In 2020, the American Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) published its data on poisonings in dogs. It’s the best information we have on household dangers to our canine friends.
From a dog-owner’s perspective, it contains two important lists: the top 5 reported poisonings and the top 20 fatalities. As you’ll see, these are quite different. Continue reading “The Most Common & Serious Poisons Of Dogs”
In 2020, the American Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) published its data on poisonings in cats. It’s the best information we have on household dangers to our feline friends.
From a cat-owner’s perspective, it contain two important lists: the top 5 reported poisonings and the top 20 fatalities. As you’ll see, these are quite different. Continue reading “The Most Common & Serious Poisons Of Cats”
It must seem strange for a vet to compare humans and dogs and find humans better. Well let me tell you, that’s not normally the case. Just read ‘Why Dogs Are Better Than Humans‘ and you’ll agree.
However, our inferiority tends to mask the fact that there are a few special areas in which we do better. And because we don’t recognise them, we tend to make bad assumptions and harm our dogs. So here they are… Continue reading “3 Ways Humans Are Better Than Dogs”
If you’ve got an itchy dog, it gets very frustrating very quickly. Nothing seems to help for long, and everyone tells you something different. Is it the food, is it grass, is it mites?
I’ve been seeing itchy dogs for nearly 30 years and I’ve yet to see one who can’t be helped. Here I’m going to boil down all the conflicting advice into a simple step by step approach. Continue reading “How To Stop Dogs Scratching In 8 Not-So-Easy Steps”
Some dogs you never forget. They’re the ones you know you failed. Like Holly.
She came to me late one night for vestibular disease. And she certainly had all the classic signs:
- a head tilted to one side
- loss of balance and inability to walk
- rapid eye flicking called nystagmus
- even nausea and vomiting
It had been happening for two years, on and off, and she needed more of her medication. Except she really needed a whole lot more than that. Continue reading “Help! My Dog’s Head Is Tilted To One Side”
In 2020, Adelaide has been awash with stories of dog baits being found in parks. Just this month we’ve had:
- green pellets found in a Thebarton park
- meat with pellets at Shepherds Hill
- kidneys stuffed with bait on the Torrens linear park
- and yesterday suspicious mince found in Bennett Reserve on North East Road (pictured)
Leaving aside the twisted motives of why anyone would do this, it’s important to understand the risks and what you can do if it happens. Continue reading “Dog Baiting In Adelaide: What To Know”
It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so serious. Look for answers on why your cat bites or scratches you and you’ll find people telling you it’s all about a competition for dominance.
As any genuine cat lover knows, our cats always dominate us. Most of us have enough humility to love them for it.
It’s stopping them biting and scratching that we’re after. That’s a whole other story with a wholly different explanation. One where aggression is just a symptom of a problem in the cat-human relationship. Continue reading “Help! My Cat Attacks Me Without Warning”
Look at these numbers. It shows the percentage of vaccinated cats at our Adelaide clinic that also receive the FIV vaccine. Continue reading “Australians Are Keeping Cats Indoors Like Never Before”
We’re lucky to live in Adelaide, but how many people have seen all of the parklands of the square mile? How many dogs?
I’ve previously shared with you my favourite off-the-beaten-track dog walks around Adelaide, but this one’s special. It’s a celebration of the unique parklands that are the pride of Adelaide. Continue reading “An Epic Adelaide Parklands Dog Walk”
Sometimes when a tooth needs removal, there’s plenty of time to explain why. However, most of the time, you get a hurried phone call while your dog or cat is asleep. There’s really nothing you can do but trust us.
Let’s pull back the curtain. Here I want to show you, using the latest best practice guidelines, how vets decide when a tooth should be extracted (never pulled), and what your choices are. Continue reading “When Should A Dog Or Cat’s Tooth Be Extracted?”