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How Can I Stop My Dog From Running Away When We Take His Lead Off?

We’ve all been there – one minute we take the lead off our dog, the next minute they’ve picked up a scent and are off! Being unable to recall your dog is a potential danger to both your dog and other people. Your dog may get lost, a car may accidentally hit them, or other dogs may attack them. Having a consistent and reliable recall is an important skill that every dog exercised (off lead) needs to develop. Thankfully, the training is fun and rewarding!

Choose a recall word and provide consistent, positive reward

“Come” is a commonly chosen recall word. Additionally you could use your pets name. Use a friendly, positive voice, and when they come give them an instant, positive reward in the form of treat. Never call your dog to come in order to discipline them.. Never use a growl or an angry voice, as both of these can act as deterrents.

Start in a quiet area and gradually increase the amount of distractions

You can start recall training at home. When you’re in the house, randomly call your dog using your chosen command. As soon as they come provide them with a treat. Once they’ve picked this up, you can try training in your backyard for short, five minute sessions. Let them sniff around the backyard and get distracted, then call them using their command. When they come, give them a treat straight away.  Once they’ve mastered this, you can do this practice in a quiet part of an off-lead area in public. Note that in Queensland every public area is on-lead by default, unless it is clearly designated as being an off-lead area.

Once you’ve mastered the recall in a quiet public place, you can try it in a  much more distracting environment of a busy, off-lead area. Some dogs get too excited to recall. If this is the case, an intense run in the backyard before going into public can help to burn off some of this excitability.

What if they don’t come back?

If your dog doesn’t come back when you call them, sometimes getting their attention then running away from them can encourage them to catch up to you. Avoid the temptation to get angry or growl at them when they eventually return, as this provides negative feedback.

What if I don’t want to keep giving them treats?

When your dog is well trained, you can also try  teaching them a release command. This gives them permission to go and play. Eventually the release command can be used as the instant reward instead of the treat! If they return, give them a verbal reward, “good boy” for example. Then say, “okay, go!” and let them get back to their play.

Usually with enough time, consistency, and a increased exposure to more and more distracting environments, we can keep our dogs under control while they have fun in public.

You can read more helpful advice article on the Cairns Veterinary Clinic’s website

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What Is Tick Paralysis?

Cairns Vet Clinic

Dear Dr Richard Thomas, what is tick paralysis?

In Australia, ticks paralyse around 75,000 dogs and cats each year. In North Queensland, these ticks are more prevalent from June to December but cases do occur all year round. Areas of natural bush land which harbour native animals, particularly bandicoots, are the most likely areas where these ticks are picked up.

Tick paralysis can quickly progress to severe paralysis and death, so if you suspect your pet may have a tick, early diagnosis and treatment gives them the best chance of recovery. Don’t delay, contact us day or night.


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As the saying goes, “You are what you eat”, and the same goes for your pets too. Which is why a premium diet is best for your pets. Feeding a well-balanced diet to your pet, regular exercise and veterinary check-ups promotes health. It keeps their teeth, skin and coat in check, as well as strong well-developed bones, bright clear eyes, good muscle tone, firmer smaller stools, increased energy plus improved quality of life and longevity.

Premium pet foods contain a higher quality protein than inferior foods. The protein is usually sourced from chicken, fish, lamb and beef. Inferior pet foods source their protein from bone and connective tissue, which has a lower nutritional value. Protein is an essential nutrient as it provides the building blocks for healthy coats, skin and muscle growth. It also assists brain development in younger animals.

The higher quality ingredients in premium foods are also more digestible compared with lower quality ingredients in inferior pet foods. This means more nutrients are absorbed into your pet’s system. Pet foods that are less digestible move more quickly through your pet’s system.

The benefits of premium pet foods:

•• Less waste – Being more digestible and containing more useful ingredients, your pet retains more nutrients from the food. This results in healthy, well-formed stools and a reduction in quantity, less flatulence and less mess.

•• Less food – As it is more concentrated your pet requires less food than when being fed inferior brands.

•• Contains quality nutrients – These keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy. They can help prevent issues such as food allergies, sensitive stomachs and obesity. They may also help with hip and joint stiffness, hairballs, urinary tract issues and oral disease.

The good news is that premium pet foods cost less than you think. The chart below shows how much on average it costs to feed your pets, Hill’s Science Diet Vet Essentials per day:

Hill’s Science Diet Vet Essentials diet range has been developed to provide a large range of health support for your pet. It has a great taste and contains superior quality ingredients, is 100 per cent guaranteed with no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours and is recommended by vets worldwide.

For more information about your pet’s nutritional needs or Hill’s Vet Essentials, visit our website www.cairnsvet.com.au or contact our friendly team at either of our convenient locations.



The results are in! Bella, Bailey, Max and Lucy topped the charts for the most popular pet names of last year. What other names made the list. And where do your pets fit in?

According to data from VPI pet insurance, the largest pet insurance company, the top 100 pet names of last year included:

Top Female Dog Names

1.  Bella

2. Lucy

3. Molly

4. Daisy

5. Maggie

6. Sophie

7. Sadie

8. Chloe

9. Bailey

10. Lola

11. Zoe

12. Abby

13. Ginger

14. Roxy

15. Gracie

16. Coco

17. Sasha

18. Lily

19. Angel

20. Princess

21. Emma

22. Annie

23. Rosie

24. Ruby

25. Lady

26. Missy

27. Lilly

28. Mia

29. Katie

30. Zoey

31. Maddison

32. Stella

33. Penny

34. Belle

35. Casey

36. Samantha

37. Holly

38. Lexi

39. Lulu

40. Brandy

41. Jasmine

42. Shelby

43. Sandy

44. Roxy

45. Pepper

46. Heidi

47. Luna

48. Dixie

49. Honey

50. Dakota

Top Male Dog Names

1. Bailey

2. Max

3. Charlie

4. Buddy

5. Rocky

6. Jake

7. Jack

8. Toby

9. Cody

10. Buster

11. Duke

12. Cooper

13. Riley

14. Harley

15. Bear

16. Tucker

17. Murphy

18. Lucky

19. Oliver

20. Sam

21. Oscar

22. Teddy

23. Winston

24. Sammy

25. Rusty

26. Shadow

27. Gizmo

28. Bentley

29. Zeus

30. Jackson

31. Baxter

32. Bandit

33. Gus

34. Samson

35. Milo

36. Rudy

37. Louie

38. Hunter

39. Casey

40. Rocco

41. Sparky

42. Joey

43. Bruno

44. Beau

45. Dakota

46. Maximus

47. Romeo

48. Boomer

49. Luke

50. Henry

What are your pet’s names? Make sure you also check out our top baby names of last year to see if your children’s names made the list.