Any disease that can jump from pets to people is famous, and toxoplasmosis is no exception. But that doesn’t mean everyone understands how it works.
Like how many cats get it and how they pass it on. Or how to stay safe, especially if you’re pregnant. And the disease in cats and dogs themselves. We’ll cover all these here. Continue reading “Toxoplasmosis In Cats, Dogs & Humans”
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”
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”
Much has been said about a recent false positive test for COVID-19 in Australia. What is missing from the conversation is how normal this can be. It’s an everyday problem for all health professionals.
If you understand why that is you’ll be much better equipped to talk to your vet about any tests on your pet. Continue reading “When Blood & Virus Tests Aren’t Accurate”
I was a young vet only a few months out of university when I saw my first aortic or arterial thromboembolism (ATE). This is a horrible disease of cats caused by a saddle thrombus: a blood clot released from the heart that is ejected down the aorta and blocks it near the hind legs. Continue reading “Saddle Thrombus in Cats: Evidence vs Experience”
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”
Tumours of the anal glands are common in dogs, especially from middle age. Here is a summary of the signs, treatment and prognosis that should in no way replace the opinion of your trusted vet. Continue reading “Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma in Dogs”