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WARNING FOR ALL PET OWNERS
With the snow and ice expected the roads are likely to be gritted. If your pet walks on gritted roads or paths then please make sure their paws are washed by dipping their feet in fresh warm water once at home. Every year hundreds of pets throughout the country become seriously ill and in some cases die because of the rock salt and antifreeze being used during the cold snap. Dogs and cats walk through the substances left by gritters trying to clear roads and car drivers defrosting their windscreens which they then lick off their paws and ingest. Consuming rock salt can cause dehydration, liver failure and pancreatitis while antifreeze contains the chemical ethylene glycol which can cause kidney failure and death when consumed. Please be vigilant and treat your pets to a foot bath after being outside.
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Congratulations to the 6 winners of the giveaway we ran in Dog World. The lucky winners are:

J Williams from the Wirral
M Gatt from Leeds
J Mance from Driffield
W Bastow from Selby
K Simkin from Wimbledon
L M Stanbridge from Great Yarmouth

A tub of VetSpec Joint Mobility will be on its way to you shortly.
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Chilling words but so true.......please don't take the risk - never leave your dog unattended in the car or outside a shop.

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Winter and the wet weather brings lots of lovely muddy walks, which also means lots of baths!

Here's some advice on getting your dog clean and shiny:

Bathing your dog can be a fun time for some dogs…..but for others it can be a traumatic experience and a difficult one for owners. There are many specialist dog grooming businesses around now to save you the hassle – some of them even have mobile baths and will come to you. But for the majority of pet owners, the task will fall to them. 

Here are some helpful hints to make pampering your pooch a little easier:

1) Teach your dog to associate being bathed with things he likes, like a treat or a new toy.

2) Get him used to it slowly, one step at a time. Reward him each step of the way – get him used to being lifted into the bath before you put any water in. Also familiarise him with the sound of the water being sprayed before wetting him. If you have a large dog, a shower may be easier, or a very small dog could be bathed in the kitchen sink.

3) Get everything ready first – towels, shampoo, treats, etc. and place a non-slip mat in the bath to keep him steady.

4) Make sure the water is at a nice warm temperature – not too hot or cold.

5) Gently wet your dog all over (but avoiding getting water in his ears, eyes and mouth) and apply a gentle shampoo, lathering all over. This is a useful exercise in checking your dog for any new lumps and bumps. It may help to put some cotton wool in his ears (if he is willing) to keep the water out.

6) Once he is clean, rinse thoroughly. This is important as shampoo residue can cause itchiness. Even better, opt for a natural, soap-free shampoo.

7) Dry him gently with a towel and if he doesn’t mind, a hair dryer can be used on a low setting – be careful not to burn his skin though. 

If your dog is particularly frightened or aggressive at being bathed, get some professional help.
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November and the wet weather brings lots of lovely muddy walks, which also means lots of baths!

Here's some advice on getting your dog clean and shiny:

Bathing your dog can be a fun time for some dogs…..but for others it can be a traumatic experience and a difficult one for owners. There are many specialist dog grooming businesses around now to save you the hassle – some of them even have mobile baths and will come to you. But for the majority of pet owners, the task will fall to them. 

Here are some helpful hints to make pampering your pooch a little easier:

1) Teach your dog to associate being bathed with things he likes, like a treat or a new toy.

2) Get him used to it slowly, one step at a time. Reward him each step of the way – get him used to being lifted into the bath before you put any water in. Also familiarise him with the sound of the water being sprayed before wetting him. If you have a large dog, a shower may be easier, or a very small dog could be bathed in the kitchen sink.

3) Get everything ready first – towels, shampoo, treats, etc. and place a non-slip mat in the bath to keep him steady.

4) Make sure the water is at a nice warm temperature – not too hot or cold.

5) Gently wet your dog all over (but avoiding getting water in his ears, eyes and mouth) and apply a gentle shampoo, lathering all over. This is a useful exercise in checking your dog for any new lumps and bumps. It may help to put some cotton wool in his ears (if he is willing) to keep the water out.

6) Once he is clean, rinse thoroughly. This is important as shampoo residue can cause itchiness. Even better, opt for a natural, soap-free shampoo.

7) Dry him gently with a towel and if he doesn’t mind, a hair dryer can be used on a low setting – be careful not to burn his skin though. 

If your dog is particularly frightened or aggressive at being bathed, get some professional help.
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The weather is turning colder now and winter is on the way. Are you noticing any changes in your dog's mobility? 

The drop in temperature can highlight any issues your dog may have with stiffness and sore joints, particularly if he is one of the larger breeds which can be more prone to joint problems due to their size and weight.

VetSpec Joint Mobility is a highly specified canine supplement, ideal for all dogs, to support joint flexibility and aid the natural anti-inflammatory process. It is specially formulated by experienced nutritionists with scientifically proven ingredients including glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin and antioxidants.

VetSpec Mobility is ideal for dogs with poor mobility, arthritic dogs requiring nutritional support, older dogs, dogs in hard physical work and those recovering from skeletal injury or limb and pelvic operations.

It can simply be added to the dog’s normal feed and a 500g tub will last a 20kg dog for 12 weeks.
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Great results for Howard Kirby and his dogs, who are supported by VetSpec.

"A great weeks trialling for Mullenscote. Jaeger wins on her second time out and Tashi qualifies for the 2014 HPR Championships. Happy Howard!"
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Dog training or behavioural change - what's the difference? Check out the latest blog on our website from agility and training expert, Alan Gardner to find out: http://www.vetspec.co.uk/blog/2014/10/28/latest-blog-from-alan-gardner-2/
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Bonfire Night is fast approaching! There's only 4 weeks left until the dog owners dreaded night. If your dog struggles to cope with firework noise, now's the time to start with VetSpec Calm & Focused - a canine supplement that you just add to your dog's normal feed. +VetSpec Calm & Focused can help to reduce anxiety and fear based behaviour in dogs.

By planning ahead of bonfire night you could help your dog by providing it with a safe haven from all the noise of firework season. For more tips on how to help your dog during Bonfire Night visit our help page - http://www.vetspec.co.uk/information/dogs-and-fireworks/
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Check out the latest blog from our agility expert, Alan Gardner, talking about sports injuries in dogs, on our website at www.vetspec.co.uk
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