Urinary tract

Warning signs your pet’s not healthy (or happy)


Warning signs of pain and discomfort aren’t always easy to spot in our pets. Though they are sentient beings that experience the same discomforts we do; cold, heat, hunger and pain they hide their pain far more effectively than humans. That’s because in the wild, an ill or injured animal is vulnerable to attack, so […]



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My dog is urinating in the house: what’s the problem?


My male dog has recently started urinating in the house. He urinates in the same spot, lifting his leg on a cabinet I only recently bought. He is doggy-door trained so he is able to go outside to pee whenever he wants. I have cleaned both the cabinet and floor with bleach and vinegar and […]



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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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Undescended testicles endanger your pet’s health


Undescended testicles are not something pet owners routinely search for. Yet if left where they are, they can pose serious health problems. Take the case of Squeek Cunnington, a 15 year old Jack Russell, who presented at our Country Animal Clinic in Somerset West with a large mass in his abdomen. The mass, said  his […]



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Bladder stones in cats: how to avoid them


Bladder stones in cats have myriad causes. Some breeds are pre-disposed to this condition, diet has a significant influence, and older cats are more likely to get them. Cats can develop bladder stones at any age. Some types of stones are more likely to form at different lifestages. The risk of developing calcium oxalate stones, for […]



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New kidney test diagnoses disease much earlier


A revolutionary kidney test, described by veterinarians as the most significant advancement in the field of veterinary medicine in 30 years, is turning back the clock for hundreds of thousands of pets. One in three cats and one in 10 dogs is likely to suffer chronic kidney disease (CKD) as they get older.  It remains […]



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Incontinence in dogs: causes and treatment


Dogs present with incontinence for a number of different reasons. These include hormonal problems, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease, bladder stones and bladder infections. A consultation with a veterinarian is essential to find the underlying cause, and to find the appropriate treatment. The veterinarian will take a full history and do a clinical examination. […]



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Bladder stones in pets


Bladder stones are fairly common in pets. They have multiple causes. They are painful to pets so the sooner they are detected and removed the better. What causes bladder stones in pets? Diet. Certain minerals become oversaturated in the urine and eventually form stones. The pH (acidity or alkalinity) of the urine also predisposes to different […]



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Kidney disease in cats


Chronic kidney disease is one of the most common diseases in older cats. For this reason, all cats older than 7 years of age should undergo an annual checkup and kidney screening. Symptoms of chronic kidney disease – Increased water intake. Cats may start demanding that you open the tap, or drink from a pond or pool, or […]



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New test for kidney disease


A revolutionary new blood test is able to diagnose early stage kidney disease in cats and dogs. This means your pet can be treated earlier and given a longer life. The kidney’s function is to filter toxins from the blood but if a kidney is damaged by disease it can’t perform. Until recently vets diagnosed kidney […]



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