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Supporting a Dog with Kidney Disease

Supporting a Dog with Kidney Disease

Jack is my 15-year-old Jack Russell. He is incontinent and has kidney disease, but it’s not the end of the world. Supporting Jack has been significantly helped by integrated vet care which treats him as an individual with his own specific needs. As well as a mix of conventional and complementary treatments such as herbs, homeopathy and nutraceuticals, this individualised medicine approach has included tailoring his diet. Jack’s excessive drinking and incontinence have become much reduced. We have also incorporated several tricks into making life as easy as possible for him and for us.

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Healing Stinging Nettles

Healing Stinging Nettles

Once prized as a valuable source of food, medicine and material to make cloth and cord, the nettle (Urtica dioica) is now largely seen as a troublesome weed to be vigorously cut, strimmed and sprayed to control or kill it. We asked Caroline Hearn of Hedgerow Hounds to tell us about its uses and healing properties in Healing Stinging Nettles.

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Time to Ditch the Ball Flinger

Time to Ditch the Ball Flinger

We may need to rethink the way in which we exercise our dogs. It might be tempting to throw a ball as far as possible for your dog using a ball flinger but there are potential dangers!  Being full of the joys of spring can turn into a sudden disaster for the dog chasing the ball, or an insidious build-up of stresses and strains over time. Yasmin Porritt of Yorkshire Pooches Therapies explains more and suggests alternative exercises and enrichment you can do with your dog to keep them fit and healthy.

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Keeping Animals Safe in Hot Weather

Keeping Animals Safe in Hot Weather

With temperatures soaring once again across much of the UK, we thought it a good idea to pass on some of our supporters’ top tips for keeping your animals cool in hot weather. Animals may get uncomfortable and stressed and this might quickly lead to heatstroke. It’s important to avoid this at all costs. This blog looks at the signs to look for, what to do if it happens and how to avoid heatstroke.

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Laser Acupuncture: More Than Just Pain Relief

Laser Acupuncture: More Than Just Pain Relief

We asked integrative vet Dr Sarah Priggen to tell us about her pioneering work using Laser Acupuncture. Here she explains how it works and highlights the first of a series of case studies demonstrating its success with Max the spaniel who faced an uncertain future. A testimonial from his owner is also included.

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Photizo Red Light Therapy

Photizo Red Light Therapy

Photizo Light Therapy is a non-invasive complementary or alternative therapy tool for wound healing, musculoskeletal conditions and pain relief. It is ideal for use on companion pets, competition and working animals including horses and livestock.

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Healing Hawthorn

Healing Hawthorn

We are all familiar with Hawthorn, especially in our hedgerows. As well as being fantastic for wildlife, it has many healing properties. We asked Caroline Hearn of Hedgerow Hounds and Hedgerow Horse to tell us more.

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Seasonal Feeding: Making the Most of Fresh Ingredients

Seasonal Feeding: Making the Most of Fresh Ingredients

Nature’s larder provides us with a huge variety of produce at the perfect time when it will be of most benefit to us nutritionally. With a few small changes, we can all benefit from eating seasonally which is better for us, our dogs and the environment. Canine expert Caroline Hearn of Hedgerow Hounds explains the benefits of feeding fresh seasonal produce as part of your dog’s diet with some suggestions for spring, summer, autumn and wintertime.

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Peticide

Peticide

Dr Mark Elliott questions the routine use of pesticides on our animals and asks is the veterinary industry, and related pet businesses, participating in the systemic destruction of human and animal health as well as the environment?

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Fireworks: Tips for Terrified Dogs

Fireworks: Tips for Terrified Dogs

Many animal owners and guardians dread the onset of firework season whether it’s Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve or random celebrations. There are many things you can do to help prepare your dog – or any other animal – and enable them to cope with these potentially traumatic situations. We asked canine behaviourist Julie Moss to tell us more. This article largely relates to dogs, but a lot of information is applicable to any animal that is distressed by fireworks.

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Why some animals get firework phobia

Why some animals get firework phobia

How A Natural Response To Fear Can Worsen To Become A Severe Problem By Julie Moss BSc. Hons, AdvCertVPhys, Dip.APhys. This blog examines how an unnatural fear response to fireworks occurs. Ways you can help your pet overcome these problems are to be found here. What...

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Relaxing your dog with Body Talk

Relaxing your dog with Body Talk

Body Talk is an Energy Therapy that helps to restore balance in areas of your body/mind complex where imbalance has arisen.  Every part of our body and mind is connected to, and in constant communication with, every other part of our body and mind.

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