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Thursday, July 20, 2017


Humans have used herbal treatments and natural products for thousands of years and their medicinal properties are said to treat everything from swelling and sinus infections to anxiety and anemia. But we’re not the only ones who can benefit from their healing powers. When properly prep...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Possible chemical contamination of well-known dog treat brands have prompted a product recall from the manufacturer. Read the whole story here:

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Alabama Rot has been reported in the UK for several years, but appears to be spreading. Whilst there is no need to panic as it is still very rare, it behoves all dog owners to be aware of the signs, symptoms and the treatment that is available for our beloved pets.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


As a non-smoker, I never realised this was such a big issue - but the nicotine in electronic cigarettes combined with flavourings that make the liquid attractive to pets, has increased the number of poisonings in dogs by two-fold in the last 6 months.

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Some pets show strong signs of separation anxiety every time their human family members leave them alone, from a few minutes to a number of hours. This might manifest in crying, barking, excessive pacing and even destructive behaviour by attacking toys, cushions, duvets and toilet roll...

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Xylitol-Related Dog Poisonings More Than Doubled in 7 Years

The use of Xylitol as an ingredient in many foodstuffs has increased dramatically in recent years and although the list shown is primarily peanut butters from the US, we urge all dog owners who occasionally give their pets pean...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Came across this useful reference to food allergies in relation to dogs (and cats) and considered it worth repeating, as one small step to gaining a better understanding of our pets overall health and wellbeing.

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Greetings and solicitations fellow dachshund staff.  Apologies for the silence for the last couple of weeks. Human life has impinged more firmly on my blogging schedules, but things appear to be stabilising now, so I just wanted to give you a heads-up on a project in progress.

I am...

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Are we being conned when we buy our petfoods?

A class action lawsuit recently bought in the US is testing the law in this regard and covers these specific products:

  • Hill’s Prescription Diet

  • Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets

  • Royal Canin Veterinary Diet

  • Iams Veterinary Fo...

Saturday, January 14, 2017


In the course of research for an article on dog food, I came across this piece by Susan Thixton, petcare advocate, author and blogger on TruthAboutPetFood website. Information on the site is backed-up by Dr Cathy Alinovi DVM and Dr Michael W Fox DVM - both practising veterinary doctors...

Friday, January 13, 2017


Our dogs cannot talk, but they can communicate and do so very well if we just pay attention to their body language and behaviour. But we must take the clues in context, as licking of lips for example, can indicate stress or can mean 'treat please human'.

To be able to successfully tell...

Sunday, January 8, 2017


In November 2000, a study was published by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan and entitled 'Hematologic changes associated with the appearance of eccentrocytes after intragastric administration of...

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Often, when we take our dogs to the groomers, they include a nail-trimming in the session, or alternatively, we have the vet do it during either a regular visit or booked as a specific nail-trimming appointment. But just how easy is it to do yourself?

Using these precautionary notes and...

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Hoping you have survived the festivities, received presents that you had wished for and although it is lovely to have been invaded by the family, in-laws and out-laws, have now been left to wind-down and enjoy the briefest moment of solitude, until you suddenly realise that the last 2...

Friday, December 23, 2016


Just a few short days ago I started tweeting. I had never done it before and didn't know what to expect. But please bear with me, whilst I explain a situation that I discovered on Twitter and has opened my eyes wide.

Every day I have seen more and more tweets begging for help to find st...

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