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?”
‘Essential facts (Details Below)’
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”
I’m known for supporting clients who use raw diets. Done well, they should add to the health of your pet.
However, there are some persistent myths that get in the way. One of the worst is the elevation of offal and organ meat to a god-like status. Continue reading “The Myths About Offal, Taurine & Raw Diets”
Let me tell you a story that shows what we’re up against.
I met a very perplexed feral cat researcher recently. In his study area the cats generally hunt and eat one common mammal. However, suddenly the population of that species crashed.
There were lots of other tasty critters still hopping around, some of which look nearly the same. Despite this, the cats began to starve. Continue reading “Getting Cats To Eat Raw Chicken Necks”
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”
Pet food safety is in the news again, and this time it’s one of the foods that vets actually recommend. Pet owners I talk to are confused and unsure who they can trust. Suddenly “spend more and it’ll be better” doesn’t sound so convincing. Continue reading “Dog & Cat Food: Are Expensive Foods Better?”
Does titre testing mean dogs and cats need a lot less vaccination? That’s certainly what you read online.
The truth is more complicated than that. Continue reading “Titre Testing vs Vaccination”
The loss of mental function with age is one of the hardest parts of dog ownership. To some extent it’s unavoidable, but there’s also a lot you can do.
The most important thing is knowing when it isn’t likely. I see far too many dogs written off with ‘dementia’ who really have something else entirely. Usually something that can be treated. Continue reading “Cognitive Dysfunction In Old Dogs”