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”
If you choose to feed your dog only the highest quality foods to optimum health and wellbeing, then the same should hold true for their treats. If your dog frequently gets treats that are the equivalent of canine candy, then you undo some of the good work you do with their diet.
Some shop-bought treats are surprisingly bad for your dog! Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Treats”
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”
Sleep helps a dog’s brain development, memory, and learning capacity. All day long, electrical activity is happening in their brains, with information stored in disorganised places. Sleep helps them sort through those thoughts -it’s very therapeutic, and if you deny dogs that, they’ll suffer for it. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Quiet time and sleep”
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.
One of the less glamorous ‘joys’ of having a dog means you’re regularly scooping up poop.
While it’s not fun, it is important because the colour and consistency of your dog’s poop can give you a lot of information about what’s going on inside their body, so its important to pay attention to what you’re picking up.
While the occasional poop problem may not be cause for concern, knowing what’s normal for your dog makes it easy to tell when something is wrong. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Poop”
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”