With Halloween approaching, this week on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, we discussed issues to do with fear of fireworks in pets as well as other safety issues for pets.
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After-hours cover for pets: are vets obliged to be available? | Pat Kenny Show
This week, on Newstalk's Pat Kenny Show vet spot, we considered the issue of the availability of vets for after-hours emergencies.
How to help dogs with arthritis plus listeners’ pet questions on the Pat Kenny Show | Pat Kenny Show
Arthritis – stiffness and lameness in dogs Arthritis (technically called “osteoarthritis”, or “degenerative joint disease”) is caused by a combination of anatomic predis ..
The story of the two Labradors that were poisoned On Tuesday evening, a five year old Labrador was brought in to see me because shortly after her evening meal at 6pm, she’d started to stagger, b ..
Is it OK to put your dog’ poop in someone else’s wheelie bin? Plus audio books to celebrate James Herriot’s birthday. | Pat Kenny Show
Dog poop warsWhat is it about dog poo that upsets people so much? Sure, it's foul smelling, disgusting stuff, but still. .
Can cats and kittens be a life threatening risk? And should they be allowed outdoors? | Pat Kenny Show
Inventing untrue stories about cats does not help anyoneKittens and cats made headlines this week, mostly because they were deliberately sensationalist.
All about fleas: it’s peak flea season and many people don’t know how to get rid of them | Pat Kenny Show
I've been seen a glut of fleas in my practice over the past week: this is no surprise.
Greyhound racing: after the ban in NSW, could Ireland and the UK be next? | Pat Kenny Show, The Telegraph
Greyhound racing: is this the beginning of the end?The greyhound racing industry globally is in serious trouble.
Is it ever OK to euthanase a healthy animal? | Pat Kenny Show, The Telegraph
Euthanasia means "good death"One of the most challenging tasks for vets is the euthanasia of their patients.
A (Half) Ironman vet talks about triathlons, jellyfish, micropigs and answers listeners’ queries | Pat Kenny Show
Ironman racingI completed Ironman 70. 3 Dublin at the weekend - you can read my race report here - and Pat Kenny asked me about my experience on his show this week.
Bulldogs: a shrinking genetic pool of unhealthy animals? | Pat Kenny Show, The Telegraph
This summer, there has been much discussion about the welfare issues affecting brachycephalic dogs, born without the ability to breathe properly.
This week, I moved my pet goldfish Ricky from his home in an indoor tank beside my desk indoors to a larger living space outside, in a raised brick pond.
This week on the Pat Kenny Show (see the foot of this post for the podcast), we discussed the latest stray dog statistics from Ireland's dog pounds, which show a welcome downwards trend.
Topical issues: greyhounds as pets, malicious poisoning of dogs and miscellaneous questions about pets | Pat Kenny Show
Greyhounds as petsI've often talked about the benefits of greyhounds as pets, and I was delighted to be given the option to do that again today on the Pat Kenny Show.
Can you stop cats from hunting and bringing home prey? | Pat Kenny Show
This week's topic on the Pat Kenny Show was how to prevent hunting behaviour in pet cats. The link to the radio show podcast is at the foot of this post.
Vegetarian and vegan food for dogs and cats: Is it possible and is it fair to the animals? | Pat Kenny Show, The Telegraph
What's in that pet food bowl? Do those dry biscuits contain animal products? Or are they plant based? It can be difficult to tell by looking at them, but it can be critically important to the animal.
More on brachycephalic dogs: Why don’t we see it as cruelty to allow them to be born this way? | Pat Kenny Show
In this week’s podcast, the main topic of discussion was an ongoing theme for me at the moment: Pugs and other short-nosed dogs that have such severe breathing difficulties that they need surger ..
Dangerous dogs? Can “restricted dog breeds” make good pets? | Pat Kenny Show, TV3
The Irish breed-specific legislation is now internationally recognised as being outdated, unfair, unnecessary and ineffective.