Maintaining Your Dog's Coat In Winter
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by Michelle Pieterse
2M ago
During the cooler, wetter months, it's vitally important to keep up with your dog’s grooming and maintain his coat condition. A wintry outdoor environment can see your dog exposed more frequently to mud, puddles, wet grass, bushes and dry leaves and sticks. Not only will you be helping to protect your dog from the elements, but this will give you (or the groomer) the opportunity to check your dog over for any lumps, bumps, skin conditions, fleas and ticks ..read more
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Biltong & Marmite Dog Biscuits
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by Michelle Pieterse
2M ago
These dog biscuits are a favourite in our house. The dogs jump for joy every time I reach for one of these tasty treats. The recipe makes about 30 biscuits and it’s super easy to put together. In addition to gaining a healthier bank account by making your own dog biscuits, you can also be sure of the health benefits for your dog. Every so often we have scares of toxic ingredients or potentially lethal bacteria in our pet food, but by making your own dog treats, you can control what you put into your dog’s mouth. So knowing how to make dog biscuits ensures that your pets are consuming healthier ..read more
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Top Tips For Immune Support
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by Dr. Liza Schneider
2M ago
Bugs such as bacteria and viruses as well as parasites such as fleas and worms are common in the lives of our animals and in fact, many of these unwanted residents live normally on or in the bodies of our animals. With any infection, there are two main factors allowing for progression. Firstly, the susceptibility of the host (animal) and secondly the virulence (ability to cause disease) of the bug ..read more
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Essential Tips To Successfully House Train Older Dogs
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by Michelle Pieterse
2M ago
Toilet training older dogs is a slightly more difficult process than with puppies and younger dogs. If you are looking to adopt an older dog that was not previously exposed to any house training at a young age, he is going to bring along his bad habits such as chewing, excessive barking, digging and / or using your house as a toilet. Additionally, you may experience more difficulties in house training older dogs as they tend to progress and respond slower to training than younger dogs. They do learn, it just takes a little longer ..read more
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Ear Problems
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by Dr. Liza Schneider
2M ago
Ear infections can cause severe pain and discomfort to your animal. Recognizing the symptoms early on and halting the progression of ear disease is very important to help prevent serious long-term problems. Dogs and cats have an external ear comprised of relatively long ear canals which are made up of the outer vertical ear canal running downward to meet the horizontal ear canal which runs almost at right angles to the vertical ear canal. The external ear is separated from the middle ear by a fine membranous sheath known as the eardrum which connects to the delicate ear bones that are responsi ..read more
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Dr. Liza’s Top Tips For Digestive Upsets
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by Dr. Liza Schneider
2M ago
Gastro-Intestinal upsets are very common, especially in dogs, and is the body’s way of saying that something is wrong. With vomiting and diarrhoea, it’s generally nature’s way of cleansing out or ridding itself of something that is causing irritation or upset. Vomiting occurs when the disturbance is in the upper GIT, while diarrhoea develops when it’s in the lower GIT. There are a number of reasons for GIT disturbances, some due to longer term (chronic) problems such as food intolerances, inflammatory bowel disease, worms, organ failures and others which occur more suddenly (acute) such as tox ..read more
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Why Does My Dog Chew On Sticks And Stones?
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by Michelle Pieterse
2M ago
All dogs go through a chewing phase during puppyhood. Armed with “legal” chew items and reward-based training, your best shoes will be spared as a teething device. But occasionally, chewing becomes more than just a puppy habit. Some dogs continue to chew, even on things that weren’t intended to be toys or treats. - As mentioned, chewing is a completely natural doggy behaviour and most often a problem during teething. Puppies chew not only to relieve the pain caused by the teething process, but also because they explore the world around them with their mouths since they don’t have fingers. It’s ..read more
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Some Memorable Characters (Vet Tales Excerpt)
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by Dr. Liza Schneider
2M ago
Polite habitual behaviour was displayed by Arnie, a huge Newfoundland Dog who would pace around the consultation room while I did my best to follow him and treat him with NIS therapy. I would encourage him to sit or lie down in one spot to make the treatment easier by bribing him with doggy treats which worked well initially. After a while, he was so good at sitting down for his treatment that I forgot to offer him treats so he decided that a new strategy was needed and every few minutes he would intentionally get up to pace so that he could be given more treats ..read more
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Why Does My Dog Lick Me?
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by Michelle Pieterse
2M ago
As you may have noticed, dogs just love to lick humans! Why all this licking and should you stop your dog from doing it? - The jury is out on what a dog’s licking actually means. Believe it or not, what you interpret as affection might, in fact, be your dog encouraging you to throw up your lunch for them. Researchers of wild canids (wolves, coyotes, foxes and other wild dogs) report that puppies lick the face and muzzle of their mother when she returns from a hunt to her den, in order to get her to regurgitate food for them. This is how puppies transition from suckling their mother’s milk to e ..read more
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Gut Health, Leaky Gut And Dysbiosis
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by Raw Essentials
2M ago
WHY IS GUT HEALTH SO IMPORTANT? The gut is our first line of defence against the outside world. The bulk of our immune system resides there. A healthy gut is required for good health. There are two major and increasingly common conditions negatively affecting the gut health of people and pets: leaky gut and dysbiosis. The two conditions are inter-connected. LEAKY GUT Increased intestinal permeability is also known as leaky gut. 'Leaky gut' refers to the ability of the gut wall to regulate what crosses over into our circulation, and what is kept out and excreted from the body ..read more
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