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. …

Adding a Second Dog

Before you add a second dog into your family, there’s a few questions that need to be addressed. Is it the right time? Will it change your current dogs behaviour, or your dogs relationship with you and your family? A puppy or an adult rescue dog? Same breed – different gender? If it doesn’t work out – will you be …

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, …

Fear of Thunderstorms

Fear of thunderstorms and other forms of noise phobias are a common problem in dogs. Fear of thunderstorms and other forms of noise phobias are a common problem in dogs, as well as some cats. Characterised by persistent, excessive and irrational fear responses, these  worries often become phobias. With thunderstorms, pets may also be afraid of storm-associated events, such as …