Dog grooming tips for your pet’s quality health care

by Vivien Richardson on January 21, 2011

shampoo a dogMost owners of dogs take their dogs to a professional dog groomer. A good healthcare routine is a way of getting to know a puppy or dog, and a healthcare check on a regular basis keeps your dog in good health.

Grooming your pet is a great way to have a bonding experience with your dog; your pet will feel good, similar to how a human feels after just having a spa treatment or having their hair cut and blow dried.

Certain health checks carried out can take few minutes; for instance, keeping a dog’s ears clean is easily done. Check once a week to see if your dogs’ ears are dirty, if they are, remove the dirt with (more…)

Stop your dog from jumping

by Leanne Thompson on January 20, 2011

dog jumpingOne of the best things about owning a dog is the fact that he will always be glad to see you when you get home from work. No matter how bad your day has been, or how stressful your commute, or how stinky you are from your twelve hour shift at the fish gutting factory, your four legged pal will give you a warm welcome.

However, sometimes his greeting may be a little overenthusiastic. Many a crisp white shirt or sharp Armani suit have been ruined by muddy paw prints, and if your dog jumps all over a visitor, they may be intimidated or scared by this invasion of their personal space. So, what can you do about it?

The secret to it is the same as every aspect of training your dog – he needs to know that you are the ‘pack leader’ and, as such, be aware (more…)

Dog charities benefit from fresh funding

by Mark James on January 19, 2011

Several dog charities have gotten the New Year off to a flying start after receiving a much needed boost in funds.

For starters, Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs received a gift of £1,000 from Wokingham based Christie Digital Systems. The charity works alongside the Police, search and rescue teams and other emergency services in looking for missing people.

Spokesperson for the charity Catherine Marchesi expressed her gratitude for the gift, and (more…)

Diabetes and your dog

by Mark James on January 18, 2011

Diabetes and your dogThe New Year is a time when many of us take stock of our expanding waistlines, and resolve to do something about it. After all, we’re constantly warned of the dangers of being overweight, dangers which include heart disease and diabetes. If you’re a dog owner, you should also be appraising your pet’s physique as, like humans, dogs can also fall prey to the disease at any age.

If your dog is overweight, constantly tired and drinking water to excess, it may be that he has canine diabetes. It’s important that he is tested for the disease by a vet, as early diagnosis is vital.

Diagnosis is carried out through a battery of urine and blood tests, and these are necessary in order to (more…)

Pitt’s pet pins pirate by the Jolly Rogers

by Mark James on January 17, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp has told of how he was attacked by Angeline Jolie’s dog whilst he babysat for it.

The actor was looking after Jacques the bulldog as a favour to Jolie, whilst she went for dinner with husband Brad Pitt.

Depp, 47, said:

“Foolishly I was persuaded to look after Jacques for a night. He’s a huge bulldog. At first I had a terrible feeling, because (more…)

Top tips on trimming your dog’s coat

by Vivien Richardson on January 16, 2011

trimming a dogs hairIf you own a dog that requires continual cutting of the face and body hair, it is cost-effective to be able to do a mini trim yourself between appointments at the groomers.

Grooming facial hair can be a worrying time; a dog may sense your nervousness and often will move away or become jumpy. This can of course lead to accidents.

Be safe when trimming your dog’s hair by using the right tools. Scissors for the face and clippers for certain parts of the body can be a nightmare for both parties concerned if not used correctly.

There is no rush to complete this job, take your time, if you have just washed your dog; you need to (more…)

Dog walkers urged to steer clear of cliffs after collie plunges 125ft

by Mark James on January 15, 2011

Dorset coastguards have issued a warning to people out walking their dogs to keep them safely on a lead whilst walking along cliffs, and to not try and affect any rescue if their pet falls over the edge.

Emergency services were called to cliffs at Durdle Door, near Lulworth cove, after a walker found himself in trouble when he tried to rescue his dog which had fallen over the cliff edge.

The dog, a 14 year old collie called Jack, plunged 125 ft., prompting a rescue attempt by his owner, a 33 year old man from Devon who was visiting the attraction. However, he found himself unable to negotiate the cliff face, which towers above (more…)

Show Gok Wan how it’s done – give your pet a makeover

by Mark James on January 14, 2011

lobster-dog-costumeIn case you were unaware, today is ‘National Dress Up Your Pet Day’. Although you can conceivably dress up just about any pet (my pet iguana looks swell in his Boba Fett costume), dogs are easier than most to do so. This may be due to their easy going nature, a willingness to sacrifice their dignity for a new dog toy, or even from a genuine love of dressing up.

If you’re planning on fitting your dog out with something other than his usual velour tracksuit or bandana and shades, there are a couple of (more…)

Dog was a target of nasty Nazis

by Darren Jamieson on January 13, 2011

Details have emerged on how Adolf Hitler was so enraged by a dog that had been trained to imitate him, that he started a campaign against both it and its owner – and we all know serious Adolf was about his campaigns.

Documents about the odd episode in the Fuhrer’s reign of power came to light after a researcher unearthed them from the archives of the National Foreign Office in Germany.

The dog, named Jackie, was owned by Finnish businessman Tor Borg, whose wife Josefine was a German national well known for her (more…)

Allergy problems in your dog – Part 2

by Mark James on January 12, 2011

dog sneezing with allergyIn the previous instalment, we looked at allergies that could be inhaled by your dog. Here, we’ll look at food allergies.

According to ‘Skin and Haircoat Problems in the Dog’ by Lowell Ackerman DVM, food allergies account for 10 percent of all allergic reactions in dogs. However, they are easily treatable, so it’s worthwhile testing for them if your vet thinks that an allergic reaction is to blame for any skin problems experienced by your dog.

Pretty much like inhalant allergies, food allergies cause itchy skin. They can also be the culprit for inflamed ears, sneezing, excess wind, seizures, your dog shaking his head and a host of other symptoms. You may not suspect the dog food you use to be the cause of such (more…)

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