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Allergies to Allergens - 7 Triggers explained!

August 18, 2018 Heather Murphy

Allergies, allergens, allergic reactions and intolerances – the what, the why and the where Itchy rashes in dogs can be so frustrating.  Trying to pinpoint the exact allergen that is causing the rashes is no mean feat!        I’m often advising people about the foods and the difference in the brands, which are ‘clean’ foods and which are not. I frequently have people asking me what type of food I’d recommend for an itchy dog. Most recently, a customer came to me as he could just not work out why his itchy dog was itchy all over with no...


11 reasons why your dog could be itchy

April 20, 2018 Heather Murphy

Sometimes we just can’t seem to pinpoint the actual reason  we have an itchy dog! They might be red, rashy, itchy or balding or some dogs can just be itchy all over without displaying any further symptoms. The constant itching can drive you and your pets nuts, it’s stressful not being able to help your itchy pet. Having an itchy dog is no fun! We often think of the common allergens that can affect our dogs – things like grasses, grass seeds, wandering dew and foods. But really the list is extensive and again the problem can be exasperated when...


Mites in the Dust

November 01, 2017 Heather Murphy

We are surrounded by mites in this world, there are a whole variety of these tiny little creatures living around us and we usually co-exist with them fine. But when their populations overwhelm or when an internal system is stressed then an allergy can present.

Who Actually Adopts Who?

July 31, 2017 Heather Murphy

I'm not sure about you but the dogs that have come into my life have all been adopted. It's only with the recent addition of number three that got me thinking “Actually who adopts who?” I always thought I'd chosen my dogs but now I'm not so sure. Number three definitely adopted us that's for sure! We recently moved out of our Wellington house and upon 15 minutes of us arriving at our new house this dog turned up - a little Foxie cross. He was super excited to welcome in the new neighbours!       The truck left...


My Dog Is Allergic To Grass - Really?

May 23, 2017 Heather Murphy

How can that be – grass of all things! It seems odd but alas no, so many dogs these days react to grasses! Grass and grass seeds can cause immediate reactions on dogs. At the same time that grass is seeding there are many pollens around and these can also cause your dog to be an itchy dog!  The spores from the pollens are absorbed into the dog’s skin and a reaction can present. Often feet are the first to be affected –  becoming red, inflamed and itchy. Then the constant gnawing at the feet just makes matters worse –...