Dr. Joe Mallat DVM (Veterinarian)

Joe is a veterinarian from Sydney, Australia. When he's not working, he enjoys cooking, exercising, and exploring the Australian wilderness. He has worked for 2 years at a mixed-species practice on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, treating animals of all sizes. His areas of particular interest include wound management, internal medicine, and oncology. Joe's love for the profession comes not only from helping dogs, but also from helping their parents and working with wonderful teams of people. Joe completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2020.

Can Dehydration Cause Seizures in Dogs? Our Vet Explains

How concerned should we be about dehydration in dogs? Can it cause neurological issues such as seizures? Thankfully, dehydration is an uncommon cause of seizures in dogs. The main situation in which vets observe dehydration and seizures together is heat stroke. However, in episodes of heat stroke, there are other severe internal or metabolic derangements

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Dog Paw Pad Yeast Infections: Causes & Care Guide (Vet Answer)

Paw pad yeast infections in dogs are one of the causes of interdigital dermatitis or pododermatitis. These pesky infections are usually the result of skin allergies, though wounds and other skin conditions can also result in yeast infections of the paw. Most yeasts behave similarly—they thrive in moist, damp environments. If you’ve noticed irritation between

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My Dog Swallowed Rawhide: Should I Be Worried? (Vet Answer)

Rawhide chews have gained popularity among dog owners, providing entertainment to their dogs while simultaneously maintaining good dental hygiene. However, opinions are mixed, and it appears the jury is still out. Rawhide advocates will say they are the best option out there, safer than bones and more natural than dental chews. Rawhide opponents, on the

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Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs: Signs, Causes & Treatment (Vet Answer)

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a life-threatening condition in which a dog’s immune system starts attacking and destroying the body’s own red blood cells. As red blood cells distribute oxygen around the body, they are very important to almost every aspect of health and cellular function. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is often referred to as “immune-mediated hemolytic

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Hyperkeratosis in Dogs: Guide, Symptoms, & Treatment (Vet Answer)

Canine hyperkeratosis is a skin condition in which dogs produce too much keratin. Keratin is one of the most important structural proteins found in skin, hair, and nails, as well as beaks and horns. In dogs, hyperkeratosis is most commonly seen on the footpads and nose, though other parts of the body can be affected.

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Thiamine Deficiency in Dogs: 7 Signs to Look For (Vet Answer)

Vitamins are essential to the overall health of people: they help fight infections, metabolize food, heal wounds, and regulate hormones. But what about their role in dogs? Though not often spoken of, they are just as important in our canine friends. This article will focus on Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine. Inadequate thiamine in

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Fungal Infections in Dogs: Signs, Causes & Treatment (Vet Answer)

A number of fungal infections can affect our canine companions. Some of these fungal infections are superficial or “local” diseases, such as ringworm and yeast dermatitis, which are problematic but not life-threatening. Other fungal infections, such as Aspergillosis and Cryptococcosis, can involve multiple internal organs and are much more serious. This article will explore common

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6 Benefits of Eye Supplements for Dogs – Vet Recommendations

Vision is crucial to your dog’s health and quality of life. With advances in both veterinary and owner care, dogs are living longer than ever before—great news for dogs and their families! However, as dogs get older, they become more prone to age-related eye issues such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disease. These are relatively

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Cleft Lip & Palate in Puppies: Signs, Causes & Treatment (Vet Answer)

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects caused by the incorrect formation of a puppy’s mouth during pregnancy. Similar clefts also occur in human babies. While some clefts can be visualized without any difficulty, others are far less obvious. Similarly, some clefts do not need any treatment at all, while others require corrective surgery.

