DOGS AND PUPPIES

How To Stop Puppies Eating Poo

How To Stop Puppies Eating Poo Eating their own or other dogs’ faeces (called coprophagia) is an unpleasant but common problem with pet dogs, especially puppies. Contrary to widely held belief it doesn’t indicate a dietary deficiency, though there are some causes that can be corrected. They're just copying mum… When a litter of puppies…

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Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough Kennel cough is a common, contagious condition seen in dogs, which is very rarely life threatening.  Infectious tracheobronchitis (the proper term for kennel cough) simply means inflammation of the trachea (windpipe) and bronchi (deep airways).  There isn’t a single pathogen that causes the disease – a variety of viruses and bacteria can cause…

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Why Do Dogs Chew Their Paws?

Why Do Dogs Chew Their Paws? Many dogs will chew their paws from time to time.  Sometimes this is just an extension of normal cleaning or can be a habit that forms over time.  For some dogs however chewing their paws can be a sign of an underlying problem that needs medical attention. Chewing One…

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Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?

Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails? We often think of a ‘waggy tail’ as being a sign of our dogs being happy, but recent research has shown that tail wagging doesn’t purely convey a dog’s happiness. The tail of a dog is a communicative tool that they use to express emotions to other animals, and…

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Cleaning Your Dogs Ears

Cleaning Your Dogs Ears Did you know that it’s recommended to check your dog’s ears at least once a week as part of their health care routine? By doing this you’ll easily identify if there are any problems for example; infection or ear mites that may require ear cleaning. For the majority of dogs, having…

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Why Do Dogs Lick You?

Why Do Dogs Lick You? Licking is a very common dog behaviour and like any trait, it can vary hugely from dog to dog.  Some love it while others hate it, but licking humans can occur for several different reasons. To communicate In the wild, young wolves will lick around their mother’s face to interact,…

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Puppy Awareness

Puppy Awareness Are you thinking of bringing a puppy into the family? Getting a puppy is very exciting and a lot of fun! But sometimes it can all seem a bit daunting finding out what you need to prepare and even where you should go to find your furry bundle of joy. As part of…

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Seasonal Canine Illness

Seasonal Canine Illness Seasonal canine illness (SCI) is a recently described condition which currently has no known cause. It affects dogs shortly after walking in woodland and can be fatal, though often isn’t if treated early. It’s most commonly seen between August and November, hence the name seasonal. SCI has been seen in dogs of…

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Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot Alabama rot is a condition affecting dogs which has been seen for many years in the USA, with a few reported cases in the UK since 2012. The condition causes skin lesions and, in some dogs, kidney failure. Currently the cause of the condition is unknown. Alabama rot, named after the location it was…

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Travel sickness in dogs

Travel Sickness in Dogs Travel sickness in dogs is very common, especially in younger dogs or puppies. Although in most cases if a younger dog is suffering from travel sickness, don’t despair, they'll usually grow out of it! If your dog is an adult and still feels a bit poorly in the car, there could…

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Why does my dog eat grass?

Why is my dog eating grass? Is it just my dog that eats grass? Not at all, this behaviour of grazing on a luscious bit of grass every now and then has been observed in owned and wild dogs for quite a while now. A large number of pet owners report seeing this behaviour in…

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Mobility Problems in Dogs

Mobility Problems in Dogs Arthritis – dogs Is your dog “showing his age”? If so, try this simple test. Compared to several years ago is your dog: slower to get up after lying down? having problems with jumping in and out of the car or climbing stairs? less keen to exercise? Tiring more easily? showing…

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Ticks and dogs

Ticks and dogs Ticks are another common problem that every dog owner needs to be aware of. Tick-borne disease is an increasing risk to UK dogs and their owners.  Ticks can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. Some of these can be deadly. If you regularly walk through long grass,…

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Advice for dogs with stress

Advice for dogs with stress How to spot signs of stress in your cat and dog You know your pet better than anybody and will often notice changes in behaviour in traumatic situations. Some of the most common events which pets find stressful are: Moving house Sudden noise eg fireworks, thunder New members to the…

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Well pet screens for dogs

Well pet screens for dogs When a Veterinary Surgeon carries out a physical examination of your pet they cannot assess fully the condition of the internal organs. Age related illnesses often develop slowly and can easily be missed in the early stages. Modern veterinary medicine means we can now offer the benefits of regular health…

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Diet and nutrition advice for your dog

Diet and nutrition advice for your dog Feeding your Puppy It is very difficult to choose the right diet for your puppy or dog when there is such a huge variety of foods on the market. You have to remember that the needs of your dog will change throughout its life and different species and…

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Dental care for dogs

Dental care for dogs Why is Dental Health Important? Dogs and cats can develop dental problems at any age and many over six years of age have some degree of dental disease. Dental disease can be put into 3 categories: Gingivitis Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. You can easily see this by the increase…

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Advice on neutering your dog

Advice on neutering your dog Males There are several advantages to having your male dog castrated. This can be done from six months of age. The benefits can be behavioural as well as physiological. Some castrated males can become more content and less interested in chatting up the females! They are less likely to get…

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Microchipping your dog

Microchipping your dog From 6 April 2016 all dogs in England, Wales and Scotland must be microchipped by Law. The Regulations will be enforced by local authorities, police constables, community support officers and any other person which the Secretary of State may authorise to act as an enforcer of the regulations. Losing your dog is…

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Worm control in dogs

Worms Pets are easily at risk of attracting different worms such as roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms. They can pick them up in a number of ways – from other infected animals, from their mother if she is infected while pregnant, or from eating worm eggs in infected faeces, urine or grass. Roundworms Very common in…

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