Entries by Braden

Why does my cat urinate outside its litter tray?

This is a fairly common problem which doesn’t always have a straight forward answer. We tend to approach inappropriate urination in cats in a fairly methodical way, as it can be a sign of a major underlying problem. Give the cat a thorough health check. There is a large range of conditions which might make […]

What does it cost to see a vet?

Wednesday night I was on call, covering several practices in the greater Bunbury region. At around 8pm the phone rang, and the person on the other end of the phone told me they had a sick puppy and were looking for a vet who bulk bills. They had no money at all to pay for […]

What Can I Do To Help My Arthritic Dog?

As the proud owner of a poorly-constructed dog, I have had a lot of first-hand experience in treating arthritis. When we first rescued Marvin, we noticed that one front leg was held at a strange angle when he was lying down. We took some xrays of his joints and diagnosed him with Elbow Dysplasia, and […]

Why you shouldn’t delay brachycephalic airway surgery.

Two weeks ago, I performed surgery on a brachycephalic (short-faced) dog to improve it’s breathing. I shortened the soft palate, removed the laryngeal saccules, and opened the nostrils. The surgery went well, and I expected a great result. Two weeks later, the dog was still struggling to breathe normally so we anaesthetised the dog again […]

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus – Bloat

This radiograph shows what a little kid might call the “bottom sign”. That might sound funny, but this is actually one of the most serious conditions we see as vets. This radiograph tells us that this dog has a twisted stomach, and it needs emergency treatment. This condition is called Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), […]

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 […]