Conditions & Diseases

Vetmedin LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Heart
              

The Importance of Monitoring Your Dog’s Resting Respiratory Rate (RRR)

If your dog has heart disease, your veterinarian may ask you to monitor your dog’s health for signs of heart failure and progression of disease.

AH0307 LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : 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 wastes as urine. Some drugs administered for the purpose of diagnosing or treating another medical disorder may have toxic effects.

AH0125X LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

How to Treat Cats
Living with CKD


Cats that have been diagnosed with CKD need to eat enough. Not only do they need to eat enough, they need to eat enough of the right type of foods for their condition.

AH0125W LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Kidney Failure
How Long Can Your Cat Live?


Kidney failure is a condition in which the kidneys lose the ability to remove waste and balance fluids. In a nutshell: malfunctioning of the kidneys. If this is what your cat has, you’ve probably asked the question, “How long will my cat live?”

AH0125F LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

What Does Kidney Failure
in Cats Mean


The term organ dysfunction is used to describe organs, such as kidneys, that are not doing their intended job. The term organ failure is used when organ dysfunction is so severe that medical intervention is necessary.

AH0152 LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Signs of Kidney Disease
at each stage


Although your cat may look perfectly normal, it is important that you take your cat regulary to the vet so that they can assess whether your cat is likely to be suffering from kidney disease.

AH0153 LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

How will my vet have diagnosed
CKD in my cat?


There are a number of tests your vet may have undertaken in order to diagnose chronic kidney disease in your cat.  The two most common ones are a blood test and a urine test, usually done at the same time.

AH0125U LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Risk Factors for CKD in Cats

A characteristic or circumstance associated with increased risk of disease is called a risk factor. There are many risk factors that can lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD) which refers to the gradual decline of kidney function over time.

AH0125T LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Understanding CKD in Cats
About the Disease


Knowing about CKD, a common condition that affects cats, doesn’t make it easier when you find out your cat has it. Cats are, or at least should be, cherished companions, so when their wellness and well-being are threatened, so is your relationship with them.

AH0231 LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

CAT MANGE
What You Need to Know


Cat mange is a very contagious skin disease.
It is caused by a tiny burrowing mite species called Notoedres cati.

Other names for the disease include notoedric mange and feline scabies

AH0233 LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

MAIN PARASITES
OF THE CAT


Broad - spectrum protection for cats outside and in.

AH0235 LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

DOG PARASITES
What is Afoxolaner?


Afoxolaner is the active ingredient in NexGard, a parasite control product for dogs.  It is an insecticide and acaricide.

AH0236 LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

TICKS & FLEAS
When they thrive and what to do


Fleas and ticks typically start hatching in massive numbers when temperatures start rising. Their presence increases dramatically after the first rains.

AH0125Q LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Comprehensive Guide
to CKD


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the two main kidney diseases that can affect cats. The condition was previously called chronic renal failure (CRF). The other disease is acute kidney injury, previously called acute renal failure, which is associated with sudden onset.

AH0125N LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

CKD Symptoms,
Causes and Treatment


It’s very common for the early stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats to pass unnoticed. More often than not, once you start noticing signs and symptoms, the disease is already in stage 2, late stage kidney insufficiency, or possibly stage 3, early kidney failure.

AH0216C LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Rabies
              

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.

AH0216A LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Rabies
              

RABIES How it Spreads
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 develop, it’s almost always fatal.

AH0125Y LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

CKD and its Complications
What happens as the disease progresses?


In most cases, chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats comes with several complications that
reduce quality of life and lifespan.

AH0125M LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Chronic Kidney Disease can’t be cured But Treatment Can Help

Just because there’s no cure for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats, doesn’t mean the owners of diagnosed cats should give up hope. In fact, they can be hopeful if they adopt and stick to a customised treatment plan recommended by a trusted veterinarian.

AH0125J LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Your Cat’s Kidneys
The Facts


This article aims to give you a better understanding of your cat’s kidneys and the roles they play.

AH0125H LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

The Solution for CKD

The term chronic kidney disease (CKD) is used to describe progressive loss of kidney function over a period of months or years. There’s no cure, but there is a solution to significantly improve the quality of life of cats that suffer from the disease.

AH0125G LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

What if Your Cat has CKD?

If your cat has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and you’re reading this article, it’s probably safe to assume that you love your cat and that you just want the best for him or her.

AH0125E LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Your Cat Could be Suffering in Silence

Kidneys eliminate waste and excess water from the body. So, when something gets in the way of them doing their job, the results can be devastating. Even worse, when this happens to cats, you might not even know until it’s too late.

