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 …

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 …

Avoiding heat stroke in dogs

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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 …

Being Alert to Canine Ear Conditions

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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 …

breakthrough™ and Wood Green – More Results

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  With the launch of breakthrough™ earlier in 2016, we have carried out a number of studies with rescue centres and COAPE trained behaviourists to demonstrate the results that breakthrough™ can produce. One such study was with the Wood Green Rescue Centre in Godmanchester. This blog post outlines the results from this study and was first published as an academic …