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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…
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Prevent Teeth Problems at Every Stage of Your Dog’s Life

From puppies to senior dogs, let's take a quick look at dog teeth problems and dog dental care through every stage of your fur buddy's life. Dog teeth problems — they’re not something you want for your dog. So what can you do to prevent…
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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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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…
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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…
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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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4 Tips on keeping your fur buddy safe this Easter

EASTER - a time of delicious chocolatey celebration. But what about your fur buddies? Easter presents some hidden hazards for our dogs and cats. For many of us, Easter is a time to relax and take a well-deserved break from work or studies.…
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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…
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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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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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Howling Tooth Infections - What are the signs?

Not all dogs howl in pain when they get a tooth infection. Do you know what symptoms to look for? What can one use to help your fur buddy and when must you see your vet? Like most people, dogs get tooth niggles like aches and infections. A…
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Bacteria: A Cause of Plaque and Tartar Buildup in Dogs and Cats

Dental problems are exceeding common problems that veterinarians have to deal with. The majority of dental problems occur during adulthood and into old age of our pets. Bad breath, discoloured teeth, deposits on the surfaces of the teeth,…
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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.…
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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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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…
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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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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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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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Factors that play a role in Dental Disease

Many things can play a role in the development of dental disease:   Some breeds are more prone than others. Some smaller breeds of dogs more commonly experience dental disease such as yorkies, poodles, jack russells, duxies…
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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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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…
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Meije

Meije the Rottweiler started on Sashas Blend at 4 years old.  At 12 years of age we received the following news from her owner, Carol.   I first started Meije on Sashas Blend to relieve her arthritis that started about 4 years…
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Xylitol takes its toll. Poisonous for your pup.

ylitol - what is it?  Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is widely used as a sugar substitute. Chemically, it’s a sugar alcohol and, in nature, it’s found in: berries plums corn oats mushrooms lettuce …