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Abbey Has Passed Her Level 2 Dog Grooming

Bonnie Dogs is very proud and excited to announce that Abbey with her big smile has passed her City & Guilds Level 2 Dog Grooming. We are sure you would like to join in and congratulate her, grooming dogs for Abbey is something that just seems to come naturally and she is proving to be a very caring dog groomer.; When looking for a Dog Groomer always ensure they have completed at least to City & Guilds Level 2. No one is a Dog Groomer if they have only been taught in a Salon or had Salon only experience. Nor are they qualified if they have completed a Theory Course, Groom Your Own Dog Course or Level 1 City & Guilds they...

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Emily Has Passed Her Level 2 Dog Grooming

Bonnie Dogs is very proud and excited to announce that Emily has completed and passed with flying colours her City & Guilds Level 2 Dog Grooming. We are sure you would like to join in and congratulate her, Emily is already proving to be a very talented and caring dog groomer. When looking for a Dog Groomer always ensure they have completed at least to City & Guilds Level 2. No one is a Dog Groomer if they have only been taught in a Salon or had Salon only experience. Nor are they qualified if they have completed a Theory Course, Groom Your Own Dog Course or Level 1 City & Guilds they are not competent to groom your dog....

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Muddy Dogs

2nd Feb 2017

Muddy Dogs

My Dog Is So Muddy! The hard ground is thawing and the rain is pouring which only means one thing mud mud and more mud! The puddles are everywhere and there are no dry walks in the area unless you road walk 'how boring you hear the dogs howl'. If your dog loves a puddle like Legend in the following video, then please watch and read on for some helpful tips on how to deal with mud. You can reduce the amount of mud that gathers on your dog which then scatters all around your home by doing a few things Having your dog professionally groomed will really help. A shorter less dense coat is a lot easier and quicker to dry. A dog with no...

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Saturday Job Vacancy.

21st Jan 2017

Saturday Job Vacancy.

Dog Grooming/Sales Assistant The hours are Saturday 8.30-2.30. The position includes brushing out, bathing and drying of the dogs coming into the salon ready for the dog to be trimmed. Answering the telephone, booking appointments using the computer booking system, serving customers, cleaning the salon and shop area. Along with lots of other general duties and involvement with our online store. You should be reliable and punctual - our customers are everything to us and we never let them down by not being ready to start work on time. This job is far from glamorous, you will smell like a dog by the end of most days. It is lots of fun...

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Dogs are at risk after Palm Oil is washing up on UK beaches

Dogs are at risk as fetbergs made from Palm Oil have started to wash up on UK beaches after Storm Angus. The Palm Oil is coming from the Caribbean and they look like giant white rocks. They smell like diesel and are covered in harmful germs, however, dogs can not resist the taste of them. Palm Oil is a natural substance that is released by ships into the ocean, it then solidifies and looks a white/yellow waxy substance. Dogs that have ingested the substance have suffered from severe illness and in some serious cases death. Dog owners have been told to avoid beaches where there are reports of it washing up, if you have any concerns...

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Dogs and the War

10th Nov 2016

Dogs and the War

As we are nearing Rememberance Sunday we remember all the military and civil service men and woman who fought and were involved in the War, we will also remember the many animals that served in the War too. Beside the human soldiers dogs played very important roles during the war, the roles varied depending on their breed and how trainable they were. Some of the roles included were, scout dogs, sentry dogs, explosive dogs, ratting dogs, companion dogs, casualty, messenger and mascot dogs. Sentry/ Guard Dogs These dogs were used to guard military bases and camps, usually they would be by one guards side and alert them of a intruder...

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Legend the Flatcoat keeping cool in the Summer heat

Legend is keeping himself cool in this warmer weather by sticking to the shade, he also found himself his own personal pond and decided he needed to have a quick dip, however, he didn't realise that it went deeper in the middle - 🙂 Remember to keep your dogs cool when out on walks in this warmer weather, if you are unable to walk your dog in the mornings or evenings when it is slightly cooler then don't worry you can always walk them in more shaded woodland during the day. Take a look at our blog post on how to keep your dog cool in the Summer for more information....

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Does your dog roll in poo?

Why do dogs roll in poo? It is believed that dogs roll in poo due to doggy instinct, when dogs were wild they would roll in the poo to camoflauge the smell and blend in with their surroundings making it easier for them to sneak up on prey, our domesticated dogs still have this behaviour in their genes. What can I use to remove Fox Poo from my dogs coat? Do not panic! We stock a shampoo that actually works at removing the smell and poo from the dogs coat. Animology Fox Poo Shampoo - is the only shampoo we have found that works at removing any type of poo inclduing foxes, badgers, cow and sheeps poo from the dogs coat. The shampoo is...

