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How Do I Choose The Best Food For My New Great Dane Puppy?

"I’ve just bought a new Great Dane puppy, and the breeder recommended a particular brand of puppy food. I have no idea whether it is a good food. How do I tell?" – Hannah Congratulations on your new puppy Hannah. How exciting! Great Danes are a huge bundle of fun! Getting the diet right for your puppy is really important, so I’m glad you asked this question. Most breeders are quite knowledgeable, and therefore there is a good chance the food that they started your puppy on is of good q

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Canine Crimefighters Sniff Out Illegal Tobacco

Sniffer dogs up and down the UK are being used in the fight against illegal tobacco sales. Throughout their working careers, Ted and Buster (pictured) have successfully prevented the sale of millions of pounds of illegal tobacco known to contain unregulated and potentially harmful ingredients. Buster by name buster by nature! In their most recent outing, the dogs have been deployed in Northumberland in the towns of Blyth, Seaton Delaval, Lynemouth and Berwick with a small seizure being

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My dog needs a lump removed. What can I expect on the day of surgery?

Question from Julie. It’s always nerve-wracking when your dog needs to go into surgery, but don’t worry Julie, your dog is in the hands of professionals that do this day in day out. You haven’t elaborated on the type of lump or location, but assuming it is an easy to remove lump, of small to moderate size, your dog will just need to be at the vets for the day. It is best to drop him off first thing in the morning. He should have an empty stomach to ensure that he does not vomit whilst

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Does My Dog Have Down Syndrome?

"I have seen many dogs in my life that were small and slow growing up but later they recovered. However, one pup of my dog has had a prolonged growth and unable to participate in games actively. Could this be a genetic disorder like Down Syndrome?" – Shavin, a question from the forums. This is a really interesting topic Shavin, and something that I expect any breeder or new puppy owner will be interested to know. Genetic conditions are always a worry when it comes to breeding puppies.

Jo De Klerk
Jo De Klerk
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Are Raw Dog Food Diets Any Good?

Raw food diets are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, despite their controversy. A recent discussion in the forums shows there is still some disagreement.  Many people who feed their dogs raw food are firm believers in its benefits, and will strongly defend their choices for feeding such a diet. They claim improved health of the coat, skin, teeth and general energy and demeanour of their dogs, and first-hand experiences and pre- and post-diet change photos can certainly be persuasive.

Jo De Klerk
Jo De Klerk
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My Labrador hates travelling in the car. She drools and shakes. Can I give her anything to make her travel better?

Question from Brian. You’re not alone Brian. So many people have this exact problem with their dogs. It’s every so common. There are usually two reasons why this may happen; anxiety or nausea. Or sometimes anxiety from the idea of becoming nauseous. It may be a process of elimination to figure out which. In answer to your question, yes there are medications that you can give your dog prior to travel to help the situation. Your vet can prescribe one of three types of medications:

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