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O be Joy-full!

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We have in the past supported pleas for help from various worthy causes. On this occasion we’ve decided to sponsor a puppy in training to be a Guide Dog, a decision made in response to recent TV advertising.

It was easy to set up a direct debit & we’ll receive regular pup-dates as training progresses. Of the three dogs featured for sponsorship I chose Joy as it’s an apt name for the festive season & because hopefully she will bring joy to her new owner in due course.

Safe Dog Walking Fields

Browsing Facebook, as you do, I just came across a page listing safely fenced dog walking fields.  These are available for rent by groups or individuals – each according to their particular terms & conditions.  One can search by postcode, name of town & distance  Obviously one has to pay but the guarantee of sole use might make it worth your while.  As it happens there is only one within 10 miles of us & we don’t have problem dogs ourselves but if you do then search for ‘Dog walking fields’ on Facebook or go to their website  http://www.dogwalkingfields.co.uk   Sounds like a great idea if your dog is reactive, prone to chase wildlife or you just want to relax & play without distraction.

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Colour Code Guide Dogs!

Would you know what it meant if you saw a Guide Dog with either a red and white or a blue and white harness flash?

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The photo above shows Cooper with a red and white flash on his harness. This indicates that the Guide Dog Owner has hearing loss as well as a visual impairment.

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The photo above shows working Guide Dog Hetty with a blue and white flash on her harness. Blue and white indicates that Hetty is also a seizure alert dog.

Please like and share with your friends to build awareness of this!

Still A Use For Home Remedies!

Sometimes the easiest solution is the best. It’s not always right to spend money needlessly on Supplements as this recent conversation with one of our customers shows.

From: Maria

Message: Hello, following a check up with our vet yesterday where I pointed out that my almost 9 yr old flatcoated retriever has developed dry flaky skin, my vet advised that maybe I would like to supplement her diet with Lintbells Yumega Dog Salmon Oil. I was wondering if your Trimega Omega 3 Granules would be a better option but one thought did occur to me – will she have Omega 3 overload.  I feed Nutriment raw and feed all the flavours so she gets lots of variety including the fish variety with sprats once a week. Nutriment food is supplemented with both Salmon Oil and Coconut Oil.  I also use your Plaque Away product daily and am about to use your Flexsprinkles. Would adding an Omega 3 supplement have the potential to be too high a level for my dog but if it is what should I be using to treat her dry flaky skin?

Your advice would be gratefully received.  Many thanks. Maria.

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Diabetes, a simple explanation

Diabetes seems to be becoming increasingly common in dogs. Just like human diabetes in that respect, though I don’t know whether it’s for the same reasons. Diabetes can be difficult to understand and so this article is aimed at giving owners a basic appreciation of the condition. Before we start though just to set the scene;

  • Diabetes can’t be cured. There is no scientific evidence for a “cure” despite what some adverts may say. It can be treated and managed successfully though.
  • You can’t diagnose it yourself – though you can spot telltale symptoms. Your vet will then do a quick blood test to confirm it. It is life threatening if left untreated.
  • The vast majority of dogs with diabetes enjoy long and happy lives.

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When trying to understand diabetes you will hear the phrases “glucose/sugar levels” and “insulin” bandied around. You don’t have to understand it but if you want to then here is a simple explanation.

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Monty the Tibetan Terrier enjoying his autumn holidays.

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At just over a year old Monty went lame and seemed to be in a lot of pain. He was x-rayed and found to have severe hip dysplasia. The Vet decided to try a conservative treatment plan that included exercise, anti-inflammatory drugs, hydrotherapy and green lipped mussel. It worked! No surgery was needed & Monty is able to live a full & active life.

He has happily been a Flex Sprinkler for the last four years

To chew or not to chew, that is the question.

Golden Retriever pup chewing a child's shoe
Golden Retriever pup chewing a child’s shoe

To chew or not to chew, that is the question.
I have a new puppy at home in addition to three adult dogs. At almost  months of age the pup is exploring & learning all the time – mostly with his teeth! In an attempt to find something safe for all four animals to chew I started to ‘google’ on the subject. Continue reading To chew or not to chew, that is the question.