Tag Archives: dogs

It’s a dog’s life

5 Jan

As we get back to work after the Christmas break, it’s got me thinking about what our pets get up to while we’re out of the house. If you’re currently reading this while at work with a mischievous pet waiting for you at home then that thought probably makes you a little anxious! Personally I’d love a dog but feel it would be unfair to leave him or her at home while I’m at work all day. I’d like to hear from you guys about how you overcome that hurdle. Do you employ a dog walker or take your dog to ‘doggy day care’? Do you work your hours around your pet so you can pop home in the middle of the day? Maybe you even take your dog to work with you? And when you do have to leave your dog at home for a few hours, how do you keep them calm and entertained until you arrive home?

Let me know your thoughts!

Best wishes


Pets and Fireworks

2 Nov

Well it’s almost that time of year again when the sky is lit up with fireworks, and while it can be fun for us humans, it can be a scary time for our pets. But don’t fear, the following link from the RSPCA includes lots of good advice to keep your pets calm this firework season: http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/general/fireworks

Top tips include:
1) Provide a safe place to hide e.g. make a little den under furniture
2) Walk dogs during daylight hours before the fireworks start going off
3) Make sure your pet is microchipped so if they get spooked and run away they can be returned to you
4) Stay calm and don’t fuss over your pet too much as this can add to their sense that something is wrong

There is some really good advice from the RSPCA so please take a look. Enjoy the fireworks but make sure you and your pets stay safe!

Calling all animal charity supporters!

15 Aug

Thank you to all of you who have completed my animal charity dissertation survey so far. I greatly appreciate your help! I still need a few more responses though so if anyone else currently supports an animal charity (either by donating or volunteering) please could you take just a few minutes to fill it in? You’ll be doing me a huge favour!


I’m super busy at the moment but I promise I’ll be back with lots more exciting animal posts in the very near future!

Thanks again!

Introducing a new baby to a doggy household

5 Aug

After the arrival of William and Kate’s royal baby, the PDSA have written a helpful article full of useful tips to consider when introducing a new baby to family pets. Cats and dogs can find a noisy new arrival very stressful and can also become extremely jealous that they are not getting all the attention they are used to. This can lead to aggressive and mischievous behaviour.

Tips include:
1) Try to keep routines stable. If feeding and walking times need to change then make these changes gradually before the baby arrives.

2) If you have friends with babies and toddlers, introduce them to your pets before the baby arrives to get them used to having youngsters around.

3) Before bringing the baby home, allow your pet to smell a blanket or item of clothing with the baby’s scent on it so it is familiar when the baby comes home.

Check out the full article and lots more tips right here: http://www.pdsa.org.uk/about-us/media-pr-centre/news/1380_avoid-a-right-royal-disaster-when-introducing-a-new-baby-to-pets

PDSA vets save dog which swallowed THREE golf balls

25 Jul

Check out this story from the PDSA about a Doberman called Azar who swallowed THREE golf balls! Azar’s owners took him to the PDSA vets when he suddenly lost weight and became sick. But vets were shocked when the dog’s x-rays showed three golf balls lodged inside him.

Azar needed emergency surgery because two golf balls had moved into his small intestine. He faced a risky operation but without this he could’ve died.
Luckily though vets at PDSA came to the rescue and the surgery went well. Azar has now made a full recovery, but his owners are keeping a very close eye on him!

You can read the full story here: http://www.pdsa.org.uk/about-us/media-pr-centre/case-studies/1379_dog-in-the-%27ruff%27-after-swallowing-three-golf-balls

PDSA vets save dog’s life after snake-bite

14 Jul

This week the PDSA released the story of Missy, a dog who needed life-saving surgery after suffering a snake-bite. Missy’s owners noticed their dog wasn’t walking very well shortly after returning from a walk. There was also a small sign of blood on Missy’s leg so an appointment was made at the PDSA hospital for the following day.

However, Missy’s condition deteriorated at a shocking rate overnight. Her leg became swollen to three times its normal size and there were open wounds where her bleeding skin had split. Vets at the PDSA noticed puncture marks which indicated a snake bite and realised Missy’s condition was very serious.

After two weeks of medication and leg dressings, vets were concerned that the infection was spreading through her body and she was becoming weary of the daily medical treatment she required. It was decided that the best thing for Missy was to amputate her infected leg.

But don’t worry, there is a happy ending to Missy’s story! Just one day after her operation, Missy’s owners couldn’t believe what a brilliant recovery she had made. Once at home, she was running around on three legs as if nothing had happened to her. Her owners definitely made the right decision to operate on the infected leg.

Well done team PDSA on saving Missy’s life!

Blind dog Jerry searches for a forever home

10 Jul

Last week, animal charity Blue Cross launched the search for a loving new home for Jack Russell terrier, Jerry. The little dog is blind so he’s going to need an extra special home where his new owners can give him lots of love and attention.

Jerry also has trouble with his knees and will have to undergo an operation on one of his legs at the Blue Cross animal hospital at some point. But Jerry still has a lot of love to give to his new special owner. His health problems don’t stop him loving walks or cuddles! He would make a perfect pet for someone out there.

Ideally, a good home for Jerry would be one with no other pets and no young children. He is staying at the Burford rehoming centre so potential owners should be fairly local to that area. If you think you might be able to give Jerry the new home he needs, why not take a look at his story here: http://www.bluecross.org.uk/478-117092/blind-dog-jerry-needs-extra-special-home.html

Best of luck Jerry!