Your dog’s neck may be a ‘useful’ part of their form that allows you to tag them with a collar and provide somewhere to clip a lead on to, but a dog’s neck is a delicate piece of machinery and it’s not as tough as you think.
Chronic pulling on a dog’s neck from their collar, regardless of their size, will put undue stress on their neck vertebrae and muscles, and it also has the potential to cause a lifetime of painful disc disease, shoulder ailments or tracheal problems. If you have ever had a sore neck or back, you may understand the effect it can have throughout your whole body and chronic pain can easily make you feel a decade older. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Neck”
As pet parents we do everything we can to ensure our dogs are safe, however sometimes they can get spooked and run off. The sinking feeling that you’ve lost your dog is horrid, so in this blog we’ll look at how to avoid this awful situation, and what to do if the worst happens.
In the UK there were 56,000 stray dogs last year, and only 57% were reunited with their owners, so lets do everything we can to ensure that, if you dog is lost, they can find their way home to you. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Lost dog”
Our dog’s joint’s really take a pounding. Repetitive chasing after tennis balls or jumping on and off the bed or sofa all take their toll on your dog’s joints, and for some dogs, that’s a problem. More use means more injuries and this can lead to joint-related problems, broken down into two major categories: developmental and degenerative problems: Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Joints”
Big or small, young or old, dogs need to exercise daily in most cases. Exercise tones the muscles, helps the body and metabolic system to function properly, and engages the mind. Dogs that don’t get enough physical activity or mental stimulation will often go ‘self-employed’ to find entertainment which results in what we consider to be destructive behaviours.
While some breeds have special needs that have to be taken into account, and dogs slow down as they age, they still need to take part in some form of daily activity to avoid them becoming bored, frustrated and unhealthy. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Exercise”
Does your dog love nothing more than chasing and fetching a ball for you to throw over, and over, and over, and over, and over…?
Could too much of this favourite canine game have negative consequences?
Why dogs love chasing tennis balls
Our dogs’ ancestors in the wild had to rely on their hunting instinct, practising their predatory behaviours such as stalking and chasing in order to hunt and catch food to stay alive. Compare this with your pet dog, who simply has to wander into the kitchen to find a bowl of tasty food. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Balls!”
When we excitedly collect our new fur-baby and rush to the pet store to buy their collar and engraved name tag, did you stop to consider if you are actually including the details that are required by law?
A dog collar is more than just a decoration. When it comes to taking your dog out in public, it is a legal requirement.
If your dog’s tag has just a name and phone number, then you’re breaking the law! Continue reading “Are you walking your dog illegally?”