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SEPARATION ANXIETY

SEPARATION ANXIETY
What it is, the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments, and if it is preventable.
What is separation anxiety? Separation anxiety is a state of distress experienced by a dog or a cat (for our purposes) upon anticipation and/or the realisation of having been left behind by (separated from) the owner and/or other household members (including other pets). It is a behavio...
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Making 2020 the best year ever for your pet

Making 2020 the best year ever for your pet
10 New Year's Resolutions for your Pet
As we enter a new year and a new decade, many of us make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves. This a great time to reconsider one’s priorities and establish the foundation for better living habits. Why not do the same for our pets? 1. Make sure they are safe&...
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My little dog is coughing often and sometimes seems to struggle to breathe.

My little dog is coughing often and sometimes seems to struggle to breathe.
Tracheal collapse
What is tracheal collapse? Tracheal collapse is a common cause of coughing and airway obstruction in dogs. The trachea, which is also known as the “windpipe”, provides the air supply from the outside to the lungs. The trachea can be thought of as resembling a vacuum cleaner ...
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How that cute puppy came to cost you R 150 000

How that cute puppy came to cost you R 150 000
The true cost of owning a pet
We are approaching that time of year when people are considering what to gift people for Christmas and as is often the case, a cute puppy or kitten comes to mind. Many people do the noble thing of going to a shelter or a we...
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My cat is eating like crazy and not picking up weight

My cat is eating like crazy and not picking up weight
Hyperthyroidism in cats
What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism is a condition that arises from an excessive production and secret...
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My Dog is Pregnant

My Dog is Pregnant
Midwifery 101 - What to expect when your dog is expecting
Is my dog pregnant? In the days before high walls and fences in South Africa, it was quite common for dogs to roam around freely in cities and towns; and it was not uncommon to discover out of the blue, that your female dog at home may be pregnant without you knowing how she fell pregna...
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My Collie is bumping into things and seems to have difficulty with its eye sight

My Collie is bumping into things and seems to have difficulty with its eye sight
Collie Eye Anomaly
What is Collie eye anomaly? Collie Eye Anomaly is an inherited condition affecting both eyes of many different Collie type breeds of dogs. Interesting to note, that not only Collie breeds are affected but also some other breeds. Affected breeds include Rough and Smooth Collies, the Shet...
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From Kitten to Cat

From Kitten to Cat
Kitten Behaviour
Tiny fuzz-balls of cuteness - the perfect description for every kitten. We cannot resist them creeping into our hearts.  You have brought your new kitten home and realise it is dependent on you for its every need. For the kitten, the world is huge, brand new and ...
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My cat has suddenly gone lame in her hindquarters and seems to be in a lot of pain

My cat has suddenly gone lame in her hindquarters and seems to be in a lot of pain
Feline Aortic Thromboembolism
What is Feline Aortic Thromboembolism? Feline Aortic Thromboembolism (ATE) is a condition in cats where a big blood clot settles and blocks the main artery (the aorta) running from the heart to the cat’s hind legs.  The clot typically settles near the pelvis, where...
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My cat's eyes are swollen and teary

My cat's eyes are swollen and teary
Conjunctivitis in Cats
What is conjunctivitis? Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin semi-transparent mucous membrane lining the inside of the eyelids, covering the third eyelid. This membrane attaches to the globe of the eye at the level of the sclera (...
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