Village Vets Australia

Come See the Village Vets at the Dog Lover's Show!

Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll of the Village Vets will solve all of your common dog problems at this month's Dog Lover's Show.

Have a few questions regarding pet care? The Village Vets will be taking part in a highly informative session around solving common dog problems, at this month's Dog Lover's Show.

The following 5 issues will be covered in the session:

1. Behaviour issues

Behavioural issues are the number one reason that dog’s are surrendered to shelters and pounds. Early intervention and training is essential to instill the correct behaviours and prevent inappropriate behaviours becoming habits.

2. Parasites

The old adage that “if your dog is itchy, it’s fleas until proven otherwise” still holds water. It is important that an effective flea control product is used year round on all animals in the household.

3. Obesity

In a large study by the Australian Veterinary Association in 2005 it was found that over 40 per cent of dogs surveyed were either overweight or obese.

4. Arthritis

Is more common in older dogs that have been highly active in their youth or animals with underlying genetic problems such as hip or elbow dysplasia and can also occur secondary to traumatic injuries such as road accidents or cruciate tears with a multitude of treatment options.

5. Cushings disease and diabetes

Very common metabolic diseases of older dogs and both result in increase water intake, increased urination and ultimately weight loss.

The Village Vets will provide solutions to the problems above and more during this seminar with the opportunity to ask questions and a special ‘Meet & Greet’ at the conclusion.

Dogs can sometimes be accident-prone and all pooch-parents need to know a few essential first aid skills as it could save your dog's life.

Following is just a snapshot of some of the main areas covered in this Doggy Triage session by the Village Vets:

1. Danger

Be aware that your dog may have been in a dangerous situation and that by helping them you may place yourself in a dangerous situation.

2. Response

Call out to your dog, look for any sign of response and be mindful that if your dog is severely injured then they may react aggressively out of pain or fear.

3. Visual assessment of your dog's injuries

Look for the basics of airway, breathing and circulation.

4. Emergency first aid

Ensure that your dog is not choking on its tongue or vomit, look for signs of breathing such as rise and fall of the chest and the sound of air-flow near your dog’s mouth and nose and look for life- threatening bleeding.

5. Treatment

Get your dog to the nearest vet as soon as possible, call ahead so that they can be prepared and have a good knowledge of your dog’s medical history for the nurse or vet on arrival at the hospital.

The second series of Village Vets Australia airs Thursday 8.30pm, exclusive to The LifeStyle Channel. 

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