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There is something wrong with my dog's eyes

There is something wrong with my dog's eyes
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca - Dry eye
What is “dry eye?” Keratocunjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) or dry eye as it is commonly known, is a condition found in humans and animals where the eyes do not produce enough tears or moisture for the eyeballs to stay moist and shiny. Which animals are...
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My dog has what looks like a red cherry stuck in the corner of its eye

My dog has what looks like a red cherry stuck in the corner of its eye
Cherry eyes in pets
Introduction to cherry eye A cherry eye is a non-life-threatening condition that o...
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My dog's nose seems to be all clogged up and hard and he is not well at all

My dog's nose seems to be all clogged up and hard and he is not well at all
Distemper in dogs
Following recent outbreaks of Distemper (Hondesiekte in Afrikaans) in Kwa Zulu Natal and Gauteng, it is important to have an u...
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My pet injured its eye!

My pet injured its eye!
Trauma to the eye- eyelids and cornea
Just like in people, the eye of a dog or cat is a delicate structure that can be affected by a huge number of different conditions. This article will cover trauma to the eyelids, third eyelid and cornea. Anatomy of dogs and cats eyes The eye of the dog and cat is very sim...
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The vet could not cure my pet!

The vet could not cure my pet!
Owner Compliance and the Role you as an Owner Play
First things first, there are always 3 parties to any veterinary consultation: The vet, the pet and the one often overlooked, the owner. For any veterinary treatment to be successful at least two of the three parties, namely the vet and the owner, are pivotal to the success of any intervention. A...
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My dog is really getting old

My dog is really getting old
Geriatric dogs - The senior years
Taking your elderly dog to the vet for an annual check-up can sometimes feel like a waste of time and a big inconvenience to the pet involved. The stress involved and the difficulty of transporting a big elderly dog, which is not so mobile anymore, may make you wonder if it is really necessary. T...
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My cat is really getting old

My cat is really getting old
Geriatric Cats - The senior years
Due to improvements in nutrition, veterinary and home care, cats are living a lot longer than they did twenty to thirty years ago. In the past when a cat reached the age of 13 years old, we believed them to be really old. This is definitely no longer the case. We see several cats that are now rea...
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My pet is vomiting

My pet is vomiting
Is vomiting a sign of an upset tummy?
Vomiting is one of the most common symptoms of disease seen in pets. It can be quite alarming to see your pet vomit up all his or her food or alternatively continuously wretch and only bring slime or bile. So should you rush your dog or cat to the vet immediately when you see them vomit, or is it...
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My older German Shepherd Dog seems to be getting weak in its hindquarters

My older German Shepherd Dog seems to be getting weak in its hindquarters
Degenerative Myelopathy
This article outlines a genetic disorder that mainly German Shepherd dogs are prone to. There are other breeds affected by this condition too like Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Corgis, Boxers, Wirehaired Fox Terriers and Rhodesian Ridgebacks, however, the disease is mostly seen in German Shepherds. ...
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My dog is ravenously hungry all the time and eats like a beast but is as thin as a rake.

My dog is ravenously hungry all the time and eats like a beast but is as thin as a rake.
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in dogs
Why is the pancreas important? The pancreas is a small, light pink, glandular organ that is situated between the stomach and the duodenum (part of the small intestines). It has many important functions, all of which can be classified into two main categories namely endocrine and exocrin...
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