Your pet's health

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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Deworming pets: why it’s important


Deworming pets is generally not done often enough, probably because no pet owner likes to think of their dog or cat having worms. However, the reality is that no matter how much you pamper your pet their chances of carrying worms is highly likely. Pets can harbour several kinds of worms, some of them deadly, […]



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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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10 essentials for senior cats


Understanding a senior cat’s needs is essential if we want to prolong their lives comfortably and happily. These top 10 tips will help you do just that. 1. Schedule regular wellness check-ups Develop a close relationship with your cat’s veterinarian while your cat is still healthy. This way they get to know your cat and […]



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Cat myths that could be harmful


Cat myths abound, possibly because of their innate self-reliance and resilience they’re often misunderstood. Understanding cat behaviour, and a cat’s needs, are essential if your cat is to live a healthy and happy life. Myth #1 Cats don’t need company. Not true. Though some people believe cats are happy being left alone for several days […]



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Winter hazards for pets: what to look out for


Winter hazards are everywhere; from plummeting temperatures to heating appliances that may cause burns. Pet owners need to be vigilant, especially with sudden cold snaps. Our friends at Rogz Pet Insurance have identified the following dangers for pet parents to watch out for: 1 Cold Temperatures. Pets can succumb to frost bite or hypothermia in […]



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Your pets’ eyes: keep a lookout for diseases


Your pets’ eyes are usually appreciated for way they gently beguile you into sharing a treat. What few pet owners realise is that pets’ eyes are at risk of many of the same eye conditions or diseases that people have: surface scratches (ulcers), pinkeye (conjunctivitis) and increased fluid pressure (glaucoma) to name a few. Most […]



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Animal hoarders are harmful to pets and humans


Animal hoarders hit the news headlines from time to time, usually when an animal welfare organisation raids a home that has multiple pets living in appalling conditions.  The pets may be confiscated and sometimes there is court action against the owner. But how exactly is an animal hoarder defined? It’s not necessarily the lady with […]



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My dog is limping, what does it mean?


My dog is limping but he’s healthy. That’s a refrain that vets hear time and again. What pet owners don’t realise is that limping can be a sign of arthritis but because pets are good at hiding their pain, you may not be aware of it until the disease has progressed. My dog is limping. […]



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Cat snuffles: what it is and what you can do


Cat snuffles is a common cat ailment usually characterised by sneezing, watery eyes and nose and ulceration of nose and tongue, but the cause could be any one of several viruses. Cat snuffles: what causes it The most important virus associated with cat snuffles is the herpes virus. It causes an infection of the upper […]



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