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Caroline Clark

Pet First Aid: Using Disinfectants

In an attempt to reduce the risk of contracting Coronavirus, the government has very wisely advised us to practice high standards of hygiene. This involves disinfecting homes and using hand sanitising products. However, with pets in the home it is wise to know some of the potential risks of using certain products and to have

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Caroline Clark

Covid 19 & Pets

Can I catch Covid-19 From my Pets? A common question that veterinary surgeons are being asked is: Can I get Covid 19 from my pet dog or cat? According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, “the current evidence strongly indicates that COVID-19 cannot be contracted from pets.” Despite the reports from Hong Kong about

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Caroline Clark

Common Canine Conditions

A recent study carried out by the Royal Veterinary College, revealed the most common canine conditions seen by vets. The most common canine conditions: Overweight/obesity Osteoarthritis Otitis externa (Ear problems) Anal sac disorder Conjunctivitis (Eye disease) Dental disease Lipoma (fatty lumps) Dermatitis (skin disorders) The study was conducted by analysing data from 455,557 dogs presented

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Caroline Clark

Pet Anxiety

According to the 2018 PAW report, 80 % of pet owners say that their dog or cat is scared of something.  This short article is designed to raise awareness about pet anxiety and to highlight that there is something you can do to help your pet. What is Anxiety? The terms Fear and anxiety are

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Caroline Clark

Teaching Animals Using Reward-Based Training

Animals need to be motivated to learn and most modern-day trainers know that using some kind of reward helps drive that motivation. However, there are some owners who feel that their pet should obey them without using reward-based training techniques and then find it hard to understand why they aren’t responding to commands.  

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Caroline Clark

Hazards for our Dogs in January!

After consuming all those goodies at Christmas, many of us are thinking about starting the New Year with a weight reduction and keep fit campaign but there are many potential hazards for our pets in January! Xylitol For dieters, lots of low calorie foods swap sugars for Xylitol which is an artificial sweetener. This is

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Caroline Clark

Study highlights the importance of puppy socialisation and dog training

A new study, undertaken in the UK on behavioural reasons for deaths in dogs under three years of age, has found that a staggering 33.7% of deaths was linked to undesirable behaviour problems. It highlights the importance of puppy socialisation and dog training in preventing early euthanasia. The study, conducted by the VetCompass Programme at

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The European Adder
Caroline Clark

Dog First Aid – Adder Bites

Now that it’s spring and the weather is warming up, most of us will be planning some lovely long walks with the dog. Whilst out and about, it’s possible to come across an Adder basking in the sunshine as they emerge from their hibernation dens. But would you know what to do if your dog

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Caroline Clark

Sharing a Healthy Life with Your Dog

Keeping in good shape mentally and physically makes sense for all of us and sharing a healthy life with your dog means that you can live life well together. Obesity is not only a human problem. In fact, according to the Kennel Club, between 30 and 60% of all dogs are over-weight. The RSPCA have

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Caroline Clark

Are Dogs Like Us?

Working as a canine behaviour counsellor means that I often have to help people understand why their dogs react or behave in a particular way. Attributing human emotions can be unhelpful Often misunderstandings arise because owners ascribe human emotions to their dogs and this can be unhelpful. The term for this is anthropomorphism. As an

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