When I was a young vet, I used to say what everyone says: that you can’t bath dogs very often.
How wrong I was. If I wasn’t lucky enough to work with the right people (and have the right dogs) I might never have woken up. You need to hear this too: every day I see dogs that could be much better if only their owners knew the truth. Continue reading “How Often Can You Bath A Dog?”
When I was young, like all kids, I wanted to know why everything happened. Having vets as parents, I can distinctly remember asking why male cats needed to be desexed.
“It’s because otherwise they fight so much that they get run down and die early.”
With the benefit of hindsight, this is pure folk wisdom. People could see that fighting was associated with sickness, but not yet why. Then, in 1986, hot on the heels of the discovery of the human AIDS virus, researchers in the USA put two and two together and found a feline AIDS virus in cats like these. We call it FIV. Continue reading “Feline Immunodeficiency Virus & Your Cat”
Are you thinking of getting a puppy from a pet shop?
Or do you wonder if it’s OK to buy a puppy from a pet shop.
Or does your pet store puppy have the any of following symptoms?
- Droppings that aren’t 100% solid
- Difficult or slow toilet training
- A fussy or picky appetite
- Poor weight and slow growth
Then you need to read this. Continue reading “Giardia Infections In Pet Shop Puppies”
Do pets improve problem behaviours and social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? If you ask a dog website this question, here’s what happens: “More and more, studies are showing how amazing dogs can be for these children.”
While I do believe pets can be helpful, statements like these are misleading. Continue reading “Autism Spectrum Disorder & Pets: The Evidence”
Quick question: how many toes does a dog have? Some people say 16, others look at themselves and say 20. The correct answer is 18.
Why such a random number? It’s because dogs have four weight-bearing toes on each foot, and only two dewclaws. Of all the toes, it’s these dewclaws that cause dogs and their owners the most trouble. Continue reading “Dog Dew Claws: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”
The most common health problem in guinea pigs is itching and scratching caused by mites. It’s a simple problem with a simple solution. However, as you’ll see, there’s also a lot of rubbish being said. Continue reading “Help! My Guinea Pig Has Mites”
Lymphoma is the most common tumour of cats. It also can be one of the more treatable cancers depending on the type involved.
Lymphoma is caused by the abnormal multiplication and growth of lymphocytes. These are a white blood cell found throughout the body, including the bloodstream, gut and lymph nodes. Continue reading “Lymphoma In Cats”
What if I told you that your backyard chickens are carrying a respiratory illness? Even if they look perfectly fine. You’d have every right to be offended.
Well the truth is that most flocks carry more than one disease, and yet many never seem to have a problem. You’re about to find out why. You’re also going to learn what to do when one breaks out. Continue reading “Respiratory Infections In Backyard Chickens”
It seems like that, doesn’t it? You search for a “dog trainer” in your area and instead of a simple answer you get all this:
- Dog Obedience
- Positive Training
- Dog Whisperers
- Private vs Group Classes
It’s not even clear what the differences are. At last not yet. But you don’t want to find that out the hard way. Continue reading “Tinker, Tailor, Whisperer, Trainer…”