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Neutering Your Dog

Neutering is one of the most responsible decisions you can make for your pet. Spaying - neutering of a female dog - or castration - neutering of a male dog - is a routine procedure carried out in veterinary practice, and prevents the dog from breeding.  There are many myths surrounding neutering, which we will hopefully debunk here. Why should we neuter? Without doubt there are a huge number of unwanted pets. Rescue centres are full to capacity with cats and dogs,thankfully many of th...

Posted On: 30/04/2017

Managing Allergies In Dogs

Just as human's suffer can suffer with a range of allergies, so can our dogs. Allergies can be very uncomfortable, they can impact on mood, health and even behaviour. Understanding some of the most common allergies that our pet dogs can suffer with can help identifiy problems before they start and manage the symptoms of common canine allergies. Food allergies This is among the most common allergies your canine friend could suffer from, and in many cases the leading cause is beef, as th...

Posted On: 30/04/2017

Managing Diabetes In Your Dog

Diabetes in dogs is much the same as diabetes in humans. It is a lifelong condition, but it is not something which means the dog must be mollycoddled, and something which must be seen as a crutch; it is just something to be careful about. It also doesn't mean that you have to stop giving them their favourite Barker & Barker treats, but you need to balance their diet.  It is thought to be more common in some breeds, such as the Cairn terrier, and is much more common in females who ma...

Posted On: 12/03/2017

The Dangers Of Obesity In Dogs

So you know how dogs basically have a bottomless pit for a stomach? Well apart from using this to clean up the dropped food from dinner time, their lack of self-control is a bit problematic. Obesity comes down to two things, be it in humans, dogs, or any other species: intake of food, and exercise. Obesity occurs when energy intake is greater than energy used. The excess weight causes a whole host of problems, putting strain on internal organs, joints and bones. It can also lead to more serious ...

Posted On: 26/02/2017

Is Dental Care Important For Your Dog?

Brushing your dogs’ teeth can be a challenge for many owners, but oral hygiene is actually an important issue for your pets as well as yourself. We don’t expect bad breath from our fellow humans so why are we so accepting of it from our canine companions? Dental disease is painful for your pet, and for your piggy bank, although this may not be your primary concern at the time. The best method is prevention so it’s best to start learning about how dental disease occurs from t...

Posted On: 22/02/2017

Why Do Dogs Chew?

Chewing can be an incredibly difficult part of owning a dog. When a dog chews there are various reasons this behaviour may be triggered ranging from their current environment, their age or even the type of dog you own.  Dogs are inquisitive animals and will naturally want to explore their surroundings which will include sniffing, tasting or occasionally chewing objects. When Puppies Chew Age can be a considerable factor when it comes to your dog chewing as younger dogs (3-6 months old...

Posted On: 08/02/2017

Restrictions On The Sale Of Puppies Under 8 Weeks Of Age

Tougher dog breeding licensing rules to better protect thousands of puppies were introduced today. The plans to tighten up laws around selling pets and breeding dogs will make it completely illegal to sell puppies younger than eight weeks and require anyone breeding and selling three or more litters of puppies a year to apply for a formal licence. Irresponsible breeders who don’t stick to these rules face an unlimited fine and/or up to six months in prison. The ne...

Posted On: 02/02/2017

How Much Exercise Is Enough For My Dog?

Taking your dog for a walk is not just a good way to get your out of the house, it is a necessity for your dog that they get the right exercise in order to live a healthy lifestyle. We are all used to reading reports outlining the impact of obesity in humans yet this is a big problem for your pet too and spending too much time curled up in front of the fire may be a contributing factor to this. It is reported that around 55% of pets in the UK are overweight with a worrying proportion classified ...

Posted On: 31/01/2017

When Should I Start Training My Puppy?

When it comes to taking on a puppy, one of the first things you should start to consider is what you need to do to ensure you have a well mannered, socialised and publically bahved adult dog. Owners sometimes if it is too early to start training their puppy, thinking “He needs to settle in” or “ He needs to get to know us”, however training your new pet should begin from day one. Starting to train your puppy early, setting boundaries and expectations will establish the ru...

Posted On: 31/01/2017