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Managing Arthritis In Your Dog During Cold Weather This Winter

Arthritis is extremely common in dogs, as much as it is in humans. It is a painful condition that affects the joints and can stop them from doing the things like they used to. With a little help though, we can help our canine friends enjoy life even while living with the condition. As the temperature drops, the cold weather can exacerbate painful joints. It is something you will notice more when they stand up after a sleep and they appear stiff, or get up in the morning, or are more reluctant to

Posted On: 07/11/2017

Helping Your Dog Stay Calm On Fireworks Night

It is one of the main weekend for fireworks again this week (Aside from New Year). Whether people attend organised displays or are hosting parties in their own back gardens, it will be hard for your dog to escape from the noise. For some dogs, it is just a run of the mill day like any other, but some dogs can become highly distressed and panic. Unlike one off noises, fireworks last a long time and are erractic, loud and high pitched, causing up to 45% of the UK's pets to become worried.

Posted On: 02/11/2017

Back To Basics - Managing Your Puppy's Diet

You've got your first puppy, and you want to make sure you give him or her the very best start in life. It's really important to remember that every dog has their own unique requirements and you will get to know what your puppy likes and dislikes, but this may be a learning curve. Just like any baby, your puppy needs balanced, carefully monitored nutrition to help them develop and grow. This means giving them the best start in life possible with the right food that fulfils their nutritio

Posted On: 15/10/2017

What is Canine Pancreatitis?

Canine pancreatitis is a difficult condition to manage. It can be found in any breed at any time, but it can be treated by your Veterinary Surgeon. It's a good idea to know what symptoms to look out for. While it doesn’t affect the masses, it is still common enough that it helps to be aware of what to look out for before it turns deadly. Canine pancreatitis is essentially the inflammation of the pancreas, the organ that produces hormones like insulin. It can occur out of nowhere or

Posted On: 02/10/2017

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