Dog Health

What Can My Dog Safely Chew?

Marti Leimbach | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marti Leimbach

Every year, foreign objects are surgically removed from dogs' abdomens. Not all of these objects are bones. What are they? Plastic toys, corn cobs, sticks, string, rubber toys, tennis balls, fishing hooks, underwear, stone fruit pips, and socks, to name a few.

Cancer - One Word, Different Diseases

Kristina Johansen | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
Kristina Johansen

Cancer is a disease that affects almost every species - from dogs and cats, to humans and elephants and many more.

Is Your Dog a Wolf?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
Kristina Johansen

Modern domestic dogs - or what you and I simply refer to as dogs - are believed to have evolved from the grey wolf around 20,000 - 30,000 years ago. ...

Why Did My Dog Get Cancer? - How Healthy Cells Become Cancer Cells

Kristina Johansen | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Cells know when to divide and make new copies of themselves, and when not to divide. A cell also knows to stay in their area or bit of the body and not to stray to other locations where they don't belong. And importantly, cells know when they should call it a day and 'self-destruct' because they're either too old, or they've become damaged...

Poopolgy: The Scoop on Poop

Kristina Johansen | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

One of the benefits of being a 'responsible dog owner' and picking up after your dog is that you pay attention to his or her poop and this can help you to monitor health and wellbeing. Learn what 'normal' looks like for your dog so you can spot any changes or potential problems.

Fat Dog = Ill Dog

Kristina Johansen | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

I know! That may seem harsh but the fact is if your dog is overweight then he's either ill or he's going to be ill. Just like weight gain is a sensitive subject for us, it's also a sensitive subject for most dog owners. In fact, I know one vet who has lost several patients after suggesting their dog needed to lose a few kilos!

How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog (Part 4 of 4)

Kristina Johansen | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kristina Johansen

Initially we looked at the ingredient lists of your dog food, how they are constructed and what tricks and marketing tactics the manufacturers use to ...

How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog (Part 3 of 4)

Kristina Johansen | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

In the first blog in the series we looked at the ingredient list of your dog food, how they are constructed and what tricks and marketing tactics the ...

How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog (Part 2 of 4)

Kristina Johansen | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Last time we looked at the ingredient list of your dog food, how they are constructed and what tricks and marketing tactics the manufacturers use to get you to choose their product over their competitors. This blog looks at protein and how to identify good quality protein in your dog food. Again you're going to need to look at the ingredient list in more detail.

How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog (Part 1 of 4)

Kristina Johansen | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Reading labels and trying to figure out which product is best is not always simple. A lot of ingredients such as 'grains', 'by-products' and 'corn' have often been vilified but as we'll explore in the series a lot of these ingredients are not actually harmful for a healthy dog and there is often absolutely no reason to feel guilty if your chosen food contains them!

The Price of Poor Nutrition for Dogs

Kristina Johansen | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

As a canine nutritionist, my job is to provide nutritional information for dog owners. I don't promote any specific method of feeding although I do prefer home-prepared, raw or cooked, diets.

Common Dog Diseases and Their Link to Diet

Kristina Johansen | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

The relationship between diet and disease is complicated. However, studies have shown that particular dietary conditions are strongly associated with specific diseases. Certain breeds of dog are also more susceptible to certain conditions than others. Clearly the chance of developing the disease is greater when a known risk factor or more than one risk factor is present.

Managing Acute Diarrhea in Dogs

Kristina Johansen | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Most cases of dietary indiscretion are mild and do not have lasting consequences beyond an upset tummy. As long as your dog is still active and there are no other symptoms that point to something more serious then you don't need to panic.

Does It Really Matter What We Feed Our Dog?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

The current health status of your dog should also be considered when making diet choices. Does your dog have gastrointestinal problems, arthritis or is your dog taking any medication? Existing health conditions are likely to warrant specific dietary requirements.

Does Cancer Have a Sweet Tooth?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

When a dog food is low in carbohydrate it is usually exchanged for fat and not all dogs can tolerate too much fat. It's really important to consider the entire picture and the whole dog - not just the condition.

Can My Dog Eat That?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

We've all been there... huge, imploring eyes looking up at us at the dinner table, desperate for the tasty goodies on our plate. What's the harm of a little nibble now and then - right? Or maybe you're tired of seeing infographics or reading lists of all the foods your dog can't eat but don't really know which of our foods they can eat.

What Every Dog Owner Needs To Know About Ticks

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Summer might seem like the perfect season for long country walks and trips to the park with a canine companion. But dog owners should be aware there i...

From Mobile Phones To False Teeth..

PA | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK

Mobile phones, human dentures and underwear are among the unusual items dogs have been munching through, according to a survey of owners. Of more t...

Why Animal Welfare Could be the Key to Wiping Out the World's Deadliest Disease

Mike Baker | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK
Mike Baker

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 55,000 people die a terrible death from rabies every year. 40% of them are children. The suffering endured by people who get rabies is horrible - an awful way to die, and for others to see.

Crufts and the Facts About Dog Health

Caroline Kisko | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK
Caroline Kisko

Dog health has been at the forefront of the public's mind for several years now, but has been for even longer a focus at the Kennel Club, the organisers of Crufts.