Osteoarthritis And The Benefits Of Exercise

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease of joint cartilage and adjacent subchondral bone. It occurs when the cartilage of the joint becomes damaged and loses its cushioning effect between bones. […]

Know The Signs: Tips For Recognizing And Managing Heart Disease In Dogs

The heart is the organ responsible for pumping blood to and from all tissues and organs of
the body in most animals. […]

Pet Diabetes

What is pet diabetes? How common is diabetes in pets? What signs should I look out for? How is diabetes diagnosed? How is diabetes managed in pets? […]

Doctor examining dogs heart beat with stethoscope

Canine Heart Disease Is Dangerous: What You Need To Know

Did you know that canine heart disease is just as dangerous in dogs as it is in people? […]

What You Need To Know About Zoonotic Diseases

A zoonotic disease (or zoonosis) is a type of disease that passes from an animal or insect to a human. […]

Diabetes Mellitus In Cats

Diabetes mellitus (DM) affects between 0.2% – 1% of cats in the general population. […]

Companion Animals and Coronavirus

There are various types of coronaviruses. This article looks at the differences between the two types you should know about. […]

The Management and Prevention of Diabetes in Cats

More and more cats are developing diabetes mellitus. Cat owners need to act on this alarming fact by learning more about this chronic disease. […]

CKD Risk Factors in Cats

A risk factor is defined as an attribute that is associated with increased risk of an outcome. However, the detection of risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD), which refers to the gradual decline of kidney function over time, is complicated because cats are often taken to the veterinarian when the disease is advanced. […]

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in Dogs

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a term that refers to the heart’s inability to pump adequate blood to the body. There are many causes of CHF in dogs. […]

The Importance of Catching and Diagnosing Diabetes in Cats Early

Unfortunately, diabetes cannot be cured. That’s why it’s very important to look out for signs of diabetes in cats so you can act early. A healthier and longer life is possible with treatment and proper management of the disease. […]

Treating Pain In Your Pet With NSAIDs

In recent years, the medical care of pain in pets has advanced rapidly. In veterinary medicine nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are approved analgesic medications designed to control pain and inflammation. […]

Pets In Pain Seldom Vocalize

Your pets can’t tell you where or how much it hurts but they suffer from pain just as we do. Animals have evolved to hide their pain as a protection against predators. […]

The Consequences Of Untreated Kidney Disease In Cats

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) refers to the gradual loss of kidney function. Left untreated, CKD in cats can lead to several health problems. […]

Is Your Dog Slowing Because Of Aging?

Since dogs cannot easily tell us that they are in pain and signs may be subtle, it’s difficult to identify pain. There are many misunderstandings regarding pain in animals. […]

Post-Surgery Pain Management Is Critical

Surgery can be challenging for both pets and their owners.  The recovery process is usually simple, but the first few days and weeks after surgery require special care for your pet. […]

Pain Can Be Predictable

There have been significant advances in veterinary medicine in understanding how pets feel pain. Veterinarians and their health care team are trained to recognize signs of a pet’s discomfort or fear. […]

Pain Can Be Controlled

If you notice changes in your pet’s behaviour or appearance, it could be because of pain. Pets usually hide their pain and cannot tell you where or how much it hurts. […]

Faces of Pain

When we humans are in pain, we generally talk about it.  Your dog or cat can’t tell you where or how much it hurts and usually mask their pain. Animals have evolved to withdraw and hide the signs of pain because any display would put them at risk with predators. […]

Is your dog at risk of heart disease?

Is Your Dog At Risk For Heart Disease?

Since dogs cannot easily tell us that they are in pain and signs may be subtle, it’s difficult to identify pain. There are many misunderstandings regarding pain in animals. […]

How Veterinary Technicians Assist in the Diagnosis of CKD in Cats

Catching chronic kidney disease (CKD) early is paramount to managing it. […]

How Veterinary Technicians Help Diagnose Heart Disease In Dogs

Catching heart disease in dogs early is paramount to managing it. […]

Dog Breed Conditions

Health Issues & Conditions In Specific Dog Breeds

A big part of a dog’s general wellbeing is their health. Unfortunately some breeds are more likely to suffer from certain conditions than others. These breeds are: Bulldogs, Beagles & Boxers. However, they’re not the only ones. […]

Group of raccoons searching for something

Rabies: How It Spreads, The Signs & Why Vaccination Is Vital

Rabies is a zoonotic viral disease, meaning a disease that normally exists in domestic and wild animals that can infect humans. It attacks the central nervous system and once symptoms […]

Leptospirosis – A Serious Bacterial Disease

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira. This bacterial disease can infect domestic animals, wildlife and humans. The disease causes fever, jaundice, kidney failure, abortion and may be fatal in severe cases. […]

