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How to treat hotspots on dogs

How to treat hot spots on dogs is one of the most common questions vets are asked. Out of all the possible skin conditions in dogs, hot spots are among the most common. Hot spots can have different underlying causes and treatments based on severity. Here’s everything you need to know about hot spots on dogs—from…

Entropion: an eyelid abnormality in dogs

Entropion, an eyelid abnormality in dogs, occurs when the eyelid rolls inward. This results in the hair on the surface of the eyelid rubbing against the cornea. When this happens the dog experiences pain, possible corneal ulcers, perforations, or pigment  developing on the cornea which can interfere with vision. Entropion signs and symptoms You’ll notice…

Cherry eye in dogs: what it means

Cherry eye in dogs is a relatively common condition, particularly in flat-faced breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs. It is an eye condition that can harm a dog’s long-term sight unless attended to by your vet. Cherry eye is the common name for the prolapse of the third eyelid gland. Most animals, including dogs, have a…

My dog has a sore shoulder: what can it be?

Many conditions can affect a dog’s shoulder but injuries, in particular, can be very difficult to diagnose and treat. The most common injury to a dog’s shoulder involves the biceps muscle and tendon. This causes inflammation, swelling, and even tearing of the muscles and tendon fibres which understandably, is painful. The condition is called bicipital…

Distemper is preventable, please vaccinate

Distemper is preventable yet thousands of pets contract this highly contagious, potentially fatal disease each year. Puppies are especially vulnerable. Known as ‘hondesiekte’ in Afrikaans, distemper is a viral disease that is completely vaccine-preventable. By making sure your puppy is up to date with all their vaccinations and thereafter their annual vaccinations, he/she will be…