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A Deadly Canine Disease is being spread through Ticks

Dog owners are being warned to protect their dogs against Ticks urgently after a deadly disease the tick is carrying is causing deaths in dogs. Cases are now spreading and it has even reach the GU area. The disease is - canine babesiosis a parasitic disease which is found in mainlaind Europe however, this is the first time it has been contracted in the UK. The disease is being carried by the Ticks and once the Tick starts to draw blood the disease is spread. What is canine babesiosis? Canine babesiosis is a parasitic disease which can be spread through dogs by tick bites, blood transfusion or bites by those infected. The most common...

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Legend and Daz Easter Egg Hunt

Legend and Daz had their very own Easter Egg Hunt the other morning, it was great fun. Please take a look at the following video to see what they got up to. You can also have your very own Easter Egg Hunt for your dog, we have the Carob Eggs we used available on our website, please take a look at our Easter Toys and Gifts range to purchase your own....

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Phantom Pregnancy in Dogs

A Phantom Pregnancy also known as a False Pregnancy or Pseudo pregnancy is when a female dog that is not pregnant is showing signs and symptoms of a real pregnancy. Phantom pregnancies usually occur around 1-2 months once their season is over. The exact cause of a phantom pregnancy is unknown however, it is thought that it is due to a hormonal imbalance that triggers the symptoms to occur. What are the signs and symptoms of a Phantom Pregnancy? - Restlessness- Behaviour changes- Showing signs of nursing- Motherly behaviours occurring- Abdomen looks distended- Nesting- Vomiting- Enlargement of nipples- Secretion of fluid from...

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What is the clear slime in my dogs water bowl?

Sometimes you might be looking at your dogs water bowl and notice a clear film on the top of the water, you may also notice that there is a clear slime around the edge of your dogs bowl where the water sits, this substance is actually called Biofilm and can be a lot more of a hazard to your dog than what you think. What is Biofilm? Biofilm is a collection of materials that build up on a surface, in this case it builds up on the surface of the water. The Biofilm is usually made up from organic and inorganic materials either living or dead that builds up. When it builds up on the surface it creates a thick subtsance and bacteria...

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Legend our Flatcoated Retriever Blackberry picking

Legend is having a great time picking Blackberries when out on a walk. He seems to enjoy picking them himself but if you would offer him a Blackberry he would turn his nose up at it! (He doesn't seem to realise that the red berries are not ripe and quite sour and that the bush is full of thorns)....

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Woody the Westie Puppy playing with the shop broom

Here at Bonnie Dogs we get a lot of playful puppies coming in for grooms and they all seem to take a liking to the shop broom. Here is a video Woody the West Highland White Terrier puppy playing with the shop broom....

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The Dangers of Chewing Gum to Dogs

When you think of hazards to dogs the first thing that doesn't come to mind is chewing gum. Chewing gum is a hazard whether your dog likes to pick it up off the paths when out for walks or if they accidentally step on some when out and about. When you are out and you accidentally step on chewing gum it is really annoying and impossibly hard to remove from your shoe, for a dog it is even more annoying as it can cause a lot more problems than you would expect. Dogs sweat through their paws so it is very important that the hair is removed from between their pads to help keep them cool, if the long hair is not removed it makes and easy...

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Ziggy the very sleepy Cavachon Puppy

Ziggy the Cavachon was a very sleepy puppy after his groom. Usually grooming does tire puppies out as they are not used to standing for a long time, we usually give them little breaks in between so that their grooming experience is an enjoyable one....

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Dog Cooling Coats

22nd Jun 2015

Dog Cooling Coats

Now that the weather is getting warmer you may notice your dog start struggling in the heat. Even though dogs struggle they still want to sit in the garden in the sunshine with you. A great way to keep your dog cool is to use a Cooling Dog Coat. Available to buy in our shop. What is a dog cooling coat? A cooling dog coat is a coat that your dog can wear to help cool them down in the heat. It is activated by water and makes your dog feel cooler not wet, the cooling effect can last for hours. How does it work? Immerse the coat in water for just a couple of minutes. Once completely saturated, remove the coat and squeeze out the excess...

