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Dogs and Epilepsy

18th Jul 2014

Dogs and Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a brain disorder where dogs suffer from recurrent seizures. These seizures are sudden, uncontrollable and the dog may be conscious or not. Sometimes the seizures can occur or develop for no reason at all which is called idiopathic epilepsy dogs that suffer this usually inherit it from parents. It is very important that dogs that suffer from Epilepsy are treated because if not treated the seizures can become more severe. Symptoms of Epilepsy Seizures When a dog is about to have a seizure they may appear dazed, shocked or frightened. They may seek attention from their owners or may even try and hide somewhere, when a...

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Dogs and Diabetes

15th Jul 2014

Dogs and Diabetes

Diabetes occurs in dogs when there is a deficient amount of insulin produced from the cells in the pancreas, sometimes this can be caused by genetics which is why certain breeds can be more commonly effected (e.g. Golden Retrievers, Poodles and German Shepherds). Insulin helps glucose to pass into the cells and creates energy for the metabolism. Diabetes depending on the blood sugar levels can cause dogs to either eat a lot more or drink a lot more causing them to urinate more often too. Diabetes is classed into two groups Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the lack of insulin production in a dog and Type 2 is when the body does...

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Dogs and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

10th Jul 2014

Dogs and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs is very similar to Chron's disease in people. It is a disorder which affects the bowels and gastrointestinal system, dogs bowels become severely inflamed and will start showing chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. Absorption of nutrients is less effective due to the invasion of the inflammatory cells causing dogs to lose weight and have a change in appetite. What are the signs of IBD? - Weight Loss - Appetite changes - Diarrhoea - Vomiting - Fatigue - Lethargy - Depression - Abdominal pain and discomfort - Flatulence - Blood in stools - Coat condition changes - Losing blood from both ends What causes...

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Dogs and Incontinence

4th Jul 2014

Dogs and Incontinence

Incontinence is when your dog loses their ability to control their bladder or their bowels. Usually occurs in older dogs however younger dogs with other illnesses may develop incontinence. The first signs that your dog may be suffering include your dog having accidents during the night while sleeping, throughout the day they may be unable to hold it and urinate or defecate by the back door. Your dog may suddenly start smelling of urine or faeces and you may notice staining around their back end. You may also notice that your dog’s penis or vulva is slightly red and inflamed from irritation caused by the urinary incontinence....

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Dogs and Kennel Cough

1st Jul 2014

Dogs and Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious viral and bacterial virus that is very similar to Bronchitis in people. It affects the dogs voice box and wind pipe causing it to become inflamed and irritated. What are the signs or symptoms? There are a few signs that will be apparent if your dog has Kennel Cough, the most obvious sign is your dog coughing which usually sounds like they are honking, it sounds very dry and is very persistent. Other signs your dog has Kennel Cough is as they cough they bring up foamy white phlegm after and during an episode of coughing. Dogs with Kennel Cough will also have nasal discharge and develop a fever...

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Beach Dangers to Dogs

26th Jun 2014

Beach Dangers to Dogs

Taking your dog to the beach is a great experience for both dog and owner. You both get the chance to stretch your legs on the soft sand, splash around in the sea and relax in the sunshine. It is very important that you take into consideration the dangers that there could be for your dog and ensure that you are prepared just in case. Safety Tips to consider The summer heat can be a great threat to your dogs health especially if they are unable to hide from it. You can help your dog by packing some essentials to keep them safe. - Water Bottles and bowl - Beach umbrella for shade - Towels to lie on instead of hot sand - Dog sun cream...

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Dogs and Anal Glands

24th Jun 2014

Dogs and Anal Glands

Unbeknown to many dog owners dogs have anal glands. You may be thinking I don't want to know what they are, however it is a good idea that you do as it is very important for your dogs health and well being. What are Anal Glands? Anal Glands are two small sacs that are located just below the dogs anus, they produce a distinctive smelling liquid that is secreted when your dog goes to the toilet. You may wonder why dogs sniff each others back ends, it is just their way of saying hello. It can help them identify the others dogs gender, whether they are healthy, rough idea on age and many other things that only dogs will understand. Anal...

