Is my dog's stool normal and healthy?
Your dog’s stool can tell you a lot about his health and the condition of his digestive system. When picking up your dog’s poo it is a good idea to check the colour, smell, and consistency. What does the perfect dog poo look like and when should you take action? Read on!
Equine laminitis: symptoms
Laminitis is a painful condition of the hooves in horses and ponies that requires urgent treatment. In other words, a rather serious matter. This is how you recognise a horse with laminitis.
Equine laminitis: treatment
When your horse is laminitic, he or she suffers from a painful inflammation of the tissue between the hoof wall and the coffin bone. The disease can be life-threatening for your four-legged friend—so quick intervention is a must. This is how you help a horse with laminitis.
Equine laminitis: prevention
In a horse with laminitis, the layers of tissue between the hoof wall and the coffin bone are inflamed. The affliction is very painful for your horse or pony and, in the worst case, can be life-threatening. In other words, no picnic. Hence, it is better to prevent than to cure — and this is how.
Osteoarthritis in horses: definition & causes
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that leads to a progressive deterioration of the cartilage, causing pain and lameness. This nasty ailment is the most common cause of lameness in horses. Osteoarthritis can present itself in various parts of the body, from the legs and back to the neck. In this blog, we explain what osteoarthritis is, what causes it and how to spot it.
Osteoarthritis in horses: treatment
Osteoarthritis gradually causes wear and tear and leads to damage to the bone and cartilage. Your equine friend’s ligaments stiffen, and the joint becomes less flexible. The more advanced the osteoarthritis, the less you will be able to do about it. So, swift action is key! This is how you help a horse suffering from osteoarthritis.
The infertile mare: causes
As far as we are concerned, there is nothing cuter than a newborn foal. Little wonder so that you can’t wait to see one frolicking through the meadow. One problem: you can’t seem to get your mare in foal. Infertility is a complex and frustrating problem - for you, your vet, and your horse. Your mare’s inability to conceive can have several causes. For your convenience, we list the most important here.
The infertile mare: examination
Infertility in mares is a frustrating and complex problem, one with quite a few possible causes. Can’t manage to get your mare in foal? Then it is time to visit the vet so that he or she can get to the root of and solve the problem. Examination for infertility involve a number of important matters.
My dog has an itch, what to do?
The most common reason for a visit to the vet: skin problems, resulting in an itch. So, just scratch away then? Not always. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve to help your four-legged friend get rid of the irritation. The rule of paw for all dogs: the stronger and richer the skin microbiome, the less likely he or she will develop ailments and itching. But what is a microbiome and how do you keep it in tip-top shape?
My dog smells, what to do?
Being a dog parent is not always a bed of roses—and your dog does not always smell of roses either. While every animal has its own specific odour, in some cases there is more to it than that. Maybe your four-legged friend would benefit from a visit to the vet. From unkempt teeth to skin problems to farts, these are the most common causes of unpleasant dog odours. While every animal has its own specific odour, in some cases there is more to it than that.
Ten tips for cooling down your dog in hot weather
Summer at last! Time to enjoy the sunshine but make sure to keep your bestie cool, because, when he is exposed to high temperatures for any extended period of time, he may become dehydrated, get diarrhoea, or worse still... die. With these ten tips, you’ll be able to keep your buddy cool!
Spotting osteoarthritis in older dogs
Like us, humans, dogs can contract all kinds of age-related ailments as they get older. Osteoarthritis is a very common and painful inflammation caused by a degeneration of the joint cartilage. As a dog owner it is important to recognise the onset of osteoarthritis early on so that you can support your dog with the appropriate exercise and the right food and nutritional supplements.
How to treat osteoarthritis in dogs
Osteoarthritis is an incurable, irreversible process that worsens as time goes on. Thankfully, we can slow down that process and treat the symptoms. The sooner you take action, the better! Better still, support your dog’s joints ever before he is showing signs of osteoarthritis.
Is my horse too fat, too skinny or just right?
In horses and ponies, both low body weight and excess weight can lead to health problems, which is why it is essential to keep a close eye on your four-legged friend’s weight. Easier said than done you might say because your horse or pony can’t exactly check whether he still fits in his favourite trousers. But there is an easy way to visually assess whether your horse or pony needs to go on a diet: the BCS or Body Condition Score.
This is how you treat an underweight horse
You are what you eat. And that goes for horses too. If your horse is too skinny, chances are that his diet is not up to scratch. Given that extreme weight loss can be life-threatening for your four-legged friend, it is essential that you act fast. In this blog we explain how you can help an underweight horse to recover.
Why is my horse too skinny?
Did you know that almost 16 % of older horses are too skinny? The same applies to 6 % of adult horses. As extreme weight loss can be life-threatening for your four-legged friend, it is important to intervene in good time— but to do just that, you need to find out why your horse or pony is too skinny first. Often that can be difficult to establish, which is why we list the main causes of weight loss in horses here.
Equine laminitis: definition and causes
Laminitis is a painful condition of the hooves in horses and ponies that requires urgent treatment. In other words, a rather serious matter. Because it is better to prevent than to cure, we have listed a few causes of laminitis below. Spoiler alert: there’s quite a few of them.
Osteoarthritis in horses: symptoms
If your equine friend has developed osteoarthritis, not only his joints are wearing but also his bones, cartilage and the surrounding ligaments will be affected. Sounds painful - believe me, it is! The sooner you spot this nasty ailment, the more successfully you will be able to support your horse. For your convenience, we list the most important symptoms here.
The infertile mare: solutions
There is nothing more adorable than a newborn foal - though it may take some searching before you get to that point. Infertility is a frustrating and complex problem, one with quite a few possible causes. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to give your mare (and her future foal) a helping hand.