CCL injuries and treatment options

In the Spring edition of Pet Life NZ, I discuss the diagnosis of a cranial cruciate ligament injury and the treatment options available. It's important to match your dog's activity level and your expectations of quality of life when choosing treatment.

The first re-homing of laboratory Beagles in Finland

In this post, I share research from the University of Finland which covered the first group of laboratory Beagles that were re-homed in that country. In my opinion, the researchers under-state the importance of caring for the animals. For example, the first recommendation is "We recommend that all institutions and research facilities seriously consider the possibility of rehoming dogs. Based on our findings, this process could be feasible even for older or shy dogs." (Seriously consider????)

I took my dog to the vet…

Izzy made a visit to our vet this week - just a routine visit with a mat to keep her happy and comfortable. It's all about Fear Free care.

The Biggest Little Farm

Molly and John Chester started on a journey to create and live on a sustainable farm because their dog, Todd, wasn't suited to city living. Here's my review of the documentary film The Biggest Little Farm, available in NZ on DocPlay. I hope it will inspire you to garden more sustainably this year and in the years to come.

Petco removes shock collars from its stores and online

Earlier this week, pet retailer Petco announced that it would stop selling shock collars which are a painful aversive used in dog training. In this blog post, I include the statement - in full - by the Pet Professional Guild which endorses and praises the decision. Please: if you are on a Facebook group or with a dog training club where a shock collar is recommended, speak up against their use. Studies show that positive reinforcement is the better option for dog training.

The Dog Doc

In the October edition of NZ Dog World, I speak with famous integrative veterinarian Dr Marty Goldstein who features in the documentary The Dog Doc. See page 2 of the column for a special offer to subscribe to Doc Play where you can watch the The Dog Doc and other interesting documentaries.

Doggy quote of the month for October

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.“

– Charles M. Schulz

The Dogs of Democracy

In this blog post, I review the documentary film Dogs of Democracy. Released in 2016, this film tells the story of the many stray dogs in Athens, Greece and the people who care for them. There are some subtitles which will help if you don't speak Greek. Well worth watching.

Tracking the working dogs of 9/11

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have released a study into the health of the dogs that worked in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Expecting to see health impacts from breathing in hazardous dusts and other debris, the researchers found that there was no difference in longevity when compared to a control group of other search and rescue dogs.

The Dog Doc

In my latest blog post, I review the documentary film The Dog Doc. This film profiles the life's work of Dr Marty Goldstein, a proud proponent of integrative veterinary care and maverick for his time. Stay tuned for my October newsletter, which will enable my readers and clients to access the Doc Play platform for an extended free trial period.

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Doggy Mom
The blog about everything dog

I've been blogging since 2010 about a range of dog issues. I particularly like sharing the latest research news and I always share a Doggy Quote of the Month