Entries by Braden

What to do when the vet is closed.

What to do when the vet is closed. In the perfect world, pets would only ever need a vet during office hours. However, we never hear anyone say “at least Fluffy chose a good time to get sick”. Our pets can get sick or injured at any time of the day or night, so we […]

Avoiding a trip to the vet this Christmas

Let’s face it. No one wants to take their pet to the vet over the Christmas break. And you vet probably wants a bit of time off as well. But every year, we see the same Christmas related problems. Here are our top tips for avoiding a trip to the vet this Christmas. Don’t feed […]

Why does my dog scrape its bottom on the ground?

So many dog owners know the embarrassment of having their dog scrape its bottom along the ground in front of visitors. My own dog, Marvin, seems to consider this his favourite party trick. Many people incorrectly think their dog has worms, but in most cases, it’s actually the dog’s anal glands causing the problem. The […]

Parvovirus: Choose Your Needle

Every summer, we see a spike in the number of parvovirus cases seen at our clinics. With summer just around the corner, I don’t want to see another case of Parvovirus. Ever. But how effective is the vaccine? How safe is the vaccine? I wanted to find a way to show just what the risks […]

The Brachycephalic Challenge

If you have a French Bulldog, pug or any other short-faced dog you need to do the Brachycephalic Challenge before summer. I would like to set a test for all owners of brachycephalic (short-faced) dogs. Can your dog walk around a footy oval in less than 10 minutes? If the can’t, they need to have […]

Keeping your kids safe around dogs

I checked the diary and saw my next patient was in for euthanasia. It’s a common part of our job so I don’t think too much would be different here until I walked out and saw a very happy, healthy border collie sitting in reception with its male owner. Mum wasn’t there. She was at […]

What Should I Feed My Pet?

This is one of the most common questions we are asked by new pet owners, and also one of the more controversial topics when it comes to pet health care. Over the last few years, there has been an explosion of information and misinformation being given out to pet owners, and it’s very hard to […]

Caring For Your Aging Pet

As your pet ages, you need to reassess their needs and lifestyle. Of course, there is a lot of variation as to when a pet is “old”, so each individual pet needs to be looked at independently. As a general rule, large dogs age faster than small dogs, so a Great Dane might be considered […]

Storm and Noise Phobias

Noise and Storm Phobias: This information is courtesy of The Mindful Pet, a Veterinary Behaviour Service which provides a house call service to the pets of the South West on a monthly basis. Fears of loud noises is very common in our pets. Dogs may commonly become fearful and or develop a phobia of thunder-storms, […]

How To Change Vet Clinics

There are many reasons why you may need to find a new vet for your pet. You may be moving house, looking for someone closer, have had a not-so-good experience with your previous vet, or may simply have heard great things about another clinic. When considering which vet to choose, here a few points to […]