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Better Homes and Gardens offers viewers a practical and easy guide to creating great food, a beautiful garden and a warm and friendly home. Join presenter Johanna Griggs and established team of experts – Graham Ross (Horticulturalist), Dr Harry Cooper (Vet), Rob Palmer (DIY), Ed Halmagyi (Fast Food presenter), Jason Hodges (landscaper), Karen Martini (food presenter) and Tara Dennis (interior expert) – and see the homes and gardens come alive. Each episode is packed full of inspirational ideas and achievable decorating, DIY, craft, food and gardening projects. It’s all about better living.

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Posted by Lorraine436 • 6w ago • Report
Hello Dr Harry, I need a bit of advice about my dog Indy. Indy's toe nails started falling off which was painful for her. I took her to a vet and they gave me steroids and Megaderm which I gave her for about 6 months which sorted the problem out. I was told by the vet to stop the steroids but continue with the Megaderm, which I did. It was not long and her new nails started falling off. She now has no toenails. I would just like to know if this is painful for her and what the reason is that this keeps happening to her. Is there a cure?
Thank you
Lorraine
Posted by Louise849 • 7w ago • Report
Hello everyone, I love BH&G and watch every week! Congratulations on the success of the show. I have a little question for Dr Harry about my 15 yo Golden Retriever. She is a half sibling to Ollie, who I know you work with often and I recognised our dear friend Judy (from whom we purchased our girl) when you did your story on pupsicles. It's become quite evident of late that my ***r old girl is slowing down. She can walk well although has some arthritis in her knees. My vet suggested putting her on a 'geriatric' food (thank heavens she's deaf and couldn't hear that). I've noticed of late she is loosing a great deal of weight quite dramatically, and while she will inhale her soft food component of an evening, she isn't touching her kibble (I take it geriatric food is low in fat, and as is quite often the case, low in taste too). She has quite an appetite if anything else is on offer. We have always used supercoat and she usually loves it. She eats mostly fish/veges/rice or supercoat dog food for her soft food component and we have to get our hands out of the way mighty quick! Would you suggest using a supercoat kibble higher in fat? (I assume that would be the puppy kibble). She's still sound and seems happy enough, but I'd like to put a bit more meat on her bones, especially over winter.. it's so hard to watch them get old. I attribute my dogs long healthy life to Supercoat kibble and Judy's skill at breeding strong, sound, healthy animals in a loving environment. Once again, we love watching your show! Congratulations.
Posted by Katie675 • 7w ago • Report
Hey Dr Harry. I need some advice about my cat. She is very anxious with new people. She has a car door and will go outside mainly at night. There have been a few times where she has come inside looking scared, walking close to the ground and moving quickly she runs to the back of the house and hides. She then comes back and cautiously goes to the door as if to check if it's safe. When she is like this she is in her own thoughts and talking to her or letting her know we are here doesn't help. She is scared of new people in the house and will hide until she feels fine to appear. She is always looking out the front window and if she sees anyone she gets scared and hides. She cleans herself a lot and sleeps a lot but it seems she never deep sleeps. She used to live with my sister and when they moved she went missing for about a week not sure if something happened to her but apparently when she was found she was strange. This was a couple of years ago. She also had kittens when she was less than a year old and didn't care much for them. She isn't very cuddly but will follow me around and stand on my lap wanting a pat. Would love any advice as I don't think cats have anything to be anxious about. Thanks Katie
Posted by Kodie5 • 7w ago • Report
Hey Dr. Harry, we have a problem... our dog Jax is running away too often. We live on property in the Hawkesbury so boundaries are a difficult thing. He is a staffy x and about 3yrs old. We have always chained him up at night in his doghouse and let him off during the day. He and his mate Zac (the in-laws dog) would some times go for day trips and come home for dinner, we weren't so worried about this but its gradually extended into overnight outings which then eventuated into 2 & 3 nights out and now the latest event was 5 nights!! This is not on! Not only are we worried about what they're getting up to but the punishment when he gets home..!? I really do not agree with having a dog tied up 24/7 but how else do we control this. This issue is really putting a strain on my family and my relationship, were butting heads about how we handle this... advice ... please help ..!! Ta
Posted by Chris1021 • 8w ago • Report
Hi Dr Harry A few weeks ago I happened to watch one of your episode with the veterns who have PTSD and have companion dogs. I was wondering how I could get this for my mate Kooki he is a Standard ***dle. I am a Vietnam Veteran and have been diagnosed with PTSD. When we travel we have to leave our mate at home or with family. could you help us please.Thank You
Posted by Misty23 • 9w ago • Report
Dr Harry, please help me with my amazing horse King.
King is a 17.3 TB, he is an angel on the ground and once the saddle is on, he is perfect to ride.. So you may wonder what the issue is...
If he is tied up he panics and will just about turn himself inside out
It takes me up to two hours to get the girth done up. I can never saddle him on my own as he panics. Once it is done up, is fine... As a disabled rider this means I can never just go and ride.. I really need help in making this a better experience for him and for me.
Posted by Cathy416 • 9w ago • Report
I enjoyed your segment on talking birds, I happen to have a red collared Lorikeet, his name is Harry. You mentioned that this would be hard to say, not true! Harry says his name very well and has adapted his name to suit different circumstances. The funniest is telling himself off for being too noisy!
Posted by Emma1533 • 10w ago • Report
Hi there, we love your show, my 5 yr old and I look forward to it every Friday night, especially when the footy is on ;o) Dr Harry I would really love some advice... Our beautiful big rag doll 'Cougar' loves to snuggle but he is obsessed with clawing / pawing people, really ruins the moment and makes people so mad at him, but he can't seem to stop! How can I stop him?! We have also recently moved from acreage to suburbia and our little Maltese/Westie is peeing/marking all over the pergola, how can we stop him?! I hope u can help us!
Posted by Ryan230 • 10w ago • Report
Hi there, I watch your show and see your garden make overs. If you would like to have a worthy task to tackle, I would like to tell you about my wife. She had a stroke at 34. Very young. She was left with R sided hemiparesis, so is unable to enjoy working in the garden anymore.
We are blessed with one child who will be walking soon, however our backyard is not inviting at all. Grass, Weeds and sticks and ugly sheds and a clothes line is pretty much what is out there. I have sprayed the weeds over and again but they keep coming back. I do not know how to make the back yard more inviting for my wife and child to play in and I really need some expert help. I am a carpenter. And can help the team with labour, should they choose to bless my wonderful wife with a backyard makeover. She sure does deserve something wonderful in her life and a nice space to enjoy time with our son, since she can't get out as much these days.
Thank you for considering helping me put a smile on my families faces! Regards, Ryan (mair8me@gmail.com)
Posted by Laura957 • 11w ago • Report
We've just moved house. Our Ragdoll cat ran off after hearing noises from the neighbour's yard. She ran into a drainpipe underneath the neighbour's driveway and refuses to come out. She has been there for days. It's her new residence and we can't coax her out. She's cold and frightened in there. Here's hoping Dr Harry can advise us on what to do.