Canine Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is a sudden onset of pancreatic inflammation and can be a life-threatening condition.     The pancreas is a V-shaped organ located behind the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. It has two main functions – it aids in metabolism of sugar in the body through the production of insulin and is necessary for the digestion …

Canine Epilepsy

Canine Epilepsy is a sudden, involuntary change in behaviour, muscle control and consciousness. A seizure is often accompanied by an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain. Canine epilepsy is broadly divided into 2 types of epilespy – idiopathic and symptomatic disorders. Idiopathic (or Primary) epilepsy is where no identifiable cause can be found despite a thorough diagnostic evaluation. It is …

Omega 3 for Dogs

Omega 3 is vital for normal function of every organ system in the body, particularly the immune system. A lack of omega 3 can contribute to allergic and degenerative disorders.     Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to good health. They are a form of polyunsaturated fats that are not produced by the body and must be obtained from food. …

Coping with Dog Hair

At the onset of summer, a professional hydrobath, brush out and blowdry is often the answer. It maybe a nuisance, but moulting is a natural process and most pets (as do humans) shed their hair as the seasons change – in spring and in autumn. Some breeds will shed all year round. There is no such thing as a non-shedding …

Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease develops slowly and the early signs are not always noticed. Cushing’s disease is one disease that is far more common in pets than it is in humans. While six in 100,000 people suffer from this condition, it is 200 times more common in dogs, with one in 1,000 dogs suffering from this deadly disease. The Causes – Cushing’s …

Ear Infections

An Ear Infection Can Cause Pain, Itchiness and Discomfort for a Dog. Infections of the external ear canal (outer ear) by bacteria or yeast, are one of the most common types of infections seen in dogs. Breeds such as Cocker Spaniels with heavy pendulous ears and Border Collies with lots of hair inside the ears are most susceptible, although any …