Is premium dog and cat food worth the extra money? Is there really any difference between brands like Hills Science Diet® or Royal Canin® and the supermarket foods?
I want to reframe the debate by focusing on something at the centre of food buying decisions. It’s the Achilles heel of the premium pet food manufacturers: palatability. Continue reading “Dog & Cat Food: Supermarket vs Premium?”
Name just about any hot-button pet health topic and I’ll have the same thing to say: “it’s more complicated than that”. Nowhere is this more true than when talking about titre testing and vaccinations. Continue reading “Titre Testing vs Vaccination”
The loss of mental function with age is one of the hardest parts of dog ownership. To some extent it’s unavoidable, but there’s also a lot you can do.
The most important thing is knowing when it isn’t likely. I see far too many dogs written off with ‘dementia’ who really have something else entirely. Usually something that can be treated. Continue reading “Cognitive Dysfunction In Old Dogs”
Does your dog have a sore in the hair that they keep licking or scratching? Is it also enlarging and crusty? Then they probably have a hotspot. Continue reading “Hotspots On Dogs Skin”
For a variety of reasons, lip and mouth problems are common in both kittens and cats. Most are easy to fix, but beware: they are hard to tell apart and some are extremely serious. Here are the essential facts for cat owners. Continue reading “Lip Sores & Mouth Ulcers In Cats”
After every thunderstorm or firework night I wait for the calls:
- Dogs wandering the streets far from home
- Dogs that have gone through windows
- Dogs with lacerations from escape attempts
What we don’t see nearly enough are the dogs that just suffer in silence, panting, trembling or hiding at home. Noise phobias are common in dogs, and there’s a lot your vet can do to help. Continue reading “Thunderstorm & Firework Anxiety In Dogs”
Just read this message. Can it be that we are finally able to help these poor dogs?
“I have a Westie with atopic dermatitis. Have just started on Cytopoint – 2nd injection last week. First one lasted 6 weeks. Have been vilified on a number of FB groups as have other Westie members. Last week was told “well if you want your dog to go blind it is up to you.”
After 5 years my boy has found relief. Tried Atopica and Apoquel. Lots of steroids and antibiotics. Diet. Raw. Grain free. Hypoallergenic. Elimination. Malaseb. Baking soda. Iodine. Tee Tree oil. Oatmeal shampoo and conditioner. Sox. Bootees. Sandals. Onesies. Everything except the cone of shame.” Continue reading “Cytopoint: The New Dog Allergy Medicine”
What do the diseases we protect your cat from actually look like?
Click here to see vaccination protocols for cats or continue reading to learn about these important illnesses.
Continue reading “Explained: Cat Flu, Feline Enteritis & FIV”
Losing the use of the back legs is one of the most common and serious problems of rabbits. It can happen either suddenly or gradually.
It’s critical that your vet considers all the common causes. It’s not a long list, and can quickly be narrowed down as you’ll see. Continue reading “Help! My Rabbit’s Back Legs Aren’t Working”
I wonder how many people have regretted those fateful words: “I’m going to get a kitten to keep my cat company”.
You see, cats aren’t like us. As a highly social species, we tend to assume all the others are the same. But while cats can learn to be friends, it isn’t natural and it almost never happens in the wild. Continue reading “How To Introduce A Kitten To A Cat”