Posted in Digby, Dog, Dog Refuge, Doggies, KoKo, Photographs

Dog Refuge Plea

You can see my pleading eyes. I am usually in my kennel at the Dog Refuge but today I was allowed to chat to some kids outside the fund raising high tea at Royal Perth Yacht Club last weekend. Please someone, much as I love the care at the Dog Refuge,  I would love a permanent home. Thank you for coming to visit me and my doggie mates at Shenton Park

A plea for a home

Here is a pawsome note from KoKo “My Human Mum Helen gobbled all the food at the High tea. She said it was wonderful. I was pleased that she did think of Digby and me and brought home a little meaty nibble for us.”

“She also bought a snazzy new coat for Digby to protect him when we walk on a rainy day. It is a camouflage colour so we would have a little trouble seeing him in the park if he did not have his huge white fluffy tail.”

“Please donate to the Dog Refuge to help them feed and care for all the homeless doggies.” Thank you KoKo

Posted in Digby, Dog, Doggies, Photographs, Subiaco

Before and after photos – THE BATH

My best mate Digby is going back to his human Mum at Shoalwater tomorrow. I will miss his playful company (but the neighbours will be grateful for more quiet! He is a bigger barker than me!)

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Here he is with Michelle before his grooming. He does not look happy. He was much smaller and neater afterwards. she is a good cutter.

And here am I after my grooming – still looking grumpy, but beautifully soft and clean. Pawsome! KoKo


This doggie was having a wash at City Farmers at the Shenton Dog Refuge. He looks happier than Digby and I do. KoKo



Posted in Digby, Dog, Doggies, KoKo, Vet

Oh, Oh – it’s teeth cleaning time – KoKo

August is Pet Dental Month
Wembley Veterinary Hospital has some good advice in their newsletter which I would like to share with you. Their news is in “commas” whereas my comments are in sloping writing – KoKo

“Dental disease is one of the most common conditions affecting pets. It can cause bad breath, pain and difficulty eating or chewing. If left untreated it can lead to infections, loss of teeth, abscesses and can even cause infections in other parts of the body.”

“The best way to prevent Dental disease is to start early, and not wait until your Pet already has signs of disease.”

Whoops I already have one bad tooth, but I am 10 and a half years old, so I have done pretty well I think! – KoKo

“Preventative measures like encouraging your dog to chew and use their teeth for what they are designed to do is ideal. You can use dental chews or raw meaty bones to make up about 20% of their diet. They allow them to chew or tear material from the food, which is good for their teeth, and helps to occupy them when they at home during the day.”

“It is important that the bone is raw and meaty. Some people use bones that are just large slabs of hard long bone. These are often too fatty so can upset tummies, and they are generally TOO HARD and can cause tooth fractures.”

I agree with Dr Garry Edgar. My tummy felt very dizzy the next day, and rumbled and tumbled, after eating a fatty bone. (and, sorry for the gory detail, but I also have runny poos that are not nice)- KoKo.

“The best bones are big enough to not completely fit in your Dog’s or Cat’s mouth, as well as malleable and meaty to force them to use effort to chew. Things like chicken, turkey or lamb necks are ideal.”

Yummy, Yummy – KoKo

“If your Dog or Cat won’t chew meaty bone, then some pet foods can help to force them to chew. Eukanuba contains phosphorous crystals to help scrub their teeth, while a biscuit like Hills T/D has a matrix of fibre to make them chew and break the biscuits up before being swallowed. Or use one of the dental mouthwashes or gels, or brush your Pets’ teeth!”

“What if it’s too late and your pet is suffering from significant dental disease? Wembley Veterinary Hospital can help! Tartar build up can be removed by an ultrasonic scaler, just like when you go to the dentist, and once clean, all the teeth can be thoroughly examined and any diseased teeth can be extracted. The procedure is under general anaesthetic and is a day procedure, so your pet will go home the same day with beautiful fresh breath.”

Here is my doggie mate Digby showing his teeth

Dig by showing his teeth

Digby showing his teeth

and this is me

KoKo's teeth (while having a hair grooming session!)

KoKo’s teeth (while having a hair grooming session!)

“Once the teeth are all clean, Gary Edgar and his team can plan a preventative regime to keep your pet’s teeth clean and sparkling for as long as possible. This may involve brushing, dental diets, increasing chewing (on raw meaty bones or chew treats such as Greenies.”

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Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the ideal way of keeping them clean, but remember not to use human toothpaste, as this is not safe for your pet to swallow. There are also plenty of options for those pets who are not so keen on having their teeth brushed.”

My human Mum Helen knows something – she told me I should let her clean my teeth. As usual, I was a bit dogmatic and refused. Now I have one bad tooth that is about to fall out. I’m sure it will be easier if I sleep while the vet removes it before it puts me off my food (that would be a disaster – you all know I love my food!!) – KoKo

Sentences in italics are KoKo’s© 2016 Helen Potter

The article is Copyright © 2016 Wembley Veterinary Hospital

Posted in Dog

Us dogs feel emotions too.

Here is a little tail by someone else!

A golden retriever chases his tail every morning for hours on end then compulsively licks his paws till they’re bare and oozy (just like mine – KoKo reveals). Human medication calms him down and he stops injuring himself.… or …. a neighbour’s tabby cat may claim friendship and follow him around the house bringing him some calm.

Humans project their own views on how us doggies are feeling. The label owners give us reflects their beliefs aboutan  animal’s capacity for emotional expression. Where earlier generations may have seen madness, homesickness and heartbreak, veterinarians  now diagnose anxiety, impulse control and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Here are five classic examples of animal insanity -diagnosed by a crazy human:

1. Heartbreak
In the past broken heartedness was considered a potentially lethal medical problem that affected both humans and other animals alike. In 1937, a German shepherd named Teddy stopped eating when his horse companion died, staying in the horse’s stall for three days until he died himself. Red dog from the Pilbara in North Western Australia pined for many months when his owner died suddenly. A Japanese dog Hachikō walked though severe weather conditinos every evening to meet his owner who was never coming home again. Animals do feel loss and don’t forget someone who loved them.

2. OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is now a common diagnosis in humans and animals. These behaviors may actually be healthy activities gone awry. Dogs can develop paw-washing habits so extreme as to keep them from playing or going on walks. Other behaviors, like rituals, can also be seen in animals, as for instance a dog that barks every time he hears a skateboard.

3. Phobias
Some animals develop specific fears of things in their environment, such as escalators, a truck braking, or  a toaster oven beep. Thankfully, people and other animals can learn to overcome their phobias with a mixture of behavior therapy, training, time, and anti-anxiety medication.

This is KoKo fearing a BATH!

Photo by ©Helen Potter Furry Friends Fotos

Modified from Laurel Braitman’s book, Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves