X-rays have been used for nearly 125 years to identify everything from broken bones and tumours to bullets and other foreign objects in the body. They paint a clear picture for vets to utilise before deciding on the best course of treatment.
If your dog has an injury, falls ill, or displays unusual symptoms, an x-ray may be taken to help identify the problem, however the x-ray process does carry risks for our dogs. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: X-rays and anaesthetics”
Worms are one of the most common health problems for dogs and if left untreated, worms can damage your dog’s internal organs and cause many health problems, but so can the chemical flea and worm treatments our vets recommend.
Thankfully we can reduce their worm burden naturally and help keep them healthy without resorting to harsh chemicals. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Worms”
Vaccination plays a central role in protecting dogs from major canine infectious diseases. These include viral and bacterial diseases, which can cause significant illness and are difficult to treat.
Only you and your dog’s vet can decide what vaccinations are necessary for your dog, but it pays to educate yourself to know what the risks and side effects are, what the correct vaccination schedules should be for your dog, not what your vet’s ‘pet loyalty club’ determines is suitable. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Vaccinations”
Do you watch your dog when then have a wee?
It might sound like an odd question, but when dogs struggle to urinate, produce abnormally small or large amounts of urine, start leaving little puddles in the house, or have blood in their pee, then it’s time to speak to your vet about a urinary problem. You can also help to support them naturally with a bladder-friendly diet and supplements.
Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Urination”
We all experience stress differently in different situations. Sometimes you might be able to tell right away when you’re feeling under stress, but other times you might keep going without recognising the signs. Stress can affect you both emotionally and physically, and it can affect the way you behave. The same goes for your dog. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Stress”
When I lost my first dog, Calli, to cancer in 2012 she left a huge hole in my heat and to say that I was devastated would be the understatement of the year. I was broken, bereft and inconsolable.
if you know that the time for your pet to leave you is drawing near, there are some ideas you might like to consider to help ease the transition for you both, and help you process emotional loss which can feel overwhelming. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Rainbow bridge”
If we are lucky, our pets will be with us until they reach ‘old bones’ and this is such a wonderful time of their lives. An old dog is wise, loving and needs your attention and love just that little bit more now.
The sad fact is that our dogs age far too quickly than we would like. There’s an old rule of thumb that seven dog years is equivalent to one human year, but it’s much more dependent on your dog’s size.
This chart gives a rough idea of how old your dog would be in human years, so you have an idea of their needs and abilities. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Old(er) age”
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”
It’s lovely to take our dogs in the car for days out and holidays, having our furry companion by our side on our adventures, however not all dogs do well in a moving vehicle. Many pet parents make this unpleasant discovery the first time their dog ‘redecorates’ the interior of your car during your first road trip together. Some dogs may have medical issues that cause this, but for other dogs, the problem could be resolvable with a little support from you as most cases of carsickness in adult dogs are the result of stress, not the motion of the vehicle. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Motion sickness”
Kennel cough is the dog version of a human cold, its a mild infection that creates a harsh cough that can last as long as three weeks.
Only those susceptible individuals with weakened immunity will get it. Vital animals just respond appropriately, like healthy people who don’t pick up the cold going around, because their immune systems fight off the cold virus. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Kennel cough”