Author: sallynixon

Sally is now a VIN consultant

In the veterinary world, we are lucky to have Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an internet resource developed in the United States where, among other things, any member veterinarians can seek advice for difficult cases from those who have done postgraduate

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Gentle handling and patience are virtues that help work with animals

When working with prey species, such as occurs with most farming practises, it is very important to recognise that those species have an evolutionary need to protect themselves from potential predators. If handled gently and patiently, domesticated prey species such

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How treating a behaviour problem saved one dog’s life…

I’d like to share a story about a Jack Russell terrier with a behaviour problem. Izzy has a problem with reactivity to other animals. She is highly reactive towards other dogs and shows anxious behaviours if she knows that there

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My slower than usual responses

Clients may have noticed that my responses to emails or my usual follow-ups have been a little slower than they were. Many of my existing clients are aware that I was due to have a baby. He arrived 11 days

Desexing as a treatment for aggression

When working in India with street dogs, dog fights between entire dogs were common and desexing was beneficial at reducing the incidence of aggression in dogs and dog fighting. In that environment, desexing certainly helped because there was regular competition

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Environmental Enrichment of cats part 3: The multi-cat household

It is a myth that cats are not social animals. They can be very social. But, there is a BUT! Cats, just like any individual, like to be able to gain personal space and gain some occasional alone time. Don’t

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Sally talks on the ABC

At 9:40 this morning Sally will be talking with Joseph Thomsen on ABC Goulburn-Murray. The discussion will be on the topic of children and pets.

Environmental Enrichment of cats part 2

Environmental enrichment isn’t just about making an environment fun and stimulating, it is also about arranging the environment so that the animal can feel comfortable and at ease. Cats like to have access to places where they can hide away

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Pets and infants

Many have heard the horrific news a few days ago about a baby being attacked in the face by the family dog: A usually placid dog, it came as a shock to the parents of the child. They love their dog

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Environmental Enrichment of cats part 1

There is no doubt there are many toys on the market for cats. But buying a whole lot of toys and leaving them out for your cat all the time will not get the most out of those toys. Many

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