This was 1992, pre-internet, but I came across an ad in the back of a dog magazine for a woman whose profession I'd never heard of. She was an animal behaviourist. Was that a kind of doggy shrink? I rang her in desperation and explained the problem.
Ticks are trickier to treat than other parasites, which is why it's important for UK pet owners to take steps to prevent them and to learn how to deal with them quickly and effectively.
Although much of the general public is aware of the standard advice for buying a dog; always see the puppies with their mother and only buy from a family home, an equal, or greater, number do not or simply don't care.
Companions come in all shapes and sizes. We often associate our perfect companion as someone or something that we wish to spend the rest of our lives with. Some believe this is fate knocking at our door, others see it as the perfect coincidence. Either way, I consider it as a beautiful notion and one that I witness everyday with my Goldendoodle puppy, Katrina.
With the rise of recent concerns around childhood and adult obesity, I thought I'd look into the health benefits of having a greyhound - and my research has astounded me at the life-changing impact these dogs have on their owners' lives!
Today marks a new series in my gluten free blogging: 'Gluten Free Travels'. I'll be focusing on tips for traveling with a dietary restriction (I'm gluten and dairy free) and suggesting the best places to stay for a happy and healthy holiday. First up, is a trip to Jesmond.
No one likes leaving their pet, but if you can answer and resolve all of these questions, you should be able to have a restful holiday, safe in the knowledge that your pet is being looked after too.
A contract, though, can be a great idea in principle. Children will initially agree to anything in order to achieve their desired goal. But an animal, whether it be a pony, dog, cat or guinea pig, needs time, attention and looking after, with some being more demanding than others.
A healthy digestive system is the foundation of overall health. You can feed your dog a high quality food but it won't matter if the digestive system is compromised and nutrients aren't absorbed.
In some dogs, heart disease is congenital. This means a dog is born with heart problems which are typically caused by genetic faults in a dog's DNA that are present at birth. In other cases, heart disease is acquired meaning it develops because of problems a dog develops during its lifetime.
Sadly, each year we continue to hear devastating stories of dogs being trapped in baking cars, many of whom die as a result. Many people still believe that it's fine to leave a dog in a car if the windows are left open, or they are parked in the shade. But the truth is that leaving your dog in the car for even a few minutes is gambling with their life.
Do me a favour, if you think it's okay to leave your dog in a hot car, even for just a few minutes go and try this out. Put on a warm coat, go and sit in the car when it's hot. Crack the window an inch and then sit there. Sit there and see how you feel. I bet you want to open the window further quite quickly - well don't because your dog can't.
One of our biggest concerns before our little boy Sonny was born was how our jack russell Mario would take to him. The dog has had our undivided attention for the past 9 years and has effectively been our child, but with a few simple adjustments to his lifestyle he seems to have accepted the newcomer to his home.
This study provides a fascinating insight into what type of information may be most likely to deter people from purchasing an exotic species, and suggests that reducing the demand for exotics - and all of the negative consequences that accompany that demand - may indeed be possible.
The death of a beloved companion animal can leave a massive hole in a family's life. But, unlike the death of a human family member, the death of a precious pet can leave a caring and devoted animal lover in emotional turmoil for other reasons, aside from the very real sense of grief experienced.
'We should plant something on his grave, so he's still alive somehow,' he said as together we slowly covered Elvis' body with earth. And we shall. A scented rose, I think. Yes, Elvis was just a dog. A wonderful, wonderful dog and there will always be an Elvis-shaped hole in our hearts.