Category: Wellbeing

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Worms

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”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Vaccinations

Dog receiving injectionVaccination 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”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Urination

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.
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A-Z of dog wellbeing: Rainbow bridge

CalliWhen 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”

Trick or Treat!

In our house Halloween used to be a very stressful time as Zen’s autistic tendencies mean that she is very unsettled when we get multiple visitors to our front door.

This is even worse when then come dress as witches, ghosts or skeletons!

To help her out, last year I created a poster asking my neighbours not to knock on my door and it worked a treat, and so this year I thought I’d share it with you!

There are two designs for you to choose from – A black spooky one, or a more printer-friendly white one.  Simply print them out and stick on your door for peace and quiet!

       

Click on the image you’d like and you’ll be linked through to the PDF which you can download, save and print.

Happy Halloween!

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Old(er) age

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”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Neck

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”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Motion sickness

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”