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Top 10 tips to prevent pet tummy troubles
“The most common reason for this in dogs is eating something they shouldn’t.”
“Other causes include stress, food sensitivities, parasites, bacterial infections and viruses, or chronic conditions including pancreatitis, colitis and inflammatory bowel disease,” said Dr Fyvie.Read more

Ask the Vet: The scoop on your pet eating poop
Eating the poop of a housemate is also commonly seen once this habit is established and can start at any age. Many people like to blame nutritional deficiencies, or poor diets, but there has never been any medical evidence to support this.Read more

Local experts offer solutions to combat uptick of parasites due to recent warm weather
“Ehrlichia is one, there’s a number of tick-borne diseases that we see,” Dittman said. “It doesn’t take a lot of ticks, or a heavy tick infestation for your pet to contract one of these diseases; They can be life-threatening diseases.” Read more

Exercise pet parasite prevention
Heartworm is a relatively uncommon problem in this part of the world. It is, as the name implies, an infestation of a worm parasite within the heart and blood vessels from the heart to the lungs that can affect dogs and other canids (foxes, wolves, coyotes) and, though rarely, cats. The parasite is transmitted from one host dog to the next by mosquitoes who carry the larvae from the blood of an infected dog. Read more 

Beware spring’s dangers
1. Beware of what lies beneath , 2. External parasites , 3. Internal parasites ,4. Spay that cat! , 5. Beware of wildlife ,6. Select non-toxic plants Read more

‘A sterilised dog is a healthier dog’
Organisers say it took considerable persuasion by animal welfare volunteer and community activist, Colleen Pienaar, to get dog owners to agree to have their dogs sterilised as dog fighting and protectionism is a lucrative business. Read more

2017/03/30. Dr Hilldidge Beer, of the EberVet Petcare Group, was one of five vets sterilising dogs in Sir Lowry’s Pass informal settlement at no cost to their owners. Picture: Toni Younghusband

Heartworm At High Elevations
Mosquitoes are the primary transmitter of heartworm in dogs and cats. An adult male mosquito has a lifespan of 10 days. A female adult mosquito has a  lifespan of 42-56 days. In everything I have read and experienced pertaining to mosquitoes I have not discovered one single redeeming quality in the pest.Read more

Protect your pets from parasites this spring
Fleas can live for 100 days, but produce 400-500 offspring. Ticks feed on the blood of their host. This can be dogs, cats, birds, and even you. Ticks are arachnids and more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects.Read more

DO THIS WHEN: Too much yummy turns woofels tummy into something funny

“The most common in dogs, especially ‘scavengers’, is eating something they shouldn’t and early intervention can be the difference between life and death…” Read more

Parasite that can eat pets alive resurfaces in Florida
The parasite once cost the U.S. livestock industry millions every year. There hadn’t been a U.S. infestation in over 30 years, until the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Sept. 30 that screwworm was killing rare, dog-sized deer found only in the island chain.Read more

8 Things Dog Owners Need To Know About Preventing Ticks
Ticks may be tiny, but they can pose huge problems for both you and your pet if they get a chance to bite. Don’t be scared though. There’s plenty of ways to help protect your pets. Here are eight things pet owners need to know about ticks and how to prevent the spread of harmful diseases, presented in partnership with Bayer and the No Bite Is Right campaignRead more

Close up photo of adult female deer tick crawling on piece of straw

When dogs eat poop, parasites can come along for the ride
Dogs and cats are not normally hosts of this genus of coccidian parasites. It’s more commonly found in the intestinal tracts of birds such as geese and ducks, who may suffer diarrhea and even death if infected.Read more

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