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Veterinary socialisation experience & handling

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Dogs hate the vets, right? It doesn’t have to be that way! It’s not surprising that many dogs form bad associations with their veterinary practice. Their first visits are usually for injections (which sting) and they may be upset by other pets in the waiting room. I also wonder how the vets must smell to a dog …can they smell …

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Love me love my dog

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February 14th is possibly one of the most romantic days of the year, but when love is in the air you may need to think about how your dog might react to your partner. Your new soul mate may not be enthusiastic about your dog, especially if he/she is met with snarls on entering the house! If there are several …

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Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year. It’s the busiest in the florist’s calendar and usually the time when the price of red roses doubles overnight! However, the background to the story isn’t quite as warm and cuddly as we might believe. The legend goes that Valentine was a priest who served the Emperor, Claudius II, in …

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Breakthrough update from Woodgreen

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Since the launch of Breakthrough in 2016, we have been carrying out studies with Chris Bennett at Wood Green – The Animals Charity – in Godmanchester, to demonstrate the results that Breakthrough produces. Chris Bennett has an update on three of the dogs currently on Breakthrough. Sheba Sheba is a mongrel that was rescued by her owners when they were living in Ethiopia. …

What is Breakthrough

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A new, complete food based on the ‘Val Strong Diet’ which has been used by behaviourists and trainers for many years. Following demand from behaviourists, and owners of problem dogs, Breakthrough has been developed to replicate this serotonin-enhancing diet. How does it work? – By manipulating the diet to alter the transport of individual amino acids into the brain, it is …

Reducing behavioural problem in youngsters.

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As a vet in general practice, I believe that prevention is better than cure; and that the same applies to behavioural problems. If you take on a puppy or young dog, prevention starts before you even bring him home. Find out as much as possible about the parents of your dog and how the litter has been raised. By the …

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Breakthrough update from Woodgreen

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Since the launch of Breakthrough in 2016, we have been carrying out studies with Chris Bennett at Wood Green – The Animals Charity – in Godmanchester, to demonstrate the results that Breakthrough produces. Chris Bennett has an update on three of the dogs currently on Breakthrough. Maddison Maddison is an adolescent Anatolian Shepherd X that came to us as a stray. She had …

Christmas presents for our pets

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It’s that time of the year again!  Some people just love Christmas shopping –  spending time looking for and choosing gifts for friends and family.  But what should we buy for our pets? As very important members of the family, it is only natural that we want to make sure that our pets receive presents at Christmas time; but we …

Keeping pets safe at Christmas

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I love that moment when you sit down at breakfast and start to think about where the Christmas tree should go and which of the many different decorations you might use this year. If we trust the retailers to signal the start of Christmas, it would clearly be the day after all the Halloween stuff gets put away, but, for …

Festive first aid kit

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Christmas can be a challenging time for pets; odd decorations, noisy music everywhere, lots of visitors, staying in strange houses or, maybe, even a kennel stay. These stresses can have a negative impact on your pet’s mental and physical health, so why not take some precautions and prepare a festive first aid kit and plan? Firstly, make sure you think …