Tony Buckwell

Tony Buckwell

Veterinary surgeon with a special interest in gundogs


Q: My dog has suddenly started sneezing. Can dogs get colds and flu like humans? Over the 
past few days there have been persistent bouts of sneezing, runny nose and…

Avoiding hypothermia in dogs

A: Yes. Under the right conditions dogs, and indeed any warm-blooded mammal, can suffer hypothermia. Hypothermia in dogs occurs when an animal’s core body temperature falls and stays below the normal range. The normal body temperature…

dog at the vet

Q: My three-year-old Jack Russell may have a skin problem. He has lost hair in 
places on his face and ears; 
in patches that look rather like red-purplish bruises. He…

Feed a dog before exercise

Q: I was told that you should 
not feed a dog before a day’s shooting. I typically feed my dog around 6.30am and we do not start the first drive…

dry nose in dog

Q: We are hoping to have a litter from our springer spaniel bitch and were wondering what the situation is regarding the removal of dew claws. Does this need to…

male or female dog

Q: We are acquiring a new puppy as a companion for our eight-year-old spaniel. The journey home after we collect her from the breeder will take more than three hours…

when to call the vet

Q: Whenever my dog is unwell 
I take it to the vet, but the practice is usually very busy and 
I worry about bothering my vet unnecessarily (especially if it is…

Gundog anxiety

Q:  Until recently I was fairly confident I knew the basics 
of dog first aid, but on hearing 
a friend’s story of how he had to deal with his dog…