If you have a Scottish Fold and this is the first you’ve heard of their problems, it’s not your fault and you’re not alone. Finding good information before you get a cat isn’t easy, as you’ve probably learned by now.Continue reading “What Cat Lovers Should Know About Scottish Folds”
How can I talk about one of the most hopeless diseases of dogs without sounding hopeless? Like this:
Continue reading “Help! My Dog Has Degenerative Myelopathy”
Many cases of degenerative myelopathy are probably misdiagnosed
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”
Laser therapy for dogs is now something that I get asked about most days. That’s because it’s being offered for problems that are very frustrating to both dogs and owners. These are conditions like:
- Arthritis & hip dysplasia
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Cruciate rupture or torn ACL
- IVDD & other spinal diseases
- Soft tissue injuries, like ligament, tendon and muscle tears
- Recovery from surgery and wound healing
- Skin conditions and ear infections
But does it work? Is this relief for suffering dogs or just another false hope?Continue reading “Does Laser Therapy For Dogs Really Work?”
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?”
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.
The fear of bone cancer is always lurking.Continue reading “Osteosarcoma In Dogs”
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”
You’re about to see what happens when a pet species isn’t big business.Continue reading “What Can I Give My Rabbit For Arthritis?”
The poor kitties. Arthritis in cats is a disease that manages to be severe, unseen, unresearched and very common all at the same time.Continue reading “What Can I Give My Cat For Arthritis?”
There is no animal treatment that provokes more debate than arthritis medication. The sheer number of treatments on offer is bewildering. Why??Continue reading “What Can I Give My Dog For Arthritis?”