Here are the top 17. There’s no such thing as a silly question!Continue reading “The Kitten Questions You Ask Us”
Reactions to food are a major concern to many pet owners. Here’s what we know about food allergies, which foods cause most of the problems, and what you can do about it.Continue reading “Food Allergies In Dogs And Cats”
If you’re like most of us you struggle to work out how much food your dog needs. Even vets get caught out with their dogs getting too thin or fat.
Every single dog owner struggles with the same problem.Continue reading “How Much Do I Feed My Puppy?”
How can your dog do better than the average lifespan? Of course, avoiding risks & good veterinary care have a lot to do with it. But there’s also a lot you can do to improve their chances.Continue reading “How To Help Your Dog Live Longer”
“If a dog eats grass it means they are going to die”. Amazingly I still hear this from time to time. Usually it’s not quite that dramatic.
Dogs and cats eat grass for a variety of reasons, some good, some bad.Continue reading “Why Do Dogs & Cats Eat Grass?”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Quick Care Guide
How To Get A Cat To Eat
- Try a familiar food first: moist, smelly foods are usually tastier.
- Warm the food up to body temperature.
- Try flavourings like fish, kangaroo or gravy.
- Only happy cats eat, so give them plenty of pats.
- Get a vet to check that your cat isn’t sick or stressed.
Now dive deeper.
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Rapid Care Guide
How To Stop Itchy Dogs Scratching
- A cool rinse or bath with soap-free dog shampoo can give temporary relief
- Always use vet-quality external parasite control even if you can’t see fleas
- To identify the cause, see your vet quickly before secondary infections develop
Now dive deeper.
Whether you feed your dog bones is without a doubt the most controversial and highly debated topic in dog ownership.
Passions are high. In our guide to where to buy bones last week I mentioned how most vets in the UK (and many in the USA) strongly oppose you giving your dog a bone to chew. At all.
The internet is full of horror stories about bones splintering or getting stuck and many of these stories are true.
Do you sell fresh bones for dogs? Let us know and we’ll add you to the list!
I’ve started to worry about the supply of raw bones for dogs in Adelaide. So we’ve created a list of where to buy dog bones (below). Why worry? I’ll tell you a story.
First, though, have you read our guide to bone safety and how to choose and feed bones to dogs?Continue reading “Where to get dog bones”
There’s something no-one in the cat food industry wants to talk about. Up to now, neither have I. It’s not quite a secret but it’s certainly an unpleasant truth we like to avoid.
It’s about the amount of carbohydrate in cat diets.Continue reading “Whats wrong with cat diets?”
Vitamin D is an essential part of any balanced diet. What you may not know is how dangerous it can be. Let me show you three poisonings that have already happened, and a fourth that just might.Continue reading “Vitamin D poisoning”
Have you been told you should change your dog to a grain-free or a low carbohydrate diet? Perhaps you’ve wondered why vets are fairly quiet about it all. I’m going to show you some evidence that might just ease your mind
Cleaning a cat’s teeth? ARGGH. Before you throw your hands up in horror, here’s a secret: it’s easier than dogs! You just need to know how. Here we will tell you what you can do for dental care in cats.Continue reading “Cleaning cats teeth”
Are Dog Food Instructions Accurate?
I’m going to start with an admission; my dogs have been fat. This will come as a relief (and possibly a delight) to those thousands of dog owners over the years to whom I’ve discussed their dogs’ weight. Today I’m going to explain why this happens to all of us, how to judge your dog’s weight and how to decide how much to feed them.
The guidelines written on dog foods are almost never right for your dog.Continue reading “Myth 24: You feed a dog by following the instructions”
This is Micki. He’s so happy and active that this is the best photo we could take. But he wasn’t always so perky. Last year he started having seizures and his very concerned owner brought him to us. There was nothing remarkable found on his physical exam, so we took blood for haematology and biochemistry, as we always do when dogs are having seizures.Continue reading “How Micki’s seizures were fixed by a new diet”
Perhaps the biggest scandal of pet ownership in Australia is that there is no independent monitoring, testing or licensing of pet food products, and nowhere to turn when they cause harm. And equally shocking to vets is that it is easier to buy flea control products that are neither safe or effective than it is to buy good ones.Continue reading “Myth 7: If it is sold for pets, it must be safe”
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?”