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Why Vaccinate?

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Why Vaccinate? The most recent PDSA PAW Report found alarming drops in the number of cats and dogs having primary and ‘booster’ vaccinations. Whether to vaccinate, what for, and how often are popular and sometimes explosive topics on pet social media groups and replies are often conflicting. What is a pet owner to do? How Vaccines Work Vaccines contain dead …

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Courage

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The world is full of strange and weird things and it is amazing that some dogs seem to cope with everything they encounter whereas other dogs appear to fear their entire environment. So how can we help dogs to become bolder and more confident? If a dog is constantly anxious and fearful then professional help should be sought from either …

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Why Do Dogs Dig?

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Most dog owners have come to know, and sometimes dread, the tell-tale sounds of digging (whether it’s inside the house or out) and most of us have pretty firm views on our dogs digging for Australia through the hall carpet! Over the years, many of us have had the joy of living with a number of dogs, and while all …

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Stop Thief!

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It starts out as a bit of a giggle … your new puppy grabs your slipper (slippers are great to grab because they are soft and squishy just like puppy toys, but they have the bonus of smelling like feet) and when you go to grab the slipper, he runs away. You chase him, he darts and runs, all good …

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Getting back to fitness with my dog

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The Christmas tree has been taken down, along with the lights and cards, and even the last bit of Christmas cake has been finished or, as in my case, thrown away to prevent me from eating it! January has arrived together with the realisation that these trousers weren’t this tight just a week or so ago and, in a ritual …

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Socialisation In Dogs

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Dogs are social animals and in general enjoy the company of other dogs, but this doesn’t mean that all dogs will get along with each other straight away; great care should be taken when introducing a new dog to the resident dog in the household. Whilst owning more than one dog can bring lots of fun and enjoyment, not only …

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Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?

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As humans, we have fairly fixed stereotypical ideas about things like thinking a fat cat is a contented cat and that dogs wag their tails to communicate happiness. As in most things in life, each is partially true but neither tells the whole story. In the case of dogs wagging their tails there is far, far more to this than …

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Noise Sensitivity in Dogs

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Today we lit the log burner for the first time this autumn and, as the wood began to crackle and spit, our dog began to creep out from behind the sofa, tail tucked under, ears back and trembling, desperately trying to open the lounge door and move to another room. He was clearly distressed by the noise. Interestingly, we live …

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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 …

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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 …