• Dogs have a strong desire to be with others.  If they are deprived of social contact they may run away or exhibit attention seeking behaviour forcing owners to respond.
  • The area of a dog’s nose for detecting scent is nearly 37 times larger than that in humans.
  • A wagging tail means a dog is excited but not always friendly.  It is important to read the rest of the body language before approaching.
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Here are a few snippets from the 2016 Animal Medicines Australia report:

  • In Australia there are 23.77million humans & 24 milliion pets
  • 62% of Australian households have pets
  • There is an average of 1.3 dogs and 1.4 cats per houshold
  • 38% of households have dogs and 29% have cats
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The Alaskan Malamute features a powerful, sturdy body built for stamina and strength. It reigns as one of the oldest dog breeds, whose original looks have not been significantly altered. This intelligent canine needs a job and consistent leadership to avoid becoming bored or challenging to handle.
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The Vizsla (meaning “pointer” in Hungarian) is the national dog of Hungary. Its early origins are hard to trace but its history probably began in the ninth century when the warring Magyar tribes migrated from the Steppes of Asia and eventually settled in the Carpathian Basin, known today as Hungary. It is believed that, over the centuries, the Vizslas we know today evolved from the hunting/herding dogs that the Magyars brought with them.  For centuries the Vizsla was owned by the sporting nobility of Hungary and used to scent and search for birds that were then either caught by falcons or netted. After the introduction of firearms during the 1700's the nobility of the day required a gundog with an all-round ability to work on fur and feather, on the plains of Hungary. 

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This is not a commonly seen breed for our area. They are known as a giant breed, with a heavy double coat, normally tan colour with a black mask.

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Jonty is a 10-month-old, Miniature Schnauzer, who we originally saw for puppy vaccinations and was a participant of our puppy school.  At the time of examination, it was noticed that Jonty had some retained teeth.  This is not abnormal in young pups, but we still need to keep a close eye on the development of the teeth, to avoid issues as Jonty ages. 

Upon examination, it was noticed that both of his upper, fourth premolars were retained, alongside his permanent counterpart.  Since retained teeth interfere with normal development of permanent teeth, these premolars require extraction. 

Jonty was given an anaesthetic and had a set of intraoral radiographs taken.  This means a full mouth series of x/rays are taken of the patient’s teeth and adjacent hard tissue. This then gives an indication of any teeth that may not have yet erupted and also the root system. These radiographs allow for better patient care, decreasing the need for further anaesthetics for dental procedures.

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