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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 […]

What can I do if I can’t afford to vaccinate my dog?

We would always say that vaccinations are an essential part of owning a dog, so you need to ensure you can afford them before getting a pet. Of course, people’s circumstances change, so if you suddenly find yourself short on cash there are a couple of options to consider. For puppies, the 14-16 week vaccination […]

Why worry about unvaccinated dogs?

  There are two main reasons to worry about unvaccinated dogs. Firstly, that dog is unprotected against diseases such as Parvovirus, which is highly fatal and extremely painful for dog. Secondly, there is the safety o other dogs. The reality is that your fully vaccinated dog is very safe from Parvo, Distemper and Hepatitis. However, […]

Are Vaccinations 100% effective?

  The vaccination against Parvo, Distemper and Hepatitis are nearly 100% effective. In 20 years, I’ve seen one fully vaccinated dog develop a parvovirus infection. Every other case I have ever seen has occurred in unvaccinated or under-vaccinated dogs. Canine Cough vaccines are less effective, but if the dog does contract the condition we find […]

What are the alternatives to vaccination?

  If you are particularly concerned about the risk of vaccinating your adult dog, please talk to us about a blood test called a “titre test”. This test measures the levels of antibodies in your pet’s blood stream, and can provide reassurance that your pet is still protected without needing a vaccination. Titre testing is […]