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?”
(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”
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”
The other day I took the sutures out of a vasectomy (yes, a dog vasectomy!) and said, “great, now he can get back to running.”
It turned out he hadn’t been for a run yet. The owners asked a good question: “is that OK for his growth plates?” Continue reading “How Much To Exercise & Run A Puppy”
Anyone who’s had a car sick dog knows four things:
- It distresses dogs
- It makes a mess
- It’s very frustrating
- It reduces dogs’ enjoyment of life
Continue reading “What To Give Dogs For Motion Sickness”
I’ve been a vet for nearly a quarter century now. Over that time I’ve seen just about everything go wrong that can.
Pet disasters tend to go along recurring themes. If you know what they are, you have an excellent chance to avoid them. Continue reading “Ten Tips To Keep Pets Safe”
Trying to choose a puppy breed? There are lots of great reasons to choose certain dog breeds over others. Health should be one of these.
Of course, I would say that, wouldn’t I? I’m a vet after all. Continue reading “21 Healthy & Long Lived Dog Breeds”
I’m deeply concerned by a fast-growing trend in puppy diets. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that puppy owners are being badly let down. It makes me angry and it should make them angry too.
New puppies at our Adelaide clinic are being set up to fail in numbers that I haven’t seen since the 1990’s. The consequences can be the permanent leg deformities you see in the picture. Continue reading “Help! My Puppy Won’t Eat Dry Food”
Yesterday: a dog who panics whenever someone touches her feet. The day before: a dog with anxiety about her ears being touched. These dogs are everywhere; what happened to them?
The answer is something I’ve held back a long time from writing about. It contains criticism of my own profession as well as others. God knows, I’m no saint, and like most vets, I’ve made all these mistakes too. But we’re going to keep making them, so you need to know how to stop them. Continue reading “Preventing Stress, Fear & Scares At The Vet”