Have you heard this? The hair of double coated dog breeds doesn’t grow back properly after being shaved.Continue reading “Can All Dog Breeds Have Summer Haircuts?”
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?”
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 most common is the idea that offal and organ meats are essential ingredients. As useful as they can be, (even with vegan diets!), they aren’t a cure all.Continue reading “The Myths About Offal, Taurine & Raw Diets”
What if there’s a parallel universe where cats are our masters and keep us as pets. Wait, hang on… that’s our universe.
OK, let’s try that again. Imagine a universe where cats actually look after humans. I can just hear the sorts of things they would say:Continue reading “Is It Bad For Cats To Drink Milk?”
Anaesthesia free dentistry for dogs and cats is now available in most major cities in Australia, including Adelaide.
I’ll be frank. Vets are horrified by this. I want you to know enough about dental hygienic procedures so that you can see what it is that scares us.Continue reading “Anaesthetic Free Dentistry”
What do you think when you see a dog like this? Many people would say he’s not pretty, or pedigreed, and he probably doesn’t have too many fine manners. Of course we’d disagree. And more and more dog lovers are also seeing the rough diamond in these dogs.Continue reading “Are Staffy Cross Dogs Good Pets?”
If there’s one thing that always makes me sad it’s ‘hard rubbish’ time. I ride my pushbike to work past the unwanted gear piled up on the kerbside and it gets an animal lover down.
It’s not the waste or mess that bothers me; it’s something common and very specific that we vets don’t usually get to see. These things.
I’ve seen two new patients this week that made me mad. Not because of anything the owners or patients said, but the advice they received.
“He’s too old to have an anaesthetic. It’s too dangerous.”Continue reading “Dog and cat anaesthetic safety”
Many dog owners come to us thinking that if their dog chews biscuits it will protect their teeth. Sadly this is not always true. Here we will tell you which biscuits can help dental care, and what else can prevent gum disease and tooth decay in your dog.Continue reading “How To Keep Dogs Teeth Clean”
Why are so many ginger cats male? What are the odds a ginger cat can be female?Continue reading “Myth 30: Ginger cats are always male”
Runt. What a powerful word. It instantly brings to mind images of poor, sickly puppies destined to never be as healthy as their brothers and sisters.
What if the whole idea of the runt of the litter is a myth? Well that’s what I think, anyway. My 20 years tell me you can take home the smaller puppies without having poorer health, as long as you follow a few basic rules…Continue reading “Myth 29: The runt of the litter”
“I thought you can’t bath a dog more than once a month”. We hear this almost every day when we tell someone how the right bathing strategy can help their dog’s skin (read how to bath dogs later). This has to be the most common and widely held myth of all and it deprives dogs of a great way to soothe their itchy skin. However, there is an element of truth to it.Continue reading “Bathing Dogs: How Often To Bath, How To Do It”
Everyone says large dogs die sooner than small dogs. You hear it on the TV, in the park, and it’s been said as long as anyone can remember. Just google this blog’s title and you’ll see what I mean. But is it true?Continue reading “Do big dogs have shorter life spans?”
Choosing the right place to board your cat is more important than you think. Twice in the past week we’ve seen cats get sick after being in boarding. We also seen cats lose weight and have anxiety problems which could have been avoided if their owners knew what to look for when choosing.Continue reading “How To Find A Good Cat Boarding Cattery”
“Watch out. Those dogs are crazy, they bark and dig and destroy things.” This is what Daisy’s owner was warned when he told his friends he wanted a heeler.
Luckily for him and Daisy he didn’t listen and followed his instincts. And he is now able to enjoy one of the closest and happiest dog-owner relationships you will ever see. Read how he did it.Continue reading “Myth 25: Heelers, Kelpies and Collies are crazy”
Are Dog Food Instructions Accurate?
I’m going to start with an admission; my dogs have been fat. This will come as a relief (and possibly a delight) to those thousands of dog owners over the years to whom I’ve discussed their dogs’ weight. Today I’m going to explain why this happens to all of us, how to judge your dog’s weight and how to decide how much to feed them.
The guidelines written on dog foods are almost never right for your dog.Continue reading “Myth 24: You feed a dog by following the instructions”
Here I go again! Another unbearably cute puppy picture in the paper and all I can do is complain!
There’s no question that adorable images of a Shar Pei puppy and a Scottish Fold kitten from the Adelaide Advertiser melt the heart. So why do most vets see something different when we look at these pictures?Continue reading “Myth 23: Choosing a cute pet is harmless”
Do you have a friend with ‘cat breath’ or ‘dog breath’? We joke about it, sometimes tell them off for it, perhaps even suspect them of eating something foul.
The truth is that bad breath doesn’t come from the stomach and it isn’t just from the food. Instead it’s often the only sign of a painful dental problem.Thankfully, more and more owners now bring their pets in just because their breath smells bad.Continue reading “What Causes Bad Breath?”
This is Toyah’s gift to all dogs with itchy skin. She had mild dermatitis for a while and her owners quite rightly thought a bath would help. They found a nice-looking soothing shampoo with tea tree oil and gave her a good clean. Instead of getting better, her dermatitis got dramatically worse, and three days later when she came to us her skin was looking angry and sore.Continue reading “Myth 21: Tea Tree Oil is good for my dog’s skin”
We’ve known Mia since she came bounding in to the clinic twelve years ago and started stealing our soft toys.
