Testing a Veterinary diagnostic collar – first impressions

Recently I had an opportunity to road test a Veterinary diagnostic collar. If you know anything about diagnostic collars, you would know that these toys are preceded by a great deal of hype. I am talking ‘the future of Veterinary

Testing a Veterinary diagnostic collar – first impressions

Recently I had an opportunity to road test a Veterinary diagnostic collar. If you know anything about diagnostic collars, you would know that these toys are preceded by a great deal of hype. I am talking ‘the future of Veterinary

Marketing For Health Professionals

Gone are the days when as a practicacional in the health industry, all you had to do is obtain your licence to practice and open your doors. These days with the increasing competition and the arrival of new service models,

Marketing For Health Professionals

Gone are the days when as a practicacional in the health industry, all you had to do is obtain your licence to practice and open your doors. These days with the increasing competition and the arrival of new service models,

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

Wanting A Job To Be Your Life’s Purpose Is Unhealthy Too

We all know job should be more than a way to earn a dollar. My LinkedIn feed is full of the likes of Bill Gates, Tim Cook and Elon Musk telling me how I should strive to make my job

Wanting A Job To Be Your Life’s Purpose Is Unhealthy Too

We all know job should be more than a way to earn a dollar. My LinkedIn feed is full of the likes of Bill Gates, Tim Cook and Elon Musk telling me how I should strive to make my job

The Curious Case Of Australian Veterinary Undersupply

  In their latest review of the Australian Veterinary Workplace Survey the AVA appended the following statement: “We are currently hearing about Veterinary practices which are having problems with finding graduates – especially with a few years experience – to

The Curious Case Of Australian Veterinary Undersupply

  In their latest review of the Australian Veterinary Workplace Survey the AVA appended the following statement: “We are currently hearing about Veterinary practices which are having problems with finding graduates – especially with a few years experience – to

A Tragic Reminder To Never Leave A Child Alone With A Dog

A child should never be left unsupervised with a dog. For any length of time. Period. It’s a simple message but sometimes we all need reminding: “A SIX-DAY-OLD baby has died in the most horrific circumstances after being mauled by

A Tragic Reminder To Never Leave A Child Alone With A Dog

A child should never be left unsupervised with a dog. For any length of time. Period. It’s a simple message but sometimes we all need reminding: “A SIX-DAY-OLD baby has died in the most horrific circumstances after being mauled by

City Terrorized By Packs Of Wild-Roaming Chihuahuas!

This, I must say is one headline I never expected to come out of my blog. But yes, it’s true – Maryvale is a city in Mexico (where else) where wild chihuahuas are terrorizing the residents: “Frank Garcia has also

City Terrorized By Packs Of Wild-Roaming Chihuahuas!

This, I must say is one headline I never expected to come out of my blog. But yes, it’s true – Maryvale is a city in Mexico (where else) where wild chihuahuas are terrorizing the residents: “Frank Garcia has also

A Sobering Tale Of Why Dogs And Lighters Don’t Mix

Here is a heartwarming story of an owner risking his life to save his beloved dog… or is it? You be the judge: “A South Florida man is recovering from second-degree burns after he tried to save his dog, Ruby,

A Sobering Tale Of Why Dogs And Lighters Don’t Mix

Here is a heartwarming story of an owner risking his life to save his beloved dog… or is it? You be the judge: “A South Florida man is recovering from second-degree burns after he tried to save his dog, Ruby,

Would You Give Your Dog Away After This?

A border collie-spaniel cross named Lucie is being rehomed after chewing on the panel of her owner’s $380,000 car: “I came home and saw her covered in white stuff and I thought she had got a bird and it was feathers

Would You Give Your Dog Away After This?

A border collie-spaniel cross named Lucie is being rehomed after chewing on the panel of her owner’s $380,000 car: “I came home and saw her covered in white stuff and I thought she had got a bird and it was feathers

Who Takes The Lead On Your Walks?

Researchers are discovering that many personality traits of your dog can be revealed by simply observing who takes the lead on a walk: “Dogs that consistently took the lead during group walks were more responsive to training, more controllable, older

Who Takes The Lead On Your Walks?

