Canine Halitosis – that ‘doggie’ breath

When you share your life with a dog, one of the most common complaints is bad breath. Your dog may only have bad breath in certain circumstances, like after they have eaten or just woken up. Halitosis is the medical term used to describe an offensive odor that comes from the mouth, producing bad breath. Bad breath in dogs can …

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH) is a highly contagious viral infection which affects the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs, and eyes in dogs. It can be found worldwide, but is uncommon in areas where dogs are routinely vaccinated. It’s severity ranges widely from very mild cases to very serious – often fatal. Young dogs and unvaccinated dogs are at the highest risk …

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 …

Pets Home Alone

Possibly the best option is to be able to leave your pet in their own environment. If taking your pet on holiday with you is not an option, then here’s a few things to consider when choosing where your pet will stay. Could someone house-sit whilst your away, looking after both your pets & your home Can your pet be …

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 …