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?”
Quick facts (details below):
- Undescended testicles must always be removed
- Surgery is simple and recovery is rapid
- Affected dogs should not be bred
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Has An Undescended Testicle”
Essential facts ( details below):
When Is A Swollen Belly An Emergency?
Dogs with any of these symptoms need to be taken to a vet immediately:
- Hard, painful abdomen
- Severe lethargy
- Not eating
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Dog Has A Swollen Stomach”
There’s a good reason why I’d written 500 pet health articles before broaching the subject of diarrhoea in cats. When it isn’t easy to treat it can be extremely frustrating. There’s also a lack of good quality information for cat owners.
First let’s define the problem, and then discuss a logical treatment plan. Continue reading “Help! My Cat Has Diarrhoea”
Have you ever wondered why vets recommend one drug over another?
We’ve usually researched it ourselves.
Or we have a wealth of first-hand experience.
However, sometimes the health claims are just too complex to easily assess. That’s when we might trust the company data. But how many vets have the time to double check what they say?
I’ve made a reputation as a ‘difficult’ customer, and I know I’m not alone. That’s because there’s often more than one way to look at the same data. Here’s just one example from the past week: a good product sold by nice people.
Just possibly pushed too far. Continue reading “Fact Check: Do LH Levels After Desexing Affect Health?”
Does your dog do this? When mine gets excited or playful he starts sneezing.
Sneezing during play isn’t well understood, but it’s clearly one of the least serious causes of sneezing in dogs.
I’ll take you through the other common reasons, from minor to major. As nearly every one is associated with a runny nose, I’ll also describe the nasal discharge that goes with it.
By the time you make it to the end, you’ll be an expert! Continue reading “Causes Of Sneezing In Dogs”
Nosebleeds in dogs are rare and worth taking seriously. Unlike humans, dogs almost never get an occasional harmless nosebleed. Causes include injuries, foreign bodies, infections, clotting problems and tumours.
At the end I’ll tell you how you and your vet can work out which one it is. Continue reading “Causes Of Blood From The Nose”
The photo above shows the typical appearance of a lump on a rabbit. Just like this one, most rabbit lumps are found on the head or neck.
There’s only one common cause, and you need to know what it is. Continue reading “Help! My Rabbit Has A Lump”
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”
‘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”