These days she still has a go but though she’s a puppy at heart, she’s old and has significant arthritis. However, her quality of life is good. A few weeks ago, her owner noticed Mia being a bit unsteady and wondered if it could be the arthritis treatment. We thought that was unlikely and so did a home visit to check on her.Continue reading “Myth 20: My dog is too old for surgery”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Essential Facts
If A Dog Has A Cataract
- Don’t panic: most of what are called ‘cataracts’ are part of normal ageing
- To check for true cataracts you need to see either a vet or an eye specialist
- Senile lenticular sclerosis does not cause blindness and needs no treatment, whereas cataracts require removal to restore vision
Now dive deeper.
In these days of the ‘Cone of Shame’ most people know that pets shouldn’t lick their wounds. But there is also a long folk tradition that licking and saliva are good for healing. So where is the truth? Somewhere in the middle, as I will explain.Continue reading “Myth 18: Dog saliva is good for wounds”
We all love funny animal pictures but sometimes we come across ones that are just so wrong we can only shudder. It’s when the interpretation of the animal’s behaviour results in them being blamed for behaviour where they are actually the victims.
Listen to anyone who owns a dog (myself included) and you will hear them talking to their dogs in complex sentences. But what do dogs hear?Continue reading “Myth 17: My dog understands what I say”
Many of our cat-owning clients will already know how much we hate the name ‘cat flu’. The name comes from a time when we didn’t fully understand what these viruses were. These are serious diseases with often lifelong consequences for the infected cat. Here are the stories of four such cats: Felix, Sooty, Princess and Twitch.Continue reading “The Unusual & Severe Effects Of Cat Flu”
‘At A Glance (Details Below)’ Emergency Care
How To Treat Constipation In Cats
- See the vet as more than 50% of male cats who are thought to be constipated actually have a urinary obstruction.
- True constipation often has very few visible symptoms other than poor appetite and weight loss.
- Treatment is via dietary fibre, hyperosmotic laxatives, lubricants, diet & grooming.
Now dive deeper.Continue reading “Help! My Cat Is Constipated: Treating Constipation”
We all have different opinions on how much and how often dogs should be walked. Each of our three vets offers their opinion.Continue reading “Myth 12: My dog doesn’t need walks”
This article aims to save pets lives and improve owners’ awareness of their rights. While I believe it is a discussion we need to have, it includes topics which may be upsetting to some. It in no way is intended to be read as criticism of the business practices of any veterinarian and is not referring to any specific surgery, clinic or hospital. At the end is a series of recommendations for what to do when faced with the need to make a quick decision.Continue reading “Myth 11: All Vets Charge The Same”
If there is there a saying that makes a dog trainer more cranky I’d like to hear it. This myth is responsible for a world of missed opportunities for our senior pets. Take it from us- the only thing stopping our pets learning through life is our own prejudices.Continue reading “Myth 10: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”
This is not a rant about the evils of the internet. It is a fantastic resource. But there are also traps and dangers, as I will share.
In our daily work the problems we see cry out to be publicised so we can warn others. The joy of writing these blogs is that these articles sometimes seem to write themselves based on what we are seeing and doing. There is no better example than this week’s. It might almost seem amusing to read these stories, but the results can be severe and lifelong.Continue reading “Myth 8: My dog knows when to stop”
Perhaps the biggest scandal of pet ownership in Australia is that there is no independent monitoring, testing or licensing of pet food products, and nowhere to turn when they cause harm. And equally shocking to vets is that it is easier to buy flea control products that are neither safe or effective than it is to buy good ones.Continue reading “Myth 7: If it is sold for pets, it must be safe”
Following our killjoy post about Christmas hazards, now we’re going to tell you why your pet doesn’t need treats! And why they are happier without them.
Don’t worry. We’re not going to report you to the RSPCA if you occasionally give in to those pleading brown eyes. We know treat feeding comes from the heart and later I even talk about ways to do it well. But we do hope that after reading this you will feel less like you have to give the treat, and less guilty if you don’t.Continue reading “Do Dogs Need Treats?”
In Adelaide, Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks, Guinea Pigs, Native Mammals and any other small pets commonly live in outside hutches, pens or coops. And without their owners being aware of the risk, they are in great danger. If they are not adequately protected, one night can be all it takes to lose them. Please read on but this story may be upsetting for some.Continue reading “Myth 5: My backyard is safe at night”
A lot of people make this mistake and it’s easy to see why. Puppy preschool is all about socialising dogs and if there’s a dog at home, surely this is enough. However, if anything, having a dog at home makes pups less social. I’ll explain why this is so.Continue reading “Myth 4: My second dog doesn’t need puppy preschool classes”
I think the popularity of vet television shows might explain why this could be my most common question from dog owners:
Do Dogs In Adelaide Get Ticks?Continue reading “Myth 3: My dog always needs tick protection”
My dog will cry if he is in pain or,
My cat will tell me if she has painful joints; and so on….
That is, a pet owner can tell when a pet is in pain.Continue reading “How To Know If A Cat Is In Pain”