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Professional Dog Grooming for Puppies

It is very important that you get your puppy professionally groomed, even if it is just an eye trim, bottom and feet tidy to help prevent infections and to help your puppy see. Another reason as to why it is important is that it gets the puppy used to all the handling, smells and sounds of the grooming parlour envirnoment. Take a look at our blog post on professional grooming for puppies for more information....

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Fifi the French Bulldog helping us clear up the dog hair in our grooming parlour

Fifi the French Bulldog came in the other day for a brush, bath and nail trim. Whilst waiting she decided to help us clear up the dog hair from the other clients, she was having such good fun! She then decided that as that was so much fun she would help us sweep up the hair too!...

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Dogs and Tennis Balls

9th May 2015

Dogs and Tennis Balls

Tennis Balls are a common toy that dogs just love! However many people do not realise the dangers tennis balls can bring to your dog, not just physically but mentally too. It is very important that when choosing a Tennis Ball toy for your dog you choose one that is purposely made as a dog toy. Crushing Tennis Balls Some dogs just love to chew and chomp on new toys, dogs mouths and jaws are designed to cause damage if pressure is applied, which is why no toy is indestructible. Dogs can easily crush tennis balls breaking little bits off, sometimes these small pieces that break off can be swallowed and your dog may require surgery as...

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Dogs and Easter

24th Mar 2015

Dogs and Easter

Easter is a great time of year, Spring is under way and the weather is warming up, walks are even more beautiful and everything is so colourful and vibrant. There are exciting new smells, sights and sounds for your dog that will make them even more curious when at home and out on walks. Knowing the hazards and dangers that Easter can bring to your dog may even save their life and make Easter together more enjoyable. Easter Lily A plant/flower that is very beautiful and more common at this time of year and unfortunately is highly toxic, if ingested like all other lilies they are highly toxic and can make your dog very ill. They are...

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Can you help a neighbours dog?

Just like checking in on a friend or neighbour to make sure they have checked their fire alarms every time the clocks change, why not take a moment to think about their dog, especially if you know someone that could be struggling. Unfortunately some people who own dogs can struggle with the care of their dog. This can be anything from feeding, walking, health care and grooming. Some owners struggle due to not having their own transport, financial issues, personal struggles or health issues. If you have a friend or a neighbour that you think could be struggling why not offer them your help. Whether that is taking their dog for a...

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Dogs and Bloat

27th Jan 2015

Dogs and Bloat

Gastric Volvulus also known as Bloat is a life threatening condition that can occur in a dogs life. Bloat occurs when the dogs stomach fills with food, fluid or air and the enlarged stomach puts too much pressure on the dogs vital organs causing them trouble to breath and discomfort, blood supply to the dogs organs can also be reduced to the pressure. Bloat is also a way of describing stomach torsion or a twisted stomach. Whether your dogs stomach enlarged or twisted your dog requires emergency Veterinary treatment as they are all serious conditions. What are the Symptoms of Bloat? Symptoms of bloat can include: - Distended Abdomen...

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Thundershirt for Dogs

23rd Jan 2015

Thundershirt for Dogs

The Thundershirt is a specifically designed shirt to help dogs with anxiety. Available to buy in our shop. How does the Thundershirt work? Thundershirt is designed to apply gentle constant pressure on a dogs torso, the pressure has an amazing calming effect for most dogs. It is very important that you choose a size that will be snug fitting to ensure that the shirt is not too loose so that the calming effect works. The Thundershirt is available in 7 sizes starting from XXS-XXL. The Thundershirt is safe, easy to use, effective and drug free. What can the Thundershirt be used for? The Thundershirt is great to use for any noise related...

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The Dangers of Anti-Freeze to Dogs

It's that time of year again, some mornings you wake up and the car is completely frozen. To ensure that the engine of your car does not freeze you use anti-freeze in with water to stop the water from freezing. There are also forms of it that can be used to help de-freeze cars which can come in spray forms. Anti-freeze can also be found in the grit that is laid down on the roads to prevent the roads from becoming icy. Anti-freeze is poisonous to animals and dogs just love the smell and taste of it, if it is left laying about any dog or cat if given the chance will have a taste. It is very important that your dog is kept safe with...

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Dogs and Moving Home

16th Jan 2015

Dogs and Moving Home

Moving house is a big change, it is very important that you prepare your dog for the move too especially if your dog is not used to change. Your dog will be affected if you have lived in your home a long time or even if you are constantly moving about so it is very important you follow the steps involved. What to do? Try and keep your dogs routine the same, any small changes can upset your dog, this is the same for before and after the move. If you do need to make slight changes make sure these are done slowly and in plenty of time. Prepare for the worst, your dog once you have moved may try to run back to the old home (it can...

