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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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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 …

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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 …

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Alabama Rot

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In 2012, vets in the New Forest started seeing a number of dogs with the same symptoms: acute kidney damage and skin lesions. Despite intensive fluid therapy most affected dogs died. The power of social media meant that other vets realised they had seen dogs with similar symptoms, and investigations into this deadly new disease began. Tests on tissues from …

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Can Animals See in Colour

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The spectrum of light is made up from seven different wavelengths, each attributable to a different colour. Even among humans, there are significant variations in the way in which we all see colour. Men are more likely to be colour blind than women – an expression which denotes a restricted ability to perceive certain colours – and, over the years, …

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Breakthrough update from Wood Green

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Darcy has been rehomed and doing very well, Whitefield and Creed are still with us.  Elsie Elsie is a brindle mastiff cross that has been handed to Wood Green due to a time where she escaped her home and got her self into an incident with a small dog. Elsie is very sociable and enjoys playing with other dogs however …

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Breakthrough update from Wood Green

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Darcy Darcy came to us with a history of high reactivity to other dogs. She is being housed in our High End Needs training unit while she looks for a new home where she is on a desensitisation and counter-conditioning training plan alongside the Breakthrough diet.  Creed Lurcher Creed is a lively adolescent lurcher that is often too mouthy, nippy …

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Emotional Impact of Winter Setting in for Some Dogs

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I was watching the weather forecast earlier today when the presenter highlighted the fact that we have lost around an hour of daylight over the last month. With days becoming shorter, and the evenings becoming darker much earlier, my thoughts have turned to thinking about how to prepare our dogs for the onset of those dark winter days and nights. …

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Dog Breeds and Human Allergies

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The growing popularity of all kinds of doodles (poodle crosses) is, in part, due to their reputation for being suitable for people with allergies to dogs. Many websites claim that breeds which don’t shed are less likely to cause allergic reactions, but this is not true. Allergies to dogs (and cats) are not really due to the hair they shed, …