Close up of dog drooling

Rabies: Diagnosis, Prevention & The Value Of Vaccination

Rabies is a dangerous, fatal viral disease that can be contracted by animals and humans. Animals are typically the transmitters and dogs alone are responsible for 99% of related deaths. For this reason, prevention efforts should […]

Lyme Disease And Ticks

Ticks can transmit a number of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, depending on the type of tick. […]

Black dog running on grass

Rabies In Pets

Whenever you hear the word ‘rabies’ you should pay attention. Mammals – for our purposes humans, dogs and cats – can all get rabies. Rabies is a deadly virus and survival is […]

picture of dog sitting on bench with atlas globe behind him

World Rabies Day – Awareness & Prevention Efforts

Rabies spreads when the saliva of an infected animal – through a bite or otherwise – comes into contact with broken skin (which includes scabs) or the eyes, nose or mouth of another animal or person. World Rabies […]

Sick looking cat with hose attached to nose

An Overview Of Cancer In Cats

It’s unclear what causes most cancers in cats. Fortunately for cat owners, feline cancer is not as common as cancer in dogs. Still, it’s good to be aware of the signs of cancer in cats because they can hide illness which can delay diagnosis and treatment. […]

Dog with lump on head lying on the floor

An Overview Of Cancer Causes And Signs In Dogs

Better healthcare and improved nutrition have increased the average lifespan of canines. Unfortunately, with old age comes greater cancer risks. Still, any dog can develop cancer when an abnormal growth of cells occur […]

Cat Stomach Cancer

Stomach And Intestinal Cancer (Leiomyosarcoma) In Cats

Stomach and intestinal cancer is also known as leiomyosarcoma, which arises from the smooth muscles of the stomach and intestines. Leiomyosarcoma is an uncommon cancerous tumor that is an extremely serious and painful disease. […]

Dog Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer (Adenocarcinoma) In Dogs

What is Pancreatic Cancer (Adenocarcinoma) in Dogs? The pancreas is a gland organ in the digestive and endocrine systems. It is responsible for hormonal and digestive functions. Pancreatic cancer develops as abnormal pancreatic cells multiply rapidly in the pancreas. […]

Cat wrapped in blanket with drip attached

Diagnosing, Treating & Preventing Cancer In Cats

It’s important to find and treat cancer in cats as early as possible because many types of tumours in cats tend to form, grow and spread quickly. With the appropriate treatment, long-term prognosis can be improved. […]

Dog sitting on table after receiving a scan

10 Common Canine Cancers: Part 1

Cancer is a complex disease that is unfortunately very common in both humans and dogs. It can be triggered by various things such as environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. […]

Two dogs sitting on bed before scan

10 Common Canine Cancers: Part 2

This is Part 2 of Common Canine Cancers: Read Part 1 first. […]

Tired looking cat laying in bed

Types Of Rare Cancers In Cats

The following tumours and cancers are rare in cats. Some brain tumours start in the brain. They’re called primary tumours and are very rare. Secondary tumours on the other hand develop as a result of a different cancer that has spread to the brain. Brain tumour symptoms may include: […]

Diabetes In Cats: Symptoms

More and more cats are developing diabetes mellitus. Cat owners need to act on this alarming fact by learning more about this chronic disease. […]

Diabetes In Dogs: Symptoms

The occurrence of diabetes in canines is increasing. Find out what it is and what symptoms to watch for. […]

Cat eating pink frosting off cupcake

Diabetes In Cats

Feline diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a disease caused when the body cannot properly respond to the hormone insulin, which is produced and released by the pancreas. As in the human body, the cells in a cat’s body need energy in the form of glucose (sugar) for their […]

Diabetes In Dogs

Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus in dogs, is a chronic disease caused when the body cannot properly respond to the hormone insulin, which is produced and release by the pancreas. […]

The Importance Of Catching And Diagnosing Diabetes In Dogs Early

Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus in dogs, is a chronic disease caused when the body cannot properly respond to the hormone insulin, which is produced and release by the pancreas. […]

Management And Prevention Of Diabetes In Dogs

While diabetes in dogs may not be curable, it can be managed quite successfully. […]

Acid Or Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) In Cats

Cats, like humans, can suffer from acid or gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD. Acid reflux is quite common in cats and while younger cats are at greater risk, cats of all ages may be susceptible. During a gastric reflux episode there is an uncontrollable reverse flow […]

Acid Reflux or Gerd in Dogs

Acid Or Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) In Dogs

Dogs, like humans, can suffer from acid or gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD. Acid reflux is quite common in dogs and while puppies are at greater risk, dogs of all ages may be susceptible. During a gastric reflux episode there is an uncontrollable reverse flow of gastric […]

Constipation In Cats

Constipation is the inability to routinely and easily evacuate the bowels resulting in retention of faeces or passage of hard, dry faeces. When a cat is constipated, the colon—the section of the lower intestine that contains undigested food, mucus, bacteria, and dead cells before elimination—has become impacted with […]

