Living


An unusual case of aspergillosis by Jane Lilley A call came from Barbara Brown in Rainham, whose seven-year-old Mini Schnauzer started sneezing a great deal just before last Christmas, for which the vet prescribed antibiotics.
Pacing – natural or unnatural by Julia Robertson It must be so confusing when there are so many people proffering opinion on various nuances of movement. Pacing must be one of the most discussed. Over my 13 years of experience I have treated over 6,500 dogs and I have built up many hours of...
The UK is still rife with cruelty towards dogs by Geraldine Cove-Print On September 3, a couple taking a stroll along a Sparkbrook canal heard a quiet whimpering sound coming from some undergrowth. They went to investigate and they found a hole, approximately 4ft deep, which had been covered in leaves and twigs...
The veterinary profession has complained about animal owners using ‘Dr Google’ (internet to the uninitiated) to diagnose their pet’s ailments and find suitable treatments. As a consequence veterinary advice is sought too late, to the detriment of...
A successful art sale at Cheffins by Nick Waters A few weeks ago I featured John Charles Dollman’s picture of the famous 19th century English Setter, FT Ch Dash II, once owned by George Brewis, a founder member of the Kennel Club. It was one of the highlights in the dog section of Cheffins’...
A fine time for a late summer moult by Jane Lilley I have noticed at many recent shows that a number of dogs have suddenly and apparently inexplicably decided to cast their coats with a vengeance when their owners might be expecting them to grow them, or at least keep them, in preparation for the...
Monumental and majestic Mastiffs by Nick Waters This week I feature two large imposing statues of Mastiffs that grace the grounds of two country houses, Duncombe Park in England and Babelsberg Castle in Germany, designed and created as a little piece of England in Germany.
To snap or not to snap by Eileen Geeson Andrew Graham is always a source of inspiration; it is good to have such an active fan of the Grooming Box. To start with Andrew thought it may be interesting to discuss the use of snap-on comb attachments.
Routine treatment of worms by Steve Dean Worms were mentioned in passing last week and AVV has not focused on these parasites for some time. Worms are such a common infection in dogs that effective treatment is often taken for granted but occasionally a litter of pups crops up with the...
LightMagic TiO2 coated lightbulb by Geraldine Cove-Print When I come home from a few hours away from my house I’m sure I’m not the only dog owner who enters my abode taking in a good whiff from the air inside.
In my last article I hope I persuaded you that the question you should now be asking is not “What is your dog’s hip score?” but rather “What is your dog’s hip estimated breeding value (EBV)?”
A busy weekend judging at Worcester by Bronwyn Bartley On August 25 Worcester DTC held its first ever championship show with an open show the previous day. I was very excited when I received the invitation to judge the bitch ticket on this important occasion. Roy Page was invited to judge the dog...
Explain your absence from the group by Jane Lilley It would seem that more and more best of breeds are no longer staying to compete in their respective groups, often as not without any apology or explanation to either the breed judge or show secretary let alone the show manager.
Tools of the trade and their use by Nick Honor I was out and about recently and by chance came upon a dog whose owner was using the most bizarre combination of training and management tools to control their dog that I had ever seen.
Protecting paws and pads from injury by Geraldine Cove-Print THERE’S an old horseman’s saying, ‘no foot, no horse’ and the same can be said about the dog, without a healthy skeletal structure and a fine shock absorbing exterior a dog cannot live up to our expectations as a fit and capable athlete.
Cheaper vet care and probiotics by Steve Dean One item of common complaint is high veterinary fees. Pet owners who struggle to afford private veterinary treatment can access veterinary care at various charity clinics run by the PDSA, Blue Cross or RSPCA, provided they meet the means testing...
A stylish and valuable Pointer by Nick Waters Two weeks ago I featured a picture of the famous 19th century English Setter FT Ch Dash II and this week I feature an equally famous Pointer of the same name whose portrait is on this Derby plaque.
A disastrous trip back from The City by Jane Lilley This past week has resulted in an all too real living with dogs situation! I had had a lovely day’s judging at City of Birmingham and, suddenly feeling rather tired, decided to leave at 5.45pm with the aim of arriving home somewhere in the...
The first Soviet cosmonauts by Nick Waters You could well ask just how a Soviet Union 1950s dog space suit fits into my brief of the dog in art: my answer would be design.
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