In a couple of earlier articles, I’ve talked about how to recognise when your dog or cat has a dental problem and about why it’s such a significant problem. The next thing I’d like to do is to give you a little better idea of how we go about treating the problem. This is a
As promised, we’re bringing you a series of articles around dental disease in recognition of the fact that it’s Pet Dental Month. The idea behind Pet Dental Month has always been to raise awareness of pet dental care. We’d like nothing more than so see an improvement in oral hygiene in our patients and a
Although we don’t examine too many polar bears at Gawler Animal Hospital (like the one above that Dr Dave came across in the French Alps), we do look in a lot of pets mouths!! Sadly, we see an awful lot of dental disease in both dogs and cats and that takes up quite a lot
In a previous practice life, I used to run a pet weight loss program that the nurses endearingly referred to as ‘Flynn’s Fat Friends’. This was named after Flynn, our delightful but somewhat self-indulgent Burmese clinic cat. He had a habit of chewing a hole in the corner of the largest (and most expensive) dog-food
Going back many years, I remember being pleased to be asked to play in a ‘Golden Oldies’ rugby tournament. Immediately afterwards, on reflection, I was a bit horrified to realise that meant I was becoming pretty ancient as 35 was the minimum age for this classification. Oh, how I’d like to be that ‘ancient’ (and
After all the bone-dry weather these last few months, hasn’t it been fantastic to see the rain finally arrive? The downside to this, however, is that cold wet weather is also the precursor to arthritis and so I’d like to talk to you about how to keep your pets free from arthritic pain this winter.
The thyroid gland is often a point of concern in older pets (and humans, actually). As a result, thyroid hormones are something we suggest monitoring in routine annual screening tests on our older dog and cat patients. Although something we come across quite often in cats, we have a little canine patient, at the moment,
As general veterinary practitioners, we have the challenge of running a busy preventive healthcare schedule and also being the local emergency department. This makes life really varied for us and keeps us on our toes. Actually, it’s one of the reasons that being in veterinary practice is so fulfilling as we never have time to
In our newsletter this month, our focus is on heart disease in pets. There have been huge advances in both diagnosis and treatment of this common disease during my career and it’s wonderful to be able to make some real changes to both improve and extend the life of cardiac patients nowadays. When I first
In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the things we can do to take the stress or ‘fear-factor’ out of bringing your cat in for a visit. From speaking to a number of people, it seems as though this is one of the reasons we see fewer cats than dogs in practice.