Stop My Dog From Chasing

Why does my dog chase

Chasing is a basic part of most dogs’ normal behavior. Without being ready and able to chase, a dog in the wild would starve to death, because although dogs can eat berries and vegetation, the main bulk of their protein is gained from the meat of animals they hunt and kill. While most domestic dogs have been bred not to try to kill their “prey,” many still retain a high “prey drive” and cannot resist chasing things even if these are not other animals but joggers, cyclists, or cars.

The main culprits for chasing problems usually come from the herding group and the sighthounds. Collies and Shepherds are the most likely to chase, simply because they have been bred for many centuries for their ability to follow a very specialized sequence of behavior: “cyc, stalk, and chase.” This means that the dog “locks on” to an object or animal, stalks it with body low to the ground to avoid being seen, then rushes at the “prey” in an attempt to catch it.

Collies, in particular, tend to want to chase people then do one of two things if they manage to catch them:

  • Circle them to keep them still
  • Keep worrying them to move them on.

Sighthounds, such as Greyhounds and Afghan Hounds, are nearly always aroused by the sight of a fast-moving animal or person, and can be persistent cat and squirrel chasers. Terriers are also prone to chasing. As vermin hunters their drive to chase after and catch small prey is strong and ankles or children are sometimes chased as a substitute.

Chasing is such a basic, instinctive behavior that it is usually very difficult if not impossible to cure the dog of the habit. Management of the problem is nearly always centered around redirection of the behavior to a more acceptable outlet. For those who don’t have a flock of sheep at their disposal to give the dog a natural outlet, teaching the dog to chase toys and increasing training for control can be effective.

This needs to be done in a very structured way.The dog needs to learn that it can chase toys when you allow it, but must also stop chasing on command. An instant “down,” and a reliable recall are also vital. These exercises are best practiced with an experienced and accredited dog trainer, who will be able to structure a training program for you.

Dogs that attempt to round up people, children, or other animals in the house can also be taught to “herd” in a more appropriate way and often require more mental stimulation generally. Many active, working dogs become “self-employed” if they are not given enough to do!

For some dogs, such as ex-racing Greyhounds and some herding dogs, the temptation to chase livestock, other dogs, small animals, or people is just too great to modify. In these instances, it is sensible to maintain control of the dog, by keeping it on the leash. Although this may seem frustrating, many dogs can lead perfectly happy and contented lives on-leash, if a little thought and imagination goes into their daily outings. Walking is as much about mental stimulation as it is physical exercise. Tracking, finding “lost” articles, and retrieving games can all be played on the leash, as can playing with toys and basic “agility” jumping over and walking along natural obstacles.

If your dog cannot be let off the leash for whatever reason and chasing is a very common one, you need to put extra effort into your relationship with your dog and provide extra interaction when you are out for walks.You will both reap the benefits.

Grooming and Skin Care

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Most dogs like being groomed as this calls for extra personal attention and fussing over which they love.

From puppyhood they should have learnt the drill and roll over on their backs so that tummy feathering can be brushed out and any knots removed.

I like to set aside a regular time each week to examine each dog carefully, checking teeth, ears, coat and claws.

Teeth should be checked regulary by your vet. Like you have yours checked by your dentist. Keep in mind how quick you ring your dentist when one of your teeth starts hurting. To maintain healthy teeth and gums a regular scale and polish might be necessary this all depends on your dog’s genetic make-up. Talk to your vet about keeping them clean.

Ears can be a problem if not watched and they might need a regular clean with earcleaner from Familypet Vet this will help to keep them in good order. If neglected a dirty ear will soon smell badly and a chronic condition will soon follow.

It can be caused by a mite which cannot generally be seen but it is surprising how quickly it will spread from one dog to another if not checked.

Coats should be brushed but I do not advise too much combing as it does tend to break the long feathering on legs and tail.

If a dog is scratching there is always a reason, so look for the cause. Fleas can he detected by the dirt they leave in the coat usually on the back and base of the tail which are their favourite places. Lice are also a nuisance but are easily got rid of with insecticide if not neglected and allowed to get established in the beds. Puppies are the chief culprits and should be treated regularly. One can easily acquire large pieces of hessian from carpet dealers which have been used as wrappers. These cut up into smaller pieces and hemmed around to prevent fraying make most useful bedding for puppies and can be easily washed or left to soak in a bath of disinfectant. Or purchase good quality bedding that washes and dries easily.

