Entries by Angela

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What is Tartar? It it Bad for my dog and cat?

Tartar is also known as dental calculus. It consists of hardened bacteria. This hardened bacteria, or tartar, occurs when dental plaque gets stuck on your pet’s teeth and then comes in contact with their saliva.   So what is tartar?   There are two types and one of them is more harmful than the other: […]

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Hip Dysplasia and whelping boxes?

Hip dysplasia is one of those conditions that all dog breeders are very well aware. Responsible breeders make considerable efforts to eliminate it from their dogs for decades. Almost every breed’s parent club recommends screening breeding stock for hip dysplasia (HD). Orthopedic Foundation For Animals (OFA) in the USA was founded for this very reason. […]

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Is your dog’s breed a high risk for dental disease?

Many of us assume that the condition of their dog’s dental health i.e. teeth and gums, has no influence on their overall health. Nothing could be further from the truth. “The toxins from periodontal disease are absorbed into the dog’s blood stream. As the kidneys, liver and brain filter the blood, small infections occur causing […]

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Spay or Neutering? Keep Pets’ Joints in Mind

Whether to spay or neuter a dog is always a “passionate” topic. In South Africa, we have a large population of dogs that remain free to roam unsupervised. This is a very real problem. For this reason, this article is specifically aimed at responsible pet owners, and owners of working, active and sports dogs (our […]

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What are your fur buddy’s teeth used for?

Let’s take a closer look at your fur buddy’s teeth – or canine dentition! The cuteness of puppy nibbling on your finger. This is a delight with a limited shelf life, but puppies’ teeth are sharp fraught with peril. As we know, puppies grow, develop and mature faster than humans. The same applies to dog […]

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Overcoming Puppy Teething Troubles

Puppy’s teething troubles have a nasty pointy end and can be quite sore. Caution: Puppy’s teething is like meeting Jurassic Park raptors – cleverly disguised as a ball of cuteness. Your puppy won’t hunt you down and eat you, but when you’re dealing with puppy teething, we all ask: “When will my puppy stop teething?” […]

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Stomach Acid and Probiotics

This is a frequent question about probiotics: How to protect these beneficial bugs from harsh stomach acid as it passes through to the intestines? There is more to this question than meets the eye. Probiotics are live bacteria present in yoghurt, other dairy products and pills. The goal is to get these probiotic bacterias to […]

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Osteoarthritis need not be a death sentence!

Arthritis may come in many forms for dogs and cats.  The most common form however, is osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD).  As the name indicates, this type of arthritis is a long-term, continual damage and deterioration of the cartilage found around the joints. Osteoarthritis can manifest as a primary disease brought about through […]

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Stomax vs Other Soluble Fibres

I have been asked: How does Oligofructose enriched Inulin in Stomax compare to other soluble fibres such as psyllium? Psyllium is a very old and effective stool bulking agent, having been grown and used in India for over 1000 years.  It does lower cholesterol.  However, it is not a prebiotic fibre as defined by many […]

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Ehrlichia. What is it?

Ehrlichia is a type of bacteria.  It infects dogs, cats and other species worldwide, causing a disease called Ehrlichiosis.  Other names include “tropical canine pancytopenia” (and several other names). Ehrlichia is commonly transmitted by ticks.   What causes Ehrlichia? Ehrlichia bacteria infects white blood cells. There are many species of Ehrlichia, which infect a wide […]

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Best for Growing, Active Puppies

We all know how active puppies can be!  However, it is always the best option to protect their joints whenever you can.  Nazreen uses Sashas Blend for her active puppies. We love hearing from our community and receiving pictures like these just make our day all the more special!! I’ve been using Sashas Blend on my […]

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Are there limitations to Probiotics?

While some people believe that probiotics will bring the bacteria back into alignment, there are three aspects of probiotics to consider: No two people share the same microbiome; it is unique to you. Not all strains of bacteria will be harmonious to your unique digestive system. I’ve seen many clients who cannot tolerate many off-the-shelf […]

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5 Common Dental Problems in Dogs and Cats

It’s wonderful how our pets are living longer!  Thanks to better medical treatments, diagnostic tools and advanced nutrition our pets are are healthier and happier for longer. With longer lives comes more cases of dental diseases unfortunately. In fact, some of the severe medical problems reported in veterinary hospitals are dental problems.  We are responsible to […]

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Exercising Your Puppy Safely

Puppies should be exercised differently to adult dogs. Their bone growth plates have not fully formed (closed), and a puppy’s body cannot safely handle long periods or high intensity exercise. See our article on Puppy Exercise Growth Plates. A puppy who is over exercised is much more at risk of injury, with both short term […]

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Puppy Exercise and Growth Plates

Puppies:  lively, active bundles of cute! Always on the go and looking for something to do while exploring their world. Then the odd period of rest and deep sleep. Because puppies are so busy, many owners think that it’s impossible to provide too much exercise.  Many think that it’s okay tire them out with exercise […]

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4 Things to Know About Prebiotics Before You Buy

If you’re like most health-conscious individuals, you know that not all medications or supplements are created equal. Just because a medication or supplement has the same active ingredients does not mean they have the same effects. Research has shown that brand name and generic prescription drugs with the same active ingredient may have different effects.(1,2) […]