Meningitis in Dogs

What is Meningitis? Meningitis in dogs is an inflammatory disease that attacks the canine central nervous system. The term meningitis refers to an inflammation of the meninges, which are the three membranes that line and protect the brain and spinal cord. What Causes Meningitis? Inflammation occurs due to an infection caused by microorganisms – these can be bacterial, viral, fungal or protozoal. …

Heart Murmurs in Pets

The term heart ‘murmur’ refers to a disturbed blood flow within the heart itself, which creates an extra sound or noise. It’s this sound that the vet hears when listening with a stethoscope against your pet’s chest. The heart is designed like a one-way street. Blood is only meant to flow in one direction on its journey through the organ. …

Building Muscle in Older Dogs

Muscle atrophy is a medical condition when the mass of muscles deteriorates, resulting in muscle tissue loss, often in localised areas while at other times affects multiple areas. Signs of muscle atrophy in dogs include depression, lethargy, paw dragging, weakness, lameness, and noticeably thinning muscles. Canine muscle atrophy is commonly seen in older dogs or those who have suffered injury …

Intestinal Worms

Worms are internal parasites that live within the intestines. There are several types of worms – Hookworm, Tapeworm, Whipworm and the most common, Roundworm. Possible signs that your dog has worms include: weight loss, always hungry, bloated abdomen, dull coat, pale gums, diarrhea or vomiting. Roundworm often infest young puppies. They are similar looking to spaghetti, but wiggle, are off-white …

Fruits for your Dog

Unlike Cats, Dogs are omnivores which means they can benefit from having fruits and veggies in their diet. Even wolves eat plant-matter in their diets. But this doesn’t mean that every fruit or vegetable is good for your dog. It is important to know what is safe or what could be harmful. Remembering to take into accountant your dog’s size, …

Anal Gland Disease

A subject not for the faint hearted! Anal Gland disease is a common and distressing condition in pets and is one of the common causes of ‘scooting’ behaviour – where a dog or cat drags its bottom along the carpet, Anal glands are two small glands located on either side of the dogs (and cats) rectal opening at roughly the …

Safe Chews for Puppies

Regardless of the breed of your new puppy, one thing is certain – they’re going to chew! Puppies use their mouths to learn about the world around them, starting from when they are newborn. They use their mouths in the same way a toddler uses his hands: to explore. As they get older, the urge to chew comes from teething …