DOGS AND PUPPIES

Body condition score your dog

Over 50% of dogs in the UK are overweight. Being overweight can lead to the following problems: Reduced life expectancy Chronic inflammation Cancer Metabolic and endocrine disorders Orthopaedic and joint diseases Skin diseases Respiratory disorders. Obesity is just a term given to individuals that are extremely overweight. But how do you know if your dog…

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What to do if someone pets your dog without permission

For some owners, it can be worrying and stressful if their dog is approached and/ or touched by other people or children. Not all dogs are the sort of dogs that want to say “Hi“ to everyone. It doesn't mean they are aggressive. However, dogs that do not like their personal space invaded can behave…

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Looking after your older dog

Sadly, a dog’s lifespan is relatively short compared to our own, and dogs are often referred to as “senior” after the tender age of seven! In very large breeds, such as Great Danes, it is even earlier. Many dogs will however still be perfectly sprightly until much later than this, even into their teens. The…

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What to do if a loose dog approaches you on a walk

Dogs are unpredictable creatures. If you come across an unfamiliar dog on a walk, it is not always going to be a friendly meeting. If worse still you see a dog approaching which is not on a lead, it can cause a lot of anxiety both for dog and owner. Here are some tips of…

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Noise Phobia in dogs

What is noise phobia? A phobia is the irrational fear of something. The word phobia suggests that the fear response is out of proportion to the source of the fear. This certainly can be the case for dogs who are frightened by noises – noise phobia. How and why does noise phobia develop? Fear of…

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History of the dog

Dogs are descended from wolves… it’s TRUE! One thing is sure, our dogs of today are indeed descended from the grey wolf (Canis Lupus). Academics have long been arguing about the exact timeline and dates. Where and when did dogs split off from wolves? Some studies, all to do with studying genetic material, suggest that…

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Poisonous plants for dogs

Gardening is a national pastime and most people who own dogs will also have a garden. Do you know just how many common garden plants can be toxic to dogs if eaten? Once you start to read the labels on plants, bulbs and seeds, it is amazing how many say “toxic if eaten”. However we…

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Grass seeds

You would not believe what damage a tiny little grass seed can do to your pet! Most varieties of meadow grass flower in the mid to late summer and this is when we see the most problems. The problem being that dogs love to run around in the grass and the grass seeds or awns…

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Taking your dog to the beach

The summer holiday season is upon us once again and lots of us are looking forward to getting out and about at the seaside with our dogs. There are however a few things to bear in mind when planning your day out at the beach, or organising your dream holiday by the sea. Not all…

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Puppy socialisation – everything you need to know

The importance of socialisation in dogs What is socialisation? All animals, puppies included, have a special sensitive period at the start of their lives where socialisation takes place. This is the time when they learn to accept things and situations around them, so they are not afraid of them in later life. In dogs, this…

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Grooming your dog

Developing a grooming routine with your dog early on is a great way to get to know your dog and check that he’s healthy at the same time. Grooming doesn’t just mean brushing All dogs benefit from a regular grooming session but how much your dog will require will depend on the breed and the…

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How to train your dog to do the perfect recall

Picture the familiar scene: The sound of “Alfie”…”Alfie”… come here!… drifts across the park, to the unconcerned dog busily investigating a lump of wet grass. He looks up lethargically and spots his frustrated owner. Safe in the knowledge that his owner is still there, Alfie continues to enjoy his sniffing. Does this sounds familiar? Being…

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Dental care and your dog

Dental disease is a common and widespread problem amongst our canine friends. In fact studies have shown that 80% of dogs will have some form of gum disease by the time they are 2-3 years old. Genetics and other factors such as diet can influence the development of dental disease but just like humans, in…

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Exercising with your dog

Fit not fat. You and your dog – TOP TIPS for the New Year It’s that time of the year again, when many of us make New Year’s resolutions. What about our dogs though? If they could, many would probably want to lose weight and get fitter; just like ourselves. Did you know that 60%…

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Keeping your dog safe during winter

When winter hits it's important to make sure your dog is well prepared to ensure they stay safe and well throughout the cold weather. Read on to discover top vet advice on how to keep your dog safe during winter. Breed Depending on the breed of dog, some of our canines can be particularly ill-equipped…

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Simple health checks you can do with your dog at home

Simple health checks you can do with your dog at home Your dog can’t tell you if something’s wrong so it’s up to you to find out. As a responsible dog owner, it’s a good idea to have a health check list of things to look out for on a regular basis. This way you’ll…

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Anxiety in dogs

Anxiety in dogs If you think that your dog may be suffering from anxiety, it is important to seek professional help – not only will this improve your dog’s quality of life, but it may also reduce the risk that the anxiety will lead to a serious behavioural problem. An obvious first port of call…

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Looking after your dog on hot days

Looking after your dog on hot days Now that summer is finally here, dog owners need to take care not to let their pets overheat. Heatstroke can occur seemingly without warning, so it is important to prevent this potentially deadly condition. Just in case your dog is affected, it is a good idea to jot…

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Choosing holiday care for your dog

Choosing holiday care for your dog It’s holiday season and many of us are looking forward to some precious ‘down time’ away from home. For most dogs, family holidays mean going to kennels or visits from a dog-sitter. The team at your local Healthy Pet Club practice have put together some points to help you decide…

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Moving house with your dog

Moving house with your dog Moving house is stressful for everybody, including your dog. This guide – put together by your local Healthy Pet Club practice – should help make the day go smoothly. Planning ahead The following tips may be useful: Consider putting your dog into kennels or sending him to a friend or…

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