Constipation In Dogs

Constipation is the inability to routinely and easily evacuate the bowels resulting in retention of faeces or passage of hard, dry faeces. When a dog is constipated, the colon—the section of the lower intestine that contains undigested food, mucus, bacteria, and dead cells before elimination—has become impacted with […]

Acute Diarrhea In Cats

Cats with acute diarrhea may defecate more frequently, and may have softer, looser or more watery feces. Blood, mucus, or even parasites may be visible in or on their stools and they may have accidents in the house. Diarrhea is quite common and is brought on by […]

Acute Diarrhea In Dogs

Dogs with acute diarrhea may defecate more frequently, and may have softer, looser or more watery feces. Blood, mucus, or even parasites may be visible in or on their stools and they may have accidents in the house. Diarrhea is quite common and is brought on by […]

Doctor examining a cats ear

Ear Infections In Cats: Signs, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

Luckily, when it comes to ear infections, cats are not as vulnerable as dogs. Still, when they do get them, the effects can be painful and even cause damage if left untreated. Signs and Symptoms of Ear Infections in Cats […]

Ear Infections In Dogs: Treatment & Prevention

If your dog has an ear infection, it’s really important to approach the problem properly. The safest and smartest first step would be to contact your vet. […]

Doctor examining a dogs ear

Ear Infections In Dogs: Signs, Causes & Diagnosis

The first thing you should know is that ear infections in dogs are quite common. The important thing is to address signs and symptoms as soon as you notice them. […]

Ear Infections In Cats

Ear infections, causing painful itchiness and irritation, are not as common in cats as they are in dogs. Although ear infections themselves are problematic, there can be underlying causes of the inflammation of the external ear canals that become inflamed. If your cat gets an ear […]

Chronic Ear Infections In Dogs

Ear infections, causing painful itchiness and irritation, are one of the most common problems afflicting dogs. Although ear infections themselves are problematic, there are usually underlying causes of the inflammation of the external ear canals that become inflamed with bacterial or yeast overgrowth. With overgrowth of […]

An Overview: Epilepsy & Seizures In Dogs

Seizure disorders in dogs are common and there are many causes which can include birth defects, metabolic defects, infections, a brain abscess, toxins or vascular disorders such as strokes and high blood pressure. […]

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What You Should Know About Epilepsy In Cats

Just because it’s more common for dogs than cats to suffer from epilepsy doesn’t mean epilepsy in cats should be taken lightly. Before we get to symptoms, causes and treatment it’s important to understand the difference between a seizure and epilepsy. […]

image of a sick dog

What To Do During A Dog’s Seizure

There are often warning signs when a dog is about to have a seizure. A dog may begin to act scared, dazed, stressed or anxious without cause. Dogs may also have trouble seeing, experience muscle and limb contractions, and even lose bowel and bladder control. […]

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What You Should Know About Seizures In Dogs

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that is more common in dogs than in cats. It’s also important to know that a seizure is a single occurrence while the word epilepsy is used when two or more unprovoked seizures have occurred. […]

A List Of Common Eye Conditions In Felines

Cats have very unique and beautiful eyes. They can detect much more light than we can, however, their colour vision is limited. Threats to healthy eyes include injuries, conditions and diseases. […]

A List Of Common Eye Conditions In Canines: Part 1

Dogs’ eyes are very important organs that help them form images of the world. Threats to healthy eyes include injuries, conditions and diseases. […]

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A List Of Common Eye Conditions In Canines: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of common eye conditions in canines. […]

Facts About Your Cat’s Eyes

Cats are weird, wonderful and rumoured to be wise… especially when you look in their eyes! But, how do they actually view the world around them? Well, science has come up with a few generally agreed upon facts to help us understand this interesting feline organ. […]

Cat Eye Inflammation

Eye Inflammation (Anterior Uveitis) In Cats

Uveitis is one of the most common eye disorders in cats and can be extremely serious. Without medical attention, your cat’s eyesight is at great risk. Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, which is the dark tissue at the […]

Heart Disease In Dogs

Just like people, dogs can suffer from many of the same diseases, including heart disease (otherwise known as cardiomyopathy). […]

Cat Heart Disease

Heart Disease In Cats

We don’t want to know or think about it, but cats, just like people, can also suffer from heart disease. Any disease that affects the heart muscle is called cardiomyopathy and can lead to heart failure. Cardiomyopathies are classified according to the effect they have on the heart […]

Heart shaped paw print pattern

Facts About A Dog’s Heart

Studies show that people who own pets are healthier, have fewer heart attacks and live longer. Happy, healthy dogs also live longer than unhealthy, unhappy dogs. Still, just like human, dogs can suffer from heart problems too. […]

Cat holding a red heart shaped cushion

Facts About A Cat’s Heart

The body needs oxygen-rich blood. The heart makes sure this blood gets around. Then, once the oxygen-depleted blood goes through the lung fields, the cycle repeats. A cat’s heart is a small yet impressive organ which works around the clock. In fact, their little hearts beat like crazy, which is surprising, since cats seem calm and confident most of the time. […]

