Respiratory

Feline herpes virus and your cat


Feline herpes virus (FHV, FHV-1) is one of the most common causes of acute upper respiratory tract infections (Snuffles) in cats. The virus is highly contagious and is easily transmitted between cats. This occurs through direct contact with saliva, eye and nasal secretions. Inhalation of sneeze droplets and sharing of food bowls or litter trays […]



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Household poisons dangerous to dogs: our top 5


Household poisons can be useful for a variety of household pests and problems but they can also be deadly to pets. It is important to know what the risks are before introducing them into your home; and to know what to do if your pet accidentally ingests one. Household poisons: our top 5 1. Household […]



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Flat-faced pets have health challenges


Flat-faced pets have health challenges because of their unique, short-nosed faces and pop-out eyes, the very attributes that make them so attractive to pet owners.  Whether we’re talking Persian cats, Pugs, Pekingese or the currently hugely popular French bulldogs, flat-faced pets can be quite a challenge to care for. Known as brachycephalics, flat-faced or short-nosed […]



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Winter illnesses in pets


Winter illnesses in pets are not necessarily season-specific but they do tend to occur with greater frequency during the colder months. Taking steps early on to prevent or contain them can make a big difference to how your pet responds, and to his quality of life. Here’s what to look out for as the months […]



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Kennel Cough: what dog owners should know


Kennel Cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Dogs commonly contract kennel cough where large numbers of dogs gather, like boarding kennels, daycare facilities, in parks and at dog shows. Kennel cough is spread through airborne droplets, direct contact (e.g., touching noses), or contaminated surfaces (including water/food bowls). It’s […]



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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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