All articles tagged ‘blood’


FRONTLINE® Plus kills fleas and ticks and controls biting lice on both cats and dogs. »

Pets can pick up fleas from anywhere another infested animal has been, such as the garden or park – even indoor-only cats can be affected if another pet or human brings in a flea. And it doesn’t take long for one little flea to become a big problem. Fleas are blood-sucking parasites that can make […]

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.

Poppy says ‘Thank you Carevets Mt Wellington’ »

Poppy, a three-year-old Miniature Collie-Pomeranian cross, was on her own section when a neighbourhood dog attacked her. Owner Dianne Pivach was bitten getting her pet away from the other dog, but she rushed Poppy straight to the vet clinic.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FLUTD – Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease »

What is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease? Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is the term to describe episodes of inflammation of the lower urinary tract (primarily the bladder and urethra). While many contributing factors have been identified, the exact cause of this disease is not known. Contributing factors that have been identified include stress, […]

Abscesses in Cats »

Abscesses are a common problem in cats. A bite from a cat is more likely to become infected than a bite from other animals due to the nasty bacteria that live in cats mouths. The situation is made worse because cat bite wounds tend to have small entry wounds but cause a lot of damage […]

Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) »

Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is the term used to describe the gradual deterioration of kidney function over time. While there are many possible initiating causes, including toxins, cardiovascular damage and cancer, it is usually very difficult to determine the exact cause. Unfortunately kidney damage is irreversible and animals in kidney failure cannot be cured. However, […]