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Dogs can be trusted companions, fun friends, hilarious sidekicks and great company. Owning a dog is a big responsibility, but put in the time to train and really get to know your four-legged friend, and you will enjoy one of the most rewarding relationships of your life. We can supply the hints, tips, advice and healthcare if you supply the infinite quantities of love and affection!

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Adder bites in dogs

Adder bites are fairly rare. Snakes generally only bite in self-defence, so normally bites occur when a snake is stepped on or disturbed by your dog.

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How vaccinations can protect your dog

Dogs can suffer from a range of nasty diseases, some which cause a lot of discomfort and others that can kill. The best way to protect your dog is to have it vaccinated by a vet as soon as it is old enough.

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Mitral Valve Disease (MVD)

Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) is the most common form of heart disease that develops in dogs. It generally occurs in small to medium size dogs rather than big dogs.

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The most obvious result of neutering or spaying your dog is that it helps prevent unwanted puppies, but there are other health benefits too.

More information on neutering and spaying




From 6th April 2016 all dogs in England and Wales to be micro-chipped and registered by the breeder on an authorised database by the time they are 8 weeks old and before they transfer to a new keeper.

More information on microchipping

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Canine Babesiosis

Symptoms of babesiosis can range from mild to severe and include lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, anaemia, pale gums, an enlarged abdomen, weight loss and jaundice.

More information on canine Babesiosis and what to do if you find a tick

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Territorial aggression

Canine aggression is never far from the news. In the UK between 2005 and 2013, 28 deaths were attributed to dog bites, and hospital admissions rose 7% to 9,710 in 2014.

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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease that affects the heart muscle. DCM most commonly affects medium to large breed dogs, such as Dobermans, Boxers, Irish Setters, German Shepherds, Great Danes, St Bernards and Irish Wolfhounds.

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Diabetes mellitus is a disease caused by your dogs's pancreas not producing enough insulin.


More information on diabetes in dogs

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Bye Bye Bugs!

In general, parasites can be divided into 2 categories:

Ectoparasites - which can be found on the coat or skin of your pet. These include Fleas, Ticks, Lice and Mites

Endoparasites - those which live inside your pet. These include Tapeworm, Lungworm and Roundworm.

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Alabama Rot

The mysterious disease presents dogs with ulcer-like skin sores and/or sudden kidney failure in affected dogs.

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