Ask the vet: runaway dog

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

Got a curly problem with your favourite pooch? Is your cat being too catty?

While animals can bring much joy into our lives, they are not always problem free. If there is an animal issue that you need help to solve, send your question to via RACQ to the Animal Welfare League Queensland experts, to find the answer.

Runaway dog

How can I stop my four-year-old staffy cattle dog cross from running away when I am not home? He has been doing this for about two years. Red Cloud never runs away when I am home. Is he looking for me?

AWLQ experts say

Red Cloud could be running away for a number of reasons – lack of mental and physical stimulation, roaming for a mate, to escape from loud noises, separation anxiety or isolation.

The following suggestions are designed to make staying within your yard a more attractive. Ensure Red Cloud is desexed, regular exercise is important for a dog’s mental and physical wellbeing, obedience training will provide Red Cloud with mental stimulation, toys scattered around the yard can occupy your dog’s mind for many hours, secure your yard and in some cases, it can pay to block out the outside stimulus. If you are away from home for long periods you could employ a dog walker to come in and break up the day for your dog.

Ear maintenance

How often should I clean my poodle Bodhi’s ears out? She is 12 years old and has wax in her ears. Should I continue putting drops in her ears?

AWLQ experts say

Every individual is a bit different. Some breeds are predisposed to ear problems because they have a lot of hair growing in the outer canal, or they have floppy ears that hold moisture in. Also, some individuals are affected by allergies and have recurring ear issues. Others like to swim and get water in the ears.

It is important to have your vet check the ears for infection, and for any damage such as ruptured ear drums. The vet will prescribe the correct medicated drops or recommend a suitable ear cleaner to be used either constantly (eg once or twice a week), or as needed.

What’s your question?

Send your pet questions to and Animal Welfare League Queensland‘s experts will provide the answers. Letters will not receive an individual reply and should be no more than 120 words.

AWLQ work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for stray and surrendered pets.