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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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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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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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What is Tartar? Is 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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there limitations to Probiotics?

While some people believe that probiotics will bring the bacteria back into alignment, there are three aspects of probiotics to consider: No two people share the same microbiome; it is unique to you. Not all strains of bacteria will…
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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…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Orijen and Acana - What's the difference?

Both Acana and Orijen are made by the same manufacturer, so the question everyone asks is:  Whats the difference? Because you want to do right by your dog, you want all the information you can get on the difference between the two foods. Let's…
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Floating kneecaps?

What is this about Floating Kneecaps? Typically found in smaller breeds, there is painful condition known as floating kneecaps, or luxating patellas. Learn what causes the condition and what you can do to prevent or treat the problem in your…