Pet Library


A Guide to Canine Tooth Brushing »

What would happen if you stopped brushing your own teeth? Even if you only ate hard food, as most dogs do, there still would be problems. You should be brushing your dog’s teeth twice daily if you can manage it; it’s not as difficult as you might imagine. What are the benefits of brushing? Brushing […]

Cats with sore eyes »

Many cats have recurrent Conjunctivitis (Eye Infection), sometimes associated with slight ‘Snuffly’ symptoms.
Find out what causes this common health problem and what you can do to ease your cats suffering.

Diabetes in Dogs »

What is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which your pet’s pancreas can no longer produce enough of the hormone insulin.

Dental Care for Dogs »

Your pet counts on you for protection. With major advances in treating serious infectious and other pet diseases, oral disease – most importantly periodontal or gum disease caused by the buildup of
plaque and tartar – has become the number-one health problem for dogs.

Behaviour in Dogs »

Just as between people, good relationships between dogs and their owners are
based on good communication. Dogs communicate between themselves by means
of body signals. It’s only natural, then, that they’ll use the same method to
communicate with people.

Dog Health Check »

You’ve anticipated the new arrival by ‘puppyproofing’ your home and had lots of fun choosing the
crate, bed, blanket, toys and other supplies he will need. This frisky little creature is sure to bring you
much joy. In return, you can make a major contribution to your pet’s longevity, happiness and quality
of life by providing him with good nutrition, loving attention in a safe, sanitary environment and regular
veterinary check-ups.

Allergies in dogs »

As in the human population, the incidence of allergies in pets seems to be increasing. While allergic
humans may often sneeze, wheeze or even have serious respiratory difficulties, allergic reactions in
pets are characterized by skin problems, exacerbated by their primary symptom—itching and
scratching. Cat and dog allergies fall into three main categories: flea allergy dermatitis, atopy, and
food allergy. Many pets can be affected by one or more allergy.

Administering Medication to Dogs »

Just like you, your dog is going to get sick occasionally and you’ll likely come home from
the veterinarian’s with some medication to administer. Learning how to do it right will make
the process easier both for you and your dog. Always follow the instructions given by your
veterinarian. Be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days
instructed by your veterinarian.

Administering Medication to Cats »

Just like you, your cat is going to get sick occasionally and you’ll likely come home from your veterinarian with some medication to administer. Learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your cat. Always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian. Be sure to administer the full […]

Cat Health Check »

Congratulations – you have a new kitten! You’ve anticipated the new arrival by ‘kittenproofing’ your home and had lots of fun choosing the carrier, bed, blanket, toys and other supplies he or she will need. This adorable little bundle of fluff is sure to bring you much joy. In return, you can make a major […]

Behaviour in Cats »

A few fundamentals Cats were once described as anti-social animals, but this is no longer regarded as true. Although very different from dogs, cats also need interaction and most importantly, your loving attention! When you bring a new kitten or cat into your home you’ll have to decide whether your pet will live strictly indoors […]

Loss of a Pet »

Dealing with the Loss of a Pet The death of a beloved pet can be very distressing. Our pets are not only members of the family, they are our faithful friends, our children’s devoted playmates and reliable, affectionate companions. They enrich our day-to-day lives and their passing makes for a deeply felt loss. There are […]

Dental Care for Cats »

Your pet counts on you for protection With major advances in treating serious infectious and other pet diseases, oral disease – most importantly periodontal or gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar – has become the number-one health problem for cats. It’s estimated that without proper dental care 70% of cats will […]

Diabetes in Cats »

What is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which your pet’s pancreas can no longer produce enough of the hormone insulin. What does insulin do? Every time your pet eats a meal, glucose is absorbed from the intestines and enters the bloodstream. Glucose (sugar) is the essential fuel of the body’s cells and is […]

Cat Diseases & Vaccination »

Your cat counts on you for protection One of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that he is vaccinated against common feline diseases. Your cat’s mother gave her kitten immunity from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease-fighting […]

Ear Care »

Clean, odour-free, pale pink colour and a minimal accumulation of wax are indications of healthy ears. Check your pet’s ears regularly. Signs of Ear Disease Unpleasant odour Excessive scratching and pawing of the ear and head Sensitivity to touch, often resulting in pain Constant tilting/shaking of the head to one side Black or yellowish discharge […]

Eye Care for Cats »

A healthy cat’s eyes should be clear and bright and the area around the eyeball white. Common Symptoms of Illness Red inner eyelids Matter ‘stuck’ on the surface or in the corners of the eye Cloudiness within the eyeball A dull eye surface The ‘third eyelid’ coming across the eye Excessive tearing or unusual discharges […]

Osteoarthritis in Cats »

If your cat no longer appears interested in playing with his or her favourite mouse toy for hours on end, there may be a good reason – osteoarthritis. A chronic, degenerative joint disease that makes movement difficult and painful, osteoarthritis mainly strikes pets in their middle and senior years. However, younger animals can also be […]

Dog Diseases & Vaccination »

Protecting your best friend One of the most important things you can do to give your dog a long and healthy life is to ensure that he is vaccinated against common canine diseases. Your dog’s mother gave her puppy immunity from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her […]

Intestinal Parasites »

Can you catch parasites from your pet? Parasitic infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans are known as parasitic zoonoses. 1. Hookworms In dogs, hookworm infection occurs through ingestion or skin penetration of hookworm larvae found in the stools or soil contaminated by feces of an infected animal. The larvae then develop and […]

Osteoarthritis in Dogs »

If your dog doesn’t jump to greet you on your return home each evening, there may be a good reason – Osteoarthritis. A chronic, degenerative joint disease that makes movement difficult and painful, osteoarthritis mainly strikes pets in their middle and senior years. However, younger animals can also be affected. In fact, studies show that […]

Eye Care for Dogs »

A healthy dog’s eyes should be clear, bright and free from dirt, discharge and inflammation. Common Symptoms of Illness Red inner eyelids Matter ‘stuck’ on the surface or in the corners of the eye Cloudiness within the eyeball A dull eye surface The ‘third eyelid’ coming across the eye Excessive tearing or unusual discharges Tear-stained […]

Fleas and Ticks »

Ticks are small spider-like acarids and fleas are insects, but these two tiny creatures have at least one thing in common—they are both parasites that feed on your dog’s or cat’s blood and can cause a lot of discomfort and more serious health problems. Flea bites may go unnoticed on some pets, cause slight irritation […]

Household Dangers »

Pet Proofing your Home Just as parents ‘childproof’ their home, so should pet owners ‘petproof’ theirs. Fourlegged members of the family, like infants and small children, are naturally curious and love to explore their environment with their paws, claws and mouths. But they can’t know what is dangerous and what is not… so it’s up […]

Operation Pre/Post Care »

Cutting through all the information Due to illness, disease or trauma, your pet may one day require surgery. While potentially stressful (for both you and your pet) there are a few basic guidelines that you can follow that will make the process as complication-free as possible and put your pet on the fast road to […]