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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October 30, 2018

Colitis in felines

Colitis in cats is a chronic bowel disease resulting from inflammation of the colon causing discomfort and diarrhea. Learn more about feline colitis here.

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October 30, 2018

Feline constipation

Although uncomfortable constipation is one of the most common digestive problems associated with felines. Learn more about cat constipation, signs & causes.

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October 30, 2018

Corneal Ulcer

A corneal ulcer is diagnosed among dogs and cats when deeper layers of the cornea are lost. Learn about this eye condition, symptoms, causes and more here.

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October 30, 2018

Megacolon in cats

Just like humans, cats can also suffer from megacolon or constipation. Find the right treatment for your cat and learn about causes, signs & symptoms.

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October 29, 2018

Dew Claws On Dogs: Clipping Dew Claws vs Keeping Them

Clipping of dew claws, also known as a dog’s thumb, is often debated as they lack function & can cause painful injuries. Learn more about dew claw clipping.

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October 29, 2018

Otitis externa

Otitis externa is a common disorder of the ear in dogs, where the external ear canal become inflamed. Learn the causes, symptoms and diagnosis in your dog.

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October 29, 2018

Osteoarthritis in dogs

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in dogs and often develops slowly. Learn about symptoms, contributing factors in dogs & diagnosis.

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October 29, 2018

Eye (ocular) anomaly in dogs and cats

Collie eye anomaly (CEA) is an inherited congenital eye disease found among dogs and cats. Learn more about dog collie eye disorders, symptoms & treatment.

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October 29, 2018

Keratoconjunctivis sicca (KCS) in cats

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) is a condition that is commonly referred to as "dry eye." Learn more about dry eye syndrome in cats, symptoms & treatment.

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October 29, 2018

Lymphadenopathy in cats

Lymphadenopathy in cats is also known as swollen lymph nodes. Learn more about the types of inflammation in cats, symptoms, causes, diagnosis & treatment.

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October 29, 2018

Protein losing enteropathy (PLE) in dogs

Protein-losing enteropathy in dogs refers to an excessive loss of protein from the bloodstream in the intestinal tract. Learn the causes, symptoms & diagnosis.

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October 29, 2018

Respiratory tract infection (RTIs) in cats

A respiratory tract infection in cats is a common condition. Read about the types of cat respiratory infections, causes, symptoms & diagnosis for your feline.

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October 29, 2018

Squamous cell carcinoma in dogs

A squamous cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer found in dogs. Learn more about the condition including treatment for your canine, symptoms & therapy.

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October 29, 2018

Stop the itching – What you need to know about allergies in dogs

Allergies in dogs are common and nearly 20% of dogs suffer from different types of allergies. Find the symptoms, treatments and great products to cure them.

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October 29, 2018

Vomiting

Pets vomit for a number of reasons as eating something wrong or eating too fast. Read up on the symptoms, treatment & prevention of vomiting in dogs & cats.

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October 29, 2018

Tapeworm

Find out more information about Tapeworm. Get Symptoms , Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more

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October 29, 2018

Roundworms

Roundworms or ‘worms’, are a common parasitic worm found in both cats and dogs. Find info on symptoms, treatment and prevention of roundworm.

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October 29, 2018

Patellar luxation

Patellar luxation occurs when the animal’s kneecap becomes dislocated from its femur (thigh bone). Find info on symptoms, causes and treatment here.

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October 29, 2018

Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious and very serious viral infection that attacks a dog’s immune system. Find info on symptoms, treatment & prevention.

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October 29, 2018

Paralysis Tick

The Paralysis Tick is a tick species in Australia that targets wildlife & domesticated pets. Find symptoms, treatments & ways to prevent paralysis tick.

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October 29, 2018

Mange

Mange is an irritating skin disease caused by parasitic mites. See information on symptoms, treatments & tips on preventing Mange in Cats or Dogs.

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October 29, 2018

Dr Jo’s Top 5 Pet Health Tips

In this column, our resident vet and pet lover, Dr Jo, shares some of her insights and advice on tips for keeping your pets happy, fit and healthy.

