Tony Buckwell

Tony Buckwell

Veterinary surgeon with a special interest in gundogs

English setter

Q: I have heard that I should 
not allow my dog to drink 
iced water in hot weather because 
it causes bloat. Can you tell me 
if this is true? If…

constipated dog

Q: My Labrador seems to get constipated; she gets into position to relieve herself but 
with no success. What can be 
done to relieve constipation? A: Constipation is a relatively…

Fox Control

Q: Four years or so ago the local rabbit population crashed. We have had myxomatosis previously but the population always seemed to recover to some extent — this time it…

hearing loss in dogs

Have you ever heard of a gundog going deaf because of the noise of gun shots?

Roan springer spaniel

Q: I took my eight-and-a-half-year-old bitch to the vet because she was being a bit slow with her food. It transpired that she was having a phantom pregnancy. The vet…

Eye health in dogs

I'm worried for my gundog's health! I have an elderly, but fit, Labrador and I am concerned that he may be going blind.

Do dogs dream

I like to think my Labrador dreams; he will occasionally twitch, paddle with his legs and sometimes give out one or two “woofs” while asleep. Do dogs dream? Do we…

gundog

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…