As a vet I often get dogs brought to me because they have a bad smell. Here I’m going to lead you through every common reason for a dog to stink even after a bath.
While not all are simple to fix, after reading this you should have a good idea of what to do. I’ll rank them in rough order of frequency. Continue reading “Help! My Dog Smells Bad (9 Reasons Why)”
Two weeks ago I discussed when you should and when you shouldn’t clean a dog’s ears. Now let’s talk about how to do it and what to use.
Most of the techniques and products mentioned can also be used in cats. Continue reading “The Best Way To Clean Dogs Ears & How Often”
All vets have their favourite ear cleaners. However, what does the evidence say?
Unfortunately, it’s mostly based on products found in the UK and USA, but we can still use it to make some general rules for Australian dogs. Continue reading “The Best Dog Ear Cleaning Solutions”
What could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot actually.
Ear cleaning can be a great way to improve the health of your dog’s ears but it can also cause a lot of harm. Therefore, it’s important to know if it’s the right treatment for your dog.
Here I’m going to help you recognise when ear cleaning is beneficial & when it’s harmful. Everything I say here also applies to cats.
In two weeks I’ll talk about how to do it and what to use. Continue reading “Should I Clean Inside My Dog’s Ears?”
Some dogs you never forget. They are the ones you know you failed. Like Holly.
She came to me late one night for vestibular disease. And she certainly had all the classic signs:
- a head tilted to one side
- loss of balance and inability to walk
- rapid eye flicking called nystagmus
- even nausea and vomiting
It had been happening for two years, on and off, and she needed more of her medication. Except she really needed a whole lot more than that. Continue reading “Help! My Dog’s Head Is Tilted To One Side”
Essential facts (details below):
Steps In The Treatment Of Ear Infections
- Medication chosen for the type of infection
- Treatment for pain and inflammation
- Regular follow-up until resolution
- Treatment of the underlying factors you can control
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Treatment Of Ear Infections In Dogs”
If you research home remedies for ear infections you’ll find all these choices…
- Aloe vera
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Oil of oregano
- Witch hazel
The reason there is so much interest in home remedies is simple: dog ear infections can be extremely frustrating. They are common, they keep coming back and they can get very expensive. That’s without even mentioning the discomfort they bring to dogs.
I’m here to tell you that you can stop ear infections. But it’s never easy. Continue reading “Can You Treat A Dog’s Ear Infection Naturally?”
If your dog suffers from ear infections, then you need to know why they happen. And especially why they keep coming back.
I won’t dumb this down. I will do my best to keep it simple, but the reality of how ear infections happen is complex.
Please stick at it! What comes next may be hard going, but those who reach the end will know more than many professionals. They will also have a clear idea of why some treatments don’t work. Continue reading “Why Dogs Get Ear Infections”
Remember Fred? Not long ago I told you how he was stolen and recovered 18 months later. This is the story of what happened next.
His path led to a specialist and a procedure called TECA that increasing numbers of dogs are getting. If you have a dog prone to ear infections, you should read this. Not just so you know it’s there if you need it, but also so you can avoid it. Continue reading “Total Ear Canal Ablation in Dogs”
The picture above shows an ear problem in Adelaide that’s also found around the world. It only affects the margins and tips of the ears. The most common cause will surprise you. Continue reading “Help! My Dog’s Ear Tips Are Bleeding”
Grass seed season in southern Australia is that time between October and year’s end when extra care is needed. All dog owners need to know how to prevent and treat this menace. The same also applies to cats to a lesser extent. Continue reading “Help! My Dog Has A Grass Seed”
Yesterday: a dog who panics whenever someone touches her feet. The day before: a dog with anxiety about her ears being touched. These dogs are everywhere, but what happened to them?
The answer is something I’ve held back a long time from writing about. It contains criticism of my own profession as well as others. God knows, I’m no saint, and like most vets, I’ve made all these mistakes too. But we’re going to keep making them, so you need to know how to stop them. Continue reading “Preventing Stress, Fear & Scares At The Vet”
You’ve got a dog needing treatment and you’ve even got some of your own meds nearby. Can you use them?
The use of non-veterinary drugs is a common question from pet owners. When is it a good idea to give your dog human medications? Sometimes, surprisingly, it is. Just not that often.* Continue reading “What Human Drugs Are Safe For Dogs?”
Deafness in dogs and cats is important to understand. You need to know which puppies and kittens might be born deaf and recognise when it’s a sign of serious problems. You also need to know when it’s normal. Continue reading “Help! My Dog or Cat Is Going Deaf”
Are you worried your new puppy or kitten might be deaf? Read on to find out if your pet might be affected.
For more information please also read our guide to deafness & hearing tests in dogs and cats. Continue reading “Congenital Deafness In Puppies And Kittens”
Those who know us know how much we enjoy chatting about your pets. What you may not know is how useful it can be.
Here are two examples from one week last month. Just two of many. Continue reading “Why chatting is a vet’s job too”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Emergency Care
Why Dogs Shake Their Head
- The most common cause is due to the pain from an ear infection
- Other causes include grass seeds in the ear, insect bite and allergies
- All dogs shake occasionally, but if it starts happening more often, it’s time to see a vet
Now dive deeper. Continue reading “Help! My Dog Is Shaking Her Head”
Update 2019: South Australian laws on dog and cat breeding now make it harder for people like Gary Taylor to continue. However, we still have a problem with pet shops selling sick puppies!
See also an update below from 2016 from after the trial. Continue reading “The puppy and dog breeding scandal continues”