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Breed post: Weimaraner

For this month’s breed post we have the affectionate and beautiful Weimaraner. Often nicknamed Silver Ghosts, or Gray Ghosts, due to their silvery coats and striking blue and grey eyes, this handsome breed will definitely make you do a double take. Originating from Germany, the Weimaraner was bred to serve as a hunting dog to target big game such as bear...
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10 Tips For New Puppy Owners

With an office full of dog owners and dog lovers, we’re constantly asking our Head Vet Sean for dog advice, which he’s always happy to give over a cup of tea. A few of the team have recently become first-time dog owners and soon discovered that it’s not always a walk in the park, especially if the new puppy...
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Managing your dog’s weight and how to keep it under control

For many of us pooch lovers, managing our dog’s weight is a constant battle with the scales. But that struggle can go both ways. Heavily food-motivated pups can quickly pile on the podge, while fussy eaters can sometimes be leaner than they should be. But as dog obesity rises, it’s important we get our pooch’s weight under control to...
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Dogs And Chocolate: What You Need To Know

Chocolate contains an ingredient that can be poisonous to dogs. So while your dog might like the look of those chocolate biscuits, resist the urge to share.   Can dogs eat chocolate? The short answer is ‘no’. Chocolate contains a natural chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. The effects of theobromine include: Increased heart rateStress on kidneysStress on nervous system Eating an excessive...
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How to Keep Your Dog Occupied When You’re Stuck at Home

It’s tough being stuck indoors.  If you are asked to self isolate, your dog will probably be pleased that their human is now around all day for cuddles and treats but, at the same time, dogs dream of running in the park, muddy puddles and chasing squirrels and they can cause havoc in the home if they don’t have...
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Breed Post: English Springer Spaniel

For this month’s breed post we have one of the most popular breeds in England, the playful and kind natured English Springer Spaniel. This handsome, lively and attentive breed has always been popular amongst hunters but their friendly and gentle nature also makes them great family dogs. The English Springer Spaniel is the oldest of all the English hunting spaniels....
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Meet: The Bichon Frise

With a fluffy cloud-like coat, a permanent smile and an endearing desire to love and be loved, there’s no other dog we could be talking about but the charming Bichon Frise. Origin Originating from the Mediterranean countries, Bichon Frise means ‘curly lap dog’ in French. Sailors would often give the little dogs as romantic gifts to ladies they would meet as they travelled...
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Dog Stomach Gurgling: What Does It Mean?

If you’ve ever been interrupted by a gurgle when snuggling your dog, you may have wondered what all the noise was about.  Those tummy rumbles have various causes, and soft intermittent gurgles are perfectly normal. But sometimes gurgling can indicate a serious health issue. Below we reveal the common causes of dog stomach rumbling and when you should be concerned.  Common...
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Which Plants Are Dangerous And Poisonous To Dogs?

Whether you’re out for a walk, out in the garden or just around the house, it can sometimes feel like you can’t turn your back for a minute without your dog eating something they shouldn’t. Plants can be an easy target, but many garden and houseplants can be harmful to dogs when eaten. While most harmful plants have an off-putting taste,...

The Dog Difference – tails.com report

At tails.com we are incredibly excited to share The Dog Difference, our largest ever study into the impact our pets have. And it couldn’t come at a more pressing time. When we’re all searching for positive ways to make a difference to our personal wellbeing and quality of life, nearly a quarter of UK households are already sitting on the...
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Puppy Food – A Guide To Getting It Right From The Start

Your adorable bundle of fur may be small now, but they grow up fast. To support their growth, puppies need the right nutrition for healthy bones, teeth and muscle. A good diet should give your puppy all the energy they need for exploring and playtime. Because let’s face it, that’s what being a puppy is all about!  There’s a variety...
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Can dogs eat fruit?

When you think of a healthy diet, you probably imagine one packed with fresh fruit. That might be a winner for us, but it’s not quite the same for our dogs. So can dogs eat fruit? Well, fruit isn’t off the menu altogether – packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fibre, it can be a great snack option for our four-legged...