Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

Chocolate Toxicity is Common Like me, most dogs love chocolate.  An Easter chocolate feeding frenzy usually makes me feel a little ill, but for dogs the consequences can be deadly.  Unsurprisingly, Easter is the number one time of the year that vets see chocolate toxicity cases coming through the door.  Thankfully, most cases are caught(…)

Fantastic Feline – April 2014

Fantastic Feline – April 2014

I’m super excited to introduce my inaugural Fantastic Feline post!  These posts will come around once every month and will highlight a special cat waiting for his or her forever home.  Anyone who knows me is aware pet adoption is something that is very close to my heart.  Animal Aid is a really wonderful local(…)

Pets Are Family

Pets Are Family

I recently ran a little book giveaway thanks to Dr Lewis Kirkham from Baby and Pet and was overwhelmed by the love that poured forth from people for their furbabies.  You guys and the terrific bond you have with your pets are what makes being a vet worthwhile!  I’m not joking.  We don’t go to work every day(…)

Interview with Dr Lewis Kirkham, Veterinary Behaviourist

Interview with Dr Lewis Kirkham, Veterinary Behaviourist

Dogs and babies: Can they live in Harmony? Introducing a new baby to the home can be daunting enough for the parents (I know, I’ve been there. Twice), but imagine how confusing and anxiety-provoking the appearance of this strange little creature and all the associated changes can be for the family pets!  When we brought(…)

My Reactive Rover

My Reactive Rover

This post is part of a WOOF Support bloghop! WOOF stands for Working Out Our Fears, and WOOF support is a wonderful community of pet lovers who have in their lives a dog with fears or anxiety.  I feel really privileged to be a part of this group, and have already learnt a lot through(…)

The human-animal bond

The human-animal bond

What is the human-animal bond? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defines the human-animal bond as: “a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people,(…)

Heat Stroke in Pets

Heat Stroke in Pets

Here in Australia the red hot summer is upon us (curse you global warming!!) and last week we had several days in a row of temperatures in the 40s (Celsius, that’s above 104 Fahrenheit – holy crap!).  Veterinary clinics have seen a huge influx of animals that are badly affected by the heat.  This includes(…)

Pet Blogger Challenge 2014

Pet Blogger Challenge 2014

This is my take on the Pet Blogger challenge 2014 – a chance to reflect on where we’ve come from and contemplate where we’re going, and hopefully meet some like-minded pet people along the way. How long have you been blogging? Please tell us why you started blogging, and, for anyone stopping by for the first(…)

NYE – The WORST night of the year!

NYE – The WORST night of the year!

That’s what my dogs tell me anyway.  They HATE it.  I don’t really remember what new year’s is like.  Having two small kids in the house who both seem to be on speed (and then valium, and then speed, and repeat) I’m always in bed and crossing my fingers for 4 or 5 hours sleep well before midnight anyway. New Year’s(…)

10 things my dog wants for Christmas

10 things my dog wants for Christmas

In keeping with both the spirit of the festive season, and one of my favourite trends – dog shaming – I’ve had an earnest dialogue with my pooches (and also several other dogs in their social circle). Together we’ve come up with 10 things the little beasties most desperately desire for Christmas.