I’m going to lead you through the evidence we have for the age to desex a dog. I’m not going to give you the ‘right’ answer, but instead the tools so you can make the best decision for your dog. With the new mandatory 6-month desexing in Adelaide, this is the evidence you may need to ask your vet for a postponement. Continue reading “What Is The Best Age To Desex A Dog?”
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.
This isn’t just a catalog of limping dogs. By knowing the leg problems that dogs get you have a better chance of preventing some, identifying others and taking them all seriously.
I’ve gone back through our records, found the top 20 with pictures. The list below is sorted into ‘puppy’, ‘adult’ and ‘common’ problems. Visit this page to see which problems happen in the front or back legs and how to tell which leg is sore.
Know what a BYB is? That’s what some people call a ‘backyard breeder’. They see ‘BYB’s as poorly educated breeders of unhealthy pups totally motivated by money. In other words, no better than puppy farms.
I have to tell you, there are certainly people like that here in Adelaide, and the new laws on dog breeding can’t come soon enough to help get rid of them. But there’s another side to this story. Some of the best-bred dogs in Adelaide come from backyard breeders. And it’s not just me saying it; sensible dog trainers say the same thing. Continue reading “All About Dog Breeding”
Every so often I’m reminded that I’m not doing such a great job. As part of a routine health check, I’ll be checking a dog’s teeth. “Wow,” I say, “Good job! You must give him a raw bone at least every week to get teeth this good.”
“No. I brush his teeth every day.” Continue reading “Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ What to do
When A Dog Has Back or Spinal Problems
- Sudden loss of control of the hind legs is a life threatening emergency
- Keep affected dogs as still as possible until a vet can examine them
- Home care or surgical options exist, & dogs can go on to live normal lives
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Hurt His Back”
UPDATE: We are glad to inform you that our standard Nobivac DHP vaccine has been proven to protect against strain CPV-2c. See more below.
Every dog owner’s worst nightmare is Parvovirus. This week the detection of a new strain in Australia was announced. Although there’s no reason to panic, here’s what vets and dog owners need to know. Continue reading “The New Parvovirus Strain In Australian Dogs”
A recent change in our Adelaide clinic is the ovary sparing spay. It’s a safe, effective procedure and we’re happy to do it if requested.
However, I want you to see the pros and cons of both a partial spay or tubal ligation. I also want to show you why I think a late spay is a better alternative when female hormones are needed. Continue reading “The Pros & Cons Of Ovary Sparing Spay”
What is the evidence for behaviour change in desexed female dogs? There’s a lot of discussion and debate, so let’s drill down into the data. Continue reading “Are Neutered Female Dogs More Aggressive?”
Thanks to my big mouth I was in trouble from the outset. As a litter of five 10kg puppies were brought in by the scruffs of their necks, all I had to do was shut up. Continue reading “Why Banning Dog Breeds Doesn’t Work”