Bringing a dog into your home is a big responsibility. They take time and patience to train, exercise and look after. You’ll be spending the next 10 to 15 years living together, so you can’t afford to make a quick decision. Here are a few points to consider when you’re choosing your new best friend. […]
How to toilet train an older dog You know that old saying, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well, it’s not all true. Unless your dog has an underlying health issue, when it comes to toilet training an older dog it may be easier than you think. In this blog, we’ve put together […]
Often, we forget that grooming our dogs is an essential part of keeping them healthy. This is particularly important if you have a breed with a thick or double coat. But paying someone to groom our dog monthly or even fortnightly can be an expensive exercise. In this blog we give you some tips to […]
You may have experienced aggression from your dog but have you ever wondered why dogs attack? Causes of a dogs’ aggression can range from illness to frustration, however it’s important to understand why they attack to try and avoid injury to you and your family. In today’s blog our Vet Clinic on the Mornington Peninsula […]
History The Chow Chow is a Chinese breed of dog known for pulling sleds, hunting, and guarding. However, the name comes from the Chinese word ‘chou’ meaning edible, as the breed was once believed to be used as a source of food. It was recorded that a Chinese Emperor once owned 5,000 of the breed […]
Kennel cough is a common infection in dogs that is highly contagious, although it’s not normally life threatening. It is also known as Canine cough or Infectious Laryngotrachetitis. It’s important to seek medical attention for you dog if symptoms persist longer than 3 weeks. Our Veterinary Clinic in the Mornington Peninsula can help you, but […]
To prepare your dog for a flight means a lot of planning and decision making. Dogs can be affected by altitude, stress and change in environment in varying degrees depending on the breed and age. But by considering the following advice you can make the flight comfortable and hassle free for you and your dog. […]
As a pet owner changes in your dog’s appearance can be concerning, in particular its nose. You may question, is it too dry? Is it too wet? Should it be cracked? And these are all good questions. But when it comes to dogs and their noses, there are many factors at play. Dog’s cool their body, sweat, breath and collect information about their environment through their noses. So, when asking ‘why is my dog’s nose dry?’ here are some, but not all, possibilities.
The German Shepherd was bred from different types of shepherd dogs in the early 1800’s and as its name suggests originated in Germany. The breed was taken to the UK where it was renamed the Alsatian to protect it from anti-German sentiments after the First World War.
Is your dog licking his paws? Or limping? Interdigital cysts are a series of inflamed and often infected tissue between your dog’s toes. They are commonly found on the front paws and can be a result of many different skin conditions, however there are things you can do to treat the problem.
When your cat or dog is sick you may see a change in their appearance or behaviour. It’s these changes that may trigger you to become concerned. Although not all changes are due to illness, it’s best to be aware of what signs can indicate your pet is sick. Diarrhoea This may be one of […]
Bloat in dogs is a common condition where the dogs stomach fills with gas, food or fluids and as a result the dog’s stomach expands. In many cases the stomach will also twist on itself. It’s important to know how to avoid bloat in dogs as it one of the most serious emergency conditions seen […]
History The British Bulldog was originally bred for herding, guarding and baiting bulls as their name suggests. In the 17th century, this breed was fair more athletic with a savage temperament as opposed to today’s lovable and stocky British Bulldog. The breed went into decline when bullbaiting was made illegal in 1835, however a new […]
Unfortunately, hip dysplasia in dogs is common. However, it usually only affects certain breeds that are genetically prone to it. That’s why it’s important to understand hip dysplasia and how it affects your dog before you decide on a breed.
It’s just the way, and most people would agree, cats and dogs do not get along. However, households with both cats and dogs are more common than you think. A recent survey states that 45% of cat owners have a dog, meaning the need to train cats and dogs to get along is a regular household issue.
Taking your dog on holidays with you is the perfect way to bond, keep the kids entertained, and travel as a family. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when it comes to travelling with dogs.
History ‘Dachs’ means badger in German and ‘Hund’ means dog – so this long, little dog was bred to hunt badgers and was aptly named Badger Dog. The Dachshund has short, strong legs that give it the ability to go into burrows and dig out prey like badgers, hares, foxes and ferrets. Although some countries […]
Dogs make fabulous walking buddies! Now that the Victorian weather is cooling, it’s a lovely time of year to get out with your favourite four-legged friend. Your dog’s excitement and enthusiasm for walking will make you smile, and you’re bound to have a great time. There are plenty of dog-friendly places you can visit in […]
History Kelpie’s are a well-known and well-loved Australian breed. They are working dogs who were originally bred to herd livestock under the hot Australian sun. They are intelligent with an independent streak. Black Collies were brought to Australia in the 1800s and cross-bred with other breeds – the result is a hardy working dog that […]
Australia has one of the fastest growing vegan markets in the world. So much so that it is predicted the vegan food market will be worth $215 million by 2020 (Euromonitor International). The growth has been so strong that the meat and dairy industries are concerned that the fast-paced growth of plant-based diets will pose […]