Lice are often located round the ears and chest of puppies but seldom seem to affect older dogs.

If you exercise your dogs where sheep have been it is possible that they may pick up a tick from time to time, especially during the summer. These bite deep into the skin and suck the blood. When you find one, you may at first think that it is a wart. They are like tiny bladders filled with blood and look blue-grey in colour. To remove it a firm hold should be taken as close to the skin as possible and a sharp pull will dislodge it. Dispose of it as quickly as possible underfoot and dab the spot where it has been with antiseptic. Tick removers can be purchases at Familypet vet

Daily Dog Excercise

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Dogs of all sizes and breeds require daily exercise but the healthy gundog or terrier, to take an example, is capable of walking many more miles than its owner.

Walks take up a great deal of the dog owner’s time but they have the advantage that they get the dogs away from grassland and on to the hard roads, which are good for limbs, pasterns, and feet. Grass is not as good as solid ground if dogs are only excercised on grass it can induce flat feet and slack pasterns and prevents proper muscular development.

Hard, rough tracks are best where available. Very few bad feet and pasterns are seen among cattle, dogs and the like on the hills. Those who live near the coast, where hard, flat sandy stretches are available at low tide, are fortunate. Today, the bicycle with a string of dogs following it along a rough country road is a thing of the past and would certainly be a poor insurance risk.

IMG_4311.JPG1Although an occasional gallop may do no harm, especially to greyhounds and the gundogs, walking on a lead is usually the better method in dogs preparing for exhibition. It produces firm muscle without overloading the shoulders, and is particularly valuable for strengthening forearms and second thighs. It keeps elbows tight and in place and, in addition, it lessens the likelihood of accidental injury.

Every kennel should have some means of weighing the dogs, to determine the weight at which every dog in the kennel is at its optimum degree of fitness; a little adjustment of the rations will keep it at that weight.

But for the individual pet owner with one or two dogs 1 hour excercise a day is a good start. Even older dogs need excercise just be sensible. Possibly a bit shorter and a bit slower but they still need to get out to get their blood pumping and their muscles moving.


Refrain from converting the dog’s interior into a medicine chest since animals that are properly cared for, fed, and exercised, dogs need very little medicine, except in states of emergency, apart from worming, other parasite control and  vaccination against all the diseases to which they may become susceptible in later life as the result of infection. All these vasccinations against diseases can now be combined in a single injection.

When health problems arise with your dog please speak to one of our nurses during business hours. They will be very happy to help you with what ever problem your dog might have and if a visit to the vet is needed they can make you an appointment Click here for more information

Heartworm Prevention

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What is heartworm?

Unfortunately, it’s as scary as it sounds: worms that live in your dog’s heart! Heartworm disease can readily kill dogs, but it’s also readily preventable.

How do dogs get heartworm?

  • Mosquitoes transmit the disease to dogs by injecting tiny heartworm larvae into their skin.
  • The larvae develop in the tissues and migrate to the heart where they grow into adult worms.
  • The adults live in the heart and the large blood vessels surrounding the heart.
  • They reproduce and release more larval offspring into the dog’s blood stream.
  • These larvae can then be taken by a mosquito and transmitted to another dog or cat.

What are signs my dog may have Heartworm?

Due to the stress that adult worms have on a dog’s heart, there are often clinical signs of heart disease or heart failure such as:

  • lethargy
  • tiring easily with exercise
  • coughing
  • loss of appetite
  • enlarged abdomen

How do vets check for heartworm?

  • A blood test to see if adult heartworms or their offspring are present
  • Chest radiographs and ultrasound may also be used

How can I treat heartworm?

Heartworm can be treated, but it carries risks for your dog and there are no guarantees of success. Your dog may need a series of arsenic-based injections or even surgery to remove the adult worms from their heart. As with most of these sorts of things, prevention is better than cure.

Start within the first few months of their life. There are a variety of products available in the form of tablets, chews, syrups, top spots and injections. Your vet can advise you on the most suitable product for your puppy.

