Gastro-intestinal tract

Coccidiosis in dogs


Coccidiosis is an intestinal tract infection caused by a single-celled organism (a protozoa) called coccidia. There are four different species that can infect dogs. These microscopic parasites spend part of their life cycle in the lining cells of the intestine. Despite damaging these cells, most infections in dogs are not associated with any detectable clinical […]



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Constipation in dogs: what to do


Constipation in dogs is usually a sign of a more serious disease or ailment so if your dog is struggling to poop,  it’s important to see your vet as soon as possible. Picking up poop is a job almost all dog owners know, and almost all dog owners hate. But not having any poop to […]



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Why do pets eat grass?


Why do pets eat grass? Does it mean they are sick? This is a question vets are often asked because grass eating is common among both cats and dogs. We expect dogs and cats to eat meat only. They’re carnivores, right? Actually, dogs can eat more non meat-based foodstuffs than we expect. They can digest carbohydrates, […]



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My pet has diarrhoea: what should I do?


My pet has diarrhoea. Should I see my vet? Vomiting and diarrhoea are common symptoms and are not diseases in themselves, but are symptoms of underlying disease. It is important to look at the pet and the other symptoms in order to make a diagnosis and choose the correct treatment. My pet has diarrhoea: what […]



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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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Feeding bones to dogs is not a good idea


Feeding bones to dogs has been depicted as perfectly natural for as long as any of us can remember. Whether dogs are depicted in cartoons, children’s stories or nursery rhymes there is usually a bone in its mouth or at its side. However, what we’ve learned thanks to modern medical science is that feeding a […]



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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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