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When should your puppy start wearing a collar?
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11th December 2018
All dogs need to be able to wear a collar happily and comfortably, and many dogs wear their collars all of the time. Within the UK, the law states that dogs must be microchipped and display details identifying their owner when out in public, and this latter is almost always achieved by attaching a name tag to the dog’s collar.....Read Full Article

Retained puppy teeth and what to do about them
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11th December 2018
Like humans, dogs get two sets of teeth in their lifetime – their first set of baby teeth that they keep for just a few weeks, and their larger set of adult teeth, which they keep for the duration of their lives unless any teeth are lost due to dental diseases or injuries. Dealing with a teething puppy can be challengin....Read Full Article

What the shape and size of your dog’s ears can tell you about their origins
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11th December 2018
If you own a dog of a recognised pedigree breed, you will be able to find out a great deal about their origins and the history of the breed’s development by doing a little research. Pedigree dog breeds all have set breed standards that dictate the appearance (and other traits) of the dogs in question, and these are often long and....Read Full Article

General symptoms of heart conditions in dogs that every owner should know
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11th December 2018
We all hope that our dogs will live to a ripe old age in good health, without any serious health problems or scares that might cause problems or even shorten our dog’s lifespan. Learning that your dog has a potentially serious health issue – like a heart problem – is of course very worrying, and news that we hope neve....Read Full Article

Which Collie breeds make good pets for children?
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6th December 2018
Most children work on the principle that if a dog looks cute, or cuddly or does great tricks, then they want one! The rise in films with dogs as the stars has been meteoric, so children are more exposed to the visual effects of particular breeds. From many years ago, children all wanted a ‘lassie dog’, and as the years went....Read Full Article

The Health Implications of Merle Bulldogs
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6th December 2018
On paper, the business of breeding dogs should bring joy to the world, especially if done responsibly. More puppies being born every day? What could possibly be bad about that? Sadly, the ethics and scruples of some dog breeders do not match up to those of our canine companions. Merle Bulldogs are a prime example of this. The....Read Full Article

Can dogs really catch fox mange?
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6th December 2018
Yes, they can! Foxes are very good at sharing parasites with dogs. Fox mange is no different, it is a condition that once seen on your dog, will not be forgotten. In this Pets4Homes article, we will be looking at the causes, the spread, the symptoms, and the treatment of fox mange in dogs. So, what is fox mange? T....Read Full Article

Wary about wormers
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3rd December 2018
There are some drugs that can have adverse effects on certain species and breeds.  For example, dogs can tolerate paracetamol while it will kill cats. For the purpose of this Pets4Homes article, we are covering animal drugs, rather than human drugs. For this article, we are looking at one....Read Full Article

Stress Free Travel with your Dog
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30th November 2018
Some dogs simply love travelling in the car and will bound in excited for the journey ahead. For others, it can be a major cause of stress. We’ve written some tips on how to make travelling with your dog easier and stress-free. Before the journey – Your dog Make sure you plan ahead. Take your d....Read Full Article

Leukocyte adhesion deficiency (type III) DNA testing for the German shepherd
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30th November 2018
The German shepherd is one of the UK’s most popular dog breeds, and one whose size and versatility makes them an excellent choice for both working roles and life as a pet. German shepherds are also good at canine sport, capable of learning and executing a wide....Read Full Article

What do your dog’s carpal pads do?
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29th November 2018
Most dogs have dewclaws on their front legs and some on their hind legs too; some dog breeds can even produce specimens with double dew claws on some limbs as well. The dew claws are of course those odd, standalone claws that don’t grow from the footpads but instead, further up the leg; but whether or not your dog has dew claws, ....Read Full Article

Leukoencephalomyelopathy (LEMP) DNA health testing for the rottweiler dog breed
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29th November 2018
The Rottweiler is a large, muscular dog breed that tends to make people stop and take notice when they walk by, and these stocky, well-padded dogs have historically been widely used as watchdogs, guard dogs and within working security roles of all varieties. ....Read Full Article

Top Five Causes of Itching in Dogs
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28th November 2018
Itching is one of the most common symptoms seen in our domestic dogs, but unfortunately figuring out what is making them itch is not always easy. This article discusses the top five reasons that your dog could be itching, and reveals when a trip to the vet might be necessary. Is my dog itching? It might sound obvi....Read Full Article

What is World Spay Day?
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28th November 2018
Were you aware that every year there is a World Spay Day? It is to highlight the importance across the world of neutering pets and it is led by a vast amount of animal welfare organisations. In this Pets4Homes article, we’ll look at spaying, what is and why it’s so important to keep pet populations under control. ....Read Full Article

Six weird things you might not know about dog saliva
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28th November 2018
Some dogs are incredibly slobbery and drool most of the time, while others are a bit better designed to keep their spit inside of their mouths, and somewhat tidier to own! All dogs produce saliva of course – between 500ml and a litre a day for a medium-sized dog breed....Read Full Article

Five common misconceptions about popular dog breeds
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27th November 2018
Most of us build up a good level of familiarity with the dog breeds we see the most or that we own ourselves, and get to know their core traits and breed norms well enough to be able to discuss them in great detail with other enthusiasts. A lot of dog owners are very know....Read Full Article

Mucopolysaccharidosis type VII DNA testing for the German shepherd dog breed
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27th November 2018
Most pedigree dog breeds have a small handful of hereditary health conditions that can become prevalent within breed lines if left to spread unchecked, and often, it is the most popular dog breeds that have been around for the longest times that have most potential risk factors.....Read Full Article

Why do dogs like tug toys and games?
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26th November 2018
Dogs can find ways to entertain themselves with almost anything and will often go out of their way to find things to play with if they’re bored or don’t have enough toys, and most dogs enjoy playing with toys and games of a wide range of different types and textures. A lot of dogs like to play fetch and carry thin....Read Full Article

Learning more about the different types of ears dogs can have
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25th November 2018
Every different dog breed has its own unique physical and personality traits that together, make up the foundation of the breed itself, and the uniformity that we expect from pedigree dogs of a known lineage. Whilst all domestic dog breeds are closely related to each othe....Read Full Article

Why dogs are the perfect pets for Athletes
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25th November 2018
Athletic performance requires diligence, supreme effort and a desire to win. This includes all forms of physical endurance, from long distance running, sprints and other sports, such as football, tennis – to almost any sporting pursuit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s pure running, or the skills of other spor....Read Full Article



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