Dr. Megan Barnes BVSC MRCVS (Veterinarian)

Meg is an Australian veterinary surgeon, dog expert, and writer, currently living and working in Scotland with her family. She is a passionate advocate of preventative medicine, educating clients, and believes medicine never has a one size fits all approach. When not vetting, her happy place is out walking the hills with her baby daughter and over-excited Labrador in tow, and writing.

vet cleaning the anal glands of a dog in a veterinary clinic

Why Are My Dog’s Anal Glands Leaking? Our Vet Explains

Nobody ever said that dog ownership was glamorous, and the very existence of anal glands in dogs can be a consistent reminder of that. They produce a secretion that has a characteristic rotten fish smell that once you’ve experienced it, you are unlikely to ever forget it! Normally, this secretion is only released when a […]

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Sad tired beagle dog on sofa. Sick dog.

Hormonal Imbalance in Dogs: 9 Vet-Explained Signs & How to Treat It

Dogs may stand on four legs and spend an inordinate amount of time with their noses up each other’s bottoms, but their hormones function similarly to ours. Hormones are chemicals released by glandular tissue in the body, and they control the actions of certain organs and cells. They play a huge part in the physiology

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vet examining a sick German Shepherd dog

Neurological Disorders in Dogs: 11 Vet-Explained Signs

Neurological disorders in dogs can be alarming for owners to witness and often tricky to diagnose and treat. The nervous system is essentially the electrical system in the body and comprises the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS is the brain and the spinal cord, and the PNS involves

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two scared or afraid puppy dogs wrapped with a curtain

What to Do if Your Dog Is Scared of Loud Noises: 6 Simple Steps (Vet Answer)

Body trembling, ears pinned back, manic pacing, hiding, fervent panting. Those whose dogs are scared of loud noises will be well accustomed to the signs of noise phobia. As an owner, it can induce a sense of helplessness, watching your dog suffer with the consequences of their anxiety for something that we logically know is

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Blisters on Dog Paws (Vet Answer): Treatment, Causes & Prevention

A dog’s paws tolerate multiple stressors all throughout their life. While biomechanically designed to withstand many of these stressors, they are not immune to discomfort and disease. Paws can scale and crack, and they can be subject to the intrusion of foreign bodies and infections and be burnt by heat and ice. Just like our

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Cute puppy eating peanut butter from a spoon

Can Dogs With Pancreatitis Eat Peanut Butter? Our Vet Explains

A big spoonful of peanut butter is delicious and comforting and certainly a much-loved treat for dogs. Unfortunately for pancreatitis patients, it is high in fat and can put a grumpy pancreas into a full-blown temper tantrum. For dogs that have historically suffered or continue to suffer from pancreatitis, peanut butter and other fatty foods

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The pet is sick. Dog and allergic wounds

Allergy Bumps on Dogs (Vet Answer): Hives and Urticaria Explained

If bumpy red welts have erupted suddenly all over your dog, you may be wondering what they could be. These innocuous little bumps that can cause great discomfort to your dog are called “urticaria” or “hives.” The skin is the body’s biggest organ and a very important one: The complicated network of three layers works

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