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  2. Telehealth is not the only finding or solution to the vet workforce shortage... which is a global issue, not just in Australia. The full report can be found here, for anyone who wants to read it... Trigger warning: it covers some distressing topics https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lcdocs/inquiries/2964/Report No. 58 - PC 4 - Veterinary workforce shortage in New South Wales.pdf T.
  3. Yes I think I have I have a pool person coming out to look at it hopefully he can fix it. Do pool pumps work on Hydrobaths?
  4. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-07-13/telehealth-flagged-as-solution-to-critical-vet-shortage/104080264
  5. Vets are regularly expected to provide gold standard care, but then the cost of that is baulked at. Doesn't help that young vet students are taught to use all of the diagnostic tools at their disposal (blood tests, xrays, etc), but not much actual hands on diagnostics, so when those young vets hit the workplace, they tend to want to rely on the tools, rather than developing good hands on diagnostic abilities. Unfortunately all those tools are expensive to provide and to maintain, and staff need to be trained in their operation also... all extra expenses. Try mentioning "shelter medicine" to any vet nowadays, and you'll be met with some pretty strong resistance in favour of the expensive diagnostics... but in most cases, those diagnostic tests may not be completely necessary, especially if the vet has any reasonable idea of what to look for with common ailments. Also factoring into vet servicing costs are staff wages, rent or maintenance of the premises, cost and ongoing maintenance of equipment, consumables like syringes/needles, bandages, medications, etc, and other sundries. That said, vets and vet nurses are paid ridiculously low wages for the services and experience they provide - nurses in particular are usually on minimum wage, and are only casually employed, which keeps costs lower there - vets don't generally make a heck of a lot more than nurses unless they have quite a few years of experience. Then there are the corporate group owned clinics... those are generally much more expensive than smaller practices, and their whole goal is to make money for shareholders. Unfortunately many of the 24 hour and emergency clinics are corporate owned nowadays, so an already more expensive service is corporatised and costs more than it really should. All that said, if one has a gripe at the expense of medical care for their pets, hurling abuse at vet clinic staff certainly doesn't make their lot any easier, and as a result many are leaving the industry, which just means less of these services available, and drives up costs of those that remain - simple supply and demand... Don't get me started on the pet food / pet supplies industry... but let's just say all of those things are purely designed to maximise profit, and may not necessarily be all they are claimed to be. "Complete and balanced" on paper doesn't mean much when said "balance" consists of chemical supplements to "balance" the product... note that chemical versions of natural vitamins and minerals are not processed the same way as the natural version, and as such may be as healthy and "balanced" as a junk food meal for us. T.
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  7. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-07-12/sunraysia-animal-rehousing-group-volunteers-save-animals/104057916
  8. Good podcast on the subject. US based, but the trend is happening in all wealthy nations [The Daily] Loving Their Pets to Debt #theDaily https://podcastaddict.com/the-daily/episode/179198857 via @PodcastAddict P.s. just find The Daily on your podcast app if you don't have Podcast Addict. It's this Friday's edition (arrives on Saturday).
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  10. Thank you for your thoughtful advice, I appreciate it. I deal with palliative care in people everyday, so I am familiar with the changes and what they mean. I appreciate your honesty, I will say goodbye sooner rather than later. We saw our vet on Tuesday, and he has made a slight change to his meds. I don't believe that make any difference, but I will give it a few more days. Will let you know when he has crossed the bridge to play with his old mate Stanley.
  11. have you primed it? and check for leaks in the hose
  12. Still perpetuating the myth about "wild dogs" and "hybrid" dingoes to justify killing them off... I called it, didn't I? And just days since this study found that hybridisation isn't as prolific as claimed... https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2024-07-09/ancient-dna-study-suggests-dingoes-preserve-genetic-heritage/104065490 Here's a novel thought... maybe authorities need to be looking into why there has been a sudden increase in adverse behaviour from the local native wildlife towards domestic dogs and/or humans. Or maybe they don't want to know the answer. It's easier to just kill off anything we don't like, yes? Sometimes I'm ashamed to be part of the human race... grrr!
