Does your dog do this? When mine gets excited or playful he starts sneezing.
Sneezing during play isn’t well understood, but it’s clearly one of the
least serious causes of sneezing in dogs.
I’ll take you through the other common reasons, from minor to major. As nearly every one is associated with a runny nose, I’ll also describe the nasal discharge that goes with it.
Continue reading “Causes Of Sneezing In Dogs”
Isn’t it always the way. You’ve been recommending something for 25 years with complete confidence. Then along comes a piece of very inconvenient evidence.
This time it’s about cats preferring moving water. It turns out that despite a whole industry devoted to promoting cat fountains, until now no one has bothered to see if they actually work.
Continue reading “Do Cats Need A Water Fountain?”
One night my own dog started shaking and shivering uncontrollably. Several frantic minutes went by. Was it a poison, was he unwell? The reasons why dogs tremble and shake go from simple to serious.
A minute later he squatted, passed a huge puddle of urine on the floor and the shaking stopped. He was
busting to go to the toilet, and no-one realised. We all felt a bit silly, but that’s how hard it is. Continue reading “Causes Of Shaking & Trembling in Dogs”
Does your dog growl or snap at the vet? Just look at this one-star review of a decidedly one-star experience.
Continue reading “Help! My Dog Is Scared & Aggressive At The Vet”
It seems like that, doesn’t it? You search for a “dog trainer” in your area and instead of a simple answer you get all this:
Dog Obedience Positive Training Dog Whisperers Behaviourists Private vs Group Classes
It’s not even clear what the differences are. At last not yet. But you don’t want to find that out the hard way.
Continue reading “Tinker, Tailor, Whisperer, Trainer…”
It’s 6:30am. There’d still be another 30 minutes before your alarm if another sort of alarm wasn’t already going off. Incessantly.
It’s hard to ignore a cat when they want something. It’s what makes them
a great first-time pet. However, being woken up too early is no laughing matter. So welcome to my new support group: Friends & Family Of Pushy Cats. Continue reading “How To Stop Cats Waking You Up Early”
This lovely photo by Julie Wilson shows Jack, one of our Puppy Preschool graduates. It’s the way we like to see them: making the most out of life.
Did his puppy classes help him become the dog he is now? To answer that we need to know not what puppy classes promise, but what they actually do.
You have a right to be shown the evidence behind
any veterinary recommendation. Here’s what we know. Continue reading “Puppy Preschool: The Evidence”
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. Continue reading “Caring For Feral & Stray Cats”
I saw another one last week: a cat I
knew with an owner I didn’t. “My daughter is pregnant and she’s afraid the cat might smother her baby.”
I didn’t argue; as a father I know how strong the urge to protect our children is. But it got me thinking: does it ever happen? And what about other dangers like toxoplasmosis?
Continue reading “Do Cats Ever Really Smother Babies?”
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”