Sorry to sound like a killjoy but forcing some pets to become pumpkins, pirates, or even hot dogs for amusement purposes means unnecessary stress, resulting in abnormal, unwanted, even damaging behaviours. Ill-fitting outfits can also get twisted on external objects or even your pet, leading to potential life-threatening injuries especially if left unsupervised.
Molly was 12 when Jake was born and I can honestly tell you that she sulked. She refused to sit in the living room with us- believe me we tried and tried to reassure her with cuddles, treats, keeping her toys out and not letting the baby paraphernalia take over too much of the home too quickly.
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.
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As a practising vet for more than six years, I understand why pets are so important to the UK. In fact, 98 per cent of our customers told us in a survey that they consider pets to be part of the family.
Feeding raw meat is a growing trend among dog owners who want to give their pets the most healthy and natural diet they can. A 2015 study by the American raw dog food company, Allprovide, indicates that 37% of dog owners are interested in a raw diet for their pet.
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.