Tony Buckwell

Tony Buckwell

Veterinary surgeon with a special interest in gundogs

Raw chicken wings for dogs

Q: Why are puppy teeth so sharp?  A: Puppies are born without teeth but then develop two sets. A temporary, deciduous set of puppy teeth erupt around three to four…

dog in sun

Q: With a young dog in training this summer, have you some advice on the best ways to keep dogs cool in hot weather? A: The advice on how to…

puppy with tennis ball

Q: My dog trainer has advised me to use tennis balls to train my Labrador to hunt and retrieve but I’ve heard there are risks from balls. Are tennis balls dangerous…

beware over-exercising a puppy

Q: We have recently acquired a new puppy. Both parents were hip and elbow tested and found to be clear and I’ve been told by the breeder to be careful…

old black Labrador

Stiff legs in the morning Q: I notice that our Labrador, as he gets older, is starting to have difficulty getting up on his legs first thing in the morning.…

Roan springer spaniel

Q: Is there anything that can be done to delay or prevent the onset of arthritis in older dogs? Controlling your dog’s weight 
by feeding a healthy diet and keeping…

black Labrador

Q: My dog drags 
its rear end along the ground frequently. I am told this is a sign that he needs his anal glands emptied by a vet. Why is…

dogs good for your health

Q: How serious is lungworm 
and should I be routinely treating my dogs? An emerging disease A: Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) infection is what we call an “emerging” disease. Initially found…