Pet poison of the week – Ivy

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Common signs to watch for:
• Drooling
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Abdominal pain
Certain types of ivy plants contain triterpenoid saponins and polyacetylene compounds. When ingested by pets, the irritant within the plant can cause excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea.
Poison type: Plants
Alternate names: Sweetheart ivy, Glacier ivy, Needlepoint ivy, Branching ivy




Ticks and Lyme Disease in Pets

Ticks are a widespread and expanding threat across the UK. In recent years, they have begun to start feeding earlier in the year and for a longer duration of time. And ticks are not only active earlier than ever, they are also carrying potentially new and harmful diseases. All this puts your pets at a greater risk.


What are ticks?

Ticks have eight legs (apart from the larvae, which have six), so they are not insects, but are ARACHNIDS, and are related to spiders, mites and scorpions. They go through four stages in their life cycle – egg, larva, nymph, then adult.

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Pet poison of the week – Fertilizers

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, depending on the amount ingested and concentration of the product
Common signs to watch for:
• Drooling
• Nausea
• Vomiting (acute or delayed onset)
• Diarrhea
• Abnormal posture due to abdominal pain
• Difficulty breathing
• “Muddy” colored gums
Most fertilizers contain varying amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (potash) as indicated by the three numbers on the packaging (i.e., 30-10-10). They may also contain iron, copper, zinc, cobalt, boron, manganese and molybdenum, some of which may be toxic in large concentrations. Additionally, fertilizers may also contain herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides which increases the risk of poisoning. While small ingestions of fertilizer may only result in mild stomach upset, larger ingestions can result in severe poisoning from the iron, nitrogen and other chemicals. Large ingestions of meal-based fertilizers may also form a concretion in the stomach resulting in a bowel obstruction or severe and painful inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
If you think your dog or cat was exposed to fertilizer, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for treatment recommendations.
Poison type: Fertilizers
Alternate names: soil amendments, bone meal, blood meal, feather meal, plant food, potash



Pet poison of the week – Clematis

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Common signs to watch for:
• Drooling
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
This popular vine has a beautiful, colorful flower, and grows in bright sunlight. Clematis contains an irritating glycosides, and when ingested by pets, can cause drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. Thankfully, this plant has a very bitter taste, which deters most pets from consuming large amounts.
Poison type: Plants



Coping with the loss of a dog

Whether you know it is coming, or your dog passes away unexpectedly the feeling of devastation when you lose your faithful friend is natural. Unless you are a dog owner it is impossible to understand the sense of loss experienced by a dog bereavement.

The grief is very real with many asking “Is the way I am coping with the loss of a dog normal?” Everyone is different when it comes to dealing with grief and it can be something we find very difficult to come to terms with

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Bark and Read

Helping dogs to help children develop a passion for reading

Did you know dogs love books too?

Reading to dogs helps children develop their reading skills, encourages positive behaviour and helps build confidence and self-esteem. Reading to dogs inspires children to have fun and enjoy the experience of reading.

All over the country, children are learning to love reading with the support of these amazing doggy companions.

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Pets poisoned on dog walks –

I can’t think of a worse subject to talk about, but it’s happening, even in the most remote areas of our country, what can we do to stop this serious issue with our pets. In fact barely a week goes by, when you don’t hear or see someone reporting this on social media, however do report it to the people, together maybe we can help prevent.

Dog walkers, be extra vigilance when walking in public dog walking areas.

  • Don’t allow anyone feed your dog
  • Do not let your dog disappear out of your sight
  • Be aware of what your dog is eating at all times
  • Don’t give dog treats to anybody else pet
  • Report anything unusual

You dog has been poisoned

  • Get your dog to the vet ASAP
  • Your dog may become sick very quickly and may become very thirsty
  • Try and find what poisoned your dog, take this to the vet with you
  • Report to the police, and let other dog walkers in the area know, use social media


Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis can be as uncomfortable for our dogs as it is in humans, but there are ways of managing the disease to ease your pet’s pain.

Firstly! What is arthritis?

Arthritis simply means ‘inflammation of the joints’ and is a common problem for many dogs. Inside a dog’s joints, bone surfaces are normally covered with a thin layer of a very smooth cartilage, lubricated with a small amount of joint fluid that allows the two surfaces to glide freely over one another with minimum friction. In dogs with arthritis, cartilage within the joint undergoes change or damage, c=becoming less smooth and resulting in the bone surfaces rubbing together. This causes discomfort to your dog, as well as further dame to cartilage. As a direct result of this increased friction, new bone starts to form around the joint making the joint stiffer, which limits its movement even more – a condition known as degenerative joint disease.

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Is your dog vaccinated?

Vaccination is one of the most notable modern medical advances: it’s also one of the most common procedures undertaken in both cats and dogs.

There is no question of its importance in preventing and controlling infectious diseases.

Ourselves and pets absorb daily toxins such as polluted air, polluted food and water sources, even our homes are full of possible health stressors like chemicals Did you know over use of flea treatments and chemical sprays, wormers, over medication and over vaccination are also considered as ‘toxic stressors’ that can pose a risk to the health of your pet.

A vaccine is a biological preparation of either modified live or killed pathogens (viruses, bacteria or parasites) that is introduced into the body in order to promote immunity to a particular disease.

Vaccination has undoubtedly saved more animals lives than any other medical advance. It has significantly reduced canine distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus as well as eliminating rabies in Europe. As the UK is rabies free, the only time we need to vaccinate against rabies is when the travelling abroad under the PETS passport scheme.

For more information, talk to your vet and make sure you pets vaccines are up-to-date.