Tony Buckwell

Tony Buckwell

Veterinary surgeon with a special interest in gundogs

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…

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…