Sandboxes LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

The scary thing about
sandboxes


It’s not breaking news: Sandboxes can harbour many health hazards such as bacteria, yeast and mold. But, what are they exactly and how can you keep your cat and children safe from infection.

Roundworms in Cats LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

What you need to know about roundworms in cats

Roundworms are very common intestinal parasites in cats in South Africa. If you haven’t come across any, you’re either responsible because you routinely deworm your cat or lucky. Either way, here’s what you need to know.

LP TapeWorms

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

What you need to know about tapeworms in cats

Perhaps you’ve seen them, perhaps you haven’t, but in case it brings you any relief, tapeworms in cats are relatively common. The sight of them, however, is all but comforting.

LP FTOB

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

Fleas, Ticks & Other Bugs that Live on Cats

Not all external parasites cause the same problems and some are worse than others, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take all of them seriously.  There’s no excuse for not saving your cat from discomfort, disease and in some cases even death.

LP Causes of Parasites

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

What are the Causes of Parasites in Cats?

Parasites need hosts and unfortunately cats are popular targets. What makes it worse is that it’s not even difficult for parasites to find and infect unfortunate hosts.

LP Untreated Worms

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Hygiene
              

Untreated Worms in Cats
What happens when cat owners do nothing?


There are many cat parasites that, when left untreated, can wreak havoc.  Intestinal parasites such as worms are particularly problematic..

LP GoodHygienePracticesforHumanstoAvoidParasiteInfestation

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Hygiene
              

Good Hygiene Practices for Humans to Avoid Parasite Infestations

Pets are special animals that humans choose to take of. A domestic cat is a great example of a popular pet.  Even though cats can be very independent, they still need their humans to protect them.

LP RiskFactorsforCatswithParasites

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

Risk Factors for Cats with Parasites

Both parasites that live on and inside cats can be dangerous for their health. For this reason, preventing parasite infestation is a responsibility that owners have to prioritise throughout their cat’s life.

LP CouldMyKittenhaveIntestinalParasitesSymptomsandCauses

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

Could My Kitten have Intestinal Parasites

The joy of getting and raising a kitten is really something special. After all, kittens are super cute, often mischievous and very curious, but they’re also vulnerable and need your protection.

LP ParasiteControlforCats

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

Parasite Control for Cats
An Overview


Parasites are terrible things that can make cats’ lives miserable. Some cause discomfort, while others can lead to disease and even death..

LP WormsinCatsInfection

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

Worms in Cats: Intestinal Parasitic Infection

Intestinal parasites, such as helminths and protozoa, are organisms that live in the gastrointestinal tract (gut) of animals and humans. When a parasite enters a cat and starts living in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract it’s called an intestinal parasitic infection.

LP OverviewCatsParasites

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Parasites
              

An Overview of Cats and Parasites?

This overview of cats and parasites will give you a general idea of the relationship between
cats and parasites.

Landing page KidneyProblemsCKD

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

Kidney Problems in Cats

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

DogLigamentsLP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Liver
              

Facts About Your Dog’s Joints & Ligaments

This article will look at facts related to dogs’ joints and ligaments, including common diseases that affect theses parts and how to test for these conditions.

CatLiverLP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : 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.

CatsHeartLP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Heart
              

Facts About Your 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.

What Causes Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

What Causes Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats is, unfortunately, extremely common, especially in older domestic cats.

Overview of Kidney Disease in Cats LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Kidneys
              

An Overview of Kidney Disease in Cats

Kidney failure in cats can be due to old age and health issues are almost inevitable if
problems are not diagnosed and treated. As with many conditions, quality of life and life
expectancy can improve when a condition is ‘caught’ and ‘addressed’ through diagnosis
and treatment.

CatEyesLP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Eyes
              

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.

Canine HA LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Heart Attack
              

What You Need to Know about Heart Attacks in Dogs

The heart muscle is called the myocardium. An infarction is the obstruction of the blood supply to an organ or region of tissue. Myocardial infarction, which literally means ‘heart tissue damage or death’, is the medical term for a heart attack that is deadly and needs immediate medical attention.

Epilepsy in Dogs LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Epilepsy
              

What You Need to Know About Epilepsy in Dogs

When a dog experiences repeated seizures it’s called epilepsy.  For most dogs, epilepsy is a lifelong disease.

LP Previcox

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Joints
              

What You Should Know
About Osteoarthritis


We usually notice when our dogs are not themselves and once you do you should pay attention. Many diseases can cause behavioural changes and osteoarthritis (OA) is one of them.

