Showing posts from June, 2011

How Old is Old for A Dog

They say "you can't teach an old dog new tricks", but when do we need to start thinking of a dog as "old"?

We all know that older dogs need special attention, but what consitutes "an old dog" can very. A great deal depends on the breed and overall health of your dog, and there is no one size fits all answer to the question "is my dog old?".

Dogs have been recorded as living in to there late teens and even early twenties, and there are unofficial reports of dogs living as old as 29 (human) years.

Life expectancy by dog breed

Accidents aside, life expectancy of dogs usually varies within a range. For example, a Beagle (average life expectancy 13.3 years) usually lives to around 12 - 15 years, and a Scottish Terrier (average life expectancy 12 years) usually lives to around 10 - 16 years.

A random-bred dog (also known as a mongrel) has an average life expectancy of 13.2 years in the USA .

Various statistics and dog life expectancy tables are ava…

Common Ear Problems in Dogs and Cats

The most common ear problem signs in cats and dogs are:
Head shaking and ear scratching. Ears sensitive to touch. Discharges and powerful odours. Blood blisters on the ear flap. Swelling and skin redness. A head tilt.
 If you observe any of these signs you should consult your veterinarian so they can diagnose the cause of the problem and provide an appropriate treatment program for you. One of the ways to avoid these ear problems in pets is to keep your pets' ears clean.
You will generally need to clean dogs ears with a special dog ear cleaner. This is particularly important in floppy ear breeds such as Golden Retrievers & Spaniels.

If your dog swims regularly, you should take care clean their ears immediately after swimming using an appropriate ear cleaner to remove excess moisture and ensure the ear is clean.

It is generally not necessary to clean a healthy cats ears.

However if you notice excess wax, debris or smell an odour coming from your cat’s ear you should consider clea…

Top 5 Cat Myths Exploded

There are literally hundreds of million cat lovers world wide (there are more than 60 million cat households in the USA alone!) but it appears that there are still many cat myths and feline misconceptions out there as well. Our vets explore the 5 most common cat myths and answer your questions.

"Can Cats See In The Dark?"

A cat has vertical pupils that expand to let him see in near darkness and about thirty whiskers which help him find his way around at night, even in strange surroundings, but no, he can't actually see in the dark.

"Will a Cat Always land on its Feet?"

Cats are one of the most agile, surefooted, graceful animals in the world, but its not safe to say they "always" land on their feet. Some cats end up with broken bones even from short falls, especially when they are kittens.

"Does the term "Fraidy Cat" mean all cats are cowards?"
Most certainly not. There are many stories of cats scaring away poisonous reptiles, scorpio…