“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.
“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 these 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. 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”
This is Mia. We’ve known each other 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