Christmas Food Toxicity

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The Festive Season is just around the corner and many of our celebrations revolve around food. Most vets would say that they treat an increasing number of dogs that have eaten food which is toxic at this time of year. Top of the toxic list has to be chocolate! Toxicity varies with the cocoa content, but high-quality dark chocolate is …

Emotional Well Being During the Festive Season

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As the festive season approaches, most of us look forward to Christmas and spending time with family and friends. However, spare a thought for our pets. Christmas time is well known for being stressful for humans, but what about our pets? For them, the house has been turned upside down and seems to be invaded by strange objects. Furniture is …

Keeping Pets Safe at Christmas

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If you’ve ever seen a cat climbing up a fully loaded family Christmas tree, you’ll realize how appealing all our decorations and celebrations can be for our pets – or should I say “challenging”? What, for us, may seem festive and fun can often be worrying or downright dangerous for our pets. Much the same can be said about all …

Winter Fitness

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As winter progresses, I notice that an increasing number of dogs coming in for their Annual Health Check are carrying more weight than is ideal. When I politely point out that ‘Fido’ could do with losing a few pounds the response is usually, “He always puts on weight at this time of year because we can’t walk him as far.” …

Autumn Health

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Autumn is a lovely time for dog walks, as the weather cools down and the leaves start to turn, but take care not to come back with more than you bargained for. Ticks continue to be a problem in some areas at this time of year (especially if you cross farmland) so check your dog after every walk and consider …

Happy-go-lucky Millie wants to play

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Meet Millie; a Blue Roan Show Cocker. I rehomed Millie in February 2016 when she was six months old, through a dog trainer I know. The dog trainer had been called in to help Millie’s original owners, but after the dog trainer’s third visit to their house they had had enough and wanted to rehome her. Millie was with me …

Feeding the Canine Athlete

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The objective of feeding any dog is to provide the best possible nutrition to ensure appropriate body condition is maintained whilst supporting the dog’s lifestyle and age. Working dogs, however, have higher energy needs than the average pet dog. Energy requirements (and the fuel which supplies the energy) will differ, depending upon the type of work the dog is undertaking. …

How to make vet trips less stressful for your dog

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I remember getting a ‘Thank you’ card from a client with a lovely picture on the front, of a lurcher in a car looking out of the window. Underneath it says, ‘Park, not vets. Park, not vets.’ It’s a cute card, but as a vet and behaviourist it also makes me a bit sad that the patients we care for …

Firework season is back!

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Not so long ago, the firework season was short-lived and lasted for just a few days either side of November 5th. More recently, things have changed. Now, it’s not uncommon for sporadic outbursts of firework activity to occur for more than a month. This makes the distress caused to dogs and other animals really difficult to manage. Demonstrating a fear …

Lewis the Trouble Maker No Longer

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The troublemaker of the house is a 5kg Pug, called Lewis. Lewis is frightened of people and dogs he hasn’t met before which results in him barking like crazy and, in the case of other dogs, actually having a go at them. The behaviourist I went to for help recommended Breakthrough to help settle Lewis. I was incredibly sceptical that …