Entries by Angela

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After surgery/injury – Will his muscles return to normal?

This is a big question:  My dog has had surgery/an injury. Will his muscles return to normal – by themselves?   According to Michelle Monk, leading Pet Rehab specialist with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy, the short answer: NO, THEY WON’T! This is a common question to canine physiotherapists. Most people think that muscles […]

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Iliopsoas Injuries – Signs of pain

DOES YOUR DOG HAVE AN ILIOPSOAS INJURY? An iliopsoas muscle injury can be daunting as it can be difficult to diagnose.  Even if treatment is done appropriately, the dog uses the muscle every day in every way and it can lead to chronic discomfort. Luckily the majority do respond well to rest and treatment and […]

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Iliopsoas muscle? Never heard of her….

Dogs with groin or iliopsoas muscle issues are a common source of injury, chronic pain and lameness in a dog’s hind limb. More common than you may think!   WHERE IS THE ILIOPSOAS MUSCLE? The iliopsoas muscle consists of the fusion of two muscles – the Iliacus and the psoas major. Hence:  ilio+ psoas = […]

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Joint Looseness and Hip Dysplasia

Puppies are hip! Our previous article shows that puppies are born with perfectly, normal hips. Puppy hips are quite amazing, although they are not quite adult hips yet. Looking at their x-ray, a newborn puppy looks like it has no joints at. This is due to the ends of the long bones and many parts […]

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What is Tartar? Is 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 […]