Category: Disease

My dog is tilting his head to the side, and seems to be off balance

My dog is tilting his head to the side, and seems to be off balance
Head tilt - Vestibular disease
The vestibular system The vestibular system is the body’s ‘balance messenger’ – giving mammals (including humans and pets) key sensory information that allows us to stay upright and properl...
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Coronavirus and your pets

Coronavirus and your pets
Now that the coronavirus has hit South Africa's shores, and several people have been confirmed to have the disease, COVID-19, there are many pet owners who are concerned about how COVID-19 will affect them and their pets.
Now that the coronavirus has hit South Africa's shores, and several people have been confirmed to have the disease, COVID-19, there are many pet owners who are concerned about how COVID-19 will affect them and their pets. Background Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disea...
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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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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'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 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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I found a lump on my animal's skin. Is it cancer?

I found a lump on my animal's skin. Is it cancer?
Lumps and Bumps in your Pet
Finding a lump or a bump in your pet which you have never noticed before, can cause serious worry for pet owners. This article will highlight what to watch out for when to take your pet to the vet and the process veterinarians follow when approaching any lump found on a pet. Firstly, it is al...
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Can my kitten make me sick?

Can my kitten make me sick?
Cat Scratch Disease
There are many diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. These diseases are called zoonotic diseases. Although the list below is by no means comprehensive, some of the more common diseases that we can get from our household pets are: Ringworm, which is a fungal infection...
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My dog is scooting on its backside and I think it has worms

My dog is scooting on its backside and I think it has worms
Anal sac disease in dogs
Many veterinarians are presented by concerned pet owners about the animal’s scooting or dragging their backsides along the ground by holding the back legs up in the air and pulling themselves forward by the front legs whilst remaining in a seated position. The owner often thinks that the an...
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Is your pet safe?

Is your pet safe?
Fatal Diseases that can easily be prevented
Fatal Diseases that can easily be prevented There are some fairly common fatal diseases in animals which can and should be prevented wherever possible. This article looks at how these diseases present, what they lead to and most importantly how they could be prevented. ...
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