Author: Matt

Preparing To Leave Your Dog At Home [again]

Preparing To Leave Your Dog At Home [again]

Preparing Your Pets to be Left Alone [again] It is ironic that in a period of enforced social isolation our pets have experienced anything but. During the recent lockdown many of our pets will have become accustomed to extended periods of companionship. Young pups, in particular, will be currently going through their peak socialisation/learning period, […]

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy

Blast the Pain Away Low level laser therapy [LLLT] or photobiomodulation has been used in veterinary and human medicine for decades. Whilst LLLT has been proposed to treat a multitude of disorders the strongest evidence for its efficacy is for three main purposes: promoting wound healing and tissue repair, relieving inflammation and swelling and as […]

Cytopoint a New Allergy Treatment

Cytopoint a New Allergy Treatment

Antibody Anybody? The clever folk at Zoetis [nee Pfizer] have developed a safe new therapy for chronically itchy or atopic dogs. Cytopoint is a monoclonal antibody given as a subcutaneous injection which reduces itchiness within 8 hours and lasts 30 days. It can be repeated monthly. Monoclonal Whatabody? Monoclonal antibodies are developed in a lab […]

Identifying Negative Emotions in your Pet

Identifying Negative Emotions in your Pet

Identifying Negative Emotions in your Pet Of the seven emotional behavioural circuits in the brain, three are negative; frustration, fear/anxiety and panic/grief. When faced with a “trigger” or stimulus that evokes a negative emotional response a pet can chose one of four behavioural responses; avoidance, repulsion, inhibition or appeasement. What an owner does in response […]

The Emotional Sink

The Emotional Sink

The Emotional Sink Dr Sarah Heath is a specialist veterinary behaviourist based in the UK and was the headline speaker at a Delta Institute conference held last week. She is a fantastic speaker who helps owners and vets better understand the emotional motivations and resultant behavioural responses of their pets and patients. The Secret Seven […]

Proof is in the Puddy

Proof is in the Puddy

Proof Is In the Puddy Rob Webster is a specialist emergency and critical care veterinarian based in the paralysis tick heartland of Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. He recently published a communique detailing the drop off in the number of canine paralysis tick cases seen at four emergency practices since the introduction of […]

Ticks Suck

Ticks Suck

Ticks Suck I couldn’t tell you how many times we’ve been told, “No its definitely not a tick!” when, of course, it most definitely is? Last year a veterinary critical care specialist predicted that new preventatives could herald the end of paralysis tick caused fatalities. What he may not have counted on was human behaviour. […]

Companion Animal Disaster Management – A Guide

Companion Animal Disaster Management – A Guide

Bushfire Companion Animal Management Ownership of companion animals or livestock is a known risk factor for mortality during disaster emergencies. The bonds that form between people and animals can strongly influence decision making in times of crisis. The Royal Commission into the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 where 173 people lost their lives found […]

The Sun Giveth and Taketh Away

The Sun Giveth and Taketh Away

The Sun Giveth and Taketh Away Our star, the Sun, is the source of all of our food and most of our energy resources but the radiation and heat released can also cause adverse effects in our pets. Heat Stroke Hyperthermia can occur in as little as 30 minutes on hot and humid days especially […]

Be Bushfire Prepared

Be Bushfire Prepared

Smokey Bear Says Be Prepared! Whether or not you believe in climate change likely depends on whether you trust evidence-based peer reviewed science [hint: you should]. At the very least we should all prepare for an increase in frequency and severity of natural disasters including drought, bushfires, flooding and storms. Pet and/or livestock ownership is […]