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Dangerous Foods for Dogs

- Dog Life, Health

When you have a dog, particularly one that eats literally everything (cue Ember) it’s important to know foods that are dangerous for dogs to ingest. Fortunately for us, Go Compare have created a useful infographic to display the foods that are dangerous for our dogs.

They have created this is an effort to not only save dogs from getting ill, but also saving owners from hefty vet bills. See it here

A lot of foods poisonous for dogs are seasonal and with the seasons changing and the holiday period coming up (how did that happen so fast?) there are a lot of hazards to look out for. Here are a few particularly bad ones to avoid:

Conkers: while cases of serious poisoning are rare, ingesting these seeds can cause an intestinal blockage and can also cause a dog to fall pretty ill.

Oaks/acorns: acorns contain tannic acid which is known to cause damage to the kidney and liver if they are eaten regularly. Due to their size, acorns can also cause an intestinal blockage.

Luminous necklaces: these are the ones you snap to glow, they were popular circa 2006. It is the chemical mixture in these necklaces that are dangerous as it can cause problems with gums and their stomachs.

Traditional Christmas food: chocolate, nuts, fruit cakes, puddings, mince pies etc can be toxic to dogs. Turkey bones can cause choking and damage to dogs intestines too.

Traditional Christmas plants: Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe and poinsettia are toxic to dogs, so it’s important to keep those out of your dogs reach.

Decorations: tinsel and electrics can be dangerous if ingested, as well as batteries which are toxic.

Anti-freeze: due to antifreeze tasting sweet and being palatable, this makes dogs more likely to want to eat it. Unfortunately, only a small quantity can cause damage to your dog’s kidneys and can sadly be fatal.

 

Other all year round dangerous foods include:

Bones                                   Bread dough

Dairy products                     Garlic and onion

Xylitol                                  Avocado

Tomato                                Caffeine

Dried fruit                            Fresh fruit

Nuts                                     Grapes

Summer Tips for Dogs

- Health

 

Summer is on it’s way, which usually in the UK means a few hot sunny days followed by clouds and rain.  But when we do get some sunshine it’s important to remember how our dogs get affected by the heat.  Here are a few tips to help keep your dog cool for the summer.

 

Keep your dog hydrated
Keep an eye on their water bowl and refill when it is needed, you could also add a few ice cubes to help the water stay cool.  When you’re on the go remember to carry a travel bowl around with you so your dog can have a drink if they need it.

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Big Tick Project | Our Experience and Tips

- Awareness, Health

In August 2015 Ember picked up a tick on her stomach whilst we were on holiday in the New Forest.  Ironically, the same year in April 2015, the Big Tick Project was launched in the New Forest.  The Campaign was started to raise awareness about ticks and tick-bourne diseases in the UK, to help pet owners protect their pets and themselves.  Each year, veterinary practices collect data and complete a questionnaire to contribute to The Big Tick Project’s Campaign.  The information helps to make up a UK threat map, which shows the risk of ticks in local areas.  Find the map here, is your local area a high risk?  Mine is!  You can find out more about The Big Tick Project here.   The Big Tick Project are also sponsoring Dog Fest this year which will be taking place in June in Chesire and Hertfordshire, you can get your tickets here!

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Spring Plant Safety for Dogs

- Health

Spring is coming and along with it, hopefully nice weather, but also spring flowers – some of which may be poisonous to our pets.  There are several common plants which we need to be cautious of, along with symptoms which come with poisoning.  Dogs can be poisoned by eating just part of the plant, leaves or bulbs from the plant and heavy pollinated plants could disperse on their back and be licked off.  Here’s a handy picture guide to some common poisonous plants which you may come across this year, along with some useful information.

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Benefits of Dog Walks

- Health

I love walking.  It’s the best form of exercise and is great to clear your mind, but walking with a dog is even better! Ember also loves walkies, being out in the open air with loads of sniffs as well as birds and squirrels to chase. There is just something magical about being amidst nature with your best friend. There is also plenty of benefits of exercising outside with your dog, many of which are scientifically proven. Need more proof?  Heres’ some of my favourite reasons to exercise outside with your dog:

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Vet Box

- Health, Review

Ever had one of those last minute panics as you realise you have forgotten to flea your dog? I am guilty of this and imagine many of you are too. However some clever brands have come to the rescue in the form of monthly protection boxes, joining the ever growing subscription box craze. So now you can purchase a monthly subscription of dog flea and worm treatments, to ensure you never forget again. I’ve tried two different services, this time we have tried out Vet Box

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Protect My Pet

- Health, Review

Ever had one of those last minute panics as you realise you have forgotten to flea your dog? I am guilty of this and imagine many of you are too. However some clever brands have come to the rescue in the form of monthly protection boxes, joining the ever growing subscription box craze. So now you can purchase a monthly subscription of dog flea and worm treatments, to ensure you never forget again. I’ve tried two different services, starting with Protect My Pet.

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Dogs Die in Hot Cars

- Awareness, Health

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Summer’s treated us with some hot weather these past few months and while most people have been enjoying sensibly it with their four legged friends, the same sad stories involving dogs suffering in the heat have been hitting the news.   Despite warnings from Dogs Trust and The RSPCA, to name just two, that Dogs Die in Hot Cars, many dogs have been rescued from overheating after being left in hot cars by owners.  It’s hard to imagine any dog lover leaving their dog in a car on a hot day but it unfortunately happens all too often.  The matter of the fact is, it’s never okay to leave your dog in a car – even if it’s only for a minute.  So to try to really drive this message home, one of the UK’s top online auto essentials brands, Ignitionline, have created a hard hitting infographic with some outstanding stats.

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