Researchers are discovering that many personality traits of your dog can be revealed by simply observing who takes the lead on a walk: “Dogs that consistently took the lead during group walks were more responsive to training, more controllable, older

Raw Is Not Always Healthy – Why Dog Food Opponents Are Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A recent ‘Daily Mail’ article reawakens the old raw food controversy arguing that dog food companies are getting away with murder feeding our pets unhealthy processed foods: “The big businesses selling us processed dog food use ingredients unsuitable for human

Raw Is Not Always Healthy – Why Dog Food Opponents Are Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A recent ‘Daily Mail’ article reawakens the old raw food controversy arguing that dog food companies are getting away with murder feeding our pets unhealthy processed foods: “The big businesses selling us processed dog food use ingredients unsuitable for human

DogVacay – Consider The Dangers!

Helen is a distraught reader who sent me a harrowing account of her experience as a DogVacay dog minder. Here is an exert:  “…On the way home from the lady who “couldn’t” watch the dog anymore, Sunday the dog puked

DogVacay – Consider The Dangers!

Helen is a distraught reader who sent me a harrowing account of her experience as a DogVacay dog minder. Here is an exert:  “…On the way home from the lady who “couldn’t” watch the dog anymore, Sunday the dog puked

Another Reason Why Cats Are Not Miniature Dogs

New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats: “It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat. When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is

Another Reason Why Cats Are Not Miniature Dogs

New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats: “It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat. When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is

More Proof We View Dogs Like We View Ourselves

If you needed more proof that we ascribe human emotions to our dogs, here it is: “Researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences played people recordings of dogs barking and whining, and asked them to assess the canines’ emotional states.

More Proof We View Dogs Like We View Ourselves

If you needed more proof that we ascribe human emotions to our dogs, here it is: “Researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences played people recordings of dogs barking and whining, and asked them to assess the canines’ emotional states.

Dogs Defecate According To Magnetic Field Alignment… And Other Very Important Research

 First of all, I owe you all an apology. As you probably know from reading my articles, I am committed cynic. So when this news article arrived I smelled something fishy: “Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than

Dogs Defecate According To Magnetic Field Alignment… And Other Very Important Research

 First of all, I owe you all an apology. As you probably know from reading my articles, I am committed cynic. So when this news article arrived I smelled something fishy: “Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than

A Hero? A Villain? No, Just A Dog

Here are two stories plucked from the media, in one the dog is portrayed as a hero, in the other the dog is the villain. The fact is, both dogs are doing exactly the same thing. Story 1: “A heroic

A Hero? A Villain? No, Just A Dog

Here are two stories plucked from the media, in one the dog is portrayed as a hero, in the other the dog is the villain. The fact is, both dogs are doing exactly the same thing. Story 1: “A heroic

Dogs, Cocaine and… Unanswered Questions

I read this news story in the local media. It didn’t ring a bell at first glance but the more i thought about it, the more it made no sense: “The Albuquerque Journal reports 1-year-old Maddie showed “strong positive cocaine”

Dogs, Cocaine and… Unanswered Questions

I read this news story in the local media. It didn’t ring a bell at first glance but the more i thought about it, the more it made no sense: “The Albuquerque Journal reports 1-year-old Maddie showed “strong positive cocaine”

The Dog Delusion, Part 2. The Alfa Dog Myth

Continuing in this series of debunking common myths about dogs, we arrive at a misconception so common, it is ubiquitous: The Alpha Dog The dog pack is all about hierarchy. There is the number one dog, number two dog and

The Dog Delusion, Part 2. The Alfa Dog Myth

Continuing in this series of debunking common myths about dogs, we arrive at a misconception so common, it is ubiquitous: The Alpha Dog The dog pack is all about hierarchy. There is the number one dog, number two dog and

Is Your Vet Googling You? Probably Not

A (not very intelligent) GP in the US admitted in an article to Googling his patients’ details: “Doctors do “Google” their patients”, writes Dr Warraich. “In fact, the vast majority of physicians I know have done so. To my generation,

Is Your Vet Googling You? Probably Not

A (not very intelligent) GP in the US admitted in an article to Googling his patients’ details: “Doctors do “Google” their patients”, writes Dr Warraich. “In fact, the vast majority of physicians I know have done so. To my generation,

The Dog Delusion, Part 1. The Intelligence Myth

There are facts about dogs we assume to be true. Now with the help of the folks at the Duke Canine Cognition Centre we are discovering how many of our basic assumption about dogs are wrong. In this series of articles

The Dog Delusion, Part 1. The Intelligence Myth

There are facts about dogs we assume to be true. Now with the help of the folks at the Duke Canine Cognition Centre we are discovering how many of our basic assumption about dogs are wrong. In this series of articles