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3 Things that block your progress

  What are the main reasons people don't progress in canine conditioning and fitness?  Or their program is just not giving them results they need in their sport? I have seen people on various dog sport/training groups talk about…

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 are generally called for, placing…

Injuries need not be the end of the world

Injuries happen, but they don't need to be the end of the world! Dogs, like humans, get injured. Whether by accident, through sport, training or fun, injuries happen. There is much that we as handlers and caregivers of dogs can do…

Is your dog in pain?

Most dogs are so brave that they don’t even show signs of pain. Well, signs of pain that may not be obvious to us humans. To follow are, however, some clues that you can pick up on which may help you see whether your dog is in pain or not. This…

Tips on keeping your older dog moving

Senior or older dogs are more prone to health conditions or factors that limit their movement to do general exercise. Our older dogs will generally slow down a little and rest more, but just like older humans, it is still important for them…

Can Arthritis Be Reversed?

Why does a joint develop arthritis? There may be a number of reasons for this. But let's look at the ones at the top of the list:   Mechanical Damage This happens when the mechanics or the normal workings of a joint is not correct.…

When does my dog need PREbiotics?

Prebiotics work in harmony with probiotics and supports healthy guts and good digestion. A healthy gut supports the immune system and general health. When considering prebiotics and probiotics for dogs, it is often easier to deliver the…

The importance of oral health in dogs

This is a super video from The Vet Society.  It explains the progression of oral health in dogs, how easily their oral health can go downhill and why it is SOOO important to keep your dog's mouth clean and healthy!     PlaqueOff…
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12 Tips to help your Senior Fur Buddy live a full life

Old age - It's only for the brave - both human and animal! Our pets, once in their golden years, don't run as fast and jump as high as they once did. They get a bit of grey around the muzzle and enjoy their afternoon naps more. Sometimes…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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 Dog Safety…
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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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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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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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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…
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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…

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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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…