Are you worried your new puppy or kitten might be deaf? Read on to find out if your pet might be affected.
For more information please also read our guide to deafness & hearing tests in dogs and cats. Continue reading “Congenital Deafness In Puppies And Kittens”
Picture this: it’s 4 o’clock on a Saturday, we’re about to close for the weekend, and a caring local resident brings in a dog they’ve just found wandering the street. We get out the scanner, all set to read the microchip and reunite a dog with his family.
Aargh! We can’t find the owners.
Continue reading “The Problem With Microchips”
The disappointment down the phone line was almost audible, and I didn’t enjoy having caused it. I was giving an interview to a filmmaker wanting to show the benefits of raw food diets but I had to start by clearing the air.
“I’m really sorry,” I said, “there just isn’t any evidence for health benefits in dogs on raw diets.” Continue reading “Are Raw Diets Good For Dogs & Cats?”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ What to do
When A Dog Or Cat Gets A Cut
- Don’t handle the wound if it looks clean, just keep your pet out of the dirt
- To remove dirt, rinse cuts in a solution of 1/2tsp salt to 1 cup water
- If there is serious bleeding, apply a tight bandage using clean cloth
- As long as you see a vet immediately, a tight dressing should do minimal harm and may be lifesaving
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Emergency Care
How To Get Rid Of Fleas
- Use modern flea killers recommended by vets and pet stores
- Remove fleas from the house and especially pet sleeping areas
- Keep dogs and cats on good flea control to prevent new infestations
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ What To Do
Why Cats Urinate In The House
- The cause is usually anxiety, territorial stress, urinary tract disease or litter box problems
- It’s not bad behaviour; most cats will stop peeing inside if you treat the cause and don’t punish
- Clean up areas with cat urine using enzymatic cleaners to reduce odour and prevent recurrence
What you get told: “This product also treats worms”
What you should ask: “WHICH worms??” You might be surprised by the answer.
Warning: Contains Disgusting Worm Descriptions & Pictures!
Continue reading “Intestinal Worms In Dogs And Cats”
I love Devon Rex cats (that’s mine above) but they aren’t good for allergies. To cats, that is. (for allergies of cats & dogs, follow this link)
My previous Devon Rex was dumped at a shelter after 18 months being locked in a room. She’d been bought on the misguided belief that she wouldn’t cause cat allergy. It took me years to get her settled after that rough start, and it could have been worse.
I’ve seen plenty of animal lovers who are allergic to their pets. It’s heartbreaking to watch. The good news is there are things you can do to help.
Continue reading “Allergy To Dogs And Cats”
In the past week there have been two major advances in the vital fight to reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanased every year. We’ve seen the passage of the Dog And Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill through the South Australian parliament. We’ve also see the first Australian state move to ban greyhound racing.
Both of these will have major effects on dog & cat welfare, and people with animals. Here’s how both changes may affect you. Continue reading “The New Laws For Dogs & Cats”