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Dental Disease in Rabbits

Dental disease in rabbits

Dental disease links in quite nicely with diet, as poor diet often leads to dental disease. Low calcium can cause weak teeth, and lack of grass/hay can lead to lack of tooth wear. Grass doesn’t like to be eaten, so it has evolved to take up silica (sand) from the soil to create little spikes…

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Vomiting and diarrhoea in pets

Vomiting and diarrhoea

Vomiting and diarrhoea isn’t a disease, but they are symptoms (caused by a variety of different diseases) that are extremely common in dogs and cats. So what should you do about it? The first thing is to decide when to see your vet. I would always get your pet checked out if they are very…

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Hyperthyroidism in cats

Hyperthyroidism in cats

We talked about kidney disease in cats earlier. Hyperthyroidism is the other very common condition affecting elderly cats. No one knows what causes it, but the thyroid gland in the cat’s neck grows in size and produces far more thyroid than your cat needs. Thyroid hormone controls the metabolic rate of your cat and causes…

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Arthritis in dogs and cats

Arthritis in dogs and cats

Arthritis just means “inflammation of a joint” and is quite a big topic, but I’m going to talk here about what most people mean when they say arthritis – the creaky joints of older age that many of our pets suffer from, also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). This is often secondary to a…

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Prostate Disease in Dogs

Prostate disease – could your dog be suffering in silence?

The prostate is a gland that contributes to the formation of semen in only a handful of mammals, including dogs and man. Various conditions of the prostate can occur but by far the most common is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. This basically means an enlarged prostate, and it pretty much only occurs in male…

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Cystitis in cats

Cystitis in cats should really be called FLUTD or Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. In fact it isn’t just one condition but it is just a name for any disease that affects the lower urinary tract (bladder and urethra) of cats. You will know that your act is suffering from FLUTD if you see him…

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