To learn about some heartworm prevention products.

Your dog can either have an injection once a YEAR

or a spot on or tablet once a MONTH.


Coromandel Valley Veterinary Clinic ( close to Balckwood) on 08 83703500


The secrets to successful dog breeding




The number one requirement is a healthy dog and a healthy bitch. Make sure they have both had regular heatlh checks with Familypet Vet.

Prior to mating you need to have the bitch checked for possible infections and get an idea where she is in her cycle.

All good breeders know that you should start of right to get the best results.


1A vaginal culture and cytology test is recommended if it is not the first mating. To make sure there are no unwanted bacteria that will complicated the pregnancy.

2 A progesterone blood test is done to see were we are in your bitches cycle. It is a proven fact that you can vastly improve your chances of your bitch getting pregnant, staying pregnant and having a large litter if you do regular progesterone blood tests. Then follow your vets advice and mate the bitch at the time indicated by the progesterone test. Behavioural signs of heat are not reliable they are close but not as accurate as the progesterone blood test.

3 After mating make sure you book in for your progesterone test once a week to make sure the progesterone stays high. There have been several case studies that abortions and mummifications might be connected with a progesterone level that drops during pregnancy. If the vet gives an extra dose of progesterone when needed the likely hood of the pregnancy continuing are very good


4 if you are breeding a dog that is very likely to need a caesarean then the progesterone test can accurately predict when we can safely do the caesarean.

At Familypet Vet we are proud to announce that the only in house progesterone machine

In the Adelaide Hills and for the southern suburbs will be up and running in Familypet Vet Coromandel Valley from the end of May 2015.


For more information please call 08 83703500

Familypet Vet Coromandel Valley (close to Blackwood)

Is my cat asthmatic?

Feline Asthma

Feline asthma, is also known as feline allergic bronchitis, is a health condition that affects about 1% of cats around the world. It occurs when the airways constrict, causing wheezing, coughing, and trouble breathing in cats.
Asthma attacks in cats are most commonly triggered by air pollutants. These include;
• pollen,
• dust,
• smoke,
• industrial pollution,
• different kinds of sprays,
• dust from cat litter.
• In some cases, the exact cause may not be found.
• Siamese cats and cats with heartworm disease are more susceptible to having asthma attacks.
Asthma attacks symptoms in cats include; trouble breathing, coughing, and wheezing upon exhalation. More severe attacks cause cats to gasp for air while lying on their chest or sitting down in a hunched position. The cat’s gums may also be pale or purple due to low oxygen levels in the body.
In order to diagnose feline asthma, all other possible causes must be ruled out. Fortunately, there are only three health conditions that have the same clinical signs as asthma in cats.

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• heart failure,
• pneumonia
• hernias located in the diaphragm.
A physical exam and some x-rays are the basic requirements for diagnosing feline asthma. During the exam, the veterinarian will use a stethoscope to check for wheezing or crackling in the lungs. The radiographs will then be evaluated for abnormal lung patterns.
Anytime your cat is having difficulty breathing, emergency veterinary attention should be acquired. Epinephrine, bronchodilators, oxygen, and cortisone injections are the common treatments used in emergency cases. If your cat’s asthma is chronic, your veterinarian will develop a long-term treatment plan to control the condition. Most of the time, treatment includes a bronchodilator and low doses of oral corticosteroids.
Management is also part of treatment, as it can help prevent future asthma attacks in your cat. This is how you can Help your cat
minimize your cat’s exposure to triggers include;
• Avoid using perfume, carpet powder, sprays, and other scented household products.
• Try switching to newspaper shreds or potty pads in case the cat litter is a trigger for your cat.
• Consider getting an air purifying filters in your home to reduce pollutants in the air.
• Vacuum carpet on a regular basis and clean around the home as often as possible.
• Wipe your cat down with a damp cloth at least twice daily to remove dust, debris, and other pollutants from his coat.
If you would like our vet to check your cat for Asthma.
Ring our Coromandel Valley Clinic on 08 83703500

Pet Insurance

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Perhaps this treatment will be a one-off’’ problem. Broken bones after a road
traffic accident or it may equally be an ongoing problem like diabetes, a skin
allergy or arthritis. As medical and surgical treatments become more advanced, the costs of first class veterinary care is high, and in some cases becomes a limiting factor. This can be a heart wrenching position to be in.
For a fraction of the cost of feeding your pet it is possible to insure them against accident,illness and injury. If your pet falls ill or sustains an injury, you will have pëace of mind knowing that cost is not an issue and won’t get in
the way of treating your best friend. You will be able to recover all costs (minus your excess) by asking us to complete a claims form for your Pet Insurance. Unlike many veterinary surgeries, we do not charge for this service.

