Keeping your animals safe in the hot weather

Dog drinking water on a hot sunny dayThe sunny weather at this time of year can be glorious, but extreme temperatures can also pose a danger to us and to our animals. The most obvious one and the subject of many awareness campaigns and reports – never leave your dog in a hot car. The dangers have been well documented and dogs can die in as little as 20 minutes even with windows left open. Here are some simple tips to help you make sure your cats, dogs and horses stay safe in this week’s soaring temperatures:

June 24, 2020

Arthritis in dogs - the symptoms, causes and treatment

Sad older dog lying down on floorArthritis in dogs is surprisingly common, with as many as one in five dogs reportedly suffering from the condition. And although it is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged and older dogs, it can also affect younger animals too.  As a pet owner you will often be best placed to notice subtle changes in your pet but the symptoms of arthritis and stiff joints can sometimes be difficult to spot – here are 7 of the most common signs to look out for.

June 23, 2020
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Diarrhea in dogs: causes, symptoms and treatment



Your dog’s digestive tract is home to hundreds of different bacteria and other microbes, known as the gut microbiome. These play a vital role in your dog’s overall health as well as the digestion, and can affect mental health, the immune system and the metabolism. So what can you do to make sure you are taking care of your dog’s gut health?

Food – make sure the food you are giving is appropriate for your dog. Like us, pets need a balanced diet based on whole foods but whether you choose a raw diet or prepared dog food will depend on what suits you. Speak to your vet to make sure they are getting the balance of nutrients that they need. There are certain foods that are great for keeping the microbiome balanced, including green beans, carrots and asaparagus.

Routine – don’t make sudden changes to your dog’s diet. Introduce any new foods gradually.

Supplements – nutritional supplements like Digestive Aid for Dogs contain probiotics and prebiotics to keep your dog’s microbiome in balance, as well as antioxidants like curcumin to support the natural anti-inflammatory actions of the body.

Hygiene – regular grooming and bathing can help to prevent infection. Brushing your dog’s teeth can also keep harmful bacteria under control.

Keeping active – regular exercise, fresh air and socialisation are good not only for your dog’s physical health but also their mental wellbeing and stress levels, all of which can affect gut health. You will probably know how much exercise your dog needs but it varies depending on age and mobility – if you aren’t sure speak to your vet.

 

Nutritional advice for your dog

If you’d like any advice on feeding your dog or looking after their digestive health, please get in touch with our Nutrition Advice Line on 01225 708482.



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June 23, 2020
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Glucosamine for dogs - what is it and what does it do?

Black Labrador with healthy joints runningIf your dog has stiff joints, you’ve probably come across glucosamine for dogs in one way or another. Joint supplements are amongst the most widely used nutritional supplements today, and most of these are built primarily around glucosamine and chondroitin. Your vet may even recommend trying a supplement with glucosamine for dogs to support your pet's joints before considering medical treatments.

June 18, 2020
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Supplements for dogs: supporting your dog's health

Woman hugging her dogNutritional supplements are becoming more widely used both by us and our pets, and they can be a good way to support your cat’s or your dog’s overall health. Joint supplements like Joint Aid for Dogs are amongst the most sought after, with many pet owners finding that glucosamine for dogs can be a beneficial addition to the daily diet. There are so many nutritional supplements for dogs available it’s important to be aware of what you are buying and spend some time looking at the ingredients that go into a product.
June 18, 2020
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Is jumping safe for my dog’s joints?

Dog catching frisbeeAs natural born athletes, jumping is instinctive for dogs and in the wild would have been important for catching prey. These days your dog probably jumps on a regular basis when it comes to things like getting in and out of the car or exploring the woods on a country walk. And with sports like agility and flyball gaining in popularity we are asking our dogs to jump on command too.

Allergies in dogs

Allergies in dogs symptomsItchy dog? At certain times of year allergies are rife, and thanks to changes in climate and more advanced allergy testing, allergies in dogs are becoming more and more apparent. But how do you know if your furry friend has an allergy and how can you find out exactly what they are allergic to? We look at some of the allergy symptoms often seen in dogs - and what could be the cause.
June 18, 2020
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How to spot muscle atrophy in dogs

Muscle atrophy, or muscle loss, is the wasting away of your dog’s muscles. It can present in a number of ways and can be caused by ageing, illness or simply by reduced activity. Larger breeds can be more likely to suffer as they can age faster than small breeds, and are more prone to conditions like arthritis, but muscle atrophy can affect any dog. And although it's often seen in the legs, particularly the back legs, it can also be seen in the stomach or even the head.

If you are concerned that your dog may be suffering from muscle loss, here are some common symptoms to look out for:

Have your dog’s muscles got thinner?

If your dog is suffering from muscle atrophy, one of the first things you may notice are the muscles looking thinner - for example your hand might reach all the way round your dog’s leg when it didn’t before.

Has your dog lost weight?

If you have a dog that is losing weight and muscle mass you may notice that they feel lighter when you pick them up. Try weighing your dog to see if it has lost any weight. Regular weigh-ins can be a good idea if you are concerned about weight loss.

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For example your dog’s back legs may be unable to support its weight and you may notice that your dog is favouring the front legs.

Is your dog getting flabby or feel less firm?

Flabby muscles on your dog may indicate muscle loss. Strong muscles feel firmer, so if your dog feels softer it may be because of muscle loss.

Is your dog lethargic?

Muscle loss makes it more difficult to move about and a dog with muscle atrophy may also be suffering with painful joints, a lack of energy or an underlying condition that needs to be addressed.

Any changes in your dog's posture?

Is your dog dragging its paws or crossing the legs? Or have you noticed a sagging back? The muscles work with the bones to help the body stay upright and a loss in muscle mass makes it more difficult to support the body. Therefore if you notice a change in posture it could be down to muscle loss.

Can you reverse muscle atrophy in dogs?

Speak to your vet

Muscle atrophy can be symptomatic of a number of underlying conditions and if you do notice any of these symptoms the first step is to see your vet. This is vital so that the problem can be properly diagnosed and treated.

Exercise your dog regularly

If your dog is suffering from muscle atrophy due to ageing or from disuse you can help them by maintaining a healthy exercise program. Even older dogs can still benefit from a daily walk as long as you pay attention to your dog’s signals and don’t overdo it. Again, talk to your vet before embarking on a new exercise regime for your senior dog.

Your dog's diet

The right diet is also vital for maintaining healthy muscles and joints for your dog. Make sure you are providing a good quality feed and following any guidelines with respect to your dog’s age, breed and lifestyle. Good quality protein is important for providing the right amino acids - key for good muscle structure and replenishment.

Support for your dog from supplements

Nutritional supplements like Joint Aid for Dogs + Muscle Maintenance can also be very beneficial in these circumstances to support the muscles, cartilage and synovial fluid. Again, look for high quality protein sources for branched-chain amino acids.

Consider alternative therapies

Therapies like hydrotherapy or acupuncture can be a good way of helping the muscles without putting pressure on the joints. Shop our range of Dog Feeds & Supplements.



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May 14, 2020