Diseases & conditions

The Bow Wow team has compiled a library of useful articles about the various diseases and conditions that commonly affect dogs and cats in Australia.

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February 28, 2019

Abnormal faeces in dogs and cats

Abnormal faeces describe any state of the any faeces that are different than normal. They could be very hard, liquid, with blood etc.

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February 28, 2019

Congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs and cats

CHF occurs in animals when the heart is unable to pump an adequate amount of blood through the body. As a result, fluids will leak into the lung and elsewhere.

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February 28, 2019

Urinary tract infection (UTI) in cats

When animals get UTIs, they may strain or have difficulty urinating and they may have blood in their urine.

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February 26, 2019

Bite injury in cats and dogs

Injuries from animal bites can range from bruises and small scratches to life threatening wounds requiring intensive medical care.

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February 21, 2019

Urethral disorder in cats

A condition in which there is a deviation from or interruption of the normal structure or function of the urethra.

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February 21, 2019

Renal (kidney) disorder in dogs and cats

Renal diseases refers to any type of condition which damages the animal's kidneys and can lead to kidney failure.

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February 20, 2019

Nail disorder and torn nails in dogs and cats

A nail or claw disorder is any disease or potentually injury to the animal's toe and nail.

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February 14, 2019

Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS) in dogs

BAOS refers to a set of upper airway abnormalities that affect brachycephalic (meaning "shortened head") animals.

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February 14, 2019

Sarcoma in dogs

Soft tissue sarcoma is a group of benign or malignant tumors that form in an animal’s soft and/or connective tissues. 

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February 14, 2019

Intervertebral disc disorder (IVDD) in dogs

This is a condition where the intervertebral discs (the cushioning between the bones of the spine) will swell or rupture over time. This can lead to damage of the spinal cord.

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February 14, 2019

Pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) in dogs and cats

Fever, referred to medically as pyrexia, can be defined as a higher than normal body temperature in animals.

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February 13, 2019

Hepatobiliary system disorders in cats

The hepatobiliary system refers to the liver, gall bladder and bile ducts, and how they work together to make bile.

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February 12, 2019

Feline Asthma or Feline Allergic Airway disease (FAAD)

Feline asthma is similar to asthma in humans. Affected cats become allergic to allergens present in their immediate environment, commonly causing coughing.

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February 12, 2019

Epilepsy in dogs and cats

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which brief, recurrent changes in the electrical activity of the brain lead to seizures or 'fits'.

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February 7, 2019

Canine ear (aural) disease

Ear diseases are common in animals and often caused by bacteria and yeast, or ear mites in puppies. Common signs are ear rubbing, head shaking, abnormal odor from te ear or redness or swelling.

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February 5, 2019

Biliary tract disorder in cats

Biliary tract disease affects the bile ducts, gallbladder and other structures involved in the production and transportation of bile, a fluid produced by the liver that aids digestion.

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February 5, 2019

Anal sac disorder in dogs

Anal sac disorder is very common in animals. It starts off with an impaction of the sacs and can progress to an infection or abscess.

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February 5, 2019

Abscess from a bite in cats and dogs

An abscess is a collection of pus that has built up within the tissue of the body. In this case it has been caused by a bite wound.

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January 7, 2019

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is a condition where the conjunctiva membrane in the eye area is inflamed. Read more on symptoms & treatments of Conjunctivitis in dogs.

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December 5, 2018

Dermatitis in dogs and cats

Dermatitis is a condition that can affect both dogs and cats. Learn more about atopic and contact dermatitis and know the best treatment for your pet.

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October 30, 2018

Pneumonia in cats

Pneumonia is a respiratory disease which is characterised by an inflammation of the lungs and bronchi, the airways which feed air into the lungs.

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October 30, 2018

Gait abnormality

A dog’s gait is the pattern of repetitive limb motions. Learn how you can identify a gait abnormality in your dog, symptoms, signs, treatment and more.

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October 30, 2018

Pancreatitis in cats

Pancreatitis, is a relatively common disease in both dogs and cats with no clear specific cause of the condition. Read about feline pancreatitis treatment.

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October 30, 2018

Mast cell tumours in dogs

Mast cell tumours in dogs are the most common type of dog skin cancer found. Read about dog life expectancy, what to look out for, symptoms and treatment.

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