Enlarged Heart (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) In Cats

Did you know that feline heart disease is just as dangerous in cats as it is in people? What is an enlarged heart? The heart has four chambers: two chambers at the top, the right and left atrium; and two chambers at the bottom, the […]

blue eyed cat laying on the pavement

CKD A Common Disease In Domestic Cats

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common, progressive and debilitating disease in cats, affecting a large number of cats crossing consulting room tables in veterinary clinics. The prevalence of feline CKD increases with age. Geriatric cats in general often develop some degree of kidney disease. […]

fury cat laying on wooden bench

Causes Of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

An Overview of the Function of the Kidneys. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common problem in cats. Kidneys are essential for normal bodily functions. […]

Internal picture of toxic kidneys

Kidney Toxicity (Drug Induced Nephrotoxicity) In Dogs

Like human kidneys, a dog’s kidneys balance certain substances in the blood and filter out and excrete the body’s waste as urine. Some drugs administered for the purpose of diagnosing or treating another medical disorder may have toxic effects on a dog’s kidneys. […]

An Overview Of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Early stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats is often unnoticed. Once you start noticing signs and symptoms, the disease is usually already in stage 2, late stage kidney insufficiency, or possibly stage 3, early kidney failure. […]

Cat lying on carpet holding fluffy toy

Feline Kidneys: The Facts

Feline kidneys are paired organs that reside in the dorsal abdomen. One is situated on the left and the other on the right. The kidneys at birth are the same kidneys for the rest of a cat’s life. […]

What To Do When Your Cat Is Diagnosed With CKD

Following blood and urine tests, X-rays, an ultrasound, or biopsy, your veterinarian may give you the diagnosis that your cat has chronic kidney disease (CKD). […]

Doctors checking cats heartbeat with stethoscope.

Chronic Kidney Disease In Cats – About The Disease

CKD affects approximately 35% of geriatric cats and up to 10% of cats that visit veterinary clinics. The disease is progressive over time and occurs where there is long-standing, irreversible damage to the kidneys that weakens their ability to remove waste products from the blood and regulate other essential functions. […]

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Feline Kidney Problems

This article takes a look at how kidneys work and what stops them from doing their job. […]

Stages Of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is staged depending on the severity. This is estimated based on the level of waste products in the blood and abnormalities in the urine. […]

Grey cat close up side profile

Chronic Kidney Disease In Cats – Signs, Prognosis, Management

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the name used to refer to cats with kidney failure (or chronic kidney failure). CKD is most common in middle to old-aged cats. Since it is a progressive disease there is a gradual decline and worsening of the condition. […]

Chronic Kidney Disease And Its Complications

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as a progressive irreversible deterioration of kidney function or structure in one or both kidneys that has been continuously present for 2 months or longer. […]

Ginger cat

Management Of CKD In Cats

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), or a slow decline in kidney function over time, is common in cats. Filtering the blood and making urine are the most important functions of healthy kidneys. […]

Wincing cat laying on table

CKD – The Silent Disease

The crucial functions of the kidneys include removing toxins and excess water from the body; maintaining water, salt and acid balance; producing hormones and maintaining normal blood pressure. […]

Kidney Failure In Cats

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires lifelong treatment and can be challenging for both the cat and its human family. […]

Grey cat laying on the window sill

Acute And Chronic Feline Kidney Failure – How Long Can Your Cat Live?

Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict life expectancy with malfunctioning kidneys since each case is unique; however, there is a difference in life expectancy with regards to managed and unmanaged kidney failure. […]

Chronic Kidney Disease Is Irreversible & Incurable

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires lifelong treatment and can be challenging for both the cat and its human family. […]

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A Guide To Chronic Kidney Disease In Cats

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the two main kidney diseases that can affect cats. CKD is usually caused by long-term diseases that slowly damage the kidneys and reduce their function over time. […]

Management Of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

A cat’s kidneys are very important for the functioning of the body. Kidneys do a variety of things, such as: helping to manage blood pressure, making hormones, stimulating the bone marrow to make more red blood cells, removing waste from the blood. […]

Importance Of Nutrition In Chronic Kidney Disease In Cats

The kidneys have many functions. Two of the major functions include removing waste products from the blood and conserving water in the body. With kidney disease the kidney function declines and toxic waste products like urea and phosphorous begin to build up in the body. […]

Management Of Cats Living With CKD

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires lifelong treatment and can be challenging for both the cat and its human family. […]

Nutrition For Cats With CKD

With treatment and careful management, cats with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can have a good quality of life. […]

Dietary Management In Cats With CKD

Several studies have shown that dietary management plays a key role in cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) which is a common and unfortunately incurable condition. CKD is actually more than just a common progressive condition, it is a leading cause of death in cats, often due to the complications it causes. […]

