COMMON PET ILLNESSES

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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7 common pet poisons to watch out for


Poison is not necessarily labelled ‘danger’ or marked with an ‘x’. In fact, many of the poisons that are most dangerous to pets are common household items like human medication and plants. If your pet starts drooling, frothing, convulsing, vomiting, crying, has difficulty breathing, won’t eat, stumbles or has pale gums, get him or her […]



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Vaccinations: why they’re essential for your pet


Vaccinations are regrettably controversial. Thousands of parents (now known as anti-vaxxers) are choosing not to vaccinate their children against deadly diseases because of a single (now disproved) study that suggested a link between vaccination and autism. And the same is happening with pet parents. Veterinary clinics are experiencing anti-vaxxers too. We understand that some pet […]



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Chemotherapy and pets: what to expect


Chemotherapy is something we generally associate with human cancer patients, not pets but when faced with your pet’s cancer diagnosis it is good to know exactly what chemotherapy can do for him or her. If chemotherapy is recommended for your pet, it’s natural that you’ll have questions and concerns. When do we recommend chemotherapy? How […]



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Xylitol is deadly to dogs


Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in many foods. It is deadly to dogs. Always check labels, and keep items containing xylitol out of your dog’s reach. If you’ve ever owned a puppy you’ll know that anything that isn’t kept out of his reach will be chewed or eaten. Puppies love to exercise their teeth; […]



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Dandruff on your dog: what you can do


Dandruff on your dog isn’t something you might feel comfortable with taking to the vet. She’ll think you’re fussing about nothing, that you’re making a big deal about a silly cosmetic issue. Not true. Dandruff-like debris on your dog’s coat could be the sign of a condition that goes beyond simple cosmetics. And if it is […]



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The risk of rabies: why we need to be alarmed


The risk of rabies in South Africa is particularly high. It is endemic in our country. Rabies is the deadliest disease on earth. It’s fatality rate is 99.9%, with more than 95% of deaths occuring in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Dogs, and not farm animals as we like to believe, pose the greatest risk […]



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Ear mites in pets: what to look out for


Ear mites in pets are unpleasant for pet owners (they usually result in smelly ears) and sore and uncomfortable for pets. Unfortunately, not all pets display obvious symptoms so vigilance is necessary to detect and then treat them. Ear mites affect both dogs and cats, though they are more frequent in cats. Ear mites in […]



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Feline Leukaemia Virus: a guide for cat owners


Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) is widespread in South Africa and cats infected with it are predisposed to other illnesses and infections that could kill them. They’re also a danger to other cats. Here’s what you need to know to protect your cat: What is Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)? Feline leukaemia is a virus that infects […]



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Diabetes in cats: what you need to know


Diabetes in cats (diabetes mellitus) has become an increasingly common condition. It often occurs in cats that are overweight and/or older. As in humans, cats have a pancreas that should produce insulin to regulate the sugar (glucose) in their bodies from their diet. Diabetes in cats occurs when the feline body is not able to […]



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