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There are Scabs on My Dog’s Nipples – Should I Worry? (Vet Answer)

When you decided to bring a dog into your family, you probably didn’t envisage dealing with scabs on her nipples. Or his nipples, for as it turns out, male dogs aren’t immune to the problem either! So, what’s it all about? The first thing to mention is that it’s generally no reason to panic. Allergies,

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Is Sweet Potato Good for Dogs with Pancreatitis? (Vet Answer)

If your dog has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, your vet probably spoke to you about the importance of food. Some vets will recommend a prescription or commercial diet that is formulated for dogs recovering from pancreatitis. Others may recommend simple home-cooked food for the next couple of weeks. Got sweet potato in the fridge? Good

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What Is Scabies in Dogs? Signs, Causes & Treatment (Vet Answer)

If you haven’t heard of scabies in dogs, you may have heard some of its other names—Sarcoptes, sarcoptic mange, or even just “mange”. We’ll avoid the use of the last name, as “mange” can technically be caused by any parasitic mite. Instead, we’re focusing on one specific mite: Sarcoptes scabiei. This is the mite that

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Hygroma in Dogs: Our Vet Explains the Causes, Signs & Treatment

Large and giant breed dogs transmit an impressive amount of force through their joints. Some of these dogs also have a tendency to lie on hard surfaces such as floorboards or concrete. When you add these two traits together, you get a dog that is at risk of developing a hygroma. Hygromas are benign, fluid-filled

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Why Is My Dog’s Stomach Making Noises? 7 Likely Reasons (Vet Answer)

At some point in your dog’s life, you’re likely to hear their stomach gurgling, rumbling, and churning. This is very similar to the stomach noises we make ourselves, though you might be taken aback by how loud your dog’s stomach noises are. But are these belly growls a reason to be concerned? Most of the

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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs: Our Vet Explains the Signs, Diagnosis & Treatment

Cushing’s disease was first diagnosed in people more than one hundred years ago by a pioneering American neurosurgeon, Dr Harvey Cushing. Cushing’s disease, also known as Cushing’s syndrome or hyperadrenocorticism, is a serious hormonal condition that affects dogs and cats, as well as people. This is a condition in which the adrenal glands produce too much

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Entropion in Dogs: Our Vet Explains Signs & How to Treat It

Dogs are inquisitive and playful creatures, famous for their strong sense of smell. However, vision also plays a key role in the way dogs interact with their family and surroundings, and healthy eyes are the key to good vision. Entropion is an eye condition that can impair vision and cause discomfort, especially if not treated

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Dementia in Dogs: Our Vet Explains the Signs, Causes & Treatment

It’s normal for dogs to show signs of aging—things like arthritis, loss of hearing, reduced energy levels, and greying of the hair are all fairly common. But what about behavioral changes? Some dog owners notice unusual behaviors and lack of responsiveness, as if their dog is “off with the fairies”. These changes could be attributed

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Brachycephalic (Flat-Faced) Dogs: 7 Health Problems (Vet Answer)

Flat-faced dogs are referred to in the veterinary circle as brachycephalic. There are many brachycephalic breeds—Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs, and Shih Tzus are just a few examples. Many of these breeds are now very popular as household pets, and for good reason. Most are affectionate by nature, with quirky behaviors and a knack for playing

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My Senior Dog Is Panting and Shaking, What’s Wrong? (Vet Answer)

As a veterinarian, getting to the bottom of excessive shaking and panting in senior dogs can be difficult. As the owner of a senior dog, the situation can be frightening, often leaving you wishing your dog could tell you what the problem is! There is a long list of potential causes for shaking and panting

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Long Term Effects of Dogs Eating Chocolate: Our Vet Discusses Concerns

Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. Dogs just can’t metabolize chocolate as well as we can, which renders them particularly sensitive to the effects of a chemical called theobromine (similar to caffeine). However, many dogs have a proclivity for eating things they shouldn’t, and chocolate can be hard to resist. For these

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Is My Dog Dead or Unconscious? 5 Tips to Check (Vet Answer)

No one wants to find their dog non-responsive. Maybe they’ve been slowly declining with age, or maybe you’ve found them in this state out of the blue. The first thing you’ll probably wonder is if they’re alive (but unconscious) or have actually passed away. This can be surprisingly challenging to differentiate in dogs. The below

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