Category: Symptoms

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 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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Help! My pet has just drank some Anti-Freeze

Help! My pet has just drank some Anti-Freeze
Ethylene Glycol Toxicity
Winter has arrived and many people, as a precautionary measure, are putting antifreeze into their cars’ radiators, to prevent the water from freezing. Ethylene glycol is the main ingredient found in antifreeze. Antifreeze is not as commonly used in South Africa as on other very cold par...
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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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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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False Pregnancy

False Pregnancy
Pregnancy
False pregnancy, also known as Phantom pregnancy or Pseudo-pregnancy, is a condition of both dogs and cats, whereby the unsterilised female animal (regardless of whether she was mated or not) shows some or all of the typical signs of pregnancy but is not really pregnant. In other words, she shows...
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Why is my dog limping with his hind leg?

Why is my dog limping with his hind leg?
Patellar Luxation
Patellar luxation is a condition where the knee cap does not run in its groove but slips off to the side. Luxation is a learned word for “slipping”. It is a condition which is regularly encountered in dogs and more commonly in toy breeds. The condition can be developmental or traumati...
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My young cat seems ill

My young cat seems ill
Feline Infectious Peritonitis
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a serious and most often fatal disease affecting cats. It is most commonly seen in young cats between the ages of six months and two years. It has been found to affect male cats more commonly than females and purebred cats particularly the Asian breeds are m...
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My pet has red urine - what does it mean?

My pet has red urine - what does it mean?
Bladder Stones
Bladder stones is a condition that occurs in dogs and cats of various ages, sex and breeds. Bladder stones are also called urinary calculi or uroliths. These are mineral like formations that form anywhere in the urinary tract, including kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The most frequent loc...
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