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October 29, 2018

Luxating Patella

Luxating Patella occurs when the animal’s kneecap becomes dislocated from its femur (thigh bone). Find info on symptoms, causes and treatment here.

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October 29, 2018

Cardiac disease in cats

Cardiac or heart disease is the silent killer of felines. Learn about cardiac disease in cats, what to look out for, life expectancy and treatment.

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October 29, 2018

Kennel Cough

Find out more information about Kennel Cough. Get Symptoms , Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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October 29, 2018

Arthritis in dogs and cats

Arthritis in dogs is a common condition. Read more about the types of arthritis found among dogs and cats, symptoms, causes and treatment for pets.

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October 29, 2018

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a common condition among dogs, particularly large & giant breeds. Find info on symptoms, treatment and prevention on hip dysplacia in dogs.

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October 29, 2018

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

FLUTD is the most common lower urinary tract disorder of domestic cats. Learn more about the disease including treatment for your cat, causes and more.

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October 29, 2018

Heartworm

Heartworms are long, parasitic worms that live and grow to great lengths in an animal’s heart and lungs. Find info on symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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October 29, 2018

FIV – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV, is a virus that is passed between cats through saliva contact. Find info on symptoms, treatment and prevention of FIV.

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October 29, 2018

Dog Lymphoma

Lymphoma is a cancer which grows in the immune system’s lymphocyte white blood cells. Read the symptoms and methods of treatments for Lymphoma in dogs.

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October 29, 2018

Dog Seizures

Find out more information about Dog Seizures. Get Symptoms , Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more

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October 29, 2018

Urolithiasis

Just like humans, dogs and cats can also suffer from kidney stones. Learn more about canine and feline urolithiasis, management, symptoms and more.

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October 29, 2018

Dog Pancreatitis

Dog or canine pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, considered to be a mild to serious. Find info on symptoms, treatments & prevention.

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October 29, 2018

Cardiomyopathy

Read about the two types of cardiomyopathy suffered by dogs: dilated and cardiomyopathy. Learn about symptoms, canine life expectancy, treatment and more.

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October 29, 2018

Dog Ear Infection

Find out more information about Dog Ear Infection. Get Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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October 29, 2018

Dog Constipation

Find out more information about Dog Constipation. Get Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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October 29, 2018

Cruciate disease in dogs and cats

Cruciate ligament injury is a condition more common in dogs than cats. Learn more about cruciate disease, recovery process, causes, pain management & more.

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October 29, 2018

Distemper

Find out more information about Distemper. Get Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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October 29, 2018

Diarrhoea

Find out more information about Diarrhoea. Get Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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October 29, 2018

Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease)

Find out more information about Cushing's Disease Symptoms and Treatments. Get Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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October 29, 2018

Cherry Eye

Cherry Eye occurs when the third eyelid moves from its position and protrudes out over part of the eye. Find info on symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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October 29, 2018

Alimentary foreign body in dogs and cats

Foreign bodies lodged in the stomach can have life-threatening consequences for dogs and cats. Learn about bowel obstruction in dogs, diagnosis and more.

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October 29, 2018

Trichobezoar (Hairball obstruction)

Trichobezoars, or furballs, are the most common cause of vomiting in cats. Learn about other problems of this condition, causes and cat hairball remedies.

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October 29, 2018

Dog Coughing

Find out more information about Dog Coughing. Get Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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October 29, 2018

Cushing’s Disease

Find out more information about Cushing's Disease Symptoms and Treatments. Get Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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October 29, 2018

Addison’s Disease

Find out more information about Addison's Disease. Get Symptoms , Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more

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October 29, 2018

Cat Scratch Disease

Cat Scratch Disease or CSD is a severe bacterial infection that is passed from cats to humans. Find info on symptoms, treatments & prevention of CSD.

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October 29, 2018

Cat Hyperthyroidism

Find out more information about Cat Hyperthyroidism. Get Symptoms , Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention Tips & more.

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