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As dogs get older, they experience changes very similar to humans - greying hair, reduced reflexes, diminished hearing, eye sight & sense of smell, as well as a lack of energy and more need for rest. In large breed dogs, these signs can begin to show around 8 years old or sometimes earlier. Just like humans, the ageing process varies with each dog.
For more information, please download the PDF below.Senior Dogs Information
Heat stress is caused by a significant increase in body temperature. It can escalate quickly into Heatstroke, which can have tragic results. It’s vitally important we all know the keys signs of heat stress and react immediately.
For more information, please download the PDF below.Hot Weather Information
One of the most prevalent phobias in animals is of the loud noises associated with fireworks & thunderstorms. In their panic, pets can display destructive behaviour, escape from their homes & even injure themselves. Some of the signs of noise phobias include: trembling, shaking, clinging to owners, barking excessively, cowering, hiding, soiling the house, pacing, panting, & refusing to eat.
For more information, please download the PDF below.Fireworks and Storms information
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterised by a chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Without the cushion of cartilage, bones rub directly against one another, causing pain and inflammation. Most cases develop as a result of abnormal rubbing within the joint, caused by joint instability (e.g. after ligament damage), damage to or abnormal cartilage development, or damage caused by trauma (e.g. fractures).
For more information, please download the PDF below.Osteoarthritis Information