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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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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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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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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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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, MAThe…
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Orijen and Acana - What's the difference?

Both Acana and Orijen are made by the same manufacturer, so the question everyone asks is:  Whats the difference?Because you want to do right by your dog, you want all the information you can get on the difference between the two foods.Let's…
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A World First - Twins Born in SA

History Made: A set of twins born in SA are the First of their kind in the World ust east of Johannesburg, a pair of identical twins were born and they are the first of their kind in the world.No, they weren’t joined by the hip, nor do they…
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Floating kneecaps?

What is this about Floating Kneecaps? Typically found in smaller breeds, there is painful condition known as floating kneecaps, or luxating patellas. Learn what causes the condition and what you can do to prevent or treat the problem in your…
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How to reduce Plaque and Tartar

o your dog or cat gets up in the morning, goes to the bathroom to start their oral health regime with you .... and they brush their teeth? I think not. So quite easily, our pets start to develop some problems with plaque - yes, that build…
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Common Dog Allergies (Atopic Dermatitis) and the importance of Prebiotics

The Importance of Prebiotics and Probiotics for common dog allergy (atopic dermatitis) This is a new review study in people, but much of the research can likely be applied to our pets too. And with the increasing incidence of allergies, and…
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Vets recommend PlaqueOff Animal every time!

We could not have said it any better.  Learn about Plaque, Tartar and your pets oral health in this easy video.Proden PlaqueOff Animal is what we use on our own dogs teeth and they are pristine!Read more about PlaqueOff Animal on our…
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Not everything with a label, makes it acceptable.

No, not all joint formulations are created equally. As always, we keep a lookout on information important to keeping your pet safe and healthy.In a recent interesting, reviewed and published study on the: "Quality of different chondroitin…
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The Tails Your Cat Can Tell You

Cat tail communication is interesting and can help us respect our cats emotions more accurately.A cats tail is constantly on the move and one of the most obvious uses is for self-expression.The position of the tail (and don't forget…
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Give your dog his Dews

Because I train my dog in sports and she is required to turn and react quickly, this article was of particular interest.  Our dog's feet and toes are the only points of contact with the ground and we need to keep them in optimal condition.…
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Using Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories?

I do believe there is a place for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) - for quick pain relief, yup, even I use them on an injury.  Generally, they work like a charm.But what about using them long term? Do you know their side-effects?…
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Happy Tummy - Happy Puppy!

This is one of the latest snippets on Prebiotics - yes!  the same Prebiotics found in our Stomax. Although the information relates around human health, the very same principles apply for our pets and what they eat.Happy tummies make for…
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PlaqueOff slows deterioration after dental cleaning

Does this sound familiar?You have had your dog or cat's teeth cleaned professionally. It is costly, but your pet survived and their teeth is clean.However, to your dismay, you find that the plaque and tartar have come back even faster…
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10 Most Important things you need to know about Hip Dysplasia

By Carol Beuchat PhD   Hips are a hot topic in dogs, if it's possible to stay "hot" for 50 years. Researchers have been working hard for decades looking for solutions, and breeders have been doing their best to reduce the risk of producing…
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Prebiotics are NOT Probiotics

Prebiotics is very different to Probiotics.  Allow us to show you.... PREBIOTICS ARE NOT PROBIOTICS While the general public has long understood probiotics, PREbiotics are less known.But there are significant differences between the…
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Tick removal. There is a wrong way.

Believe it or not, there is a wrong way to remove these little parasites. This article is for both pet owners, and professionals alike. What are you doing about it? Even with the best tick prevention our dogs, cats and horses will still manage…
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Periodontal (dental) disease.

Bad Breath? Worry? Worry! Bad breath may be a result of periodontal (dental) disease.Pets may develop a build-up of plaque on and around the teeth. This not only causes discomfort and pain, but can result in:bad breath inflamed…
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Bad Breath? Take action!

When Halitosis (bad breath) raises its head, it’s time to take action.Halitosis may result from tartar buildup on the teeth. This marks the start of odour-producing bacteria. After eating, small particles of food can be left behind in…