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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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5 Easy Ways To Help Prevent Joint Problems in Dogs

Joint pain is part of the ageing process for both dogs and humans alike. Let's look at some ways that could slow down and possibly prevent the onset of arthritis and other joint issues for your senior dog. Joint problems are a common problem…
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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…
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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…
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2 top injury factors for puppies - it's not just about hips and elbows

A Puppy is generally a ball of fun-filled energy. It is exactly this that makes them vulnerable to injury.  Let's take a look at the top two factors that put them at risk:   #1: Growth   Your puppy's skeleton is made up of 320+…
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Minky the Labrador - loves her walks and plays again

A diagnosis of Hip Dysplasia is always a crushing blow to any pet owner. We received this story from Annemie and what she had to say about her fur buddy, Minky and their experience with Sashas Blend.  We love this story: I would love to…
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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…
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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…
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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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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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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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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…
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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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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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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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15 reasons your dog may be limping

Dog limping, or canine lameness, is a common reasons for visits to the vet.  One day you are playing fetch with your fur buddy and the next day he is suddenly limping  and in some discomfort. To follow are some of the more common causes…
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Joint Protectors - Cartilage

Cartilage is your pet's Joint Protector. Each bony joint end is covered in a smooth, porcelain-like surface called joint or articular cartilage. This smooth surface of articular cartilage allows smooth and easy gliding and rotation of…