Lewis the Trouble Maker No Longer

In Behaviour, Testimonials by Sam Beirne Comments

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 …

Kenny is thriving on Breakthrough

In Testimonials by Sam Beirne Comments

I wanted to tell you about our black Labrador male, Kenny. He is now eight, and throughout his life has always been very noise sensitive. We think it stems from when he was accidentally hit by a cyclist when a few months old. The bell noise terrified him and gradually this spread to other noises and his fears became normal …

Medication for firework phobia in dogs

In Veterinary by Breakthrough Admin Comments

RSPCA figures suggest that 45% of owners feel their dog is afraid during firework displays. Fireworks are no longer restricted to the evenings around 5th November as they are an important part of many religious festivals, and are popular at weddings, concerts, and at New Year. Ideally, dog owners, behaviourists, and vets should be working to desensitise dogs to the …

Emotional support for dogs with firework phobia

In Behaviour by Breakthrough Admin Comments

As autumn approaches we should be teaching owners how to help their dogs cope with fireworks. Many owners leave it far too late to seek help and advice until the first ‘bang’! There are several approaches to treatment of firework phobia (and other noise phobias) – pheromone therapy, diet change, body wraps and in severe cases medication, but what we …

Avoiding heat stroke in dogs

In General by Breakthrough Admin Comments

We’ve all seen dogs locked in cars on hot days. No dog owner would deliberately subject their pet to the stress and potentially lethal danger of overheating but, just as people occasionally drive with no lights in poor light, maybe they just forgot to take account of the very real danger. Whatever the reason, dogs die in hot cars! What …

Tick myths and facts

In Veterinary by Breakthrough Admin Comments

Over the last few years, vets and pet owners have been reporting increased numbers of ticks on dogs. The increase may be due to warmer winters, more people exercising their dogs in rural areas, and changes to farming practices. There are over 20 different species of tick in the UK, but all are similar in appearance. They have round bodies, …

Being Alert to Canine Ear Conditions

In General by Breakthrough Admin Comments

We all know that sore and itchy ears are a common condition in dogs, but it might surprise you to know that these conditions can be the reason for up to 20% of veterinary consultations. Research shows that similar conditions amount to less than 6% of consultations in cats so, clearly, we need to be alert to ear conditions in …

Keeping dogs & horses safe on walks

In Behaviour by Breakthrough Admin Comments

Now the days are longer, dog walkers and horse riders will be taking advantage of the early evening light and sharing many routes. It is important that both groups learn to anticipate the behaviour of each other’s animals. Dogs that are unfamiliar with horses can start barking if they catch sight of one or even set off after them in …

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Loud noises and the unfamiliar caused anxiety for Peep

In Testimonials by Sam Beirne Comments

Peep a Shih-tzu arrived at the rescue centre from a family with two young children and an aged Boxer who was suffering with cancer. His owners felt they didn’t have the time to spend with him and caring for their elderly ill dog was their priority. Peep hadn’t really been walked much or socialised, and was really quite wary of …

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Ben and Hilary make even more progress

In Testimonials by Sam Beirne Comments

Later last year we shared with you Hilary and Bens story, the 15 month old Belgian Schipperke who had a rather isolated start in life with very little social interaction and anxiety issue with people and other dogs. When we last heard from Hilary Ben had come on in leaps and bounds on his new breakthrough™ diet and life was really …