Help! My Dog Is Limping

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’ problemsVisit this page to see which problems happen in the front or back legs and how to tell which leg is sore.

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All About Dog Breeding

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. Read more

Help! My Cat Was Hit By A Car

At A Glance (Details Below)

Emergency Care

What To Do If A Cat Is Hit By A Car

  1. Do not chase if runs away- follow without adding stress
  2. If severely injured, protect your hands when picking up
  3. Lift injured cats wrapped in a blanket if possible
  4. Take straight to a vet to check for internal injuries


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Help! My Rabbit Is Injured

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Essential Facts

Why Do Rabbits Get Injured?

  1. Fractures which occur inside are usually the result of falls from handling
  2. Beware also of fights with other rabbits or attacks from other pets
  3. If a rabbit is injured or killed while outside overnight a fox is the likely culprit- foxes are common in all suburbs of Adelaide

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Case study: Zeus’ Pyothorax Story

Zeus is a 12-year old dog who up to recently has been well apart from his arthritis. A month ago, Zeus stopped eating and became rapidly unwell with what appeared to be frequent gagging and vomiting. When we examined him it was clear that there was something very wrong with his chest and in addition he had a high fever and was dehydrated. It was considered likely that he was coughing due to a severe chest infection (oddly enough coughing in dogs often looks like vomiting). Therefore, we admitted him into our hospital for chest radiographs (xrays), sent off blood samples and started him on intravenous fluids. Read more