Gastro-intestinal tract

Tummy trouble: how to help your pet


Tummy trouble is a generic term used to describe a host of gastro-intestinal ailments which can be mild or serious. Symptoms vary from vomiting to diarrhoea and loss of appetite or constipation. What’s causing my pet’s tummy trouble? Acute gastroenteritis This is very common and is characterised by sudden vomiting and diarrhoea. This is usually […]



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Litter tray misses: what your cat’s telling you


Litter tray misses can be frustrating and unpleasant for the cat owner who has to clean up after their cat but for the cat, it could be even worse. Messing outside the litter tray could be a cat’s call for help. Diabetes, early kidney failure, and other health problems can be the cause of your […]



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Bones for your dog: why we don’t encourage them


Bones for your dog go together like fish and chips, right? In every doggy cartoon and every book you’ve read since childhood, the dog has a bone to chew. They’ve become so synonymous that it is sometimes difficult to see why they could be a problem but they are. Myths and legends Many people believe […]



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Constipation in dogs: how to treat it


Constipation in dogs is more common in older dogs but all ages and breeds can suffer from it. It should never be ignored  as extended periods of distress can cause serious health concerns. Constipation signs and symptoms A constipated dog, especially if it is well-trained and evacuates at regular intervals daily, is described as being […]



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Pet emergencies: when to take your pet to the vet


Emergencies are impossible to predict and sometimes difficult to read, especially when it comes to a pet. Most pet owners will wait several hours, or sometimes days, before taking a pet to the vet believing that whatever ails their dog or cat may resolve itself, or can be helped with a bit of TLC at […]



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My dog is vomiting – is this normal?


Vomiting episodes are fairly common with dogs. However, if the vomiting continues (more than one isolated episode) or there is a noticeable decline in a dog’s overall health, it’s essential to take action. What could be causing the vomiting? These are the 5 most common conditions that contribute to vomiting. They can be dangerous and […]



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My dog has constipation; what can I do?


A dog with constipation is an unhappy dog, and constipation can become life-threatening if left untreated. Here’s how to help your pooch: How bad is it? Determining the severity of your dog’s constipation is essential for treatment. If your dog is in significant discomfort, is vomiting, won’t eat, hasn’t pooped for more than three days, […]



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Hairballs: how to prevent them harming your cat


All cat owners are probably familiar with hairballs. Those with long-haired cats are more familiar than most. You’ll know your cat has a hairball when he or she retches then vomits up a tubular mass of hair. This is a hairball. What causes a hairball? Hairballs occur as a result of your cat grooming and […]



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Hairballs in cats


Hairballs are relatively common in all cats, not just those with long hair but how do you know if yours has one? Does your cat sometimes make retching, coughing sounds as though its trying to dislodge something in its throat? This may be a hairball. Hairballs form in your cat’s stomach from hair they’ve swallowed […]



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