Dog tags: small but valuable

by Vivien Richardson on February 28, 2011

It is the law of the land that all dogs must wear an identity tag of some description. Most owners of dogs tend to purchase the standard dog tag; one that is round in shape or one that resembles a dog bone.

dog tagsThe inscription on a dog tag can be a name and telephone number, or the dog’s name and the owners address details.

There are a number of specialised firms that will keep your dog’s details on a register; a telephone call with an identity number will show up the address details required for a speedy reconciliation of owner and dog.

It is important to remember that, if moving home or having changed (more…)

Top tips on how to spot the onset of dog flu

by Vivien Richardson on February 27, 2011

dog fluAnimals are similar to humans in the way that they tend to pick up the seasonal viruses that happen during the year.

Canine influenza, or dog flu, is the strain of flu that can affect your dog at any time. Dog flu is contagious; one small cough from a dog can easily pass it on to other dogs.

Greyhounds have suffered in the past, and valuable horses have been subjected to illness over the past few years. However, it shows that all animals can be affected and it is essential that precautions are taken while watching (more…)

New study finds that pets are increasingly porky

by Mark James on February 26, 2011

As the Western world, with Britain and the US in particular, becomes increasingly more obese, a new study has shown how we are passing the disease on to our pets.

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), base in the States, has discovered that over half of all dogs and cats are clinically obese.

This means that the total of corpulent cats and pudgy dogs weighs in at around an astonishing (more…)

Essential health care for a dog

by Vivien Richardson on February 25, 2011

dogs-eatingDog nutrition is an essential healthcare requirement that is surrounded by a lot of confusion, especially if you are relatively inexperienced with dogs.

When you look at the many brands of dog food on the market, you will notice that there are some that are labelled that the ingredients are for suitable for puppies, adult dogs or senior dogs.

Pet food manufacturers will sometimes state their products ingredients in cans or packaging is ‘Complete’; that is, it is designed to completely satisfy every nutritional aspect essential for your pet’s wellbeing.

Nutrients needed by dogs include proteins, essential fats and minerals, and the (more…)

How to tell when your dog has reached the senior stage of his life

by Vivien Richardson on February 24, 2011

senior dogAll breed of dogs rely on their owners to keep them in good health as they reach the various stages of life, especially as the years pass by and they reach seniority.

Senior dogs require more of a dog owner’s attention with regard to their health, as many problems tend to go unnoticed until it is too late.

The larger breed of dogs have a reputation for showing signs of aging earlier than the smaller breeds; a smaller dog can (more…)

Man searches high and low for lost dog

by Mark James on February 23, 2011

A man moved heaven and earth to keep a promise to look after his dying mother’s beloved pet pooch after she had passed away – by chartering a plane to find it when it went missing.

Dana Neal swore to Nina, his mother, in November 2010 that he would do whatever it took to care for her terrier, Topsy. When she went missing in February, he decided to take to the skies in his search for the dog.

TopsyNeal, 55, who owns an electricity company, hired a light aircraft and, armed with top of the range binoculars and night vision equipment, searched the Washlands, Burton-on-Trent, where Topsy had disappeared.

At first, he put up posters around his neighbourhood, offering a reward of £100 for any information leading to Topsy’s rescue. However, after more than half a week passed with no leads, he resorted to desperate measures.

He said:

“When Topsy went missing I was devastated and knew that I would do anything to make sure she was found.”

“I had so many people offering me extra help.”

“The people who let me hire the plane must have flown me around for more than an hour but only charged me for 30 minutes.”

With the clock ticking and his hopes fading, he received the news that workers from the Environment Agency had found his pet in good health, by a bridge near the A511. It is thought that Topsy had fallen into the river, and swam for the bridge due to the river banks being too high for her to climb.

A relieved Mr Neal said:

“It was only by chance they spotted her. They called to tell me where she was.”

“I offered them the reward but they asked if I would donate it to charity.”

Study reveals amazing distance covered by lifetime walkies

by Mark James on February 22, 2011

A new study has shown that the average dog owner walks nearly 24,000 miles during the lifetime of their pet.

More than 3,000 owners of dogs took part in the survey, and it emerged that walkies with their pet averages out at nearly nine hours per week, and covers 36 miles.

The yearly total for this is 1,855 miles, and over the average lifespan of a dog of 12.8 years, a whopping 23,739 – the equal of yomping up and down the United Kingdom nearly 35 times.

The study showed that the average person walked their dog three times a day – two longer walks of 47 minutes, and one shorter one of (more…)

Canine distemper symptoms

by Vivien Richardson on February 21, 2011

Canine distemperCanine distemper is a prominent disease that aggravates and penetrates the major organs of a dog’s body. It is invaluable to know how to spot any symptoms of canine distemper and the essential treatment it requires.

This viral infection first attacks one part of a dog’s body and, eventually, spreads all over the rest of the body and should not be taken lightly.

A contagious virus; it quickly spreads around a dog’s bloodstream causing mayhem and damage to the gastrointestinal and respiratory (more…)

Expressing your dog’s anal glands

by Vivien Richardson on February 20, 2011

bathing a small dogThere are many different breeds of dog that have anal glands that never need expressing, however there are quite a few dogs that suffer from their anal glands or ‘sacs’ as they are sometimes referred to by veterinary surgeons.

These organs can be found beneath the skin inside the anal opening and, if they are left full, they can cause a build up of bacteria that are likely to become considerably smelly.

Anal glands look like a small kidney bean; in some cases they can become enlarged to the point that you will see your pet dragging his bottom along the floor in an attempt to reduce the discomfort. This sight is often misdiagnosed as being worms. However, most dogs that do drag themselves along the floor do not have worms, they are instead suffering from painful anal glands.

When you bathe your dog in warm bath water you are able to express the anal glands yourself. It is important to wear latex gloves when washing your dog’s bottom.

While talking to your pet in a calm voice, clean and squeeze gently the anal area in the hope of eliminating some of the fluid, to make him feel more comfortable.

It can be an advantage to both parties if the squeezing is done while the dog’s bottom is just under the water.

Do NOT attempt to put your finger inside the dog’s anal opening, this can tear the sensitive skin tissue and cause permanent damage.

If your dog is prone to having trouble with anal glands then ask a professional dog groomer to release the fluid or, better still, take him to the vets on a regular basis.

Doggie tip: When bathing your dog always use a dog shampoo which is manufactured for the tender skin tissue that covers a dog’s body.

How to tell if your dog has fleas

by Vivien Richardson on February 19, 2011

There are over 2,000 various specimens of fleas in the world, each type looking for a warm and humid environment to settle on to raise their offspring.

dog-flea-treatmentYour dog is an ideal host for these fleas to make their home. A flea has long, powerful, legs and is able to jump from one area of soft fur to any other welcoming warm place in a couple of seconds. The cycle of a flea is amazing, they are able to lay eggs and have their babies within (more…)

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