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Do dogs bite for no reason?

Do dogs bite for no reason?
Aggression in dogs
Aggression is one of the most common behavioural problems in dogs. Aggression is often easy to diagnose but difficult to manage, because it is often multifactorial. There are several different categories of aggression. Let's look at the different types of aggression in dogs. Aggression...
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A new puppy - happiest days or worst nightmare?

A new puppy - happiest days or worst nightmare?
New puppy
Having a new puppy join your family can be one of the most exhilarating experiences for a family but if not done the right way it can have disastrous consequences. People often let emotions get the better of them and don’t make informed decisions. A new puppy will become part of the family ...
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Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) infection in cats

Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) infection in cats
Feline Leukaemia
Introduction Feline leukaemia (FELV) is a disease of cats caused by a virus called a retrovirus. It is called a retrovirus because of the method it uses to replicate inside the cat. It is the same type of virus as the human immunodeficiency virus and although there are ...
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Cat Aids

Cat Aids
Feline Immuno Deficiency Virus
How does Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) compare to Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV)? Feline immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) has similar building blocks and is related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), but very importantly, it cannot be passed between cats and h...
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"Crocodile Mite" skin disease in dogs and cats

Demodectic mange in dogs and cats
Demodex is a mite that lives in the hair follicles of most mammals. It is species specific which means that different types of animals, including humans, have their own type of mite. It is a normal inhabitant of the skin and is most commonly not contagious. The mite is usually passed on to puppie...
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Understanding congestive heart failure in your pet

Understanding congestive heart failure in your pet
Heart Failure
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a very common condition affecting our pets, and is more often seen in dogs than cats. Although it is a serious condition, and a major concern for a pet owner, it can be easily diagnosed and once diagnosed, it can be managed effectively. The important thing is t...
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When is it more than just a tummy ache?

When is it more than just a tummy ache?
Pancreatitis
The pancreas is a small gland that is situated next to the stomach and first part of the small intestine in the front of the abdomen. As in humans, it performs two main functions in dogs and cats. It is responsible for producing some of the special chemicals called enzymes which aid in...
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Tis The Season To Be Jolly

Tis The Season To Be Jolly
Guidelines for Keeping Your Pet Safe This Christmas
As the end of the year draws to a close, most businesses start to slow down in anticipation of a well-needed rest. The veterinary world however, braces itself for its busiest time. The holiday season comes with a multitude of risks for animals. This occurs for many reasons, some of them are out o...
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Kidney Failure

Kidney Failure
Kidney Failure in Dogs and Cats
The kidneys are very important organs of the animal body and play an important role in the normal day to day functioning of the body. They act like a specialised type of filter by retaining the appropriate amount of different salts (electrolytes) to maintain fluid balance in the body. They secret...
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Socialisation - The Critical Period

Socialisation - The Critical Period
Socialisation of pets
Vets recognise the importance of looking at animals not only from a health point of view, but from a holistic point of view where the animal’s health is but one part of the overall wellbeing of the animal. Aspects like nutrition, shelter, behaviour and training form as an important part of ...
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