August is ‘pet dental health month ‘, so it is a good time to prioritise our paw-families oral health. Dental hygiene in our companion pets is an important part of everyday life, as it is in our own.

Most Common Dental Questions:

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It has been a cold Winter that we have all been isolating in.  This has led to the heating being on more often in our homes, our pets inside more often, providing the perfect breeding environment for fleas.

Did you know for every 5 fleas on your animal there are another 95 fleas in your home? 

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 Is your dog 7 years or older? You may have noticed how they are not as active as they once were. You can trust them when you leave home, you may leave your things on the floor and they do not get torn up! Ah yes, you are firmly in the adult to senior dog stage.  The average life span of our family canines is 10-15 years, depending upon breed.  It stands to justify if your dog is age 7 or older, they may be in the golden years of their lives.

Here are a few tips to make the later years more comfortable in their home:

Feeding needs change as our dogs age, so an age appropriate food e.g. senior diet is of more benefit. This will meet their changing nutritional needs. Elevating food dishes can also alleviate discomfort in their joint and necks from bending down to eat and drink. 

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You’re home all day, with plenty of time for walks and attention, what better way to spend this time than to get a new puppy?  Puppies are bundles of love and joy during these testing times, but we all know dogs depend upon routine.

There has been a lot of discussion recently of an imminent rise in separation anxiety in our pets, particularly new dogs.  Having owners home all day to smother them with love and affection will become a normal routine for them.  As we eventually begin to transition back to our normal working and social lives, these new pups won’t understand how to be alone, more often resulting in separation anxiety.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have “children” that are a bit hairier than others and walk on four paws.

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick dogs in their arms saying, “It’s okay baby, Mummy’s here”. To the mums who do the walks in the rain and the mud when we are sick and exhausted but go anyway and worry about our own health and comfort after theirs.  How many of us show up at work with dog hair on our suits, unexpected scratches on their wrists and poo bags in their pockets?  Who goes to the special pet store to collect the proper nutritious treats, wholesome healthy food and safe, fun toys no matter if that takes 5 stops and many traffic lights?

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