Paw licking is a very common behaviour in dogs. Often it is just the dog cleaning its paws, but when the behaviour becomes obsessive or causes damage, then it is a sign of something being wrong.
Holidays can be a stressful time, and this can be especially true for dogs. Disruption to their routines, extra guests and unusual objects in the home can all lead to anxiety and behavioural changes. Understanding what causes stress can help you to manage your dog's behaviour.
Picking a perfect name for your new dog can be pretty tough. Pick the wrong name and you could spend the next 10 to 15 years regretting it. Before you come to a decision, here are some of the worst dog names and why you should avoid them.
We all like our homes to smell fresh and clean, and for that reason, many people use plug-in or spray air fresheners to help their house smell nice. Unfortunately, air fresheners can have a downside—they can make dogs very unwell and can even lead to death.
While most people would never consider giving alcohol to dogs, accidental cases of alcohol poisoning are seen far too often by vets, especially during holidays. Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and it is important to know the symptoms to ensure your pet is swiftly and effectively treated.
Throwing balls or sticks for our dogs is a common game played all over the world by dog lovers, but there are hidden dangers to this much-loved game which could put your dog's well-being in peril. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your dog safe while enjoying fetch.
Whether it is clipping claws, trimming fur, or treating a cut, at some point we all have to look at our dog's paws. Many dogs are sensitive about their paws being touched, and this can make grooming them very difficult. Luckily, there are several easy and gentle ways to overcome this problem.
We all catch colds or the flu from time to time, but what about our pets? Dogs, like any animal, can suffer from viruses and infections similar to humans. They can also suffer complications from illnesses, so knowing how to spot when they have a cold is important to keep them healthy.
Obesity in pets is on the rise, but sometimes it is easy to overlook when a pet is just a bit overweight. In fact, many people are unsure of what a dog at a healthy weight looks like. Even slight excess weight puts pressure on a dog's heart and joints, so knowing when they need a diet is vital.
Christmas is a joyous time of year. We want to share this fun with our dogs, but every year dogs end up at emergency vets due to holiday-related accidents. Knowing how to prevent these dramas will make your festivities safe and enjoyable for you and your dog.
There are thousands of dog treats on the market. Many are inexpensive and designed to be attractive to dog owners, but beneath the surface, some of these treats contain dangerous components that could harm your dog.
Reverse sneezing is when a dog appears to snort backwards repeatedly. It is considered a common issue and is usually nothing to be worried about, but sometimes it can be a symptom of a more serious problem.
Titre testing (or titer testing) is a way of checking a dog's immunity to certain diseases. Many owners are choosing this method over annual boosters, but it is a confusing topic and many people do not fully understand how it works.
The Cockapoo (or Cockerpoo) is a popular cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Due to the breed's popularity, some unscrupulous breeders breed cockapoos for profit, including producing 'rare' blue or red merle cockapoos—a colour that does not exist in either Poodles or Cocker Spaniels.
As the nights draw in and the weather worsens, many people begin to suffer from winter blues, also called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Research suggests dogs may also suffer from depression in winter, so how can we make the colder months a happier time for our pets?
Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI), also known as Seasonal Canine Disease, is a condition found in the UK which can be fatal to dogs. This guide aims to give you the facts about the sickness, how to prevent your pet from contracting it, and how to identify it and help them if the worst happens.
As the temperature rises, keeping our pet dogs cool and comfortable is essential to maintain their health and well-being. These ten ideas will help you keep your dog safe and chilled during the hot months of summer.
There is only one venomous snake in the UK: the European adder. Adder bites are extremely rare, but every once in a while a dog gets bitten by a snake. Know how to minimise the risk of this happening and what to do if a bite occurs to keep your dog safe.
Many people are opting to home-cook for their dog. This easy chicken casserole is low in fat and can be made as part of a special diet or as a treat for your canine companion.
Leptospirosis is a serious disease that dogs can pick up from water. Lepto4 is a vaccination by Nobivac designed to prevent the disease, but there are growing concerns about the safety of this vaccine and whether it could be harmful to some dogs.
Xylitol is a type of sweetener found in numerous food products. Over the last few years, growing concerns have emerged about the toxic effects of xylitol in dogs. With an increasing number of products using this sweetener, it is important you know the risks and what to do if the worst happens.
Many dogs suffer from patellar luxations, a condition also known as "trick knee", where the kneecap slips out of place and can cause discomfort and pain. Fortunately, if caught early, the condition is treatable. That's why it's important to know the signs of a slipping knee and what to do about it.
Homemade liver cake is the perfect training treat - low fat and guaranteed to have your dog's mouth watering, it is a popular favourite for those who like to cook for their pets. And this recipe is not only gluten-free, but extremely easy to make.
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but the odd few have some unusual and very distinctive characteristics. Check out this article for ten dog breeds with unique attributes!
Ever noticed your dog sitting with his legs kicked to one side or his knees flopping outwards? Maybe he rolls onto one hip like he is about to lay down. That is the 'lazy', 'sloppy' or puppy sit, and it is something every dog owner should be aware of because it could mean your dog is in pain.
Have you noticed that extra digit on your dog's leg? Or, maybe you have read a puppy advertisement that says "dewclaws removed" and wonder what that means? This article explains the purpose of a dewclaw, why your dog has them, and why you should be careful when considering having them removed.
Getting into shape could not be easier when you have a canine fitness companion at your side. Here are some great ideas to get you and your dog fit and healthy over the coming year.
A double merle dog is created when two dogs with the merle coat pattern are bred together. Also known as 'lethal whites,' double merles are prone to health issues. This article will delve into possible health concerns related to merle-to-merle breeding.
Intussusception is a serious medical condition where a portion of the bowel folds in on itself. This article is a guide to symptoms, treatment and prevention