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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 hurting your dog.   A human can self-monitor a stretch, but can you always tell if your dog’s…
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Does my dog need PREbiotics? Yes.

We know that probiotics are friendly forms of bacteria that live in the intestines and can improve our health as well as our doggo’s, in many ways. Veterinarians recommend probiotics for everything from treating digestive conditions to…
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5 Fun Facts About Your Dog's Teeth

Most dogs have a full set of gnashers! But hey, my dog's teeth don't look much like mine! Have you ever wondered about them?   Here are 5 fun facts about your dog's teeth   1. They have two sets, (just like us) Young human…
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Can you reduce Hip Dysplasia right now?

The short answer: Yes, you can help reduce the risk of developing hip dysplasia in your puppy.   Recently I came across the following enquiry: Which x-ray protocols is best to use to determine if your dog has hip dysplasia?   My…
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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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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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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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7 Reasons Why You Need To Strengthen Your Pet

7 Reasons Why You Need To Strengthen Your Pet ~by Dr Megan Kelly of Holsiticvet We all get told the benefits of exercise and strength training for ourselves but how many of us see the same importance for our pets? So lets see what the benefits…
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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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Heads Up Obedience - Physical Ramifications?

Some of you may know that I am actively involved in sports and competition with my dogs - I love it!. This includes obedience at a competitive level. For those that don't know what this looks like:  the dog walks on your left-hand side…
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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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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…
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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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Soft tissue injuries and their effect on your pet's joints

Soft tissue injuries include injuries to muscle, tendons and ligaments. They come in the form of sprains or strains and tears or ruptures.   1. Sprains and strains.   Dogs spend most of their days standing on their toes, with…
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Your dog's sexy 6-pack - core essentials!

You know that having a strong core is good for you. The same applies to your dog! A strong core goes beyond the doggy "6-pack". Daily tasks like sitting, standing, bending to pee and poo, all need core muscles. The stronger the…
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5 Ways You Can Help Keep Your Fur Buddy's Mouth Healthy

It is a Universal acknowledgment that dogs may benefit from having their teeth brushed. The hard part: going from knowing to doing. Few of us have the time, discipline – or the cooperative pet – to brush teeth on a daily basis. While…
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Iliopsoas Injuries - Signs of pain

DOES YOUR DOG HAVE AN ILIOPSOAS INJURY? An iliopsoas muscle injury can be daunting as it can be difficult to diagnose.  Even if treatment is done appropriately, the dog uses the muscle every day in every way and it can lead to chronic discomfort. Luckily…
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Iliopsoas muscle? Never heard of her....

Dogs with groin or iliopsoas muscle issues are a common source of injury, chronic pain and lameness in a dog’s hind limb. More common than you may think!   WHERE IS THE ILIOPSOAS MUSCLE? The iliopsoas muscle consists of the fusion…
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"I think the eyes and smile say everything" - Andrew O'Dell

In memory and admiration of a very grand old lady.   I asked Andrew if he would mind that I dedicate a Newsletter to his beautiful girl, Jessie. Jess, a working and very active German Short-haired Pointer, passed at the very…
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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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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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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…