Why is Pet Insurance so high?

Did you know that..

Only 24% of us claim on our car insurance
Only 17% of us claim on house insurance
BUT 40% of us claim on our pet insurance
AND 60%of us claim on our pet insurance for pets over the age of 10Yrs
Selecting a policy…
Take care — they come in all shapes and sizes! Be aware that some policies will only cover an illness for 12 months while others provide
life long cover for ongoing conditions.Make sure that the policy suits your animal’s breed and type i.e. family pet, breeding,working or agility. It must also suit your budget (choose what aspects you really need,unwanted extras just add to the cost). Some of the cover offered includes:Veterinary fees
Third party liability,Kennelling in case of emergency,Advertising and reward in case of loss and Holiday cancellation etc.
Familypet Vet Cormandel Valley ( close to Blackwood) now offers
4 weeks FREE insurance for Both Dogs and Cats
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with no obligations they will email you onces and phone you once.You will be offered the option of a continuation policy.

Welcoming your new Pet Home,how Familypet Vet can help

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Bringing in a new pet in to your new home is exciting but Familypet vet in Coromandel Valley near blackwood in the Adelaide Hills suggests making it a slow and progressive adjustment. While excitement may win for the family, it can be an equally fearful event for the pet. If there are babies in the home, it is wise to bring a baby blanket or bear the baby has for your new pet to sniff and understand the presence of the scent in the home. Maintain a leash on your new dog when introducing them to family members, allowing your new dog to sniff. Familypet vet in Coromandel Valley  will suggest corrections to handle these moments of uncertainty. At Familypet Vet we are strong believers in Positive Training. Please come in and introduce your new puppy to us and we can help you with all you need from day one.

Familypet vet in Coromandel Valley advises to avoid allowing screams of delight to welcome the pet, as this can create anxiety. Preferred suggestions are making the meeting simple and immediately show the new pet their toilet area. The next area of familiarly should be sleeping arrangements for your new dog. Cats tend to find their specific sleeping spots and may prefer hidden areas of the home until they feel adjusted.

Taking your Pet To Familypet Vet Coromandel Valley For Introduction. FREE NEW PET CHECK

vet BlackwoodOnce your new pet becomes adjusted to your home, please make an appointment to introduce your new pet  to our lovely team members at Familypet Vet in Coromandel Valley. This allows the clinic to become familiar with your new pet, and we can determine if any immediate immunizations or procedures that might be necessary and it is FREE.

Kittens and puppies, Familypet vet Coromandel Valley will help you every step of the way to make decisions about feeding and health care while your new pet is growing up.

For new puppies and adult dogs, Familypet vet in Coromandel valley can determine what exercises is needed for your pet. Exercise is a fundamental part of bonding between your pet and their new family. All dog breeds should become adjusted to exercising and owners must understand the requirement for a healthy pet.

Familypet Vet Coromandel Valley Your New pets Vet For Life

Pets are known for bringing a lifetime of happiness to owners and their families, something Familypet vet encourages. Once the pet has been introduced to their new vet and the family, continue to bond with the pet. Pets want the bathing of love and kindness from their new family. Once the family and pet has come together, it is time to allow your pet to meet new friends.

Familypet Vet advises cats are more known for possession of property and area. If introducing a new cats to another, be sure to monitor closely and speak to our friendly staff at Familypet vet regarding how to progress in the proper way to avoid fights. Dogs are more accustomed to getting introduced into a pack and acknowledge pack leaders. Visiting a dog park is an ideal spot for the dog to connect with new friends and explore the area. Much like children, dogs want friends and connections, speak to Familypet Vet Coromandel Valley on how to ingrate the dog confidentiality in new situations.