Time to say goodbye (part 1)

If you watched the video in my introduction email you will have heard how I really struggled  with guilt after I made the heart-breaking decision to have my first dog Calli put to sleep.

Although she was obviously in pain and was almost consumed by the cancer that had invaded her bones and organs, I still felt like it was an impossible decision to have to take on her behalf.

On the advice of her vet, who I trusted, we made that final call and she went to rainbow bridge to run free from her physical pain and suffering, but I felt so guilty that I had made that decision.

I found myself questioning this decision every day afterwards… Continue reading “Time to say goodbye (part 1)”

So what is Animal Communication?

Firstly I’d like to say a really big THANK YOU to everyone who replied to my last blog post about ‘My TRUE Story’ and shared their wonderful stories with me about their ‘more than just physical’ connection with their dog.

We are truly blessed with wonderful dogs in our lives!

Every one of the lovely messages I received talked about much support and joy the person received from the connection they have with their dog, and that got me thinking….

What if YOU knew more about animal communication? Continue reading “So what is Animal Communication?”

Post-Lockdown Separation Anxiety

If your house is anything like mine, you’ve spent the last few lockdown months enjoying the company of your dog(s) almost all day, every day and most of our furry friends have loved having us around more.

But now the lockdown restrictions are starting to lift (maybe!) and we start to think about returning to our previous workplaces rather than being on furlough or working from home, it is important that we start planning for when we return to our (new) normal daily routines. Continue reading “Post-Lockdown Separation Anxiety”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Zucchini and other vegetables

Today experts claim that 60% of dogs will develop cancer.  A 2005 study found that dogs on a dry commercial pet food diet were 90% less likely to develop cancer if they were fed leafy green vegetables at least 3 times per week.  Dogs fed yellow or orange vegetables were 70% less likely.

If you don’t already offer your dog vegetables, the leftovers from your Christmas dinner are a great opportunity to see what your dog likes, and boost their intake of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Zucchini and other vegetables”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Yoghurt

Living inside of your dog’s gut are around 1,000 different kinds of bacteria. Paired with other tiny organisms like viruses and fungi, they make what’s known as the microbiota, or the microbiome.

Like a fingerprint, each dog’s microbiota is unique and is determined by their mothers’ microbiota, their environment, diet and lifestyle. It affects everything from the metabolism, cognition, pain, mood, and around 70% of their immune system.

Ensuring your dog gets support to create the best possible composition of gut bacteria is key to both their physical health and also to their behaviour, due to the gut-brain connection, and you can do that with yoghurt! Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Yoghurt”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: X-rays and anaesthetics

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”

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”