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Poisoning in Pets - Part 2 of 2

Poisoning in Pets - Part 2 of 2
Poisoning
We know that rat poison will kill a rat, but….., “Will it harm my cat or dog?” people often ask the vet? The answer is an emphatic YES. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few other common household items which can be lethal for dogs, cats, pet birds and pocket pets like ham...
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Poisoning in Pets - Part 1 of 2

Poisoning in Pets - Part 1 of 2
Poisoning
“Surely if a medicine is safe for use in humans it should be safe for use in my pet”, vets often hear from pet owners. Nothing could be further from the truth and some human medicines and even some fruit and vegetables and sweets daily eaten by humans, can be deadly to our dogs, cats,...
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Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge
Obesity
Most people, at some point in time, struggle to shed some extra weight. Obesity in humans has reached epidemic proportions and in a study released two years ago, South Africans were classified as the third fattest people on earth. Worse than this, is the fact that obesity in pets is following thi...
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We're all going on a Summer Holiday

We're all going on a Summer Holiday
Traveling with your pets
Going on holiday is always fun but we must never forget or neglect our pets in the excitement leading up to a well-deserved vacation. When going on holiday find someone to look after your pets while you are away. It will be a good idea either to get a house sitter o...
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Arthritis Treatment and prevention - Part 2 of 2

Arthritis Treatment and prevention - Part 2 of 2
Arthritis
In part one of this two-part article, we looked at the signs and diagnoses of arthritis in pets. In this part of the article, we will look at the treatment and prevention of arthritis in pets. With the advancement of technology and medicine, arthritis is no longer a death sentence. Our beloved ...
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Arthritis Signs and Diagnoses - Part 1 of 2

Arthritis Signs and Diagnoses - Part 1 of 2
Arthritis
So what happens when your beloved canine friend does not want to go for his walk anymore because he is too sore the next morning? Unfortunately, older pets, and these days even puppies, get afflicted by a condition commonly known as joint disease. This is the same problem we as humans suffe...
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Scratch scratch scratch - Part 2 of 2

Scratch scratch scratch - Part 2 of 2
Skin conditions
In the first part of this two-part series we looked at the complexity of itching and scratching in pets and the fact that although the symptoms eventually manifest in the same way i.e. itching and scratching,  there could be many different causes for it. Itching or pruritis, as vets call it,...
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Scratch scratch scratch - Part 1 of 2

Scratch scratch scratch - Part 1 of 2
Skin conditions
Vets often hear this complaint in the examination room, where clients complain about the incessant itching and scratching of their pets. This is a more common complaint with dogs where the nightly thump, thump, thump of a hind limb hitting the floor keeps the owner and the dog awake for hours. If...
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A killer disease with a misleading name

A killer disease with a misleading name
Catflu
The name of a particular disease is often influenced by the circumstances around the original occurrence of such a disease. For example “sleeping disease” in humans was originally associated with the green fever trees found in low lying areas around South Africa. As time went by and a...
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Animal Emergencies

Animal Emergencies
Emergencies
An animal emergency can roughly be defined as an incident or condition which, once it occurs, if left untreated for more than an hour, will lead to death. Most emergencies have an acute nature or onset and leave little room for preparation and decision making. We therefore have to prepare for the...
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