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  1. dog autumn
    November 16, 2021

    What Not To Feed Your Pets This Thanksgiving

    Be wary about what meat you feed your pet. If you do decide to give your pet a sliver of turkey, make sure that is well-cooked. Under-cooked or raw meat may contain salmonella bacteria, which can cause stomach upsets and food poisoning.

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  2. Help! My Dog Has a Hot Spot
    June 04, 2021

    Help! My Dog Has a Hot Spot

    Hot spots are often mistaken for an insect bite but quickly spread as bacteria. In this article we take a look at the causes, symptoms and treatment for dealing with hot spots.

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  3. The Ultimate Guide to Worms in Dogs
    March 15, 2021

    The Ultimate Guide to Worms in Dogs

    If the thought of worms living in your dog gives you the heebie jeebies, save this article to read when you’ve got an empty stomach. In this blog, we cover the most common types of worms that affect dogs and how you can protect your pooch.

     

     

    The four most common types of worms that affect dogs are:

    Roundworm

    Hookworm

    Whipworm

    Tapeworm

    This article will also cover:

    Treating and Preventing a Worm Infection

    Which Worms Are a Threat to Humans?

     

    Roundworm

    Where Do Dogs Get Roundworm?

    Roundworms are very commonly found in puppies as the mother can pass them on in her milk or through her placenta so it is very important to worm mothers while they are pregnant to prevent this from happening. Dogs can also pick-up roundworm from sniffing or playing in infected soil and then ingesting the eggs. Eating contaminated prey such as rodents or wildlife is another way your dog can contract roundworm.

    Symptoms of Roundworm Infection

    The following sympt

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  4. Can I Feed My Dog A Vegan Diet?
    February 16, 2021

    Can I Feed My Dog A Vegan Diet?

    With a growing number of humans making the switch to a vegan diet, it was inevitable that many would consider switching their dogs as well. But can dogs even eat a vegan diet? Well, the short answer to that question is yes, but you should keep reading to see why it isn’t always a good idea.

    A black dog is about to take a bite out of a doughnut that is being held out by a hand
     

    Aren’t Dogs Carnivores?

    As a descendant of the wolf, you might assume that dogs are also carnivores. However, there is some evidence to suggest that dogs evolved from wolves by consuming more plant-based material. If you examine the anatomy of the domestic dog as it evolved alongside humans, the more wolf-ish, carnivore features evolved to allow domestic dogs to scavenge our scraps.

    Which means, that dogs are actually omnivores, and they are able to digest and absorb some nutrients from fruits and vegetables. However, they can struggle to digest a particularly high fibre plant-based diet. And it can be difficult to ensure your dog receives the necessary nutrients from plant-based sources.

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  5. Preventing Separation Anxiety in Pets
    June 07, 2020

    Preventing Separation Anxiety in Pets

    What is Separation Anxiety


    Separation anxiety is when a pet experiences severe distress while separated from their owner. The owner can often be completely unaware that their pet is suffering while they are gone as the pet can act completely normal when they are around. It might only be bad behavior by a pet that can tip the owner off.

    A pet that has separation anxiety can have a variety of symptoms including:

     

    For Dogs

    • Inappropriate urination or defecation (going bathroom inside the house but not in a designated area)
    • Barking or howling
    • Chewing, digging or destructive behavior
    • Attempting to escape or escaping your house or yard
    • Pacing in a particular spot - often up a down a fence or in front of a window
    • Coprophagia - this is the act of a dog defecating and their eating the feces

     

     

    For Cats

    • Inappropriate urination of defecation (going bathroom outside of their litter box or on clothing, sheets, towels, etc)
    • Excessive meowing
    • Excessive grooming
    • Eating too fast or not eating when you are away
    • If they recognize the signs that you are about to leave the house they could become distressed and vocalize loudly or hide
    • When you arrive home they follow you everywhere and demand constant attention

     

     

    Rule Out Other Causes


    It is always important to take

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  6. Diabetes in Pets
    May 20, 2020

    Diabetes in Pets

    This is a very long article that covers everything you need to know about diabetes in pets. If you only want to read about a specific topic related to diabetes, you can use the links below to navigate to the relevant section.

    What is Diabetes?

    How Does The Body Use Insulin?

    Pets With a Higher Risk of Developing Diabetes

    Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes

    What is Hyperglycaemia?

    What is Ketoacidosis?

    What is Hypoglycaemia?

    Diagnosing Diabetes

    Treating Diabetes

    Managing Diabetes

    Untreated Diabetes

    Conclusion

     

    What is Diabetes?

    Back to Top

    Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects humans, dogs, cats, apes, pigs and horses. There are two main types:

    • Type 1 is
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  7. 7 Signs it Might be Time to Take Your Pet to the Vet
    May 20, 2020

    7 Signs it Might be Time to Take Your Pet to the Vet

    It can be hard to know when you should take your pet to see their vet, or if you should wait and see how they are in the morning. This article will explore some conditions or symptoms that, if present in your pet, may require a trip to the vet. We've also listed some conditions or symptoms that require immediate veterinary attention should your pet be affected by them.

     

    1. Change in Eating or Drinking Habits

    While any short-term change in eating habits could just be your pet being a fussy eater, if they refuse to eat for 2 days or longer, or suddenly wish to consume anything that could be considered a food, it is time for a trip to the vet. Pets that have underlying health conditions such as diabetes should see their vet as soon as any changes in their appetite are noticed as they may require a change to their insulin dosage to manage the change in food intake.

    Excessive thirst can be a sign of a serious illness such as diabetes or kidney disease and should be investigated by a veterinarian.

    You can read our article in diabetes in pets here.

     

    A small, brown fluffy dog drinks from a bowl held by a pair of hands

     

    2. Eye or Ear Issues

    Eyes that are red, cloudy, are producing discharge, are causing your pet to squint or paw at them can be a sign of anything from allergies to an eye infection. Eye diseases and progress quite quickly and any of the above symptoms should be assessed promptly by a veterinarian.

    Ear issues that cause your pet to shake their head, scratch their ears, cause redness, produce a foul odour or discharge can be caused by a variety of issues and should also be investigated by a veterinarian at the earliest po

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  8. Games to Entertain Your Dog
    April 29, 2020

    Games to Entertain Your Dog

    Are you trying to work from home but are constantly being interrupted by a wet nose on your leg or a paw on your arm? We are all spending a lot more time at home lately and our dogs are probably a bit confused as to why you are around so much more, but are not spending all of your time with them.

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  9. Why Does My Dog Dig?
    March 18, 2020

    Why Does My Dog Dig?

    If you are a dog owner, there is a good chance that you’ve come home to find your backyard has been turned inside out and upside down by your beloved pooch. Digging is a common behaviour in dogs and is an instinctual trait that they inherited from their wild wolf ancestors. Certain breeds such as terriers are more prone to digging due to the behaviour being encouraged for the purpose of hunting. But if you have had enough of falling in holes whenever you step out into your backyard or your dog has escaped underneath your fence, again, you might want to keep reading to see what steps you can take to stop your dog from digging.
     
    A black dog with a red collar is lying on grass

    Why Do Dogs Dig?

    Dogs can dig for many reasons. Some dig to seek prey that has burrowed underground such as rodents and insects. Dogs dig to entertain themselves or to alleviate anxiety. They will also dig to bury toys or treats. If they have seen you digging in the yard, they may think they are also allowed to dig up your prized petunias. Dogs will dig under fences to escape yards to seek a mate, relieve boredom or if they are scared. Identifying the reason why your dog digs is the first step in stopping their digging behaviours.

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