Signs of a healthy dog
A commonly believed piece of canine folklore is that a healthy dog is one whose nose is cold and wet. The origin of this gauge of health is unknown. Nor is it known how a cold nose could tell if an animal had any type of intestinal worms, hereditary birth defects of the heart, cranium, blindness or deafness. However there are more reliable signs of a healthy dog. Read more….
We see fewer cases of the major viral diseases in pets than 10 years ago. So why vaccinate if the number of cases is low? If people stop vaccinating their pets there will be a large population of un-protected pets just waiting for one of these highly contagious viruses to enter the neighbourhood and cause an epidemic. Vaccination is a cheap and simple way to prevent the spread of these diseases. Read more….
What is PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)?
Ok, so what is P.R.A? Well, P.R.A. stands for Progressive Retinal Atrophy which can lead to different degrees of blindness in dogs. While some affected dogs might end up with night blindness others can become completely blind or they may not go blind at all. The good news is that P.R.A. isn’t a very common condition amongst most dogs but is more likely to be seen in … Read more….
It makes sense to desex your dog
There are many medical and behavioural benefits in having your pet de-sexed and we have listed a few of the more important ones for both males and females. Read more….
Car sickness in dogs
Just like people who feel ill or unwell while in on car trips, dogs can also get an upset stomach while travelling in a car, boat or plane. The medical definition of dog motion sickness is an observable discomfort felt by some dogs during transportation, whether by car, bus, train, aeroplane or boat and is quite a common problem in domestic dogs, but can be treated in most cases. Read more….
Poisonous food for dogs
There are many normal everyday items that are actually poisonous foods (or at the very least hazardous) to your puppy. A few are fairly obvious, but many are common foods that you probably wouldn’t think twice about using unless you were aware of their danger. Keep little Fifi safe by making sure she never eats (or drinks) any of the poisonous foods listed here. Read more….
CPR for dogs
Many people have some sort of knowledge of first aid to treat a human victim in an emergency situation but much fewer have any training or knowledge in first aid for their pets. Having some understanding of CPR for dogs may just save the life of your pet once in their life or multiple times throughout their lives. Read more….
Obesity in dogs
Just like many people in the developed world, the rate of obesity in their dogs is also climbing. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), they estimate that about 45% of dogs in the USA are overweight and that the rate is climbing by about 2% each year. Although these figures are for the USA, the results for most other developed countries including Australia… Read more….
Dirty ears in puppies
Ear health is important in puppies, as excessively dirty ears can go to later develop infections that can lead to hearing loss if left untreated for long periods of time. It is normal for dogs and especially puppies to have a thin layer of slightly sticky caramel coloured wax lining the ear canal. What you will need to keep an eye on is… Read more….
Ear mites are one of the most common parasites that puppies will pick up and most dogs will have ear mites at some stage of their lives. Ear mites can cause irritation and inflammation in the ear canal and they usually produce a very characteristic dark waxy material with a distinct odour.Ear mites are highly contagious and there are a number of ways your puppy may have picked them up…. Read more….
Cherry eye in dogs
Cherry eye is the layman’s term for a prolapse of the nictitans gland in dogs. Cherry eye looks like a red lump in the inner corner of the eye and although it looks like a painful red lump, it is thought to be painless. Many owners often fear the worst and mistake it for a… Read more….
Umbilical hernias in puppies
Puppies are attached to their mothers via the umbilical cord and this cord allows nutrients to pass through from the mother to the puppy, just like human babies. After the puppy is born (whelped) the cord is cut and the remaining stump dries up and falls off to leave a circular spot on the puppy’s belly. On the inside of this spot the abdomen will close and seal off soon after birth. Sometimes though, this does not close off completely and… Read more….
Overbites and underbites
An overshot bite or underbite (brachygnathism) is where the upper jaw extends past the lower jaw, causing a gap between the incisors of the upper teeth and the incisors of the lower teeth. This prevents the teeth from each jaw from fitting as snugly as they would normally be. An undershot bite is… Read more….
Comprehensive DNA Disease Screening
Scientific breakthroughs over the last few years have opened up the availability of more DNA tests to cover even more diseases than ever before. Chevromist Kennels have led the way in terms of DNA testing of parent breeds for a number of designer breeds previously not DNA tested including Beagliers, Puggles, Pugaliers… Read more….