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Gastric dilatation volvulus

Gastric dilatation volvulus
My dogs abdomen is distended and he's acting very restless
It’s a scary situation when your dog looks like he has a bloated tummy, but he’s really experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency. Gastric dilatation volvulus or GDV is also called bloat, but it’s more than just a bit of air in the stomach. Its other name – gastric...
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Heart diseases in dogs

Heart diseases in dogs
My dog has a strange cough and fatigues easily
It is estimated that a little over 10% of all pets have some form of heart disease. There are many different reasons for the presence of heart disease – from genetics to poor diet, ageing, illness/infection and obesity – but what is common among all types of heart disease is that the ...
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Heart diseases in cats

Heart diseases in cats
My cat seems to have breathing difficulty and is lethargic
The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that one in 10 cats across the globe is either born with or develops some form of heart disease in their lifetime. There are a number of different types of heart disease ...
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Understand the life cycle of fleas

Understand the life cycle of fleas
How can I get rid of my pet’s fleas once and for all?
Tick and flea treatments for our pets promise quick and lasting results and are usually very effective when administered correctly. However, these treatments – including chews, spot-on liquids and collars – may ...
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Veterinary etiquette

Veterinary etiquette
What you should know about taking your pet to the vet
If you’ve noticed that your pet’s behaviour is off or they are showing worrying symptoms, don’t hesitate to call the vet and schedule an appointment. However, this is just the first step in your responsi...
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Eosinophilic granuloma complex in dogs and cats

Eosinophilic granuloma complex in dogs and cats
My cat has a strange sore - almost like a fever blister - on her upper lip
What is eosinophilic granuloma complex? Eosinophilic granuloma complex (EGC) is a disease complex that presents in...
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Urolithiasis

Urolithiasis
My pet has begun to pee a lot more frequently, but in smaller amounts. Even though she's house-trained, she still pees in the house and sometimes there is blood in her urine.
What is urolithiasis? ...
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Rabies

Rabies
I've heard on the news that there's a new outbreak of rabies in dogs. What are the symptoms and what should I do?
Towards the end of June 2021, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) informed the public of an outbreak of Rabies in the Cradle of Humankind area. Near the end of August 2021, the Western Cape g...
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Eclampsia in pets

Eclampsia in pets
My dog/cat recently had puppies/kittens and is starting to show strange twitches and spasms
What is eclampsia? Eclampsia is a life-threatening condition in dogs and cats that have recently had a litte...
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Pet heroism

Pet heroism
Who is saving whom? How pets improve our lives
Carey was sitting on the kitchen floor; the low downlights hardly penetrating the shadows reflecting her sombre mood. It had been an incredibly tough year and she was at that point of wondering what it was all for. Her neighbours had moved out, friends were few and far between; there was hardly a...
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