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Has My Dog Got A Hot Spot - Pyotraumatic Dermatitis?

19th Jun 2014

Has My Dog Got A Hot Spot - Pyotraumatic Dermatitis?

A hot spot is a localized area of skin that is inflamed and infectious. The infection can be superficial or deep. Other common names for this condition include wet or moist dermatitis, and acute moist dermatitis. These common skin lesions are usually caused and made worse by your dog biting, licking, or scratching the inflamed area and they can spread in minutes should your dog be able to reach them. The proper name is - Pyotraumatic dermatitis means when broken down, 'pyo' refers to 'pus' infection, ' 'traumatic' refers to self-inflicted trauma of the dog biting, licking, scratching the area as it irritates so much and 'dermatitis'...

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Healthy Teeth

17th Jun 2014

Healthy Teeth

- Your dogs teeth should be strong, white and free from tartar build up. Your dog should have 42 adult teeth and be able to close their jaw to what is none a scissor bite, pink gums and normal dog breath. Dog breath is not pleasant in smell but should not be foul smelling. Correct jaw alignment for dogs. Most dogs do not have a scissor bite and can live happily with a slight overbite or under bite but sometimes if the jaw is too over or under shot your dog may have problems eating or be uncomfortable when closing their mouths. Dogs can also have what is known as an open bite where the front teeth do not meet when the mouth is...

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Healthy Ears

13th Jun 2014

Healthy Ears

Dog’s ears need to be regularly checked for mites, infection, foreign objects and inner ear hair growth. - The canine ear anatomy Because of the twisty way the dogs inner ears are designed, it is very easy for parasites, bacteria and yeast to hide and thrive in the warmth of them. This also means that any foreign objects in the ear canal must work their way up to escape. Infections can result from trapped objects like grass seeds. Dogs with allergies seem to be more prone to ear infections as are those dogs with floppy large ears, like Spaniels, Basset Hounds and Italian Spinones to name just a few breeds susceptible to ear...

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Healthy Eyes

11th Jun 2014

Healthy Eyes

We always look at our dogs eyes but it is always a good idea to check them regulay and know the early signs of problems and get your vet to check your dogs eyes routinally especially as they get older. In bright light your dogs eyes should be clear and bright, the area aound the eyeball should be white and the pupils of equal size. Both your dogs eyes should open freely and to the same size. Your dogs eyes should be free from discharge and crust free. There should be no tear staining on your dogs face.With your thumb, gently roll down your dog’s lower eyelid and look at the lining. It should be pink, not red or white. The...

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Taking Care Of An Older Dog

4th Jun 2014

Taking Care Of An Older Dog

As dogs get older they may start to go grey, their bodies slow down and joints start to creek older dogs need extra care as they move in to their twilight years. Dogs are classed as Senior dogs from 8 years old but this does vary with the size of your dog. Larger breeds of dog have shorter life spans than smaller breeds so the ageing process starts earlier with large dogs. Each dog is different in the way their body copes with the ageing process but all senior dogs deserve that extra bit of TLC. Older dogs require regular health checks Ensure your older dog has regular health checks with your vet. Mention any changes you may have...

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Neutering Dogs

31st May 2014

Neutering Dogs

If you have no intention of showing your dog and breeding from him or her then you should have them neutered. Most dogs are kept as pets and never enter a show ring so have no real status in the dog world as they are unknown to breeders that breed responsibly that are looking for potential stud dogs or bitches with the best traits and temperaments for their breed. What is neutering Neutering your dog (castration) or bitch (spaying) will prevent your dog from being able to produce puppies as their reproductive organs are removed under anaesthetic by a vet. PROS Of Spaying Bitches - No unwanted litters of puppies. - No seasons every...

