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”
“They’re dogs; they don’t need coats!”
Have you ever heard people say that? Well, thirty years ago I used to say it too. Continue reading “Do Dogs Really Need Coats?”
There’s been talk for some time that certain dog foods could be causing heart disease. I used to think it was a case of vets being biased against grain free and boutique diets. Now I’m not so sure. Continue reading “The Link Between Diet & Heart Disease In Dogs”
(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”
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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”
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?”
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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”