  13. Hi there I just brought an old single hydrobath and it has a pool pump to work it but for some reason it's not sucking the water from the tub but instead from the pump any help would be very helpful thankyou here is a picture
  14. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-07-10/caring-canine-companions-expands-riverland-nursing-homes/104051934D
  15. More on this story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-07-10/dingoes-may-be-destroyed-public-safety-risk-kimberley-beach/104061640
  16. Of all the decisions we have to make in our dogs' lives, this one is the hardest by far... The balance between quality and quantity of life is sometimes very hard to judge when we are so emotionally tied to our best mate - especially one that is high need and becomes a daily focus to keep them comfortable. If the process is stressful for you as his best mate and primary carer, it will most likely be similarly stressful for him, if not moreso. My personal stance on this situation with my own dogs is that it's better to release them early than even one day too late, but not being in your actual position, I cannot judge you or your decisions at this stage of Snickers' health battles. What I would suggest is to look deep into his eyes and he will "tell" you when he wants to sleep the long sleep, OK? And be honest with yourself when you look for his signs to you... he deserves that, yes? T.
  17. Funny how simply rebranding them as "wild dogs" in order to be able to more easily kill them doesn't actually make them hybrids... Anyone who has worked with dingoes can tell you that they are significantly different to most domestic dog breeds. I'd say they are most similar to the Shar Pei, which is itself an ancient breed and has distinctive qualities not found in other more popular domestic breeds. T.
  18. The thing to ask is, am I keeping him alive for his benefit or for my benefit? Since having a dog in her teens with spinal arthritis put down, seeing how tension-free her face was after death, and realising I had left the decision too long, I have preferred to send them off early rather than late. You could try the poem The Last Battle. This poem was published in a commemorative dog show catalogue many years ago and I kept it because I thought I might need it one day.
  19. I have a Standard Poodle who has been managed for Addison's disease for four years. Early Feb this year, I noticed he was coughing and took him to my vet. Snickers was diagnosed with a grade 3 heart murmur on both sides of his heart. He had been seen the previous October, with no sign of heart problems. Within a month, he had deteriorated and has CHF. He is on Zycortal and Prednisolone for the Addison's, Flusapex. Vetmedin, and Fortekor for the heart. We have reduced the Prednisolone as we have to watch the potassium and sodium levels now he is on fluid tablets. The medication timetable is pretty strict, and the day circles around best care for my boy. He has good days and bad days, depending how much he is coughing and gagging. His breathing is forced with his stomach working hard. He sleeps most of the time, doesn't want to go for a walk, but has a good appetite. Sometimes, when you are up half the night with him, you think, this cruel. Then in the morning, he bobs up, eats his breakfast and barks at the cyclist through the front fence. His head is up, the tail is curled, he is the man. By the afternoon, he is trying to find a comfortable position, so he can sleep with a very extended belly and fluid around his lungs. He isn't even 8 yet and he has end stage CHF. I am not sure whether to have him put to sleep before he gets any worst, because it becomes horrible as it progresses. or spend the most time I can on his good days. I have never had a problem making the decision before, this one is pulling at my heart strings.
  20. What a fantastic idea! I've had one with CCD (passed just shy of 17) and one with Sundowners (passed at 15.5). Both were staffords and very engaged in life right until their time came. I never thought of starting new challenges with either and was all about just maintaining things at a comfortable level for them, so I'm keen to do things differently next time based on this.
  21. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-07-07/cognitive-decline-dogs-dementia-pets-south-australia/104057234
  22. Great Dane Australian registrations steady around 500 last few years then dipped a little for 2023, but many breed numbers have dipped due to homes being taken by ...(fill in your answer here).
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  24. need a whole bucket of salt to view that list
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