The picture below is Grouch. I guess he’s called that because of what he was, not what he is. Because what he is now is a house cat.
In fact, Grouch’s owners say that ever since he accepted his new life, he won’t go outside again. He may have grown up on the streets, but he’s never going back. Just look at his scars (plus the cuddles!) and you can guess why.
If you have a stray or feral cat hanging around, Grouch is a great model. He shows that the people who say feral cats can’t be tamed are wrong. With time and patience, these cats are anything but lost causes. Continue reading “Caring For Feral & Stray Cats”
(Quick guide) When your dog has a cough:
- A young, social dog with no other signs of illness is at low risk
- An older dog or any with lethargy or loss of appetite is higher risk
- Dogs with an elevated breathing rate should see a vet urgently
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “The Causes Of Coughing & Gagging In Dogs”
‘Essential facts (Details Below)’
When A Dog Eats Grape Products
- Grapes are toxic whether dried, fresh or cooked
- The toxic dose is unknown and highly variable
- Removal via vomiting and treatment of kidney damage gives good results
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Grape Sultana & Raisin Poisoning”
Some people don’t believe in Santa Claus. Others the tooth fairy. Me, I don’t believe in fussy dogs.
How is this possible? Fussy dogs are everywhere. Continue reading “Fussy Eaters Are Made, Not Born”
Your cat might need your help. Imagine if there was a disease that affected two thirds of cats over their life, but vets rarely diagnosed it. That’s the reality for pancreatitis in cats. Continue reading “Pancreatitis In Cats”
Burying a dog or cat is an important part of the grieving process for many people. It certainly was for me. So as someone who advises it, and has done it, I was annoyed to see “Why you shouldn’t bury your pet in the backyard” featured on my ABC.
It’s the classic case of sitting in an ivory tower making the rest of Australia feel guilty for doing what comes naturally. It also says some fairly silly things. So before I give you some simple tips for a proper home burial, let’s clear them up. Continue reading “Can I Bury My Dog Or Cat At Home?”
‘Essential facts (Details Below)’
When A Dog Has A Mouth Lump
- Oral masses have a high probability of being serious
- The sooner they are biopsied, the better the chances
- But don’t panic: many still turn out to be benign
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Has A Mouth Lump”
Lymphoma in dogs is unfortunately quite a common cancer. It happens when the white blood cells called lymphocytes start growing and multiplying uncontrollably. They then spread to the lymph nodes, blood or internal organs.
A rare form that targets the skin is epitheliotropic lymphoma (EL), also called mycosis fungoides or cutaneous lymphoma. It has a very different appearance and outlook. Continue reading “Epitheliotropic Lymphoma In Dogs”
I must admit there’s a time when I’m tempted not to tell you what I’m thinking. It’s when I see an older large breed dog with an unexplained limp.
It’s all very well if I find a torn cruciate or an arthritic joint. Those are quite straightforward. For the rest, I honestly can’t get x-rays fast enough.
The fear of bone cancer is always lurking. Continue reading “Osteosarcoma In Dogs”
I’m known for supporting clients who use raw diets. Done well, they should add to the health of your pet.
However, there are some persistent myths that get in the way. One of the worst is the elevation of offal and organ meat to a god-like status. Continue reading “The Myths About Offal, Taurine & Raw Diets”