LP Vetmedin

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Heart Health
              

A Heart to Heart About Pet Heart Health

If you love your pets with all your heart it’s important to know more about their hearts and what may happen to this vital organ during the course of their lives.

LP pain management

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Pain
              

Pain Management for your four-legged canine friend

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 so it can be managed.

PL Joints LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Joints
              

Things About Joints and how they can affect pets

The main purpose of joints is to keep parts of the mammal skeleton together.  They literally join certain parts of the body helping it to bend and move.

LP Image CatSurgery

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Cat Surgery
              

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.

LP DCM Cats

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Heart Disease
              

Enlarged Heart (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) in Cats

Did you know that feline heart disease is just as dangerous in cats as it is in people? An enlarged heart or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heart disease that aects the
ventricular muscle.

LP Image MVD

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : CHF
              

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
as a Result of Mitral Valve Disease (MVD)


Did you know that canine heart disease is just as dangerous in dogs as it is in people?  The heart is one of the most miraculous “machines” that works like a pump and beats thousands of times per day.

LP Image DCM

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : CHF
              

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) as a Result of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

Did you know that canine heart disease is just as dangerous in dogs as it is in people?  The heart is one of the most miraculous “machines” that works like a pump and beats thousands of times per day.

PetlifeSA Feline Aids LandingPage

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : FIV
              

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).

DogsObese LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Obesity
              

Why Dogs Become Obese and
What You Can Do About it


When dogs are classified as excessively overweight, or obese, it means they have much more body fat than a normal, healthy dog.

CatsObese LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Obesity
              

Why Cats Become Obese and
What You Can Do About it


The number of overweight cats is increasing and this is leading to an increase in illnesses. Life expectancy decreases as health risks rise.

Dog cancer LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Pancreatic Cancer
              

Pancreatic Cancer
in Dogs


The pancreas is a gland organ in the digestive and endocrine systems. It is responsible for
hormonal and digestive functions.

Cat cancer LP

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Stomach & Intestinal Cancer
              

Stomach & Intestinal Cancer
in Cats


Stomach and intestinal cancer is also known as leiomyosarcoma, which arises from the
smooth muscles of the stomach and intestines.

Rabies LP dog

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Rabies
              

Rabies
in Pets


Rabies is a deadly virus and survival is highly unlikely. Once contracted it may affect the spinal cord and cause inflammation in the brain. However, growth starts in the muscle tissue before attacking the nervous system and spreading.

JointDisease LP dog

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Joint Disease
              

Osteoarthritis
in Dogs


Did you know that dogs can also suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), sometimes called degenerative joint disease.

JointDisease LP cat

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : 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.

EpilepsySeizures LP dogsv2

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Epilepsy
              

Epilepsy & Seizures
in Dogs


Pets, including dogs, can also suffer from seizures.  They occur when there is ‘explosive’ electrical activity in the brain and are often described as an uncoordinated firing of the neurons.

SeizureManagement LP Dogs

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Epilepsy
              

Dog Epilepsy
Can Be Managed


Epilepsy in dogs is a common condition that cannot be cured, but it can be managed so your dog can have a full and happy life.

EpilipticFit LP dogv2

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Epilepsy
              

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.

EyeImflamations LP cat

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Eyes
              

Anterior Uveitis
Eye Inflammation 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.

RespiratoryInfections LP cat

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Respiratory Infections
              

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 ...

Pneumonia LP dog

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Respiratory Infections
              

Aspiration (or Inhalation)
Pneumonia in Dogs


Aspiration pneumonia, also called inhalation pneumonia, occurs when a dog’s lungs become inflamed due to the aspiration or (inhalation) of a foreign substance ...

HeartFacts LP dog

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Heart Disease
              

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.

HeartDisease LP dog

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Heart Disease
              

Heart Disease
in Dogs


It’s terrible to think about it, but pets can also suffer from heart problems. Congenital heart disease (heart disease that’s been there from birth) is usually picked up in puppies and is not that common. Acquired heart disease, which develops during the course of a dog’s life, accounts for most heart conditions.

HeartDisease LP cat

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : 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 muscle.

Epilepsy LP dog

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Epilepsy
              

Epilepsy
in Dogs


Not everyone knows that dogs can suffer from epilepsy. Find out everything you need to know about epilepsy in dogs.

Phobia LP dog

in Health & Wellness // Conditions & Diseases : Fears & Phobias
              

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.

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