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My dog is vomiting – is this normal?


Vomiting episodes are fairly common with dogs. However, if the vomiting continues (more than one isolated episode) or there is a noticeable decline in a dog’s overall health, it’s essential to take action. What could be causing the vomiting? These are the 5 most common conditions that contribute to vomiting. They can be dangerous and […]



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What to feed a new puppy


New puppy owners are understandably anxious about what to feed their babies. There are so many food choices out there, as well as the latest fads and fashions and this can be confusing. However, feeding your new puppy the correct diet from day one will set up him for a longer,  healthier life – and […]



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Vaccinations: does my pet really need them?


Vaccinations have become a hot topic on the internet and as a result there’s a lot of conflicting and confusing information out there. If you have concerns, please remember that your veterinarian has all the updated scientific information at her fingertips. Ask her for advice.   How do vaccinations work? Vaccines are like boot camp for […]



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Barking dogs need help, not punishment


Barking dogs can become a serious problem in built-up neighbourhoods, resulting in bad blood between neighbours. If your dog is the culprit, you will need to do something to stop the incessant noise but punishment isn’t the answer. In fact, hitting, shouting at or locking your dog in the garage as punishment will only add […]



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Workouts for senior pets


Workouts are more commonly associated with humans and Virgin Active but pets, particularly those that are ageing, need to maintain an active lifestyle too. Regular exercise promotes muscle strength, joint flexibility and overall health and is particularly important to keep age-related ailments like arthritis at bay. Workouts to keep your pets moving > Step-ups. Encourage […]



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Owning a pet: what the law says


Owning a pet is about more than having a loving companion. It is also a big responsibility governed by the law of the land. Ignoring these laws could result in a substantial cash fine or time in prison. According to the Animal Protection Act of 1962, anyone who does not follow the regulations set out […]



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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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