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Toilet training your new puppy

Toilet training your new puppy the correct way can make the world of difference to your life and his. If you do it correctly from day one, you shouldn’t have those annoying ‘accidents’ that make you angry with your dog. “We’re always happy to have client arrive with their new puppies, and one of the…

My senior cat is behaving weirdly

“My senior cat is behaving weirdly. He howls for no reason, his sleeping pattern has changed and sometimes he appears disoriented or confused. What’s wrong with him?” Senior cats with cognitive dysfunction, or what we would know as Alzheimer’s, occurs in up to 28 percent of cats aged between 11 and 15, and 50 percent…

Understanding your cat’s moods

Understanding your cat’s moods can be difficult but our feline friends do give out subtle clues. Here’s what to look for. Understanding your cat’s moods: the clues Veterinarian Dr Ellen Malmanger, writing for DVM, says cats do give important clues to their moods; it’s just a matter of understanding their body language. Importantly though, each…

A three-legged dog called Scud

A three-legged dog is not the most obvious choice for pet owners wanting to adopt but they can surprise you, as Greyton dog owner Alan Spencer found out. Alan, who has owned pure bred Bull Terriers, a German Shepherd, a French poodle, and a Tibetan Terrier, never imagined he’d adopt a cross-bred Pitbull with three…

What to expect from a shelter pet

What to expect from a shelter pet is important to know before you bring the animal home. Being properly prepared will go a long way to making your relationship an enjoyable and long-lasting one. Adopting a pet from a shelter is a wonderful act of compassion. There are thousands of animals abandoned, surrendered or confiscated…

Heart disease in small breed dogs

Heart disease in small breed dogs is not uncommon. In fact, heart disease is fairly common among dogs in general but small dogs and big dogs generally suffer different types.  There are two main types: valvular heart disease which affects small breeds and dilated cardiomyopathy which affects large breed dogs. These diseases are quite different…

Euthanasia: what to tell your kids

Euthanasia is one of the toughest decisions any pet owner has to make. For some parents the fear of how their children will react means they put off making the euthanasia decision longer than is good for the pet. We asked veterinary and child psychology experts for tips on how to break the news to a…

My dog ate rat poison: help!

My dog ate rat poison. What should I do? If you suspect that your dog got hold of rat poison, take it to the vet immediately. Do not wait. Even if it was just a tiny bit, or even if you’re not entirely sure whether your pet ingested it, please still take your dog to…