Category: Information for Veterinarians

Analgesia for calves and lambs

Cattle producers in Australia need to have a permanent radio-frequency identification (RFID) attached to each of their animals and many also attach another easy-to-read identification. This is achieved by placing an ear tag in each ear. One ear is tagged

Licking behaviour

Although not a recent study, this study is important for all veterinarians to know about. If a person contacts me about their dog who is excessively licking surfaces other than their own body parts, it is likely that I will

Horse ear twitching shown to increase stress

At university I remember being taught that a nose twitch is a great way of subduing a horse for treatments such as stomach tubing. Also taught was the possibility of using an ear twitch or a skin pinch. They were

Cat’s behavioural needs – Study shows more education is needed

Comparison of interpretation of cat’s behavioral needs between veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and cat owners Since environmental factors can play a large role in anxiety in cats, this is a very relevant study. Anxiety negatively affects health and welfare. The five

The puppy farm effect…

The full text of this article goes into the scientific detail behind the high risk of behavioural problems that develop in dogs coming from puppy farming situations. The Victorian government instituted laws in 2015-2016 that greatly improve dog welfare by

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Postoperative pain in dogs undergoing hemilaminectomy: Comparison of the analgesic activity of buprenorphine and tramadol

Using behavioural signs is the best way to measure acute pain. This recent study comparing the analgesic properties of buprenorphine and tramadol utilises the short form of the Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale. Postoperative pain in dogs undergoing hemilaminectomy: Comparison

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Reducing fear responses in cattle shows evidence for improved health

It is great to see that there is becoming more recognition of the role of anxiety and fear in the health of our farmed animals. This is a good article showing the importance of reducing fear in future situations by

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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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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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Why is it important that your pet is vet checked if its behaviour changes?

The lovely dog in the video below is doing and exercise with his owner where he needs to “stay” and “look” for his treats. It a good example of how management is different for individuals who may have a physical

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