Tony Buckwell

Tony Buckwell

Tony Buckwell is a veterinary surgeon who worked in mixed, predominantly small animal practice, prior to a variety of senior management roles in industry and academia, each relating to the veterinary care and general welfare of a variety of animal species. Tony has a life-long passion for dogs, natural history and country pursuits. Tony has written and illustrated two books, on the Health and Welfare of Gundogs and the Breeding of Dogs, respectively and regularly writes for Shooting Times, answering questions on the health care and general welfare of working gundogs.

springer spaniel

In April and May, with the weather becoming warmer, slugs and snails become much more active which increases the risk of lungworm in dogs. Dogs that eat slugs, snails or…

black labrador

Helping a constipated dog Q: My labrador seems to get constipated; she gets into position to relieve herself but 
with no success, despite straining for several minutes. It’s distressing to…

Black Labrador

Q:  What’s the best of dealing with tapeworms in working dogs? I have recently had to treat my dog for tapeworms. How do dogs get tapeworms and how can I…

dogs in snow

Can dogs suffer from the cold in winter? What are the signs to look out for and how best can we help them cope? (Read about hypothermia in dogs here.)…

bleeding dog paw

A reader recently asked me: “Should I bathe a dog’s wound myself? If so, what should I use? (If your dog has swallowed something harmful, here’s how to make a…

Dogs on shoot day

On a shoot day you obviously want your gundog to perform at his best and remain fit and healthy. So what should your feeding programme for the day be? What’s…

transporting dogs in cars

Recent surveys have shown that 4% of pet owners whose dogs were insured had had an accident or near miss as a result of the animal being loose in their…

working dog diet

Feeding dogs – before or after exercise? So should you feed your dog before or after a walk? There is no scientifically established “safe” time for feeding dogs, but in…

old Labrador

Q: What is your advice on spaying an older dog? I am unsure of what to do. I have an eight-year-old bitch I was a bit concerned about because she…

dogs together

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