MEET YOUR PET'S NEEDS AT ANY LIFE STAGE

Similar to people, cats and dogs behaviour and health needs change through the different stages of their lives.  Kittens and puppies are generally demanding and energetic while adult cats and dogs tend to be eager and self-assured.  By the time your pet reaches it’s more senior years, they have normally slowed to a more relaxed pace.

PUPPY LIFE STAGES

Dog lovers, this information is intended as a guide only. Please check with your vet or breeder for any specific requirements for your dog.

DOG LIFE STAGES CHART

Cat lovers, this information is intended as a guide only. Please check with your vet or breeder for any specific requirements for your cat.

CAT LIFE STAGES CHART

FRESH BREATH AND PEARLY WHITES

Most pet owners are eventually faced with enduring the dreaded “stinky breath.” What you may not realize is that bad breath in cats and dogs is a result of some serious things happening in their mouth. When sticky plaque accumulates and tartar builds on your pet’s teeth, bacteria are allowed to grow and thrive in that environment. This is what causes the bad breath to develop.  If allowed the chance to continue unchecked, these bacteria will cause serious gum disease and infection in the mouth and the rest of the body.

For this reason, it is imperative to monitor the health of your pet’s mouth and to have their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. If you are not able to brush your pet’s teeth, or your pet has a...

has your pet lost the spring in their step?

Degenerative joint disease (arthritis) is a common cause of severe pain in our pets.  Figures show that approximately 90% of pets over 10 years suffer from arthritis.  This is the result of long term stresses on a joint either from an old injury, abnormal cartilage development or trauma. Arthritis affects both dogs and cats but is particularly prevalent in large breeds of dogs

Arthritis can affect any joint but is most commonly found in a pet’s hip, elbow, shoulder, knee, wrist, ankle or spine. Preventing this degenerative disease from progressing is all about maintaining the normal structures of the joint, so it’s important to understand joint structure first. The articular surfaces of the joint have cartilage caps on the ends...

WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST FLEAS

Flea bite hypersensitivity is a common cause of a severely itchy skin disease in cats and dogs. The itch is caused by an allergic reaction to the flea's saliva which the flea injects into the skin as it feeds. Cats and dogs without this allergic response can tolerate the flea bites, meaning they can have fleas and only be mildly itchy. There are many cats and dogs without flea allergy that have fleas and show no signs at all. However, in cats and dogs with flea bite hypersensitivity, their skins' reaction to one flea bite is immediate and excessive and this leads to a severe itch for up to one week.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF FLEA BITE ALLERGIES?

Fleas drive hypersensitive cats and dogs and their skin crazy! It is this...

IT'S TIME TO DITCH THE ITCH

There are several reasons why dogs and cats will scratch, lick or bite. The bottom line is... don't let them suffer!

If you as the pet’s owner are being driven “nuts” by the pet’s scratching and licking, imagine how awful your poor pet must feel.

The most common types of skin and coat issues are:

Environmental Dermatitis

Pet’s in this category present with signs of itching and scratching, hair loss and skin irritation. Many pets are very sensitive to simple lawn grasses, by matching what is visible on the pet’s skin with a probable environmental irritant - the cause of the skin problem can be determined and treated.

An example is moist eczema, or more commonly called hot spot. These skin lesions often occur as a...