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Our Latest Blog Entry

October 2021

Fireworks

Yes Bonfire Night  is almost upon us....

....you may have already heard the late night revelers letting off fireworks at 11pm, if you haven't your dog certainly has. Fireworks can be frightening for our pets. Their enhanced senses make the loud bangs, vibrations and flashes very, very, scary. There are some simple steps that the PDSA recommend you can take to prevent your pets becoming scared while they are young, or to help keep older pets safe and calm.

The first step is to spot the signs that they are afraid:

     Trembling and shaking, Clinging to owner/s, Excessive barking, Cowering and hiding, 

     Trying to run away, Spoiling in the house, Pacing and panting, Refusing to eat, 

     Seeming depressed or withdrawn, Freezing, Yawning and licking lips or Digging.

For young dogs and puppies, its important to get them used to the sound of fireworks as part of their socialisation, so they are less likely to be scared later in life. 

Using pre-recorded sounds to help them get used to the loud noises, including fireworks is a great way to prepare them. Start out playing them quietly, rewarding your dog with a yummy treat, a new toy or by playing a game. Gradually build up their tolerance until they remain calm while the sounds are playing loudly.

Secure your home and garden as fearful pets may panic and their instinct is to try and escape when they are scared. Secure any holes in garden fences/ hedges beforehand.

Make sure your pets microchip details are correct and up to date, just in case they do get scared and run away.

Build a den to give your pet a safe, secure place to hide by building them somewhere to take refuge. Simply covering a table with a blanket or tablecloth, putting soft and cosy bedding underneath with their favourite toys and treats a week or so before can help them learn that this is a safe place to go.

Pheromone products can sometimes help relieve stressed pets. Designed to mimic natural animal pheromones, they come in sprays, plug ins, diffusers and collars.

Playing music or TV loud enough to mask the sound of the fireworks can also help keep pets calm.

Ensure your pet isn't left home alone on Bonfire Night, walk them whilst it's still light-before all the bangs begin. Keep doors and windows closed, draw the curtains, comfort them as you would normally. Keep your routine as normal, ensure your tone and mood remain calm, and NEVER punish or shout at your pets, its not their fault they're scared and it can add to their anxiety.

https://www.pdsa.org.uk


Our Latest Blog Entry

September 2021

Blueberries

Yes Blueberries are good for your dog! 

Believe it or not, these are one of the most beneficial treats that you can ever feed your dog! These little blue gems, quench free radicals and protect against oxidative damage, plus they're full of longevity-promoting biomolecules, meaning they are the best thing you can share with your furry pal. Whether fresh or frozen (great when out of season) blueberries are one of the best anti-aging treats you can offer - straight from the bush, if you're lucky enough like me, to live somewhere where they grow wild, and they are in season now!! Great for use as a training treat (in small numbers).

There are new studies that show blueberries can slow down the aging process in numerous species by repairing DNA damage and modifying genes associated with aging, which promotes significantly longer life spans! (Now who doesn't want that for their best pal???)

Researchers have also found that they reduce the risk of cells becoming cancerous and aid the prevention of cognitive decline in aging dogs.

I'm just off to buy some for me and the dogs!!


(1 blueberry per 2lbs of bodyweight per day.)

Our Second Blog Entry

September 2021

Pen Farthing

We had to write a bit about this amazing chap and all that he has achieved.

If you don't know of him; Pen Farthing is a former British Royal Marines commando who has recently organised a rescue of 173 dogs and cats from Afghanistan.

Whilst serving in Afghan, Farthing and his troops broke up a street dog fight in the town of Nawzad. One of these dogs, later named Nowzad,  went on to follow him for the next six months. At the end of his deployment, Farthing sought to bring the dog home to the UK. He then went on to set up Nowzad Dogs, a charity which seeks to reunite servicemen with the dogs and cats who befriended them, and humanely control Kabul's stray animals through a trap–neuter–vaccinate–return programme. The charity also aided animal welfare in Afghanistan, reported as the first animal rescue centre in the country.

Since the recent developments in Afghan, Farthing has confirmed that the dogs and cats rescued from Afghanistan will be going to different shelters across the country, with some going to a shelter in Wales. He is still working to get "terrified" staff members out of the country.

His book One Dog at a time outlining his amazing story can be purchased directly from the charity, or can found in all good book shops.


Our First Blog Entry

August 2021

Kennel Cough

Whilst this is not something anyone wants their dog to catch, most people don't know a lot about it. 

Also known as Contagious Canine Cough (CCC), Kennel Cough can be easily caught by any dog when it socialises. There are only an estimated 1 in 32  dogs vaccinated in the UK  against Kennel Cough. Unless your dog goes to Doggy Daycare or stays somewhere for Dog Boarding or in Kennels, where it is a requirement for all dogs, you may not have even known that you can protect against it. Kennel Cough symptoms can last between 1 to 3 weeks but dogs can shed the disease, passing it onto others, for up to 3 months. Dogs develop a hacking cough which can be distressing for both the dog and its owner. Symptoms also include a reduced appetite, low energy and a high temperature. Puppies, older and poorly dogs can go onto develop serious symptoms. A quick visit to the Vets is all it takes to get your pooch protected. Make sure you spread the word, not the disease!!


5 activities that can put your dog at risk:

1.Going to Doggy Daycare, Dog boarding or Kennels

2.Taking your dog into the office

3.Going to the vet

4.Meeting other dogs out on walks

5.Going to a training class

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