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Arthritis is a general medical term describing inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the terminology used when referring to a form of chronic joint inflammation that is a progressive and permanent disease of joints. […]

Old labrador lying on floor

Osteoarthritis In Dogs

Dogs, just like humans, can also suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), sometimes called degenerative joint disease. […]

Osteoarthritis In Cats

Cats are natural survivors and masters at hiding pain, which means discomfort and illness often go unnoticed. If owners and veterinarians can’t see any issues, no diagnosis can be made which means symptoms and pain caused by diseases go untreated. […]

Old labrador

What You Should Know About Osteoarthritis

Since dogs cannot easily tell us that they are in pain and signs may be subtle, it’s difficult to identify pain. There are many misunderstandings regarding pain in animals. […]

An Overview Of A Dog’s Joints & Ligaments

Joints are found throughout the body wherever two bones meet. A joint is formed when two bones come together and are held in place by supporting tissues. […]

Dog lying on the floor having blood pressure checked

What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of Pain In Dogs?

Pain in dogs is a tricky thing, because it’s not always so obvious … until it’s more severe. So, as pet owners we should educate ourselves about the signs and symptoms of pain in dogs so that we can provide relief as soon as possible. […]

Signs That Could Mean Your Cat Is In Pain

Pain in cats is a tricky thing because it’s rarely obvious… until it’s quite severe. Cat owners should therefore educate themselves about the signs and symptoms of pain in cats so they can offer relief as soon as possible. […]

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What Causes Pain In Dogs?

Here’s an overview of things that can cause pain in dogs. […]

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Discover The Causes Of Pain In Cats

What are the causes of pain in cats? Find out more. […]

Pain Management For Your Dog

Like humans, dogs are happier when they are healthy and pain-free. The thing is, it’s not always obvious when a dog is experiencing discomfort. It’s up to dog owners to learn about signs and symptoms of pain […]

Cat asleep with drip attached to arm.

Things You Need To Know About Cat Surgery

Surgery is a scary word we don’t want to hear when it comes to loved ones, which include our feline friends, of course. […]

What Are NSAIDs For Pets And How Do They Work?

The term NSAIDs stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They are often used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and reduce fever – in people and animals. However, animals should not be given NSAIDs created for humans. […]

Possible Side Effects Of NSAIDs And Safety Of Long-Term Use

If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to educate yourself about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in case your pet needs them someday. […]

How To Manage Pain In Dogs

You need to contact your veterinarian as soon as you notice signs and symptoms of pain in your dog. A veterinarian can investigate to determine the cause of pain and recommend treatment to offer relief. […]

Surprising Facts About NSAIDs Pet Owners Should Know About

Sometimes our pets need medication because they’re sick, for example, they may be experiencing temporary digestive problems. Other times they may need medication for pain caused by injury or a chronic condition. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help with the last-mentioned situation. […]

Information For Owners Whose Dogs Are On NSAIDs

If your dog needs to start taking NSAIDs, it’s important to get a Client Information Sheet from your veterinarian. This valuable resource will guide you and be handy anytime you need to check instructions or other important details. […]

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A List Of Common Skin Problems In Cats

Common skin problems you should be aware of. […]

What’s Causing Your Dog’s Skin Problems?

Nobody likes having an itchy or irritated skin and your dog is no different. Unfortunately, skin problems are very common in canines and shouldn’t be ignored. Fortunately, most causes of skin problems in dogs are not difficult to address and treat. Some can even be prevented. […]

Abscesses In Cats

A common skin condition in cats is an abscess that can form if an irritation worsens or if bacteria invades the skin. An abscess can be quite unsightly and alarming and can be found on almost any part of a cat’s body. Whether small or large, abscesses will […]

Abscesses In Dogs

A common skin condition in dogs is an abscess that can form if an irritation worsens or if bacteria invades the skin. An abscess can be quite unsightly and alarming and can be found on almost any part of a dog’s body. Whether small or large, abscesses will […]

Grey cat sitting on window sill.

An Overview Of Stud Tail In Cats

If you haven’t heard of stud tail in cats, or want to know more, here’s a handy overview. […]

Sick looking dog being inspected by doctor

The Causes And Signs Of Yeast Infection In Dogs

Yeasts are microscopic fungi. Opportunistic fungi can increase and cause skin, paw and ear infections when the circumstances are right. The condition can be super uncomfortable and should be addressed as soon as possible before it gets worse. […]

What You Should Know About NSAIDs For Dogs

Pain can significantly affect the physical and emotional well-being of dogs. However, when pain is reduced and carefully managed, dogs can lead happier, more comfortable lives. […]

Anemia Due To Iron Deficiency In Cats

Anemia is not a specific disease and doesn’t present in isolation, but is a symptom or condition that occurs as a result of other processes going on. When a cat has anemia there is a drop in the number of red blood cells […]

