Your pet's health

Prostate cancer in dogs


Prostate cancer, or adenocarcinoma, is a malignant tumour originating in the glandular tissue, in this case the tissue of the prostate gland. It can grow and metastasize rapidly to other parts and organs of the body, including the lungs, bones, and lymph nodes. Prostatic adenocarcinoma is seen in both intact and neutered dogs. It can develop in any breed, but it most […]



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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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Separation anxiety: how to help your dog overcome it


Separation anxiety is a common problem, particularly among dogs, and it can be difficult to solve because sorting it out requires intense involvement from the dog owner. However, as a dog owner it is hugely important to solve the problem as soon as possible as separation anxiety is one of the main reasons dogs end […]



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Venereal tumours: another important reason to sterilise your dog


Sexually transmitted diseases are not something one naturally associates with animals but venereal tumours do unfortunately occur all too often in South Africa. Transmissible venereal tumour, or TVT, is a naturally occurring tumour that is sexually transmitted from one dog to another. It is also transmitted via licking or sniffing of an affected area. It […]



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What to do if your cat is urinating in the house


Your cat is urinating or spraying in the house and you don’t know why. Firstly, understand that this is a common issue among cat owners. Secondly, accept that there are many reasons why a cat will do this. It is important to isolate the reason before you can take action. Reasons why your cat is […]



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Why ‘humanising’ your pet is bad for its health


You may think you’re lavishing your pet with all the love in the world but ‘humanising’ him too much may be killing him. The growing trend of  ‘humanising’  pets is leading to a surge in potentially serious health issues. Obesity, behavioural problems and the rise of designer breeds have all been linked to this growing trend of […]



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Introducing your new baby to your pet


A new baby is a significant upheaval in any home. Parents must adjust to little sleep and the seemingly unending demands of a fragile being they barely understand. Naturally, parents will instinctively focus all of their energies on the new baby and ensuring he/she thrives. But there is another occupant of the home that still […]



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Walk off your dog’s weight


Walk is no longer just a pleasure word for dogs. For many, it’s become a life-saver. With more than 50% of South African pets overweight or obese, regular exercise has never been more important. Walking is one of the best ways to shed weight. Just as important as getting out there and walking is how […]



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Cancer pain: how to help your pet through it


Cancer pain is something we don’t like to think about but if your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, he or she is almost certainly experiencing pain.  Once diagnosed, your vet will work with you to create a pain management plan to keep your pet comfortable during treatment. Here are some pointers to keep in mind […]



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Babies who live with pets are healthier


Babies who live with dogs and cats during their first year of life may be less susceptible to respiratory infections, such as the common cold. Growing up with pets is also linked to higher self-esteem, cognitive development and social skills. It also helps children develop kindness and compassion.   A study of nearly 400 children […]



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