Dog Mites & Mange

Mites are external parasites that can cause severe itching and discomfort. There are four distinct species of mites that infest dogs. Mange is a skin infection caused by tiny parasites of two types of mites – Demodectic and Sarcoptic – the later being highly contagious. The four different species of mites you will find on a dogs skin are: • …

Lawn Burning

Hint: Replant your yard with more urine-resistant grasses like perennial ryegrasses and fescues. Lawn burn is a common problem which relates to those annoying brown patches left behind in the places where a dog urinates on the grass. The burning is a result of high nitrogen levels present in the dogs urine.  A little nitrogen on a lawn is a …

Destructive Behaviour

A bored dog can be an unhappy, destructive force. We all know that dogs are social creatures who want to be with you every minute of the day. If they’re left alone for too long and become bored, the result can be destructive behaviour such as excessive barking, digging, or chewing. High energy dogs (such as sporting dogs) are especially …

Laryngeal Paralysis in Animals

Laryngeal paralysis is a condition in which the nerves and muscles that control the movements of one, or both, arytenoid cartilages of the larynx cease to function. Instead of opening during the action of drawing breath and closing during swallowing, the arytenoids remain stationary in a somewhat neutral position. The larynx is located in the back of the throat – …

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 …