I’ve always got my ear on the dog park and recently I heard something intriguing. The owner of a blue French Bulldog told me she’d had several people come up to give her the same unsolicited advice:
Continue reading “Fact Check #1 : Do Blue or White Dogs Have More Skin Problems?”
“Blue dogs have lots of skin problems”
The owner of a limping Greyhound surprised me recently by asking about bone cancer. She’d heard it was quite common in the breed.
At the time, I didn’t think that the data showed an increased risk, and said so. How wrong I was. But first, here’s a quick refresher of the problem. Continue reading “Fact Check #2: Is Bone Cancer Common In Greyhounds?”
Emergency facts (details below):
When a dog suddenly falls over or can’t use their back legs, it’s usually an emergency. You should travel to a vet.
On the way, take a video if you can. Here are some things to look for:
- Is there muscle movement? This is common in seizures or poisonings.
- Is the dog unconscious? Look for a lack of response and passing urine or faeces.
- Are the eyes moving? Vestibular disease causes nystagmus or eye flicking.
- Is the heart rhythm normal? Place your hand on the chest and try to feel it.
- How long does it last? Fainting and airway issues usually only last for seconds.
- Is recovery quick? After seizures, dogs commonly appear incoordinated for some time.
- What was the dog doing beforehand? Cardiac, respiratory and thermal problems are more common after exercise.
Cardiac arrest is an extremely uncommon cause, and therefore it is not recommended to try CPR. You will see that most causes either recover by themselves or require treatment that only a vet can give.
Now let’s dive deeper into each of these causes… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Has Collapsed”
If you’re planning a driving holiday in SA, it’s good to know where you can let your dog out for a run. The good news is that most towns, even small ones, now have a fenced off-leash area. Continue reading “23 Dog Parks In South Australian Towns”
There’s a lot of confusion about when dogs need their nails trimmed. On any given day, I will see at least one dog needing clipping that isn’t getting it, and another that I’m asked to clip but shouldn’t.
Here I’m going to help you know when your dog’s nails are too long, and most importantly, when they aren’t. Because it matters. Continue reading “When Do Dogs Need Their Nails Clipped?”
Australian vets have seen a steady rise in pets being insured. However, up to now, that hasn’t been matched by any increase in choice. Now there’s a third entrant.
But you say, what about all these other pet insurance companies? Continue reading “A Review Of Knose Dog & Cat Insurance”
Not long ago I published a survey of top Australian dog trainers about their favourite harnesses. It was an eye-opener for me.
Strikingly, one particular harness stood out from the rest: the Perfect Fit®. At the time, I hadn’t heard of it, and it was hard to purchase due to the need for a custom fitting. Then, an existing Adelaide importer asked me if I could start to stock it. Continue reading “Perfect Fit: The Custom Fitted Fleece Dog Harness”
The following information is taken from the fitting guides produced by Perfect Fit. Tiny harnesses have been removed for simplicity as we do not stock them here in Adelaide..
This information is a guide only and is intended to be used in-store during the fitting process. In almost every case, one or other of the pieces will need to be swapped out to customise the fit properly. Continue reading “A Perfect Fit Harness Measuring Guide”
Not long ago I saw two adult dogs in a row that had just been adopted from their breeder. The first one wasn’t perfectly normal, but he’ll be OK. However, the second one, Jethro was in real trouble. That’s him in the picture.
Right now, he’s frightened of many things in an unpredictable way. He’s frequently frozen and unwilling to move, difficult to walk, wary of strangers and not interested in food. At night he wanders the house unsettled. But he’s also showing signs of the lovely dog within.
Recently I told you that the best age to get a puppy is 7 to 8 weeks old. But there are plenty of dogs and puppies over 16 weeks old needing homes. Here are some examples:
So what happens if you get them? The answer is that they still make great pets, but not all of them and not always in the same way. Continue reading “Adopting an Older Ex Breeder or Shelter Dog”
Emergency facts (details below):
If A Dog Eats A Mushroom
- Go to a vet immediately to have it removed
- Do not wait until signs of illness appear
- Wild mushrooms eaten by people are not necessarily safe in dogs, especially if uncooked
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Mushroom Poisoning In Dogs”