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November the fifth may bring fun and fireworks for many, but for our dogs it can be terrifying. From big bangs to bright lights and sizzling sparklers, they don’t understand what’s happening and can be traumatised for days. Here are our top five tips on keeping your dog safe this...
Autumn is a beautiful season with nature’s glorious colours and, if we’re lucky, some late summer-style sunshine! But it also highlights that winter is fast approaching and this can bring skin and joint issues for some dogs. With the cooler, wetter, windier weather comes drier skin and coats and stiffer...
Most dog lovers know that chocolate is an absolute no-no for their four-legged friends, as it contains theobromine which can lead to a toxic build up and even death. But did you know there are many other human foods that are also dangerous for dogs? Here are some of them:...
While most of us humans love to bask in the hot summer sun, our dogs are not so keen. They feel the heat much more and it’s therefore essential to keep them cool and hydrated. Here are some top tips on how: Take them for walks early in the morning...
Summer is here and with it comes the peak holiday season – don’t forget your four-legged friend! Going away For those of you taking your dogs with you do make sure you’re fully prepared. If you’ve booked a dog-friendly hotel or holiday home, double-check their policy before you set off...
Dogs talk to one another in many ways, but their body language is the biggest giveaway. If you want to understand more, watch them and learn! Happy – a happy dog is relaxed with a happy smiley expression and lots of tail wagging, they may also play bow (front legs...
One weekend recently I was walking my two Labradors, when they were running together and clashed. Roosha, the younger of the two, cracked a canine tooth. A subsequent visit to a veterinarian dental specialist to cap the tooth revealed that this is quite common. While I was there, I also...
In this guest blog, Vet4life vet Jenny Lowe answers frequently asked questions about kennel cough. What is kennel cough? Kennel cough is a common infection in dogs which can be passed between them. It is not usually caused by a single bacteria or virus but often a mixture of different...
Firework season is fast-approaching; here is some advice for people with noise phobic dogs from local vets, Vet4life . Preparation is key and should ideally start during the weeks before fireworks start; here are a few things to consider in the run-up: Desensitisation – this involves repeated exposure to the...
You’ve decided to send your dog to day care, you’ve spoken to friends and family, you’ve shopped around, and now it’s time to make a decision. What next? Here’s our definitive guide to the top four things to consider when choosing doggy day care. 1) Check it out Think of...

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