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Dog Names

9th Jan 2015

Dog Names

Choosing a name for your new dog or puppy can be great fun. It can be a tough decision as there are so many names to choose from. Names can come under certain categories such as, cute, funny, unique, food, human etc. Here is a list of some popular Male Dog Names: - Max- Bailey- Charlie- Toby- Rocky- Jake- Jack- Buddy- Alfie- Buster- Oscar- Archie- Ted Here is a list of some popular Female Dog Names: - Poppy- Molly- Daisy- Bella- Ruby- Lucy- Roxy- Lily- Lady- Sadie- Lola (Please note these names are not in a particular order) Here is a list of food and Drink names for Dogs: - Cookie - Honey- Biscuit- Malteser- Rolo- Coco - Chilli-...

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Common Dog Myths

2nd Jan 2015

Common Dog Myths

There are many old wives tales and myths linked to dogs health and behaviour and many of them we have believed for a long time: A dry nose means an unhealthy dog This is in fact as a myth because dogs that have just woken up will have a dry nose. However if a dog does have a constant dry nose that can also be crusty can be a sign of a health problem, if you are concerned about your dogs health then contact your dogs Vet for help. It is thought that this myth began when the disease called distemper was more common, one of the symptoms of distemper was a dry and crusty nose. As the disease was more widespread and common any dogs that...

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Dog Body Language

21st Nov 2014

Dog Body Language

Dogs can show how they are feeling through their body language. It is very important as a responsible dog owner that you understand how your dog is feeling by the behaviours they are showing. Alert: Your dog will have their ears pricked upright and eyes wide. Your dog is listening and looking out trying to figure out what is in their surroundings. Suspicious: Similar to alert, but your dogs body positioning will be different. Your dog may lean forward as if to suss out what is ahead of them. Ears will be pricked upright and eyes will be wide, your dogs tail may be lifted slightly higher. Your dog may also start to sniff the air in...

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How old is my dog in Human Years?

It is a known fact that dogs age quicker than humans and live much shorter lives. A dogs age in human years is commonly calculated by multiplying the human age by 7, however, a dogs real human age will vary depending on breed, size and weight. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs and certain breeds can age quicker than others. Below we have added a chart which shows an approximate estimate of your dogs human age, taking into consideration your dogs breed, size and weight. 0-1year old: At this age your dog is a puppy, they will be developing and doing most of their fast growing. At this age it is very important that they...

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Dogs and Stagnant Water

Some dogs just love to swim, they will swim in anything no matter how clean or dirty, smelly or muddy. Whilst swimming dogs can also drink the water that they are playing in. At first this may appear harmless but in fact it is very hazardous to your dog and they can become very sick. Leptospirosis Dogs can be affected by a disease called Leptospirosis which is a bacterial disease, it is also zoonotic meaning that humans can catch it from animals which is why treatment and diagnosis is very important. Dogs can contract the disease from stagnant water as the bacteria usually develops in well in warm humid areas. Wild animals will also...

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Dogs and Rabies

17th Oct 2014

Dogs and Rabies

Rabies is a severe virus infection that can be fatal to dogs and humans. It is a viral polioencephalitis that affects the dogs brain and central nervous system. The primary way rabies is transmitted is through bites from a carrier of the virus, carriers in the UK are Bats and in some rare cases can be foxes. However in the UK there is a very low risk of the virus affecting dogs and humans. The virus is transmitted from the infected animals saliva to the bloodstream. As soon as the virus has entered the dogs body it starts multiplying in the muscle cells and then spread to the nervous system fibres. The virus can take up to a month...

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Dogs and Dew Claws

7th Oct 2014

Dogs and Dew Claws

Dew claws are small claws that appear to be where a thumb would be on a human. They are on the inside of the dogs legs and the skin they are attached too can sometimes be quite flexible. Dew claws were once very important to dogs when they were wild especially for bigger breeds that climbed mountains, however nowadays they are not necessary and can cause more problems to your dog. Dew Claw History A long time ago dogs would use dew claws to hold and rip up meat whilst eating it, they aided the dog in holding the object still so the dog could chew. They would also use them to shred up the meat off a bone and and use them to hold the...