Anemia Due To Iron Deficiency In Dogs

Anemia is not a specific disease and doesn’t present in isolation but is a symptom or condition that occurs as a result of other processes going on. When a dog has anemia there is a drop in the number of red blood cells in […]

Cat Anxiety

As in humans, stress and anxiety in cats can impair the ability to function and further aggravate existing physical conditions. Any change in a cat’s environment can cause stress and anxiety. Environmental changes are often the cause and emotional stress is the effect. […]

Anxiety and phobias in dogs

Anxiety In Dogs – Fears & Phobias

Anxiety or fear is the feeling that something bad or unpleasant will happen. It is related to uneasiness, nervousness, restlessness, tension and dread. When it feels like a situation, person or object is posing a threat, whether real or believed, an instinctual anxiety can be […]

Upper Respiratory Infections In Cats

A cat’s respiratory system consists of the large and small airways and the lungs. As a cat breathes air in through its nose or mouth, the air travels down the trachea, which divides into the tubes known as […]

Aspiration (Or Inhalation) Pneumonia In Dogs

Dog owners need to be aware of the risk of aspiration (or inhalation) pneumonia. What is aspiration (or inhalation) pneumonia? Aspiration pneumonia, also called inhalation pneumonia, occurs when a dog’s lungs become inflamed […]

Internal diagram of cat - highlighted liver

Facts About Your Cat’s Liver

To understand how a cat’s liver works and what it does, you have to know a little bit about its structure and location. Placement and Abilities. The liver sits behind the diaphragm and in front of the stomach, slightly more to the right side.[…]

Worried looking retriever in garden.

Stress In Dogs

Dogs, like humans, can experience chronic stress causing a variety of physical issues that can develop into serious health problems. Prolonged stress may also affect a dog’s emotional state making him more aggressive or potentially dangerous. Stress or anxiety are more common in dogs than we think. […]

Feline Aids

What You Need To Know About Feline Aids

Feline aids, or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), is a complex retrovirus that only cats can contract. It is the same class of virus as HIV (a lentivirus), but it causes immunodeficiency disease in domestic cats (weakening of the immune system). What Causes FIV? […]

