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Each Monday morning I talk with radio host Stephen Cenatiempo at 2NM in the Hunter Valley in a segment called "Pet Matters with Dr David Neck". This blog contains summaries of some of the topics we discuss."

Dogs “Co-evolved” to Live with Humans

By May 19, 2015 0 Comments

Last week when we talked about the loyalty of dogs I suggested I would talk this week about some of the evidence that dogs “co-evolved” to live with humans. Q. When did dogs first become domesticated? Like all pre-history, there are no records so nothing is precise, and we always have conflicting theories and arguments….

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The Loyalty of Dogs

By May 11, 2015 0 Comments
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This week I’m talking about the incredible loyalty of dogs and some of the historical examples of their unyielding faith. I was researching some material for Anzac day and came across the story of Hawkeye, and it prompted me to search for some of the other examples of man’s best friend being just that. 1….

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Fanconi Syndrome

By May 4, 2015 0 Comments

Fanconi Syndrome is a particular form of kidney failure, where the proximal renal tubules stop working. The cases we are seeing are due to the pets being fed large amounts of imported jerky style treats. Q- What is Fanconi Syndrome? An acquired proximal renal tubulopathy, which means that the part of the kidney that is…

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Nasopharyngeal Polyps in Cats

By March 29, 2015 0 Comments

I thought I’d talk today about Feline Nasopharyngeal Polyps. I saw and removed one from a cat this week. A recent lecture on this topic at the Western Veterinary Conference in the USA had the title – “A Good Disease” which is a kind of cool take on things, but a disease remains a disease…

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Degenerative Myelopathy

By March 15, 2015 0 Comments

This is a disease where the spinal cord basically loses the insulation around the individual nerve fibres, reducing the transmission of electrical impulses up and down the spinal cord. The dog gets a non-painful, insidious, progressive weakness in the back legs. It’s a pretty sad disease because there is basically no treatment. What breeds are…

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