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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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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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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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What are your fur buddy's teeth used for?

Let's take a closer look at your fur buddy's teeth - or canine dentition! The cuteness of puppy nibbling on your finger. This is a delight with a limited shelf life, but puppies' teeth are sharp fraught with peril. As we know, puppies grow,…
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Overcoming Puppy Teething Troubles

Puppy's teething troubles have a nasty pointy end and can be quite sore. Caution: Puppy's teething is like meeting Jurassic Park raptors - cleverly disguised as a ball of cuteness. Your puppy won't hunt you down and eat you, but when you’re…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prebiotics vs Probiotics - What's the difference?

Definitions Probiotic Probiotics are live. They are microorganisms that may be able to help prevent and even treat some illnesses. Currently their most studied benefits are the promotion of a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune…
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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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Play is serious business when it comes to Puppies' Bones

Exercise not only builds the puppies' bodies, it helps build their minds. However, inappropriate exercise that’s not suitable for a puppy’s age and level of development can cause significant and irreversible damage. What would be…
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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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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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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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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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Maharajah

Before I picked him up I named him "Maharajah" -  Leyya Pillay Wendywood