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease of joint cartilage and adjacent subchondral bone. It occurs when the cartilage of the
The heart is the organ responsible for pumping blood to and from all tissues and organs of the body in
What is pet diabetes? How common is diabetes in pets? What signs should I look out for? How is diabetes
Doctor examining dogs heart beat with stethoscope
Did you know that canine heart disease is just as dangerous in dogs as it is in people? […]
A zoonotic disease (or zoonosis) is a type of disease that passes from an animal or insect to a human.
Diabetes mellitus (DM) affects between 0.2% – 1% of cats in the general population. […]
There are various types of coronaviruses. This article looks at the differences between the two types you should know about.
More and more cats are developing diabetes mellitus. Cat owners need to act on this alarming fact by learning more
A risk factor is defined as an attribute that is associated with increased risk of an outcome. However, the detection
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a term that refers to the heart's inability to pump adequate blood to the body.
Unfortunately, diabetes cannot be cured. That’s why it’s very important to look out for signs of diabetes in cats so
In recent years, the medical care of pain in pets has advanced rapidly. In veterinary medicine nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Your pets can’t tell you where or how much it hurts but they suffer from pain just as we do.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) refers to the gradual loss of kidney function. Left untreated, CKD in cats can lead to
Since dogs cannot easily tell us that they are in pain and signs may be subtle, it’s difficult to identify
Surgery can be challenging for both pets and their owners.  The recovery process is usually simple, but the first few
There have been significant advances in veterinary medicine in understanding how pets feel pain. Veterinarians and their health care team
If you notice changes in your pet’s behaviour or appearance, it could be because of pain. Pets usually hide their
When we humans are in pain, we generally talk about it.  Your dog or cat can’t tell you where or
Is your dog at risk of heart disease?
Since dogs cannot easily tell us that they are in pain and signs may be subtle, it’s difficult to identify
Catching chronic kidney disease (CKD) early is paramount to managing it. […]
Catching heart disease in dogs early is paramount to managing it. […]
Dog Breed Conditions
A big part of a dog’s general wellbeing is their health. Unfortunately some breeds are more likely to suffer from
Group of raccoons searching for something
Rabies is a zoonotic viral disease, meaning a disease that normally exists in domestic and wild animals that can infect
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira. This bacterial disease can infect domestic animals,
Close up of dog drooling
Rabies is a dangerous, fatal viral disease that can be contracted by animals and humans. Animals are typically the transmitters
Ticks can transmit a number of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, depending on the type of
Black dog running on grass
Whenever you hear the word ‘rabies’ you should pay attention. Mammals - for our purposes humans, dogs and cats -
picture of dog sitting on bench with atlas globe behind him
Rabies spreads when the saliva of an infected animal – through a bite or otherwise – comes into contact with
Sick looking cat with hose attached to nose
It’s unclear what causes most cancers in cats. Fortunately for cat owners, feline cancer is not as common as cancer
Dog with lump on head lying on the floor
Better healthcare and improved nutrition have increased the average lifespan of canines. Unfortunately, with old age comes greater cancer risks.
Cat Stomach Cancer
Stomach and intestinal cancer is also known as leiomyosarcoma, which arises from the smooth muscles of the stomach and intestines.
Dog Pancreatic Cancer
What is Pancreatic Cancer (Adenocarcinoma) in Dogs? The pancreas is a gland organ in the digestive and endocrine systems. It
Cat wrapped in blanket with drip attached
It’s important to find and treat cancer in cats as early as possible because many types of tumours in cats
Dog sitting on table after receiving a scan
Cancer is a complex disease that is unfortunately very common in both humans and dogs. It can be triggered by
Two dogs sitting on bed before scan
This is Part 2 of Common Canine Cancers: Read Part 1 first. […]
Tired looking cat laying in bed
The following tumours and cancers are rare in cats. Some brain tumours start in the brain. They’re called primary tumours
More and more cats are developing diabetes mellitus. Cat owners need to act on this alarming fact by learning more
The occurrence of diabetes in canines is increasing. Find out what it is and what symptoms to watch for. […]
Cat eating pink frosting off cupcake
Feline diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a disease caused when the body cannot properly respond to the hormone insulin, which
Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus in dogs, is a chronic disease caused when the body cannot properly respond to the hormone
Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus in dogs, is a chronic disease caused when the body cannot properly respond to the hormone
While diabetes in dogs may not be curable, it can be managed quite successfully. […]
Cats, like humans, can suffer from acid or gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD. Acid reflux is quite common in cats and
Acid Reflux or Gerd in Dogs
Dogs, like humans, can suffer from acid or gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD. Acid reflux is quite common in dogs and
Constipation is the inability to routinely and easily evacuate the bowels resulting in retention of faeces or passage of hard,
Constipation is the inability to routinely and easily evacuate the bowels resulting in retention of faeces or passage of hard,
Cats with acute diarrhea may defecate more frequently, and may have softer, looser or more watery feces. Blood, mucus, or
Dogs with acute diarrhea may defecate more frequently, and may have softer, looser or more watery feces. Blood, mucus, or
Doctor examining a cats ear
Luckily, when it comes to ear infections, cats are not as vulnerable as dogs. Still, when they do get them,
If your dog has an ear infection, it’s really important to approach the problem properly. The safest and smartest first
Doctor examining a dogs ear
The first thing you should know is that ear infections in dogs are quite common. The important thing is to
Ear infections, causing painful itchiness and irritation, are not as common in cats as they are in dogs. Although ear
Ear infections, causing painful itchiness and irritation, are one of the most common problems afflicting dogs. Although ear infections themselves
Seizure disorders in dogs are common and there are many causes which can include birth defects, metabolic defects, infections, a
image of a sick cat
Just because it’s more common for dogs than cats to suffer from epilepsy doesn’t mean epilepsy in cats should be
image of a sick dog
There are often warning signs when a dog is about to have a seizure. A dog may begin to act
image of dog with seizure
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that is more common in dogs than in cats. It’s also important to know that
Cats have very unique and beautiful eyes. They can detect much more light than we can, however, their colour vision
Dogs’ eyes are very important organs that help them form images of the world. Threats to healthy eyes include injuries,
Doctor giving small dog eye drops
Welcome to Part 2 of common eye conditions in canines. […]
Cats are weird, wonderful and rumoured to be wise… especially when you look in their eyes! But, how do they
Cat Eye Inflammation
Uveitis is one of the most common eye disorders in cats and can be extremely serious. Without medical attention, your
