Musculoskeletal

My dog is limping, what does it mean?


My dog is limping but he’s healthy. That’s a refrain that vets hear time and again. What pet owners don’t realise is that limping can be a sign of arthritis but because pets are good at hiding their pain, you may not be aware of it until the disease has progressed. My dog is limping. […]



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Cruciate ligament injuries in pets: what you need to know


Cruciate ligament injury is one of the most common ailments encountered in dogs, particularly dogs that are overweight. Certain breeds are also at higher risk, like Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Golden Retrievers. What is a cruciate ligament? The cruciate ligaments are two fibrous bands in each knee that connect the femur (bone above […]



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Osteoarthritis in pets: what you need to know


Osteoarthritis is commonly associated with elderly humans but it is also relatively common in pets, particularly as they age. It is a chronic, degenerative joint disease that makes movement difficult and painful. Though it is more common in cats and dogs aged 6 and upwards, younger animals can also be affected. Studies suggest that up […]



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What you should know about overweight pets


Fact: half of South Africa’s pets are overweight or obese. Fact: 9 out of 10 pet owners believe their pets are a normal weight. October is Pet Obesity Month and because this is such a huge problem for South Africa’s pets, we’re highlighting ways you can help yours to slim down. Firstly, it’s important to […]



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How to help your pet’s winter aches and pains


Winter aches and pains are not confined to humans. Like humans, many pets suffer arthritis and muscle pain as they age, particularly as the colder weather draws in. Arthritis is, in fact, one of the most common ailments seen in older pets, causing changes in affected joints that can be extremely painful, yet few pet […]



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Arthritis in pets: how to ease the pain


Like humans, many pets suffer arthritis as they age and this is particularly noticeable as the colder weather draws in. It is one of the most common ailments seen in older pets, causing changes in affected joints that can be extremely painful for a cat or dog. But it can also be particularly hard to […]



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Hip dysplasia: how to help your dog


Hip dysplasia is one of the most common skeletal disorders seen in dogs. The condition is characterised by a malformation of the hip joint. Instead of the normal tight fit between the cup or socket and femoral head (ball), patients with this condition suffer from a laxity within the joint. The malformation is a result […]



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How to know when your pet’s in pain


Pain is something none of us want our pets to suffer but knowing when they’re feeling it can be difficult because they don’t respond the same way as humans. Our pets can’t tell us when they’re hurting but rehabilitation and pain management specialist Dr Janice Huntingford says pets do offer clues about how they’re feeling if […]



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Rickets in pets


Rickets is a relatively common disease in young animals. Bow-legged pups, or even those crawling around on their elbows, are often observed in impoverished communities, though the disease is not limited to poor homes. Rickets affects the long bone in young animals, that part of the bone that grows during puppy and kittenhood. Causes Diet […]



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