Advice & Tips

Hypothyroidism

The prefix "Hypo" is Latin and means low, under or not enough.  Hypothyroidism then is a condition resulting when the thyroid gland is not producing enough hormone.  It is a problem with the immune system where it attacks the thyroid gland, destroying the tissue and results in a deficiency of thyroid hormone. Its not always [...]

Walking Dandruff (Cheyletiella Mite)

Cheyletiella Mites (or walking dadruff as they are often known) are Zoonoses.  Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted between vertibrate species, including man, which means they are not restricted just to our furry friends. As with the Harvest Mite, “walking dandruff” lives on the surface of the skin and feeds on skin cell debris.  […]

Harvest Mites

The most recent information suggests that there might well be a link between Harvest Mites and SCI (Seasonal Canine Illness).  With that in mind, I thought we’d take a look at what they are and what to do about them. Harvest Mites (known as chiggers or berry bugs) appear, as the name suggests, around harvest […]

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can be caused by several different things including:- * allergies, * irritation (dust or smoke), * foreign bodies like grass seeds, * hairs or eyelashes facing the wrong way and poking inwards, * infections * poor tear production. Symptoms * most common symptom is redness of the eye, * may also be discharge weeping from the eye […]

Stroke

When we refer to a Stroke in dogs, this is not actually the same as what we understand as a stroke in humans – it’s just a kind of shorthand that vets sometimes use to help us understand.  In actual fact, it is Vestibular Syndrome, which is caused by damage to the inner ear or […]

Canine First Aid Cross Word

Canine First Aid Cross Word   ACROSS 1    Grass seed in the ear (6,4) 2    Type of honey (6) 3    Carries de-oxygenated blood (4) 4    Lack of oxygen (7) 5    Act of bringing back to life (13) 6    Number of compressions in CPR (6) 7    Body’s response to lack of oxygen (5) 8    Toxic bloom […]

Jellyfish Stings

Currently in the UK we are experiencing a high influx of jellyfish (and therefore jellyfish stings ) to our coastline.  Although the majority are not dangerous, some are, so here’s our guide to jellyfish treatment – for both ourselves as well as our dogs. Before we go any further, the advice below in no way […]

Anal Glands

Before reading this article, please: DO NOT ATTEMP THIS PROCEDURE WITHOUT PROPER SUPERVISION FROM A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL AS DOING SO COULD CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. All dogs have anal glands.  They are scent glands under the skin on each side of the dog’s anal area (at about the 4 and 8 o’clock positions).  The openings to these […]

Blue Green Algae

At this time of the year especially, we often see something in our lakes, ponds and rivers called Blue-Green Algae (though sometimes, rather confusingly, it can appear red, black or even a murky brown colour!)  I know lots of you will have heard of it, but what exactly is it and what dangers does it […]

Water Intoxication

I confess that until recently, Id only ever heard rumours about Water Intoxication but of late, and especially due to the hot weather, this is something that has come to my attention a couple of times (once in a really good, straight forward blog by JoAnna Lou of TheBark.com) so I thought it worth chatting about, […]

Nasal Discharge or Sneezing

There are many different causes for nasal discharge or sneezing in our furry friends and it seems that longer-nosed dogs are more likely to suffer than their shorter-nosed counterparts. The more common ones would be foreign bodies, allergic reactions, kennel cough viruses, fungal infections and, sadly, nasal tumours.  Occasionally, severe dental infections can cause a nasal discharge […]

Worm Count

The document below was created by a Facebook friend of mine, the lovely Jodi Davies.   Many people are opting to try to reduce the amount of chemical medication, pesticides and wormers they use with their dogs and one way of checking to see if your dog actually needs to be wormed is by carrying out […]

Iced Water – is it bad?

Is it bad to give your dog Iced Water or Ice Cubes to cool them? Straight answer = NO It seems that there has been a post floating around the net and on Facebook over and over telling of a very tragic incident which was put down to the use of iced water. (see link for […]

Diagnostic Tests

Often when our dogs are ill, we trundle off to see the vet and he recommends various diagnostic tests to try to shed a bit of light on exactly what is wrong with them.  In the absence of their being able to talk to us to tell us exactly how they are feeling, these tests […]

Rat Poison

In my local area I have recently been made aware of at least 3 instances where dogs have ingested rat poison – sadly, one of those dogs didn’t make it. Since then, another of my friends has found rat poison dumped in the garden after their neighbours took exception to the dogs barking.  So, firstly, would you […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Travel Sickness

Vomiting, shaking, anxiety and drooling can be as a result of car travel or nervousness, and this is very common indeed in puppies – with my boy Axl having just sired a litter, Im in constant contact with our new puppy owners and this is something that all of them, my puppy Chi included, have suffered […]

Colloidal Silver

Ive been asked several times recently about Colloidal Silver; what it is, how it works, what you can use it for etc.  It is gaining quite a bit of a reputation and, due to the enormous list of uses, illnesses, bacteria etc that it is reputed to help, this topic deserves a section all to […]

Heatstroke

In a nutshell, heatstroke occurs when a dog is subjected atmospherically to high temperatures so that might be where a dog cannot get out of the heat, for example if they are left in a car in warm weather – or perhaps if you have a “sun-worshiper” who just loves to be out baking his brain in […]

Bleeding Tongue

Bleeding tongue: A dog’s tongue is important for many things including eating, cleaning themselves, lapping up water, bonding with the pack and showing submission.  Luckily, there aren’t many issues or illnesses that affect dogs’ tongues, however they are susceptible to injury perhaps during general investigation with their mouths by biting, chewing or picking up something which may be sharp […]

Limp or Limber Tail

Limp or Limber Tail:  If your dog suddenly appears to have a hanging, droopy tail, all types of causes for the way he is holding his tail should be considered such as has he injured his back or his spine in any way? Could he have injured his tail with rough and tumble when playing? Did […]