Dog Behaviour Please don’t steal my bone! Vets are asked every day how to help with dog behaviour issues. Behaviour problems are the biggest health problem facing dogs and their owners. These problems tarnish the relationship with your dog and often indicate that a pet is living a relatively unhappy life. The decision to put a dog to sleep because of a behaviour problem is the hardest one any pet owner has to make. But sometimes there is no option – particularly when a dog has bitten. One of the most common dog myths I see continued is the dominance theory. So many new pet owners proudly declare that they take their dog’s bones and food away while they are eating – just to show them who’s boss. They believe that by demonstrating dominance over their dog that their dog will submit to them and they will all live happily ever after. But it’s not that simple. A dominance relationship is not a hard and fast vertical ladder with “boss” on the top rung and “minions” on the lower. This visual makes it seem logical, that all members of the lower rungs are hell bent on climbing the ladder and that you have to keep knocking them down if you want to stay on top. But true dog and family relationships are just not like that. What are Dominance Relationships Actually Like Dominance relationships are always dynamic and relative to the situation at any given time. One dog may be “dominant” when it comes to a favourite toy and will put up a good fight to anyone who tries to take it away from them. Another dog may be dominant when it comes to choosing a sleeping position. And yet another dog may be dominant in an interaction when it comes to food. The dominance relationship depends on the members present and the situation or the resource being considered at that time. It depends on just how much each dog wants that thing! So, in the case of removing the bone from the dog happily chewing it. You may […]
Bones…. Wow! What a contentious topic! There are many who strongly advocate feeding raw bones to dogs (myself included) and then there are others who are dead against it. These opinions are often formed from prior experience and so there are a few things to go over first. The Risks Of Feeding Bones There will always be a small risk of complications with feeding bones. Some bones can get stuck in the mouth. Some bones are not well digested and can cause obstruction or perforation of the intestines. Some dogs do not tolerate raw bones and may vomit or have diarrhoea. Some dogs may even develop severe constipation when fed bones. However, if your dog or cat does not eat raw bones, they will definitely suffer from dental disease. Very few dogs will have good oral health if they do not chew on raw meaty bones. Dental disease is a painful, debilitating condition where the body is in a constant state of inflammation, trying to rid itself of an infection that will never go away. This is a terrible disease to suffer from and is a huge reason that pets suffer a poor quality of life. How To Safely Feed Bones To You Pet So, how can we feed bones safely? How can we ensure good oral health whilst minimising the risk of dangerous complications? By looking to the pet’s evolution and respecting what they would naturally be eating. To clean teeth and gums well, dogs and cats should be chewing through soft bones, cartilage, ligaments and meat. Dogs and cats if in a feral state would naturally predate birds, lizards and small mammals such as rabbits, possums, rats and mice. They would not naturally hunt a cow and eat the entire leg bones! These are far too dense and hard and can break their teeth. So since your cat and dog are domesticated and don’t have ready access to the bones of small prey animals, what type of commercially available bones should you feed? Raw chicken is the most readily available source of bone that is a biologically appropriate […]
Dr Karen Kan Interview It’s not everyday you get to do a radio interview and it’s certainly not everyday you do an interview on US radio. But this is exactly what Dr Kelly Halls has recently done. Dr Karen Kan is a Holistic practitioner in the US and has been looking for a Vet to provide some information to her radio audience. After a search of google she found Bentons Road Vet Clinic and was interested in our clinics approach. Dr Kan enquired whether Dr. Kelly would be interested in sharing her perspective on vaccines for pets in an radio interview. Obviously Dr Kelly agreed. Who wouldn’t want to share this vital information with as many pet loving people as possible. So if you’d like to learn how to better care for a faithful companion animal, this broadcast is an absolute must.