Dog Health & Care
12 Nov 2020
A puppy should never be a surprise gift for Christmas, birthdays, or even a lockdown cheer-up present. This is not fair on the gift receiver, the household where the puppy will be living, or the on the puppy itself. Dogs have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years and this is huge responsibility to give to someone who is not expecting it.
This responsibility doesn’t just include the amount of daily care and training a puppy needs, but also the financial commitment. According to the PDSA, even the smallest breeds, like pugs and chihuahuas, are estimated to cost between £4,600 and £8,900 over their lifetime.
A new dog in someone’s home affects the entire household. Puppies are highly energetic and will cause some form of chaos before they are trained to behave properly. This can a stren
22 Oct 2020
How To Keep Your Dog Safe & Warm On Winter Walks
With the temperature dropping and the weather worsening, you need to be sure your furry friend is comfortable, safe, and stays warm when you take them out for walks. Below we outline the gear you need and how to keep your pet happy in the cold outdoors.
How to tell if your dog is cold
Some breeds cope better than others in winter and it’s very important to make sure your dog doesn’t get too cold. Smaller breeds like Pugs and Chihuahuas will struggle to keep warm at cooler temperatures, but even larger breeds used to cold climates, like Siberian Husky’s and Saint Bernard’s, you should still be aware of the signs that they are getting too cold.
24 Sep 2020
It’s always worrying when your dog acts out of character. Maybe they become more vocal, maybe they hide, maybe they whimper, maybe they become aggressive. There can be many reasons why your dog starts acting strangely but often we can pinpoint the cause. However, if your dog is stressed it can be a lot harder to find the exact reason or it may be difficult to even figure out if they are anxious or stressed in the first place.
In this article we outline the common signs of dog stress, how to spot the symptoms, and how to relieve their anxieties.
20 Aug 2020
Going for a run with your dog has many benefits. It provides your dog with a high level of exercise, mixes up their routine, provides added motivation for yourself, and is also a great opportunity to bond.
However, you shouldn’t just simply slip on your running shoes and grab the dog when you’re going out the door. It is important to have a basic understanding of how to jog with your dog safely and responsibly.
22 Jul 2020
Making sure you have the perfect harness for your pet can take some time to research. So once you’ve decided on a suitable harness for your dog it’s important to make sure it’s the right size and is adjusted correctly.
An incorrectly fitted harness can do a lot more harm than good, and getting it fitted properly will help keep your dog safe, comfortable, and under control.
Whatever harness you have bought, reputable manufacturers will include printed illustrations with guidelines instructing how best to successfully fit and adjust their harnesses. However, sometimes these instructions can confuse owners.
In this article we will hopefully make it clearer to what exactly you should and shouldn’t do when fitting a harness.
Dogs are unable to sweat through their skin, instead they cool down by panting and releasing heat through their paws and their nose. The means they can quickly overheat and heatstroke can develop rapidly.
Heatstroke can be fatal for dogs so keeping them cool and hydrated in hot weather is vital. Read our tips here.
20 May 2020
If your dog is overweight or obese it can hinder their mobility, increase the likelihood of them developing diseases (including diabetes), and can shorten their lifetime. By making sure your pet eats appropriate portions, has a balanced diet, and gets enough exercise, you can help them have a healthy and happy life. But how can you tell if your dog is already overweight or how can you monitor your dog’s weight? And if your dog is already obese, where do you begin in reducing their weight?
Dog walking is permitted as part of the one form of daily exercise outlined by Government rules. But some dogs need a lot more physical activity in a day. Mental stimulation for your dog is also important for their well-being. So here are some tips for keeping your dog active and entertained during the pandemic.
12 Mar 2020
There are three main types of parasite repellents available to pet owners which are designed to keep dog’s safe from ticks and fleas: Repellent collars, Spot-on treatments, and Ultrasonic collar attachments.
But what are the differences between these pest repellents? And which one is best? In this article we highlight how each works so you can decide which one is right for your dog.
01 Nov 2019
When daylight savings time ends and the clocks go back it can be difficult to get the second walk in before the sun goes down. Taking your dog for a walk after dark means it’s important to keep your four-legged friend visible and safe.