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Should I Breed From My Dog

28th May 2014

Should I Breed From My Dog

Letting your dog have puppies is not something that you should just consider lightly if you are going to do it, do it properly keeping your dogs health and well being the top priority. There are so many dogs and puppies of every breed and cross breed in rescue centres looking for homes and so many dogs that are put to sleep through no fault of their own other than no kennel space can be found or home can be offered, so many dogs are in foster care across the country. So do you really want to add to the growing population of unwanted dogs. Before breeding take a look at the rescue centres and see if your breed of dog is commonly seen...

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Dogs Can Give Blood

24th May 2014

Dogs Can Give Blood

We all hear the adverts telling us about the shortage of blood donors for humans, but this is the same for dogs. Dogs need blood donors too. Dogs may need blood from other dogs to get them through many different illnesses and in emergency situations. Can your dog give blood? If you would like your dog to be considered as a donor there are certain criteria that they need to meet. - Between one and eight years old - Weigh over 25kg - Be of a good temperament - Never travelled abroad - Be up to date on all vaccinations - Be fit and healthy - Be micro chipped or this will be done at the donor clinic - Not be on any medication How does a...

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The Dangers Of BBQs For Dogs

21st May 2014

The Dangers Of BBQs For Dogs

Summer is here and out comes the BBQ! It should be a lovely way to spend time with family and friends eating and drinking in the garden. Your dog will love this time too spending time with you all in the garden. However dogs are at risk of becoming ill from many foods cooked and eaten at BBQ's as well as it risk of the alcohol around and the BBQ itself. Dangerous BBQ food and hazzards for dogs that can cause poisoning or blockages. Onions Be careful when having BBQ's as your dog maybe fed onions by mistake in burgers or hot dogs. Please ensure guests are aware of the danger if they feed your dog. If your dog has eaten an onion...

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Seresto Tick Dog Collars - Do they work?

19th May 2014

Seresto Tick Dog Collars - Do they work?

In January 2013 Bayer launched the Seresto Collar designed to repel and kill ticks, fleas, flea larvae and also biting/chewing lice. Over the past year lots of Bonnie Dogs Customers have tried the collar on their dogs and gave it very positive feed back. So this year we have purchased one from our vet and put it on Legend our Flatcoated Retriever. Legend has a longer coat that ticks can hide in and we have to check him daily for ticks during the tick season. Legend sometimes reacts to the ticks with red large swellings around where the tick has inserted itself. Also Legend being the lively youngster he is, does not sit still for...

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Dogs and Dementia - Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

17th May 2014

Dogs and Dementia - Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

As dogs get older they may start to go grey, their bodies slow down and joints start to creek and sadly as with humans some dogs of all breeds can suffer with dementia known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. You will notice slight changes with your dogs behaviour and just know something is not right but you just can not put your finger on it. Then with time you will notice changes with your dogs behaviour. Dementia can set in very quickly with some dogs but with others it might happen gradually over a period of time. Does My Dog Have Dementia All dogs are different when suffering with dementia but the signs of dementia and...

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Changes To The Dangerous Dogs Act 2014

13th May 2014

Changes To The Dangerous Dogs Act 2014

In the news this morning it states The Dangerous Dogs Act has been amended and comes into effect in England and Wales on 13 May 2014. This law applies to all dog owners no matter what size or breed, whether your pet is a Chihuahua, Great Dane or a Crossbreed. Which elements of the existing Dangerous Dogs Act should dog owners be aware of? Section 3 of the Act applies to every single dog owner in England and Wales. Under this section, it is a criminal offence for the person in charge of the dog to allow it to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place. For more details on the dog act and the law click here. A dog...

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Fostering A Dog

12th May 2014

Fostering A Dog

Some dogs need fostering before they are permanently re homed. There are many reasons why this can happen and there are so many dogs that need foster homes. You will be able to care and love that dog for as long as that dog needs to be with you this may vary from a week to months depending on the reasons why the dog needs to be in foster care. Reasons why dogs need to be in foster homes - They may not cope with kennel life. - They may have been subject to a cruelty case and have to wait until the case has been heard in court before their future is decided. - Breed specific rescue organisations may not have kennel facilities so use...

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