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Does Neutering Cause Weight Gain In Dogs?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

This is because spayed and castrated dogs are at an increased risk of being overweight or obese compared to intact dogs. And as with humans, dogs who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk of developing a number of health problems including diabetes.

Hero Dog Dies After Saving Wedding Party From Suicide Bomber

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK

A pet dog is being credited with saving lives at a wedding party in Nigeria, after it grappled with a suicide bomber until her explosives detonated ou...

6 Reasons You Should Get The Dog You've Always Wanted

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re anything like us, then you have been pining after your own puppy for years now. Spending weekends scrolling through Battersea’s back cat...

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc - Why 'A' Doesn't Always Cause 'B'

Kristina Johansen | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Chicken soup cures everything. You should feed a cold and starve a fever. Every culture and every family has their 'old wives tales' - different quirks and shortcuts, tricks and tips that are mainly supposed to help treat and cure a wide variety of health problems.

'Tis The Season To Be Careful: The Danger Christmas Chocolates Pose For Your Dog

Kristina Johansen | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

The more chocolate they consume, the worse their symptoms become. This means the clinical signs of theobromine poisoning vary depending on the amount of chocolate your dog has eaten.

Thinking Of Getting A Dog?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Dogs are great companions and the unconditional love we share with our four-legged friends can make our world a much nicer, warmer place. There are fe...

Grain-Free, The Latest Trend In Dog Food

Kristina Johansen | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Among other things, part of the rationale for the development of grain-free dog food is the idea that dogs are not built to digest grains or complex carbs - or in other words, they're not built to break down starch.

Dogs Killed Days After Being Rescued To Teach Student Vets Dissection, Says Animal Charity

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Healthy dogs are euthanised five days after they are rescued by US shelters so they can be sold to UK universities to teach veterinary students dissec...

Get Between The Barking Dog And The Moose

Marti Leimbach | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marti Leimbach

I study pet behaviour but I make a living as a writer. I write mornings in a quiet kitchen, the only noises being the hum of the fridge or the slow, hypnotic rhythm of the washing machine. The dogs lie in great clumps of fur at my feet, resting.

Great Dog Training Means Great Treats

Marti Leimbach | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marti Leimbach

But guess what? Dehydrating liver and kidney couldn't have been easier. And it didn't even make my house smell. The sloppy liver and raw blobs of kidney turned into these incredible treats for my dogs

Less Barking, Please!

Marti Leimbach | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marti Leimbach

Two of my dogs are the adorable, if loud, German Spitz. The other two are a recently adopted pair of Shetland Sheepdogs, a famously vocal breed. In days gone by, I might have attributed their collective noise levels to their breeds' tendencies alone.

Dog Overboard! Londoners Drop To Their Knees To Save Spaniel On Train Tracks

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK

This is the moment Sammy the Spaniel fell between the train and the platform at Elephant and Castle— ITV News London (@it...

Gertie The Gundog Retrieves OAP’s Prosthetic Leg As It Floats Out To Sea

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK

A wire-haired German pointer has saved the day for a pensioner who lost her prosthetic leg whilst visiting a Welsh beach. Trained gundog Gertie leapt...

Her Name Is Lola - She Is A Staffie

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

Last week, I was privileged to visit the St Johns Hospice in North London with some very special people. And an even more special dog. The award-w...

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.

Government Blind to Animal Cruelty of Snares

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

Therese Coffey said during the debate that Britain has the highest animal welfare standards in the world. When it comes to snares, that's utter nonsense - we're practically alone in Europe when it comes to allowing their use. I believe that it's time for the Government to back up those words with action. It's time for a ban on snares.

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!

What Does The World's First Dog TV Remote MEAN

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Tech

The 21st century has brought many fascinating innovations into our daily lives, but none as exciting as the world’s first dog television remote. You...

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!