Entries by Kaleen Staff

Cat Facts

Having been a veterinarian for over 25 years, I often come across some interesting trivia related to the animal world. Specifically today, I thought I would share a Fancy Few Frivolous Feline Facts! Domestic cats spend about 70% of their lives asleep. These are usually in short snatches or “cat naps”. This works out to […]

Why Does My Dog… Eat His Poo?

Dog eats poo. Pet owner gags. Dog eats poo again. Pet owner runs screaming from the room. Yes, it’s disgusting. Yes, it’s potentially unhealthy. And, yes, it’s fairly common in the animal world. A pup will eat his own poo for a number of reasons: He thinks it smells and tastes good. (Dogs are notoriously […]

Should Dogs and Cats Sleep on Your Bed?

In many homes, the “pets on the bed” debate is long over – and the pets have won! Proof can be found at pet stores where accessories abound to help dogs and cats get onto the bed — and keep the bedding cleaner. This trend isn’t for everyone, however. Letting cats and dogs sleep in […]

Puppy Farms

Some regular blog readers over the last few weeks have asked me to pen an article highlighting the appalling state of “Puppy Farms” – so here we go. One of the issues that authorities have in persecuting these operations is determining what actually constitutes a puppy farm in the first place. A puppy farm is a commercial dog […]

IQ Tests

Dogs are very smart animals.  In fact, some scientists estimate that the average dog is as smart as a 3-year-old child.  That means that they are smart enough to understand more than 150 words, smart enough to count to five – and smart enough to outsmart the humans! (No doubt you’ve already learned that lesson.) […]

Is it true that dogs see in black and white?

Dogs do see colours, but not as many as we do. They mainly see in the green/yellow spectrum and the colours aren’t as rich or vivid either. This may be a relief to some who are tired of hearing that dogs hear better, smell better and are faster and stronger than we are! The bottom […]

Traveling With Pets

Traveling with your dog can be a very rewarding and exciting experience, however motion sickness can prevent you whole family from taking a trip, causing you to miss out on adventures together. Leaving your dog behind can be costly as well as stressful to both you and your pooch Motion sickness itself is a stressful […]

Dog Health Programmes in Remote Indigenous Communities

Well, what an adventure Dr Alison Taylor and I had a few weeks ago. We were part of a volunteer team that went “outback” to Utopia, a remote indigenous community 300kms on a dirt road north of Alice Springs to help establish a dog health programme. The region contains 16 outstations of around 1000 people. […]


Last year was the first time in my 15 years of working in Canberra and Queanbeyan that I have seen a real problem with fleas. These pesky parasites are normally killed off in our harsh winters and don’t breed well in our dry summers as the eggs need 70% humidity to hatch. With all the […]