Just like people, dogs can suffer from many of the same diseases, including heart disease (otherwise known as cardiomyopathy). […]
Cat Heart Disease
We don’t want to know or think about it, but cats, just like people, can also suffer from heart disease.
Heart shaped paw print pattern
Studies show that people who own pets are healthier, have fewer heart attacks and live longer. Happy, healthy dogs also
Cat holding a red heart shaped cushion
The body needs oxygen-rich blood. The heart makes sure this blood gets around. Then, once the oxygen-depleted blood goes through
Did you know that feline heart disease is just as dangerous in cats as it is in people? What is
blue eyed cat laying on the pavement
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common, progressive and debilitating disease in cats, affecting a large number of cats crossing
fury cat laying on wooden bench
An Overview of the Function of the Kidneys. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common problem in cats. Kidneys are
Internal picture of toxic kidneys
Like human kidneys, a dog's kidneys balance certain substances in the blood and filter out and excrete the body's waste
Early stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats is often unnoticed. Once you start noticing signs and symptoms, the
Cat lying on carpet holding fluffy toy
Feline kidneys are paired organs that reside in the dorsal abdomen. One is situated on the left and the other
Following blood and urine tests, X-rays, an ultrasound, or biopsy, your veterinarian may give you the diagnosis that your cat
Doctors checking cats heartbeat with stethoscope.
CKD affects approximately 35% of geriatric cats and up to 10% of cats that visit veterinary clinics. The disease is
Internal diagram of cat - highlighting kidney region
This article takes a look at how kidneys work and what stops them from doing their job. […]
Chronic kidney disease is staged depending on the severity. This is estimated based on the level of waste products in
Grey cat close up side profile
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the name used to refer to cats with kidney failure (or chronic kidney failure). CKD
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as a progressive irreversible deterioration of kidney function or structure in one or both
Ginger cat
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), or a slow decline in kidney function over time, is common in cats. Filtering the blood
Wincing cat laying on table
The crucial functions of the kidneys include removing toxins and excess water from the body; maintaining water, salt and acid
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires lifelong treatment and can be challenging for both the cat and its human family. […]
Grey cat laying on the window sill
Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict life expectancy with malfunctioning kidneys since each case is unique; however, there is a
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires lifelong treatment and can be challenging for both the cat and its human family. […]
close up of woman cuddling a cat
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the two main kidney diseases that can affect cats. CKD is usually caused
A cat’s kidneys are very important for the functioning of the body. Kidneys do a variety of things, such as:
The kidneys have many functions. Two of the major functions include removing waste products from the blood and conserving water
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires lifelong treatment and can be challenging for both the cat and its human family. […]
With treatment and careful management, cats with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can have a good quality of life. […]
Several studies have shown that dietary management plays a key role in cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) which is
Arthritis is a general medical term describing inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the
Old labrador lying on floor
Dogs, just like humans, can also suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), sometimes called degenerative joint disease. […]
Cats are natural survivors and masters at hiding pain, which means discomfort and illness often go unnoticed. If owners and
Old labrador
Since dogs cannot easily tell us that they are in pain and signs may be subtle, it’s difficult to identify
Joints are found throughout the body wherever two bones meet. A joint is formed when two bones come together and
Dog lying on the floor having blood pressure checked
Pain in dogs is a tricky thing, because it's not always so obvious ... until it's more severe. So, as
Pain in cats is a tricky thing because it’s rarely obvious… until it’s quite severe. Cat owners should therefore educate
Dog glacing at bandage on arm
Here's an overview of things that can cause pain in dogs. […]
Nurse performing an examination on a ginger cat
What are the causes of pain in cats? Find out more. […]
Like humans, dogs are happier when they are healthy and pain-free. The thing is, it’s not always obvious when a
Cat asleep with drip attached to arm.
Surgery is a scary word we don’t want to hear when it comes to loved ones, which include our feline
The term NSAIDs stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They are often used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and reduce fever
If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to educate yourself about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in case your pet needs
You need to contact your veterinarian as soon as you notice signs and symptoms of pain in your dog. A
Sometimes our pets need medication because they’re sick, for example, they may be experiencing temporary digestive problems. Other times they
If your dog needs to start taking NSAIDs, it’s important to get a Client Information Sheet from your veterinarian. This
Close up of cat nose
Common skin problems you should be aware of. […]
Nobody likes having an itchy or irritated skin and your dog is no different. Unfortunately, skin problems are very common
A common skin condition in cats is an abscess that can form if an irritation worsens or if bacteria invades
A common skin condition in dogs is an abscess that can form if an irritation worsens or if bacteria invades
Grey cat sitting on window sill.
If you haven’t heard of stud tail in cats, or want to know more, here’s a handy overview. […]
Sick looking dog being inspected by doctor
Yeasts are microscopic fungi. Opportunistic fungi can increase and cause skin, paw and ear infections when the circumstances are right.
Pain can significantly affect the physical and emotional well-being of dogs. However, when pain is reduced and carefully managed, dogs
Anemia is not a specific disease and doesn’t present in isolation, but is a symptom or condition that occurs as
Anemia is not a specific disease and doesn’t present in isolation but is a symptom or condition that occurs as
As in humans, stress and anxiety in cats can impair the ability to function and further aggravate existing physical conditions.
Anxiety and phobias in dogs
Anxiety or fear is the feeling that something bad or unpleasant will happen. It is related to uneasiness, nervousness, restlessness,
A cat’s respiratory system consists of the large and small airways and the lungs. As a cat breathes air in
Dog owners need to be aware of the risk of aspiration (or inhalation) pneumonia. What is aspiration (or inhalation) pneumonia?
Internal diagram of cat - highlighted liver
To understand how a cat’s liver works and what it does, you have to know a little bit about its
Worried looking retriever in garden.
Dogs, like humans, can experience chronic stress causing a variety of physical issues that can develop into serious health problems.
Feline Aids
Feline aids, or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), is a complex retrovirus that only cats can contract. It is the same
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