Brachycephalic Breeds: Health Conditions in Flat Faced Dogs

french bulldog puppy is on the list of brachycephalic breeds

Is your adorable dog – or potential dog – on the list of brachycephalic breeds? If so, you’ve probably heard about brachycephalic airway syndrome. It’s common for ‘flat-faced’ dog and cat breeds to experience this condition. It makes it hard for them to breathe and that leads to all sorts of knock-on effects. Like for … Read more

Dog Crate Rest: Recovery Dos and Don’ts

Fido has post-operative dog crate rest

Putting the words ‘dog crate rest’ together is like saying ‘kid sugar nap’ in the same sentence. They simply don’t go. Not for most dogs anyway, and especially not beyond a few hours. But if your dog’s been injured, sick or had surgery these unlikely concepts must meld together for a significant length of time … Read more

Epilepsy in Beagles and Other Dogs: How to Help

woman researches beagle epilepsy

Beagles are a breed with a high prevalence of seizures. And judging from how many Kiwis are researching Beagle epilepsy online we gather there’s a growing concern. In recent times, nearly 100 New Zealanders have been searching Google every month for info on Beagle epilepsy. If you’re a Beagle fan or a Beagle mum or … Read more

Parvo Symptoms, Signs, Prevention, and Treatment

puppy at vet with parvo symptoms

Parvovirus (often known simply as parvo) is a deadly virus that can cause severe illness in young and unvaccinated dogs. We wanted to do our bit by outlining parvo symptoms, signs, and what you can do to treat and prevent parvo. Why now? There’s an outbreak happening – you may have seen recent NZ media … Read more

Are Mixed-Breed Dogs Healthier Than Purebred Dogs?

Considering buying a doggo? You may be asking: “Are mixed breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs?” Sure, Yorkshire Terriers are adorable, but are you going to spend a fortune in vet bills for their sensitive tummies? And Alsatians are gorgeous too, but what about the potential for hip issues in these dogs? Could opting for … Read more

Accidental Ingestion Happens All Too Often: Find Out Why

man pulling things out of labrador's mouth because dog is choking

Dogs aren’t as picky as humans when it comes to what they’ll eat. Dog choking episodes, poisoning events, and allergic reactions can be caused by any number of things inside and outside our homes. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dangers lurking around our everyday world for our furry friends. And we don’t just mean … Read more

All About IVDD in Dachshunds and Other Dogs

Brown Dachshund - their long backs make them susceptible to IVDD

Many purebred dog breeds are prone to certain health conditions as a result of selective breeding because it reduces genetic variation. IVDD in Dachshunds is a good example, as one that’s more commonly reported. IVDD – or intervertebral disc disease – is a degenerative spinal condition in dogs. Certain breeds like the Dachshund are more … Read more

Puppy Health Care Milestones – The 1st Year

yorkie puppy being vaccinated at vet

If you’ve recently brought a puppy into your life, you’re in for a fun journey of learning, bonding, and lots of laughs. All the playtime aside, how do you know what puppy health care milestones you must work through to ensure your fur kid gets the absolute best start in life? To give your pup … Read more

What is Animal CPR?

grey cat lying down - animal CPR should only be performed if there is no heartbeat or breathing

If you’ve ever watched a medical drama series, you’ll have seen human CPR being performed. You might even have covered it during a first aid qualification. But what about animal CPR? Though it might sound strange, animal CPR can save lives in an emergency. Just like CPR in humans. It’s not foolproof, but it’s definitely … Read more

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