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Q3 – I have an 8 year old Cocker Spaniel and he has just got over Pancreatitis Thank God – it was really serious. Will he now be more prone to getting it again and if so is there anything that I can do to reduce the risk?

I am sorry to hear about your dog’s illness but very pleased to hear he is now back home.  Pancreatitis is a nasty illness that can be caused by many different things, and often – try as we might – the underlying cause can be difficult to identify.

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Q3. My Westie puppy has just started itching constantly and is making her skin very red and a bit sore.

Q3. My Westie puppy has just started itching constantly and is making her skin very red and a bit sore. I have tried using sensitive shampoo and creams that are meant to be soothing but it doesn’t seem to be helping. What should I do and why is it happening?

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Q2 – My Border Terrier loves riding in the car with me and prefers to sit in the front seat but I just wondered if there are any legal requirements to keeping them restrained when travelling as I don’t want to get in any trouble.

There are no legal requirements detailing how a dog should travel in a car, but a dog who is distracting the driver is likely to be considered a danger and as well as being a hazard to yourself and other road users, may earn you a stern warning from the police.

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Q1 – My dog has not been very happy in this extreme heat and even at home at times it has been very hot for him. What can I do to help keep him comfortable and cool.

It has been quite hard for all our pets in this weather.  As you have identified the most important thing is not to insist your dog takes a walk in the heat of the day.  I’m afraid it is a case of walking them very early, or as it cools off in the evening.  If this is not possible, it is safer not to walk them at all and to find other ways to wear your dog out at home.

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Q2. I went to buy a puppy and when I got there the breeder said there was the brother to one I was picking up also needing a new home so I relented and got both.

Q2. I went to buy a puppy and when I got there the breeder said there was the brother to one I was picking up also needing a new home so I relented and got both. I am now not sure if this was the right decision as they are causing chaos. What should I have done and what can I do to get them to listen to me when training?

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Q3. My dog who is getting on has started getting really bad breath.

Q3. My dog who is getting on has started getting really bad breath. He isn’t too keen on me looking in his mouth and not sure what may be the cause?

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Q1. When we get wintery conditions like we have are you still meant to continue using flea and tick treatment.

Q1. When we get wintery conditions like we have are you still meant to continue using flea and tick treatment and if so is there much difference between what you can buy in a pet shop and your local Vets and what should our routine be?

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Q2. – I have taken on a year old male Labrador from a rescue centre and we recently started having anxiety separation issues.

Q2. – I have taken on a year old male Labrador from a rescue centre and we recently started having anxiety separation issues. I have 2 other dogs so he is not alone and I only work a couple of days a week but even then I feel really guilty but I don’t know what to do to stop him getting distressed and chewing things when I go out. Do you have any suggestions?

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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is nearer than you think; it is now endemic in the UK and according to official estimates they suggest there could be up to 3,000 new cases occuring in the UK every year. The true number of cases is not known, and may be higher still. Since full recovery may not take place in many cases, the total number of people affected is accumulating. There is apparently, concern that the disease appears to be under reported and inadequately investigated.

 

 

 

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Walking Without Worry

Walking Without Worry

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! One of the highlights of my holiday season was walking my dogs with a friend’s puppy. One of my dogs, Super-Dog as we could call him – is very sociable and likes to make friends with everyone and anyone. The other dog, who we will call Scaredy-Dog – is suspicious of all other dogs and it was lovely to see her make friends and find a rare play mate. Walks can be a stressful time for us when we have to pass by unfamiliar dogs. Super-Dog likes to stride ahead and say hello, Scaredy-Dog is normally hiding behind my legs and hoping to make an escape. If I go and get Super-Dog she is torn between staying with me and keeping out of the way. Now Super-Dog is in his senior years his hearing has become quite selective, and it can be a challenge to get him to listen! The end result is often a tangle of legs and leads with me trying to offer apologies all round.

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