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Gastric dilatation volvulus

Gastric dilatation volvulus

It’s a scary situation when your dog looks like he has a bloated tummy, but he’s really experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency. Gastric dilatation volvulus or GDV is also called bloat, but it’s more than just a bit of air in the stomach....
Heart diseases in dogs

Heart diseases in dogs

It is estimated that a little over 10% of all pets have some form of heart disease. There are many different reasons for the presence of heart disease – from genetics to poor diet, ageing, illness/infection and obesity – but what is common among all types...
Eosinophilic granuloma complex in dogs and cats

Eosinophilic granuloma complex in dogs and cats

What is eosinophilic granuloma complex? Eosinophilic granuloma complex (EGC) is a disease complex that presents in three main forms, namely an eosinophilic ulcer (also known as a rodent or indolent ulcer), an eosinophilic plaque or an eosinophilic granuloma. These...
Urolithiasis

Urolithiasis

What is urolithiasis? Urolithiasis is the long-winded Latin term to describe the development of bladder and kidney stones. The term ‘uro’ describes the urinary system, while ‘lith’ means stone. The urinary system acts as the filtration system...
Rabies

Rabies

Towards the end of June 2021, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) informed the public of an outbreak of Rabies in the Cradle of Humankind area. Near the end of August 2021, the Western Cape government issued a warning of a new rabies...
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and cats

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and cats

What is dilated cardiomyopathy? Cardiomyopathy is a disease condition of the heart muscle that inhibits its ability to function properly. In the case of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the heart muscle is stretched and the muscle is thin and flabby, affecting its...