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Category: Dogs (page 2 of 3)

10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt An Older Animal

Older animals find themselves in rescue too but are normally overlooked. Here are 10 reasons why you should adopt an older animal. Continue reading

The Misunderstood Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a popular breed in Britain with thousands of them up and down the country. Sadly, one of the most common breeds of dog that are found in rescue is the staffie because these dogs are being overbred and kept for the wrong reasons. The staffie is commonly seen as a status dog and portrayed by the media in a negative light. For staffie lovers such as myself, it is not only heartbreaking seeing all these unwanted dogs in rescue, but also just as sad to hear the negative comments people make about the breed. Staffies make great pets and it’s sad that they are so misunderstood. Examples of common misconceptions that are made are as follows; Continue reading

Welcoming Your New Rescue Dog Home

Bringing a dog home is an exciting time, but whilst you cannot wait to bring your new friend home and show him off, keep in mind how stressful moving is, especially if their life has been turned upside down already. Some dogs have only known one home their whole life, and then find themselves in rescue, whilst others may have been moved from pillar to post in a short amount of time. Read these tips on how to make the transition from rescue to their new home as stress-free as possible.

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Moving House With Your Pets? Here’s How To Keep Them Happy During The Move!

Moving is a really stressful time for everyone, including pets. The home where they feel happy and comfortable in is changing and this can be overwhelming for them. Here are some tips to help your pets settle in as quickly as possible and stay safe during the process. Continue reading

Why Purchasing A Pet As An Impulse Buy Is A Bad Idea

Working in rescue, we hear lots of horror stories about people getting pets and then not being able to keep properly, leading to the animal becoming neglected. Pet shops sell cute baby animals and social media has opened up a whole new realm to pets being given away, leading to people getting pets on an impulse. It is so important to research and plan before you take on a pet.

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What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing

Losing your pet can be a very worrying time. Although your natural instinct is to panic, try to keep calm and think logically as this will give you the best chance of getting your pet home. Here’s what to do if your pet goes missing.

Where did they go missing?

Did your dog run off on a walk or escape from the garden? Did your cat not come home at dinner time? It’s important to think about where your pet went missing so you can plan the best course of action. If your dog ran off on his walk, take the route you usually would as some dogs will use the familiar setting to get their bearings and some may go home on their own. Talk to people on your search and give them your number incase they spot your dog. The more people you talk to, the more eyes there are looking for your pet so make sure you tell everyone. If your dog escaped from the garden, it’s also a good idea to follow a route you would use when walking with him, however he may have gone a different way so if you can, get friends and family to help look in all directions.

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Caring For Senior Dogs

As your dog ages, their behaviour and health can change, but not only this, the way you care for them needs to be modified too to help them feel as comfortable as possible. Although it is sad to see our best friends get older, there are lots of medications that can help, so don’t get too upset. It’s a good idea to take your senior dog to see the vet regularly as the sooner illness are noticed, the easier they are to treat. Your vet will also be able to offer advice on any problems your pet may be facing.

The process of ageing

Just like humans, dogs change as they get older. They may sleep more and become less active, which means they can put on weight as they are not moving around as much to burn those calories. On the other hand, some dogs may lose weight, and if you notice any weight gain or loss, it’s best to get your vet to give your dog a checkup.

You will also notice a change in their coat, which can appear duller, and many dogs will get grey hairs.  Some dogs will have memory loss or become slower at understanding commands and their eyesight and hearing will deteriorate. The immune system will become less efficient, and your dog will be more prone to illness as their body is less able to fight off infections.

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Puppy Proofing Your Home

So you’ve been to your local rescue and you have decided to adopt a puppy? That’s great! Puppies are lots of fun and you will get to see your little pal grow. Puppies are curious and have lots of energy, which is what makes them so fun. However, you must make sure your home is safe for that little pup. Here are some ways to make sure your home puppy proof!

Watch out for electrical hazards

Trailing cords can be tripped over and over exuberant pups can get tangled in them. There is also the risk of them being chewed, so tuck them out of the way and out of sight. Chewing on electrical cords can cause burns in the mouth,  electric shock and even death. Block off any access behind cabinets where electricals are, such as your TV – just because you cannot reach the cords, doesn’t mean your puppy wont be able to! Don’t leave your puppy unattended with any heaters or fans, which could get knocked over during play.

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Meet Nacho

Nacho came into my life about 5 years ago, and he was an unexpected arrival. We used to take dogs from Ireland and had another dog booked to come into foster with me, but as the van arrived, the pound asked if we could take this little boy too and we agreed. Nacho hadn’t had the best start in life. He originally belonged to a vet and his girlfriend, who used to leave him on his own for about 12 hours a day! Unsurprisingly, Nacho toileted in the house and because of this, they took him to the pound.

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10 Things Humans Do That Annoy Dogs

Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but did you know there are things that we as humans do that annoy dogs? Here are 10 things humans do that annoy dogs.

Change to routine

Dogs are creatures of habits. They like things to be done at the same time every day as it becomes ingrained in their brain and they expect these things to happen, such as feeding, playtime and walking. Try to stick to their routine as much as possible, even on your days off as they can get irritated with drastic changes.

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