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Creature of Habit - is your dog one?

June 07, 2016 Heather Murphy

 Just like humans, some dogs need routine but how can you tell whether your dog will benefit from a routine? Look at their personality / behaviour. Is your dog unsettled during the day? Does your dog constantly follow you around? Is your dog a "worry wart"? If you answered yes to any of these then having your dog in a routine could be the answer. A dog that is "on edge" may be worried about what will happen next. Without a routine they don’t know what is going to happen next and may not settle as they have to be...


Choked up on treats - 4 symptoms to look for

February 20, 2016 Heather Murphy

I was sitting in the lounge thinking “that’s unusual noises coming from the dog”. I looked back to see Coco pawing at her face, making high pitched wheezing noises.  I instantly knew she was choking! I opened her mouth and could see a large soft, white, sticky mass stuck in her throat – it wouldn’t come up and it wouldn’t go down – luckily it was within easy reach and I was able to pull it out!  Now they say never put your fingers into the mouth of a conscious dog but I know Coco and she easily allows me to manipulate...


They jump, we scratch - they leave, we still scratch!

December 10, 2015 Heather Murphy

Aarghhhhh its that time of year again when fleas are causing havoc on our pets and in our houses! So in order to help control the situation you first need to understand a little about the flea.....   Fleas, flea eggs and flea dust: Fleas eat blood... eggs eat moisture and dust.... and flea dust is the egg and/or faeces of the flea. I remember seeing 'dust' once on Coco’s hind quarter – couldn’t see any fleas but noticed she was scratching and had little speckles of dirt in her fur, which I thought was odd. Upon a bit of...


Itchy & Scratchy

July 21, 2015 Heather Murphy

No, this is not in reference to the cartoon programme on “the Simpsons” but to the noise of a dis-stressed pet – itch, scratch, lick, bite, scratch, itch, bite, lick and so it goes on! The constant ‘thump’ on the floor, the crazy noises that you didn’t realize your pet could even make – not only does it drive you nuts its driving your pets nuts too! It’s never nice seeing your pet ‘at’ themselves because they are itchy.Scratching is the worse thing not only because you can see they are distressed but because their itching and scratching helps spread...