Category: Illness

Is my dog ill?

Is my dog ill?
Common signs of illness in dogs
Thanks to the nationwide lockdown, we’ll all be spending the next three weeks in the constant company of our furry friends. As the days go by, you may notice some behaviours or signs in your dog that you haven’t noticed before and may wonder if these are cause for concern. This articl...
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Is my cat ill?

Is my cat ill?
Common signs of illness in cats
Thanks to the nationwide lockdown, we’ll all be spending the next three weeks in the constant company of our furry friends. As the days go by you may start noticing some behaviours or signs in your cat that you haven’t noticed before and may wonder if these are cause for concern. This...
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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 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 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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When should I be worried about my cat's coughing?

When should I be worried about my cat's coughing?
Coughing in cats
A cough can be described as a sudden, forceful expiration of air through the glottis (part of the throat). It is usually accompanied by an audible sound (something that can be heard), which is often preceded by an exaggerated inspiratory effort (a big breath in). Cats, just like humans, may cough...
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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 I, or my dogs or cats contract bird flu from my pet birds?

Can I, or my dogs or cats contract bird flu from my pet birds?
Avian Influenza South Africa 2017
The information provided here is not an official statement but is meant to provide some general information on bird flu because of the break out of bird flu in September 2017 in South Africa.
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