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Sprains, Strains and ...

So what’s the difference between sprains and stains? Sprains and strains both affect joints and soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system. The signs of both injuries are very similar. These words are often used interchangeably. For some…
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Toe Injuries are a surprise!

I must admit that toes are something that I rarely thought about. Once I started really thinking about my dog’s toes, I can see why they form a vital foundation for your dog’s performance. Toes are important! Missed or poorly treated toe…
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Stretching with confidence!

Stretching is an excellent way to improve mobility and flexibility.  However, a common worry when stretching your dog is the fear of stretching too far and hurting your dog.   A human can self-monitor a stretch, but can you always…
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Iliopsoas Strains - Let's twist again!

Canine athletes, working dogs or even active companion pets that : accelerate quickly (like sprinters to fetch the ball!) jump (either in a trial or on and over a couch) brake abruptly (during a dumbbell retrieve or fetching his ball) …
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Canine "Drive"-ing. Know the risks

What does it mean when people talk about the “drive” of their dog. It is a term commonly used among working or performance dog handlers and trainers. Working and performance dogs are selectively bred and trained to have a high drive.   This…
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What about structure? He's my best fur buddy!

“Angulation…. Withers… Croup… - Never heard of her!” (This is Structure lingo!) "In any case, what do I need that for? Fido is my beach buddy! We don’t go near a show ring!”   Any average, loving pet owner has almost…
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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs - An update summary

Hip dysplasia: a significant cause of pain and disability in dogs.   This remains true even after decades of research into its causes and diligent efforts by breeders to reduce risk through selective breeding. A new review article…
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There's Magic in Movement!

This is so true when we see dogs with arthritis. So strange that this degenerative joint condition is eased by the one thing it inhibits - movement! Regular movement helps manage muscular and joint pain. It keeps muscles and joints flexible. We…
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To throw or not to throw?

I have seen a dog have to retire from sports due to injury from simply playing ball. An I must admit that I was guilty of zealous ball throwing too. "In the past two days, I have worked with two dogs injured from overzealous ball playing,…
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Overweight dogs live less

Study finds overweight dogs live shorter lives. Although this is a New Research published Feb 13, 2019, it's not new news. Pets, like people, have a shorter lifespan if overweight.   But let's see the research: Banfield Pet…
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3 ways to prevent pain caused by muscle injuries.

Is your dog in pain? What are the signs? Is it a muscular injury? How can I avoid muscular injuries in my dog?   Jackie Crawford of Canine Muscle Works, Australia helps us address these questions below. Dogs that exercise…
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Mobility issues? 6 Subtle clues your pet is struggling

The most common mobility issue in dogs is osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease (DJD). Arthritis can affect all dogs of all ages and sizes, male and female. Most pet owners only see the visual effects of arthritis in their…
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After surgery/injury - Will his muscles return to normal?

This is a big question:  My dog has had surgery/an injury. Will his muscles return to normal - by themselves?   According to Michelle Monk, leading Pet Rehab specialist with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy, the short…
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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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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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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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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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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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Turmeric - making a Golden Paste

Here’s a recipe for Golden Paste to assist you dog with pain management! You may have heard of the benefits of turmeric for your dog which include: It’s a powerful antioxidant It’s a natural and effective anti-inflammatory …
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Turmeric - effective anti-inflammatory?

Turmeric, that bright orange spice that makes curries yellow, has many health benefits. One area in which it’s coming to the fore is in treating arthritis or joint pain.  The good news is that now there’s scientific testing that confirms…