Dog talk

Q&A: White dog getting a tan

My dog enjoys lying in the warm sun. I am concerned as he has a white coat. What can I do to keep him safe? The main danger is the harmful ultra-violet (UV) radiation in sunlight. White dogs can go ...

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Things you (probably) didn’t know about dogs

Let’s have some fun for a change and look at the brighter side of life – dogs! We love dogs so much, so let’s see if you knew these facts about them? Expensive pet Remember Butkus, the large dog who ...

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Can pets replace children?

Having pets is the most natural thing in the world. Most of us grow up with pets and cannot imagine our lives without them. Pets fulfil various roles in people’s lives, some in the most natural forms. But in other ...

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Dogs make us healthier

Dogs: the universal stress-buster. That’s the claim increasingly made for ‘man’s best friend’ as dogs find their way into all kinds of unexpected medical situations. Last year, my own institution, the University of Bristol, teamed up with the Guide Dogs ...

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8 home grooming tips

Whether you groom your dog yourself or get the professionals to do it is a personal choice. Either way, proper grooming is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. The frequency of grooming depends on the breed’s coat ...

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24 tips to prepare your dog to handle loud noises

Although there is not much we can do about certain sudden loud noises, like lightning during a thunderstorm, there are ways to prepare our dogs from an early age to cope in these situations. Unfortunately, some dogs will always struggle ...

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Know your dog for a stronger bond

Often in human relationships, you can get to know someone so well that you understand them, know their likes and dislikes, and on a deeper level can pick up on their moods without conversation. Spending quality time with your dog ...

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First vet visit

The first visit to the veterinarian with your puppy should ideally be two or so days after he arrived at his new home. This visit is to start a relationship with the vet, and also to take your puppy for ...

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Pet vaccines – everything you want to know

Ever wondered what pet vaccinations are all about? Vaccines are injections or intranasal medication given to your pet to help prevent him from contracting certain diseases. Vaccinations are not only essential for your pet, but also for the community of ...

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The differences between expensive and less costly brands

With so many types of pet food available on the market, it can be daunting to choose a specific food for your beloved pet. Not only can you choose from different brands in the pet shop and vet shop, but ...

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8 benefits of professional grooming

Most of us have incredibly busy lives. And while this makes it easy to sometimes neglect our dogs’ needs – albeit unintentionally – we need to make a point of including these things in our schedules. It might seem harmless ...

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Neighbour’s barking dog – what to do

When it is our own dog barking for hours on end, we can do something about it. But when it is the neighbour’s dog driving you up the wall, it may become a little trickier. Shouting over the fence to ...

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