The first question I ask any customer who calls to ask advice about their itchy dog is: what do you feed them, including treats?
I can’t tell you how often what they are feeding their dog is what’s causing the itchy issue.
The autumn can be a stunning time of year with the leaves turning colour and nature preparing to rest and restore over the winter months. Many fields are newly ploughed and hedgerows cut back. It is a lovely time to be out and about with our dogs while the light levels are still good.
With the changing season come some different challenges and things to be aware of.
Let's set some new goals for the pets in our lives. Obesity is not just about what it looks like but can have serious consequences for your pets health and lead to diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and even cancer.
As a dog’s fluids drop by just 5% dehydration is evident from dry noses, dull eyes, and a lack of elasticity in their skin.
My last two cats, Pearl and Dave were fed on pretty poor cat food until I knew better. Once I’d learned to read the back of a packet, they were then fed on a really food wet food, but I never tried either on raw. So, I wondered, could I start Marcus from scratch on raw? Or would the wet kitten food be better? There was only one way to find out.
I didn’t appreciate quite how bad some dogs’ oral health can be until I re-homed Mr Binks in 2015.
Up until then I had been so proud of Molly, my late Miniature Bull terrier’s teeth. I remember asking a vet to guess her age from her general condition and her teeth.
According to a survey by the RAC over 44% of dog owners wouldn’t consider going away this summer without their dog.
In fact, it also revealed that 35% of dog owners voted their dog the best travelling companion!
Many of us are opting to travel within the UK, having a stay-cation, simply to be able to holiday with our dogs.