Allergies

Bee stings: what to do if your dog is stung


Bee stings are a common scourge with dogs as they like to chase buzzing, flying insects but bee stings can be deadly. It’s part of a dog’s nature to be curious about insects but unfortunately some dogs can be highly allergic to stings and if your dog shows any of the symptoms below you must […]



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Licking obsessively: why your dog does it


Licking obsessively, and usually in the same spot over and over again, causes what is known as acral lick granuloma. This condition is also known as acral lick dermatitis. ‘Acral’ means belonging to the extremities. It typically forms on the front part of the lower legs in dogs. Cats can also suffer from this condition […]



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Yeast infections in dogs: what to look out for


Yeast infections in dogs are quite common and can occur anywhere on the skin,  including the ears.  A yeast infection happens when there’s an excessive amount of yeast in a certain area but they are usually are caused by an underlying issue; anything that diminishes the normal defences in the skin can make yeast infections […]



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Hotspots in dogs: what causes them?


Hotspots in dogs are a common summer complaint and they can be frustrating to treat. A hotspot is the common name for a superficial moist dermatitis; anything that causes itchiness and inflammation of the skin or a small wound in the skin creates the environment for bacterial contamination. Even a slightly oozing sore can provide enough […]



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What you feed your pets impacts their health


What you feed your pets is not a decision to be made lightly, because what they put into their tummies now will impact their health in the future. The goal is to feed well so they live well. We get that belts are tighter now more than ever and that pet food can take a […]



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Cats vomiting: what’s normal, what isn’t


Cats vomiting is not unusual, but it can also be a sign of disease so cat owners need to know what’s normal and what isn’t.   When it occurs more than two times a month, if the frequency is increasing, or if your cat is losing weight, it needs to be investigated. Cats vomiting: possible causes There […]



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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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Hot spots: what causes them, how to get rid of them


Most dog owners are familiar with ‘hot spots’. They are those raw, red patches on your dog where the hair has been rubbed or licked off or has fallen out. Any hair that is left is caked with noisy, smelly crusts. A hot spot is painful for your dog. Treatment is essential. Why do hot […]



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Hot spots plague dogs in summer


  If your dog is licking consistently in one spot and a raw, red, moist sore develops, he or she probably has a ‘hot spot’.   Hot spots (or moist dermatitis) appear spontaneously anywhere on a dog’s body. They are usually caused when broken skin is contaminated by bacteria. Moisture – a recent bath, a […]



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Pets and allergies: what you can do


Pets, like humans, are prone to allergies especially at this time of year. Constant scratching, biting and licking are sure signs of a skin allergy, a more common ailment than one might think. Allergies cause great discomfort to your pets,  leaving them with bald, bleeding patches and raised bumps or blisters on the skin. What […]



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