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The Dangers of Rutting Season to Dogs

Rutting season usually occurs in the Autumn months, especially the first 2 weeks of October. Rutting season is a mating ritual ruminant animals do, ruminant animals are animals that regurgitate food from the rumen and chew this to gain as many nutrients as possible from the food, ruminant animals include cows, sheep and deer, however Deer are most common and most active this time of year. Male animals will usually rub their antlers on trees or on the ground, fight with each other using their antlers. Rutting shows who the dominant males are in the group, the more dominant males will get to mate with the females first. Rutting season...

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Dogs and Babies

30th Sep 2014

Dogs and Babies

Having a baby can be a very exciting time in your life, however, it is very important that you remember to prepare everyone in your home for the new arrival most importantly your dog. Dogs can start to sense changes in everyone’s moods and behaviours which will make their moods and behaviours suddenly change. Dogs can easily become jealous too so getting your dog prepared will help with the changes that can occur. What to do leading up to the babies arrival? It is very important that your dogs training is up to scratch just to prepare your dog so that they don't jump up at people especially if they would be carrying the baby....

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Dogs and Children

12th Sep 2014

Dogs and Children

Dogs and children is a topic that many people will have something to say about. It is very important that you, as the responsible adult ensures that your dog is well socialised and that your children know the doggy dos and don'ts. Children need to be taught that their dog is not a toy and that it is an actual living breathing creature with a mind of its own, the best way to do this is by teaching your children the dog rules. You can even create a sign with your children that can be put up somewhere around the home to help remind them of the doggy dos and don'ts. - If a dog is sleeping do not disturb them or touch them - Never pick...

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Teething Puppies

9th Sep 2014

Teething Puppies

Usually around 16 weeks old your puppy will start the teething stage, you will notice that they will chew anything and everything. It can be a frustrating time for you but being patient with your puppy and helping them cope will help the teething stage be a lot smoother process. Puppies are just like babies and as they grow up they will use their mouths to discover new things, they will also chew on other objects through boredom or because their teeth are causing them pain. Puppy Dental Anatomy Puppies grow 28 puppy teeth in total, when they are teething these will all come out. Your puppy will lose their incisors first, then the...

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Toilet Training Dogs and Puppies

Toilet Training can be a very easy and simple process if done correctly. You need to be patient with your puppy and give them the time to learn and then everything should fall into place. Facts to consider There are some facts that you should take into consideration when toilet training your puppy, these facts will help you in many ways. When a puppy is born and is being nursed by their mother, the mother will feed the puppies then once they have finished a meal lick their bottom end to stimulate the bladder and bowels to encourage them to go to toilet after eating. As puppies get older the time after eating and when they need to go...

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Vegetarian and Vegan Dogs

Many Vegetarians or Vegans have a very strict diet of what they feel is ethical to eat and what is not. Due to their beliefs this can also have an affect on their pets diet, most people choosing for their dogs to be Vegetarians and Vegans too. Some dogs can also be fed on Vegetarian and Vegan diets if they have certain health problems. What is a Vegetarian? A Vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat or fish, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons. What is a Vegan? A vegan is a person who does not eat meat or use animal products. Vegetarian and Vegan Diets for Dogs Vegetarian and...

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Dogs and Chocolate

21st Aug 2014

Dogs and Chocolate

Chocolate is nearly every single persons answer to a bad day, it is delicious and can become addictive. Every dog owner should know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs however there are still many people that will feed chocolate to their pets. Chocolate contains a toxin called theobromine and high amounts of this toxin can be fatal to dogs. Theobromine is the same toxin that can be found in caffeine which is why it can become addictive for some people. Theobromine levels depends on the type of chocolate, white chocolate contains the least and dark chocolate which has more cocoa in it has higher levels of the toxin. As little as 2...

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Dogs and Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is when a dog has an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in many dog foods that contain wheat. If a dog eats food that contains gluten and they suffer from Coeliacs Disease it can cause problems to the gastrointestinal tract and dogs can become malnourished. What are the symptoms of Coeliacs? - Anaemia- Chronic Diarrhoea- Vomiting- Mucus in faeces- Constipation- Weight loss- Weight gain depending on food consumption- Weakness or lethargy- Poor coat and skin condition What causes Coeliacs? Coeliacs disease is idiopathic so the cause is unknown, like most idiopathic diseases it is believed that it can be...

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Disabled Dogs

15th Aug 2014

Disabled Dogs

Dogs are remarkable animals and they do suffer with the same disabilities that humans suffer with, however it is amazing how well they can manage and adjust to everyday life. Some disabilities are a lot more common than others for example Deafness and Blindness while others can be quite rare. What is a disability? A disability can be a physical or mental condition that limits movement, senses or activities. Physical Disabilities in Dogs Dogs can be born with physical disabilities or they can develop over time as a dog gets older, dogs can also become physically disabled if for example they are in a road traffic accident. Physical...

