Everyone knows that having an overweight dog is bad. But how bad?
Twenty years ago, Purina demonstrated a two year reduction in lifespan in Labradors kept in a laboratory setting. Now a recent large study in the US has for the first time looked at common dog breeds in the home environment.
Here’s what they found, in graphic form. Continue reading “Which Overweight Dogs Have Shorter Lives?”
Coronavirus COVID-19 has caused so much hardship to so many people that it might seem a bit trivial to talk about what it’s doing to puppies. But I’m a puppy vet and so it matters to me.
I’m afraid that the puppies of the next few months won’t grow up the same. I fear that this virus will change how they enjoy the rest of their lives. But I also think you can do something about it. Continue reading “A Puppy Checklist For The Social Distancing Age”
Keeping birds can be done well, and to the benefit of both them and us. But too often in doing so we take away the very thing that defines them: flight. So here are some suggested minimum case sizes to allow your feathered friends to enjoy their fullest lives. Continue reading “What Is The Best Size For Budgie & Cockatiel Cages?”
There’s a good reason why I’d written 500 pet health articles before broaching the subject of diarrhoea in cats. When it isn’t easy to treat it can be extremely frustrating. There’s also a lack of good quality information for cat owners.
First let’s define the problem, and then discuss a logical treatment plan. Continue reading “Help! My Cat Has Diarrhoea”
Every time I attend a conference, the lectures on immune‐mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA) are among the best attended. That’s because there’s almost no other common disease of dogs that makes vets feel so powerless.
This page is a summary of two recent consensus statements from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. It puts together the best of what we know into one guideline on diagnosis and treatment. Most importantly, it’s written in a way that dog owners can understand. Continue reading “Immune‐Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia in Dogs”
Find the facts below about dogs and cats and coronavirus COVID-19. Keep checking this page for updates on the situation.
Vets across Australia are open as normal. Walkerville Vet requests that clients:
- Maintain 1.5m from staff and other clients (nurses will hold your pet for examinations)
- Do not pay with cash
- Not attend the clinic if in isolation or even mildly unwell
- Wait on the front lawn if there are 6 or more people in the waiting room
- Come to the clinic alone whenever possible, and without children
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Your Dog or Cat & Coronavirus COVID-19”
Quick facts (details below):
- Keep the animal calm in a large, dark and quiet box
- Use gloves and a towel for handling if necessary
- If not possible, or for bats, call Fauna Rescue first
- Take them to the nearest open vet for assessment
- There will be no fees or charges
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Where To Take Wildlife In Adelaide”
So your dog has had diarrhoea for more than two weeks, and you’ve ruled out all the simple causes of diarrhoea found here. What do you do now?
The answer is to consider the possibility that your dog has chronic enteropathy, or CE. This is a poorly understood group of related disorders that often respond to dietary, antibiotic or immunosuppressive treatment. Sometimes the solution is more than one of these approaches. Continue reading “Chronic Diarrhoea In Dogs”
Dog owners in Adelaide are incredibly lucky to have so many beaches to visit. It’s even possible to let your dog off the lead if you know when and where to do it.
It all depends on the rules set by each local council. I’ve spoken with each council, and visited all the off leash areas. There’s even a map below. Here’s my review. Continue reading “Leash Free Adelaide Dog Beaches”
The use of Atopica® for dermatitis is a tale of two very different species: dogs and cats. What was once a very useful drug in dogs has turned into an essential part of treating skin diseases in cats.
Now I use it far more in cats than dogs. Keep reading on to see why. Continue reading “Using Cyclosporine In Dogs & Cats”