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Why is chocolate bad for dogs?

Our digestive systems are very different to our canine friends. Many foods that are harmless to us are poisonous to our dogs.

You should never feed chocolate to dogs as it contains a toxic ingredient called theobromine. It has no negative effects on our own bodies, but even a small amount can make a dog sick and can even be fatal.

Dark chocolate contains the highest levels of theobromine, but high traces are still found in milk chocolate too. So if you want your dog to join you in a tasty treat, stick to suitable fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, blueberries or pears.

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What can dogs not eat? The top 10 toxic foods

When we’re chowing down on our favourite foods, those big doughy eyes can be hard to resist. Let’s face it, we love spoiling our pups!

But while many of us are guilty of sharing our lunch with Fido, you might want to think twice in the future. Many human foods are unhealthy for dogs, and some are even toxic. Here is a selection of foods you should never feed your dog.

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What is kennel cough? Symptoms and treatment

Pet parents usually recognise kennel cough when their dog has a raspy, hacking cough. It is a canine respiratory infection that affects the upper respiratory tract, the wind pipe and the voice box.

Although it can sound worrisome, it’s not usually a serious condition and will clear up on its own in a few weeks.

Kennel cough can be brought on by a range of bacteria and viruses, in the same way humans can catch the common cold. It’s highly contagious and is more common during the summer months.

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What does a tick look like on a dog?

Ticks are spider-like creepy crawlies that suck on the blood of other animals. Many of us find them repulsive, but it’s a good idea to know what they look like in case you or your dog is bitten. Especially during these summer months when we’re often out exploring tick-rich woodland.

Ticks aren’t always easy to spot and are sometimes mistaken for lumps or skin tags. But it’s important to remove them quickly as they can pass on diseases and make your dog unwell.

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Why do dogs pant? And when is it cause for concern?

Temperatures are on the rise, which only means one thing for our furry friends – more panting. Panting is perfectly normal dog behaviour, but why do dogs pant and when is it abnormal?

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Why is my dog shaking? Possible causes and when you should see a vet

If your dog shakes you might ask why is my dog shaking ?

There are many possible reasons why a dog might shake. Sometimes the cause is relatively harmless, while other circumstances may need further investigation from the vet.

It’s not uncommon for smaller breeds to shake for seemingly no reason at all. Chihuahua owners often witness their beloved pooches trembling with no obvious cause. It can be a fact of life for these smaller bundles of joy.

Which is why it’s always important to recognise what’s normal for your dog. If you notice anything out of character, always have your pooch checked over by a vet.

Here are a few reasons why your dog might shake and when it can become a cause for concern.

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When can puppies go outside after vaccinations?

It is important to know the rules about when puppies can go outside.

Getting a new puppy is a joyful experience for all the family. New puppy owners are always eager to share their new bundle of fur with the world. But don’t whisk your loveable pup away to the dog park just yet. You need to ensure they’re fully protected first.

The rules surrounding vaccinations is often confusing for newbie owners. Especially when there’s so much conflicting advice from experts.

But because puppies are more prone to developing illnesses during the first few months of life, vaccinations are essential to ensure the health and well being of your new puppy.

So when can puppies go outside after vaccinations? Read on to find out…

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Hydrotherapy for dogs

This article explores hydrotherapy for dogs. We explain what hydrotherapy is and how it could help your dog recover from injury or illness.

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Why do dogs chase their tails?

Ever wondered why do dogs chase their tails ?

Dogs are a constant source of amusement. There are few things goofier and more adorable than when our dogs spin around in pursuit of their own tail.

But why do they do it? Although tail chasing is often in good fun, there are many possible reasons why your dog might chase their tail, and it’s not always a laughing matter.

Here are a few reasons why dogs chase their tails.

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Helping Dogs with IVDD become “Jail Free”

Read our article about helping dogs with IVDD.

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), is a degenerative disease that affects countless breeds at various ages and activity levels.

Read the story of Jeter and how he was helped by a Wiggleless back brace to become “Jail Free”.

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