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Lumps, Bumps and Warts in Dogs

Over your dogs lifetime your dog can develop all sorts of lumps, bumps and warts. Most of the time they can be completely harmless, however it is very important you get them checked out by a Veterinarian just to make sure. Most of the time many of the lumps your dog develops are better off being left alone. You may find these lumps and bumps by accident whilst grooming your dog, playing with them or just generally handling them. Warts Warts are small bumps found on your dogs body, they can appear most commonly on the head and neck area and are most likely found on older dogs. Usually warts are harmless but if they ooze or weep then...

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Why is my dog limping?

Why is my dog limping? There are many reasons as to why a dog would start limping, some are a lot more obvious than others and some your dog may need to see a veterinarian. Grass Seeds A grass seed may have pierced through your dogs skin in their paws. Your dog may start limping as it is painful to walk on. Your dog may even try to walk without putting that foot on the ground as it is sore. Grass seeds are very dangerous and need to be removed as soon as possible by a Veterinarian if they have pierced the skin. Some grass seeds you may spot just in time and can remove them yourself. Please see our blog post on grass seeds for more...

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Dogs and World War One

This year it is 100 years since the First World War began. Alongside the human soldiers dogs played very important roles during the war, the roles varied depending on their breed and how trainable they were. Some of the roles included were, scout dogs, sentry dogs, explosive dogs, ratting dogs, companion dogs, casualty, messenger and mascot dogs. It is thought that Germany had employed over 30,000 dogs and Britain, France and Belgium over 20,000. 7,000 of the British dogs employed were family pets while others came from re-homing centres or were strays. Messenger Dogs Messenger dogs had one of the most dangerous and most important...

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Harvest Mite Season

29th Jul 2014

Harvest Mite Season

Harvest mite season is here so it is very important that you now start checking your dog for them! They are active from July to September and can be found in between your dogs toes, pads, legs, ears and face. They look like red spots of paprika and can leave red sores behind. Take a look at our blog post on Harvest Mites for more information....

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Bee and Wasp Stings in Dogs

Summer is here and the sun is shining meaning great days out for families and beautiful walks for you and your dog. Along with summer comes Bees, Wasps and other insects, unfortunately dogs can't help but be curious and they just can't resist chasing them. Most of the time Bee and Wasp stings will cause the skin to become irritated and sore which can usually pass. However some dogs also react a lot more than others. Signs that a dog has been stung? Sometimes dogs will try to hide the fact that they have been stung but there are a few signs that you can pick up on. You may notice that your dog starts to shake and will shy away from...

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Dogs and Epilepsy

18th Jul 2014

Dogs and Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a brain disorder where dogs suffer from recurrent seizures. These seizures are sudden, uncontrollable and the dog may be conscious or not. Sometimes the seizures can occur or develop for no reason at all which is called idiopathic epilepsy dogs that suffer this usually inherit it from parents. It is very important that dogs that suffer from Epilepsy are treated because if not treated the seizures can become more severe. Symptoms of Epilepsy Seizures When a dog is about to have a seizure they may appear dazed, shocked or frightened. They may seek attention from their owners or may even try and hide somewhere, when a...

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Dogs and Diabetes

15th Jul 2014

Dogs and Diabetes

Diabetes occurs in dogs when there is a deficient amount of insulin produced from the cells in the pancreas, sometimes this can be caused by genetics which is why certain breeds can be more commonly effected (e.g. Golden Retrievers, Poodles and German Shepherds). Insulin helps glucose to pass into the cells and creates energy for the metabolism. Diabetes depending on the blood sugar levels can cause dogs to either eat a lot more or drink a lot more causing them to urinate more often too. Diabetes is classed into two groups Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the lack of insulin production in a dog and Type 2 is when the body does...

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Dogs and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs is very similar to Chron's disease in people. It is a disorder which affects the bowels and gastrointestinal system, dogs bowels become severely inflamed and will start showing chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. Absorption of nutrients is less effective due to the invasion of the inflammatory cells causing dogs to lose weight and have a change in appetite. What are the signs of IBD? - Weight Loss - Appetite changes - Diarrhoea - Vomiting - Fatigue - Lethargy - Depression - Abdominal pain and discomfort - Flatulence - Blood in stools - Coat condition changes - Losing blood from both ends What causes...

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