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”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Lost dog

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”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Kennel cough

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”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Immune system

The immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that work together to defend our dogs against germs and microorganisms. When they’re at the top of their game, this system of body defenders can recognise and annihilate any invading viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, but sometimes problems with the immune system can lead to illness and infection.

A healthy, properly functioning immune system operates like the world’s most omnipotent drug. A malfunctioning immune system in dogs can open the door to a host of diseases, such as infection, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Immune system”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Healing

Rolo giving me ‘thank you’ cuddles after his self-medication session post-surgery

When an animal suffers disease, physical or emotional injury, the healing process works to restore the normality we know as health where the body is currently unbalanced, diseased, damaged or lacking in vitality.

Thinking of injury or dis-ease as a body out of balance, rather than broken or faulty is a far more gentle way of thinking, and one that suggests the ability to get back into balance with the right support. ‘Ease’ is a kind, positive word and I use this energy as part of my animal wellness therapies. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Healing”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Grief

Our animals form strong emotional bonds with members of their family – the humans, cats and other dogs – and often suffer grief when a loved one dies or moves away.  They feel the loss as much as we do and the sudden change in house can be as traumatic to your pets as it is to us humans.

Although we don’t yet know how much dogs understand about death, it’s clear that dogs can become extremely depressed after a companion dies, so how you spot the signs of grief and how can you support your pet through this difficult time? Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Grief”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Family

Any dog can make a wonderful family pet providing the whole family are consistent in the training and socialisation of the dog, and there are boundaries introduces for everyone to follow, including the dog. In these circumstances you’ll have a dog that’s a joy to be around, and that teaches your children respect for animals, the importance of learning, and responsibility of care.

On the flip side, a dog that doesn’t get the correct training and socialisation especially during puppyhood, can be a terror in the house.  Children can be herded, scared and bitten if they don’t learn how to interact with a dog properly and this can lead to the destruction of the dog after an unnecessary accident. So how do we avoid this? Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Family”