Following our killjoy post about Christmas hazards, now we’re going to tell you why your pet doesn’t need treats! And why they are happier without them.
Don’t worry. We’re not going to report you to the RSPCA if you occasionally give in to those pleading brown eyes. We know treat feeding comes from the heart and later I even talk about ways to do it well. But we do hope that after reading this you will feel less like you have to give the treat, and less guilty if you don’t. Continue reading “Do Dogs Need Treats?”
In Adelaide, Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks, Guinea Pigs, Native Mammals and any other small pets commonly live in outside hutches, pens or coops. And without their owners being aware of the risk, they are in great danger. If they are not adequately protected, one night can be all it takes to lose them. Please read on but this story may be upsetting for some. Continue reading “Myth 5: My backyard is safe at night”
A lot of people make this mistake and it’s easy to see why. Puppy preschool is all about socialising dogs and if there’s a dog at home, surely this is enough. However, if anything, having a dog at home makes pups less social. I’ll explain why this is so. Continue reading “Myth 4: My second dog doesn’t need puppy preschool classes”
I think the popularity of vet television shows might explain why this could be my most common question from dog owners:
Do Dogs In Adelaide Get Ticks? Continue reading “Myth 3: My dog always needs tick protection”
For those of us who care about animal welfare, the news, Facebook, and our inbox can be hard to cope with. There seems to be a never-ending series of distressing stories about acts of cruelty towards animals. Continue reading “Myth 2: Animal Cruelty is Getting Worse”
Update: this was one of my first blogs, and still one of the most important. Now you can also visit our pages on treating arthritis or pain in cats or dogs.
My dog will cry if he is in pain or,
My cat will tell me if she has painful joints; and so on….
That is, a pet owner can tell when a pet is in pain. Continue reading “How To Know If A Cat Is In Pain”
Ted and Millie have been seeing us for over six months now. Ted has a joint problem, recently diagnosed and treated, while Millie has mostly just ‘come along for the ride’. A few weeks ago, however, Millie developed itchy skin associated with pinpoint scabs on the head. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Dogs, One Skin Problem (and a surprisingly simple answer)”
One month ago Toby came to us for what he may have thought would be his routine annual check up. “Just an unwelcome poke and a jab and I’ll be back on the lounge where I should be.” He was wrong. His story is a common one and illustrates how owners who are diligent can turn ‘just a vaccination’ into a life-saving moment. Continue reading “Case study: Toby’s deadly secret”
Update 2017: new dog & cat laws in South Australia are just around the corner. Also read about our help in successfully prosecuting a puppy farmer.
While there are many good breeders we encourage new puppy owners to be aware of where their puppy has come from. Until we have effective legislation, this is the only way we can help to reduce unethical breeding. With that in mind we have formulated a list of questions new puppy owners should ask before purchasing a pup.
- Have the puppies had a full veterinary health examination and their first vaccination
- Have the breeding dogs and puppies been given the same veterinary care expected for all pets?.
- Have the breeding females been bred only between the ages of one and six years, and only at every second season?
- Have the adult dogs been exercised every day or are they confined continuously?
And of course, PLEASE call us for our health advice before choosing a breed? It is also worth finding out about the common breed-related health conditions and what breeders should be testing for.
By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These blogs are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!
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