Mystery disease claims dogs across UK

by Mark James on September 30, 2011

An animal trust is investigating reports of a mystery illness that is killing dogs across several counties in the UK.

The Animal Health Trust (AHT), based in Newmarket, is following up reports of dogs suddenly falling ill and dying after being walked in woodlands.

The condition, dubbed Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI), has prompted the AHT to issue warnings to dog owners across Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Norfolk.

Spokesman Richard Newton has said that the AHT was not aware of any cases so far in 2011, but were alerted to a flurry of incidents that occurred at the beginning of September. He added that they were able to pinpoint specific locations as (more…)

Man who left dog to survive by eating cats is jailed

by Mark James on September 29, 2011

A Wolverhampton man has been convicted of animal cruelty after it was discovered that he left his starving dog to eat the remains of other family pets.

Matthew Pearson, who lives on Graiseley Lane, Wednesfield, appeared before magistrates at Wolverhampton Court on 13th September.

The 28-year-old, who recently became a father, had confessed to charges of animal cruelty before his appearance, and hung his head in shame as he was handed down a jail sentence of 20 weeks, which included two-and-a-half months on license. He was then led away by officers to begin his stay at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

The court had heard the grisly details of his crime; Pearson’s parents (more…)

Well balanced doggie diets

by Vivien Richardson on September 28, 2011

A lot of people may think that they know everything about the nutritional needs of their pet dog. A lot of owners often believe that they are doing the right thing by their dog, but more often than not, in reality they can be harming their pet with the food that they are giving them.

Your dog’s diet can be quite complicated, and it is essential that you ensure your dog is getting all the nutritional aspects of their diet. If your dog is not getting enough vitamins, then this can lead to tummy upset, brittle bones and more serious health problems.

A lot of pre packaged food on the market will help ensure that your dog is getting all of their vital nutrients and vitamins, and you should start this at a young age. There is always a big debate over whether you (more…)

What to do if you find a stray dog

by Mark James on September 27, 2011

It is important to take action if you find a stray dog, as it could be injured or cause a traffic accident if left alone to run loose on the roads. A stray dog should be reported to the local authorities and also to the police to ensure that the matter is dealt with properly. Take note of the type of dog it is, where you saw the dog, if you could keep hold of the dog and take it into a safe environment, and where it can be collected from.

If the dog is friendly, you may want to keep the dog in your home as it would seem like a good deed to do. Of course, many dogs are abandoned by irresponsible owners and you may feel like you can give the dog a (more…)

Rules and boundaries for your new puppy

by Vivien Richardson on September 26, 2011

When you pick out your puppy and bring him home, it can be an really exciting time. When you bring your puppy home, no matter how cute or cuddly they may be, you need to set boundaries and rules between your pup, yourself and your children.

Puppies enjoy lots of fun, and rough and tumble with their master. However, some puppies can be excited and become overstimulated, and this may lead to biting, albeit not vicious.

It is quite normal for a puppy to nip. However, it should not be accepted. You need to work with your new puppy and ensure steps and training are provided to ensure your puppy does not bite and knows (more…)

Which would you choose, a collar or harness?

by Mark James on September 25, 2011

All dog owners have there own opinions on what is better for their pet. This can be from which shampoo to which food. Some dog owners like to walk their dogs using a harness and some prefer to use a dog collar. Some will say a harness is better for your dogs posture, while some will say a dog collar is better for control.

Whether you prefer a collar or a harness, you should have a collar on your dog every day when they are not being walked. This can have an identity tag on it, featuring their name, address and a contact telephone number in case he gets lost. A dog collar can also have a tag on to say if they have certain allergies or information on the vaccinations, which is certainly (more…)

Prepare for your new puppy

by Vivien Richardson on September 24, 2011

As you prepare to welcome a new puppy into your home, you will find that the coming weeks will be a very busy time and your home may descend into chaos as you chase around after the bundle of fun that is the latest addition to the family.

In this busy period, you may not have time to think and so it is important that you prepare for all that your new puppy may need before you bring your new arrival home. Planning in advance for all the necessities that you will need means that you have all the time in the world to chase around after your playful pup.

Food and water bowls are essential and ensure that they are low, shallow (more…)

Are you ready to become a dog owner?

by Vivien Richardson on September 23, 2011

Buying a dog is a big commitment and is not all cuddles from a puppy or lovely walks in the park – particularly with the Great British weather! Dogs can be loyal and loving, good company and a lot of fun, but they will be heavily dependent on you in terms of food, attention, exercise and care. You need to be sure that you are really ready to own a dog.

Your lifestyle is one of the largest factors when determining if you are ready to own a dog. The kind of job you have, the hours you work and how you spend your social life are prime considerations when looking to welcome a new pet (more…)

Puppy proof your home for your new arrival

by Leanne Thompson on September 22, 2011

Getting a puppy is a very exciting time for the family, but if you want your lovely home to remain unscathed, then there are some precautions that you can take to ‘puppy proof’ your home before the new arrival comes. Puppies are cute and adorable but they can be inquisitive to say the least – not to mention troublesome and mischievous!

Remember that everything in your home is new to a puppy and they will want to explore. Your pup will have no sense of what is dangerous to them or what is precious to you. That means cables and wires should be out of reach of a puppy so (more…)

Questions to ask a dog breeder

by Vivien Richardson on September 21, 2011

If you are looking to buy a purebred dog, you will need to find yourself a good dog breeder to ensure that you buy a healthy puppy, pay a fair price and are not supporting a disreputable dog breeder by purchasing an animal from them.

Often, you may see advertisements in local newspapers or shop windows, or even on the internet, but you want to ensure that the dog breeder is professional and knowledgeable before you buy. Your dog breeder may be able to provide you with references (more…)

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