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The last goodbye Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:19

A dog is often a vital, important member of the family so to many owners it seems only right that they should have a proper send off.  According to a Sunday Times report, up to 10,000 services a year are carried out by pet funeral parlours, costing anything from £100 to thousands of pounds.  Many say that holding a funeral helped them deal better with their grief than the somewhat clinical dispatch offered by most veterinary surgeries.  As someone who has only recently lost their beautiful 17 month old flatcoat I can understand this - but I chose to bury Beau without ceremony in the garden he had loved.  We are all different and each to their own...

Canine leishmaniasis Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2015 10:56

If you are travelling with your dog to Europe this summer or autumn, you need to be aware of leisihmaniasis: a potentially fatal infection caused by sandflies.  Despite the name, sandflies are not simply found on beaches but are prevalent in countries such as Spain, Italy, France and Greece and are starting to spread north; 2.5 million dogs in Europe are already infected with this parasite.  Until now, the only protection was a scalibor collar but now there is a vaccination.  The full vaccine course involves three injections given at three week intervals in the first year with a single annual booster vaccination.  It's worth talking to your vet...

Barney's long walk Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 11:48

You may remember I wrote about eight year old flatcoated retriever Barney walking from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Guide Dogs - and that my own flatcoat Rosco had helped support the challenge with his sponsored walk?  Well, Barney has finally made it and raised over £6,000 for the charity.  His amazing walk has been entered into outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse's charity challenge 2015.  Public vote will decide the winner whose charity will receive an incredible £10,000.  Do vote for Barney at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - it costs nothing and takes just a moment.

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