Keeping your pet safe: basic first aid for dogs

As dog owners, we want nothing more than to make sure our pups are safe and healthy. Accidents can happen however, and changing circumstances from moving to a built-up area to extreme weather can all impact on your dog’s health. To encourage the safest environment possible, here are our tips for basic dog first aid.

Changes in animal welfare law: what you need to know

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new pup or are an established breeder, new animal welfare laws have recently come into play to protect dogs and cats.

On October 1st 2018, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations were introduced. The rules will affect dog breeders and vendors, whilst assuring prospective buyers that animals are being treated safely.

Keeping your pets safe on Bonfire Night

As the darker nights and cooler temperatures roll in, we have a whole lot of reasons for celebrating – whether you’re into bobbing for apples or swirling sparklers, it’s one of the most exciting times of the year!

With all these celebrations, it’s easy to overlook our four-legged friends. Bright, stimulating colours, crowds and lots of loud noises are all potential hazards for our pet and may affect their wellbeing. So how do we spot the signs and what can we do to keep our pets safe?

An update on Alabama Rot

The recent terrifying tales of Alabama Rot have gripped dog owners around the UK. Last month, the Royal Veterinary College released an article, which contains excellent news of progress, as we can all agree. But what does this mean for owners? We’re certainly not yet out of the woods; in 2018, more dogs died of the disease than in any other previous year, and it's not over yet. But has the advice changed? What can we be doing to prevent the spread of this killer? 

Stay safe in the dark this autumn

As the nights begin to draw in this September, evening dog walks become a little more challenging. Poorly lit areas and cooler temperatures can be a deterrent for some dog owners, but it’s important not to neglect your pooch as winter approaches. As we transition through the seasons, here are Bertie and Bella’s seasonal insights for staying safe while walking the dog in the dark.

Pain Awareness Month: How to Spot the Tell-Tale Signs in Your Dog

This September we are looking at Pain Awareness Month. Pain awareness month was initiated dating back to 2001, it started out in America as a way for organisations to recognise and understand pain, in particular, chronic pain. Today we’re looking to reach out not only to humans, but to dogs, whose pain may not be as easy to identify. If you’re worried about your dog, look out for the signs, as many pets like to hide their pain.
Dogs Around the World

Dogs Around the World

We’re celebrating National Dog Day this month with a look into everything we love about our beloved four-legged friends. This week we’re looking at dogs around the world – for example, did you know that 2018 is the Chinese year of the dog? Here’s a pick of our favourite pooches all around the world.

Celebrating National Dog Day: Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Dogs

On August 26, owners of furry friends around the world will gather to celebrate National Dog Day. Our loyal companions have helped us for thousands of years from herding sheep to protecting families, serving as guide dogs and being a best friend. So where exactly did it all begin?

Keeping your pets safe in hot weather

The warmer weather is a great excuse to get outside and be active with your pets. However, in extremely warm temperatures, even a short walk could be potentially life-threatening for your dog. To keep your pets safe in and outdoors this summer, make sure you follow these tips from the experts.
Street pups: how Britain’s homeless dogs are helping the most vulnerable people

Street pups: how Britain’s homeless dogs are helping the most vulnerable people

The love and loyalty of a dog are two of the most rewarding elements of being a dog owner. For less fortunate individuals however, a dog is not just a companion, but a lifeline.

Currently there are an estimated 100,000 dogs without homes in the UK. Some of these will be stray dogs, abandoned by their owners, while others will serve as companions to Britain’s homeless.

Taking care of your dog during the holidays

Your sought-after summer holiday is finally here and you’ve thought of everything: the sun cream, passports, travel insurance…but what about pooch? To keep your dog happy this summer, we’ve put together a list of dependable canine holiday care options.

‘Bonnes Vacances’ Taking Your Pet On Holiday.

Thinking of travelling Europe this summer with your pet? Vicky Williams our guest veterinarian, provides an insight into what you need to know. 

In February 2000 British law changed, meaning that dogs and cats travelling with their owners could enter the UK from most European countries without the need for 6 months quarantine, as was previously required. Since then the regulations surrounding the PETS travel scheme have changed and gradually relaxed, meaning that more pets than ever now accompany their owners on holiday to Europe.

Written by, Vicky Williams BVM&S MRCVS