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Noise phobias and your dog


Noise phobias, especially of storms or fireworks, are common in dogs. These dogs will act out by hiding, pacing, panting, trembling, peeing, pooping, drooling, and destroying things. Some dogs will even take it to the extreme of hurting themselves jumping through windows or biting and scratching at doors.  Some dogs become so fearful they do not […]



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Eye contact with your pet is important


Eye contact teaches your dog to focus attention on you and check in with you regularly. When you teach your dog to look you in the eye, you’re making you more interesting than his environment and are therefore more easily able to control his behaviour, especially when leash walking or when other animals are around. […]



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Cherry eye in dogs: what to look out for


Cherry eye may sound like something cheerful but is in fact an eye condition that can harm a dog’s long-term sight.  Certain breeds are at higher risk. Cherry eye is the common name for the prolapse of the third eyelid gland. Most animals, including dogs, have a tear gland within their third eye lids – […]



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Entropion: a painful eye condition in dogs


Entropion is an abnormality of the eyelids in which the eyelid rolls inward. This results in the hair on the surface of the eyelid rubbing against the cornea. When this happens the dog experiences pain, possible corneal ulcers, perforations, or pigment  developing on the cornea which can interfere with vision. Entropion signs and symptoms You’ll […]



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Epilepsy in dogs: causes and treatment


Epilepsy in dogs causes seizures or fits. Typically these seizures occur when the dog is resting. There is often a behaviour change a few hours before the seizure, followed by the seizure and a period of recovery for a few hours afterwards where the pet appears dull or exhausted. Epilepsy in dogs: what it looks […]



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Distemper can be deadly but it is preventable


Distemper (known as ‘hondesiekte’ in Afrikaans) is a viral disease that is completely vaccine-preventable. By making sure your puppy is up to date with all their vaccinations and thereafter their annual vaccinations, he/she will be protected against the distemper virus. This disease is highly contagious and spreads through contact with infected animals or objects,  through […]



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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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Bee stings: what to do if your dog is stung


Bee stings are a common scourge with dogs as they like to chase buzzing, flying insects but bee stings can be deadly. It’s part of a dog’s nature to be curious about insects but unfortunately some dogs can be highly allergic to stings and if your dog shows any of the symptoms below you must […]



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Fearful dogs: how you can help


Fearful dogs show a range of behaviours – from hiding when there is thunder to attacking other dogs they meet on a walk. Understanding what causes their fear will help you to help them overcome it. Rule number one: never, ever punish a dog that is aggressive or fearful. Working with your dog, not against […]



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Snail bait poisoning in dogs


Snail bait poisoning (Metaldehyde poisoning) in dogs can lead to respiratory failure and death if not treated urgently. For most of us Spring brings pure joy; warmer weather and new growth everywhere. But, as buds and bulbs spring into action, so do snails and slugs and in an effort to stop these pests from eating […]



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