15:30-17:30
4 Houtappel Centre
Main Service Road, Ext 1
Tel: 044 343 2959
MON-THU 08:00-12:00 / 15:00-17:30
Shop 6, Milkwood Village
Tel: 044 877 0629
MON / WED / FRI 09:00-13:00
FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - PRESS RELEASE
What is Feline Leukemia Virus?
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a contagious and potentially fatal virus in the feline community (it cannot be spread to another species). It is a retrovirus that adversely affects the cat’s body in many ways. It commonly causes cancer and various blood disorders that could lead to a state of immune deficiency hindering the cat’s ability to protect itself against bacteria and viruses found in our everyday environment. These secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FeLV.
How is FeLV spread?
The virus is shed in very high quantities in the saliva and nasal secretions, but also in urine, faeces and milk from infected mothers. Cat-to-cat transfer is often caused from a bite wound but could also spread through mutual grooming and the sharing of litter boxes and food dishes.
How is FeLV diagnosed?
Your veterinarian will have to do a blood test to diagnose FeLV. This is done quickly in the consult room using a test that will show results for both FeLV and FIV (Feline Aids). The results are available immediately.
In the early stages it is common for cats to exhibit NO SIGNS of disease at all. However over time - months, or even years – the cat’s health may progressively deteriorate or be characterised by recurrent illness interspersed with periods of relative health.
Symptoms can include:
Loss of appetite Slow but progressive weight loss
Poor coat condition Abscesses
Pale gums and other mucous membranes Inflammation of the gums and mouth
Infections of the skin Urinary tract infections
Upper respiratory infections Persistent diarrhoea
Persistent fever Eye conditions
Seizures and behavioural changes Enlarged lymph nodes
It is important to take steps to prevent your cat contracting FeLV. Vaccines are available for cats not already infected with FeLV and should be given annually.
As a result of increasing numbers of domestic cats being diagnosed with FeLV in our area, the Knysna Veterinary Clinic in Knysna, Sedgefield and Wilderness is presenting a special offer to “TEST & VACCINATE” during July and August 2016. Call Knysna on 044-3821844, Sedgefield on 044-3432959 or Wilderness on 044-8770629 for details.