Of all the viral diseases that a dog can be plagued by, Canine Parvovirus (or "parvo") is one of the most dangerous.
Podgy pooches and portly puss-cats are in plague proportions! Our pets are not only living in the lap of luxury, they are lapping up the luxe life and getting fatter in the process.
In the warmer months we are likely to be out and about more with our pets. However, the sunshine can also be a cause of heat stress. You need to be careful that you don't put your pets at risk in hot weather.
Pyometra refers to infection of the uterus; therefore it cannot occur in speyed (desexed) bitches. It is most often seen around 8 weeks after heat in the non-pregnant bitch.
Rat and mouse numbers tend to rise as cooler weather forces them to search for food closer to our homes, sheds and garages. Be aware that rat baits might be out on neighbouring properties and contact your vet if your pet appears off-colour.
Shedding hair is a natural process for most dogs that occurs throughout the year, but it may be more pronounced in spring and summer or during periods of illness, stress, pregnancy or nursing.
Before you travel, ask yourself: will my cat or dog be comfortable and happy? Some animals simply prefer to stay at home, so pet sitting or boarding may be the best option. If you do decide to take your pet along, you must take as much care with the preparation of your pet’s trip as your own.
Holiday plans can be more complicated when you have pets. Will you take your pets with you or leave them behind? How will you travel? Where will they stay? You should get organised well before it's time to go on your break.
Puppies can be born deaf (congenital deafness) or deafness can develop later in life (acquired deafness). Congenital deafness can occur due to problems during gestation but is more commonly inherited.
Worms are parasites that are more than just a nuisance. They can kill puppies and make adult dogs very unwell. Dog owners need to be particularly aware of the danger of worms and how to prevent them.