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You’ve brought your new puppy home and they’re settling in well. Now it’s time for some more advanced training to begin, and in particular socialisation. Once your puppy has reached a few months old they are ready to increase their learning. This includes meeting new people and other dogs. After...
Alabama rot is a very rare but serious condition for dogs and has been seen in some areas of the UK this winter. Unfortunately, very little is known about it. With the help of our colleagues at the Weybridge Veterinary Centre , here’s a short guide to what to look...
So you’re getting a new puppy. You’re excited! But remember, puppies are a full-time responsibility and need lots of looking after in their early days. Here are some top tips to help you on your way. Puppy proof your home Set aside an area where your puppy will live, and...
Melissa is planning to take on a rescue dog as a family pet. She asks; where is the best place to start and should she consider a dog from overseas? Giving a rescue dog a second chance is a wonderful gesture and the rewards far outweigh any initial concerns. We...
Fiona has a three-year-old cross-breed rescue dog she’s owned for five months. He has settled in well and has a gentle nature, but is terrified of the vacuum cleaner. Fiona asks how can she cure his fear? The key thing here is to introduce the vacuum cleaner to him slowly...
Dog owner Peggy has a working cocker spaniel who loves to play ball over and over again. Peggy asks; will this repetitive running after the ball damage his leg joints or, as a working dog, is he able to withstand a lot of exercise? It’s great your dog loves to...
Barbara Turner asks Bruce; how do I cut my dog’s black nails? There is a pink area underneath each nail with nerves and a blood vessel, called the quick. This means it’s living, and if cut, will bleed and hurt. The quick is easy to see on dogs with white...
Ann Highgate asks if supplements are the best thing for her West Highland Terrier’s very dry skin? Supplements are important and work wonders for all kinds of doggy ailments, but it’s best to first check if there is are any underlying issues. Your dog’s dry skin could be due to...
Lucy Miles is collecting her new puppy soon and asks; are puppy pads a good idea for house training puppies? In short, yes they are a useful training tool, but shouldn’t be used too much or for too long. Puppy pads are specially scented pads designed to encourage dogs to...
Andrea Hughes, who has recently adopted an eight-month-old mixed breed Romanian rescue dog, explains that although he’s settling in well, she hasn’t let him off the lead yet when out walking as she’s worried he’ll run off. Andrea asks; how do I know when the time is right? Firstly, congratulations...

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