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Christmas - Keep Your Fur Buddy Safe With Some Safety Tips These holidays

Christmas isn’t too far off. This means a house full of people from family to visitors and potential pet hazards.   Is this your first Christmas with your dog, puppy, cat or kitten?   Don’t panic. We're here to help with some handy…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Kibble Catastrophe When It Comes To Kitty Dental Health

Reviewing many studies shows that dry food (kibble) does not clean a cat’s teeth any better than eating pretzels cleans ours! At best:  Dry food may tend to produce slightly less tartar than canned food.   However, for cats…
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Dogs: Thinkers, not Machines

Sport dog rearing programmes and philosophies - yes there are many of them out there.   Many programmes centre on the concept of controlled resource allocation.  Heavy crate time, restrictive devices is generally called for, placing…
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Physical Therapy - Is my dog a candidate?

The need for rehabilitation for our fur buddies has evolved from mainly post-operative cases to include a wide range of disabling conditions seen in: working and performance dogs agility dogs and family pets. Below are some conditions…
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Halitosis/Bad Breath is Not Normal in Pets

Few dogs have pleasant, minty fresh breath. Foul breath however is also not a normal state that must simply be tolerated. Just like people, bad dentition, broken or rotting teeth, sore and damaged gums and other dental problems are the…
Ornella - Feb 2013
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Nastiest Parasite to Latch onto Your Pets

Tick season is either already here or is headed your way if you live where these little bloodsuckers thrive during the warmer months. Tick-borne diseases are reaching epidemic proportions and these parasites are constantly expanding their…
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5 Conditions for Which Rehab Therapy Is Especially Useful

Rehabilitation Therapy is gaining popularity with phenomenal results - even right here in South Africa.  To follow are some conditions which rehab has proved extremely helpful.  Tell us below how rehab has helped your fur buddies! Remember,…
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Latest Study: Dogs and a High Meat Diet

The following Media Release (updated 18 Jul 2017) was issued from AgResearch in New Zealand. Dog owners can improve the well-being of their canine companions by serving up a high meat diet rather than the “human-like” food favoured by…
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This is an X-Ray of a two week old puppy

Please take a careful look at what a puppy's hips look like.  These fragile joints are in your hands.  When raising your puppy there are so many things you can do to protect them.   This is an X-ray of a 2 week old puppy. Look…
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Dogs 'cover twice the distance as their walkers'

One man and his dog - used a GPS tracking system to prove how much more ground his pet covers while going on his walk. Most dog owners know that going on walks and hikes with their best fur-buddy can be fabulous exercise for both dog…
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McCloud runs like a puppy again

We just received this email from Irma.  I had just come in from a busy morning and opened my emails.... Our day has just been made!! We love receiving such wonderful feedback.  Thank you Irma for introducing us to your Mr McCloud! I will…
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Rehab - Body Revamps for Fur Buddies

Canine Physical Therapy - a commonplace rehab solution in Europe in the 1980s.  It is building wonderful momentum right here in South Africa. We love what our rehab therapists can do for our dogs and have experienced their fine work first…
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Things to ponder about Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine Hip Dysplasia –  For most pet owners, this is a dreaded diagnosis, but here are a few thoughts, studies and things to ponder.   There is an accumulation of data spanning over 50 years now, showing the consensus that…
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Pain Killers May Worsen Arthritis

There is a Dark Side of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) When it comes to medication, we all read the Package Insert:  Side Effects. Adverse things to watch for when we take medications. While an excellent short term pain…
Puppy and young Visla
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Prebiotics vs Probiotics - What's the difference?

Definitions Probiotic Probiotics are live. They are microorganisms that may be able to help prevent and even treat some illnesses. Currently their most studied benefits are the promotion of a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune…
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Injury prevention and the canine athlete

This article I found very informative and certainly provides handlers of canine athletes with information on how we can assist our dogs to remain injury free. by Amie Lamoreaux Hesbach, PT, DPT, CCRP, CCRT Empower Physio PeT, Maynard, MA The…
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Going against the Grain

Why your Pooch was NOT designed to eat Grains Your fur buddy is a carnivore or, at the very best, a carnivorous-omnivore who tolerates some berries and vegetables, but most certainly, your dog is not a herbivore. Given the choice, would he…
Julie's new puppies
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Let the healing begin - therapy wonderment for our pets

Pet Rehab Therapies - a wonderment for our pets There are various rehabilitation therapies available for various issues. Let's take a look as some of the most used therapies: Manual therapies These include: exercise joint…
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How to use PlaqueOff Animal

PlaqueOff Animal comes in a 40g and 180g jar, which is filled with a fine green powder. Packed in the tub is a small scoop which you use to measure out the correct dosage of PlaqueOff Animal. Because PlaqueOff needs to be ingested, the…
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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis simply means inflammation of the joint. One of the most common forms of Arthritis in dogs and cats is osteoarthritis (OA), named because the problem is caused by the bones (osteo). Pet arthritis (also known as feline arthritis…
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OCD - but not the obsessive kind

No, not the OCD that compels your dog to keep checking on his buried bones. In this case, OCD stands for Osteochondritis Dissecans. It's a painful joint disease affecting shoulders, elbows or knees. OCD is more common in large-breed dogs.…
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5 Signs Your Dog May Have Ticks

Ticks are eeky parasites that can cause a variety of problems for your dog or cat. Coming a variety of sizes (from smaller than a sesame seed to the size of your thumb nail [and sometimes even bigger!]) spotting these tiny bloodsuckers in…
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Help your pet THRIVE, not just survive

Don't you think your pet deserves the same nutrition as any alpha in the wild? I want my dog to Thrive! Your fur buddy, that devoted, tail-wagging bestie is almost genetically identical to wild wolves. In fact, research indicates only…