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Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

Dogs & nutrition

Dogs have lived, worked, developed and eaten alongside humans for over 32,000 years.
Because our pets are the product of thousands of generations of human love and care, they’ve evolved to eat as we eat: a wide variety of the best that nature has to offer.
Just as we can’t survive on steak alone, our dogs need a balance of nutritious minerals, vitamins, protein and carbohydrates to thrive.

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Get into the habit of dog fitness

Spring is the perfect time to get your dog out there again and get those sleepy limbs moving. Since spring is also a time of renewal, let’s spend a bit of time to talk about changing some habits for the better

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Stress in our Dogs: Strategies for Stress Management

Many dogs enjoy a “spoiled” lifestyle complete with plush beds, tasty treats, and lots of affection. But, despite these comforts and care, they also often experience stress.

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At undgå opblussen af ledproblemer med 3 enkle trin!

Mens resten af naturen gør sig klar til at drosle ned om efteråret, 'vågner' symptomerne på ledproblemer ofte i takt med, at det mere fugtige og kolde vejr sætter ind. Her er tre enkle trin til, hvordan du kan hjælpe din hund med at undgå opblussen af symptomerne i dette efterår!

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Avoiding joint problem flare-ups can be as easy as A-B-C!

Just as the rest of nature seems to be getting ready for a good nap in the autumn, the symptoms of joint issues often “wake up” with the onset of more humidity combined with ever-cooler temperatures. Here are the ABC’s of how to help your dog avoid a return of symptoms this autumn!

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Hill’s Pet Doggy Boot Camp - the ‘how to’ guide

Exercise with your dog using our doggy boot camp techniques. Plan a big session with friends in your local park. Or alternatively, try them by yourself in the back garden - just you and your furry friend.

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Dog exercise tips – getting them in shape

Try our five dog exercise tips to help get your pet back in shape again.

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How to body condition score your dog video

Our veterinary surgeon, Su, shows you how to body condition score your dog in a simple step –by –step video guide.

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How to say Happy Holidays to your dog - without the weight gain

During the holiday season, our pets deserve to make merry, too – however, winter weight gain is a real problem with all of those festive snacks flying around. Here are a few ways to help your dog keep slim and fit for the season…

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Signs of food sensitivity to look out for in your dog…

Just like with people, there are some ingredients that just don’t agree with an individual dog’s digestion. Here are a few signs to look out for if you think your dog may be sensitive to some foods…

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An owners’ guide to the special needs of mini breeds

There’s no denying that small, miniature and toy dog breeds are special. They are cute, cuddly, and small enough to take nearly everywhere. They also tend to live longer than larger dogs. But with diminutive size come certain unique needs small dog owners need to consider.

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Little dog, big waistline?

Did you know that 41% of all dogs in Europe are small breeds? This number is growing by 7% each year!1

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Benefits of Neutering Your Dog

Learn some of the benefits of spaying or neutering your dog, and learn some of the changes that come afterwards as well.

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Are your Dog’s Bad Habits Stomach Churning?

Dogs are naturally curious. That can mean that they sniff out all sorts of things they shouldn’t - spoiled food, decomposing carcases and discarded human snacks – and sometimes they even take a bite or two, just to see how this odd smelling thing might taste.

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Develop Your Gut Instinct for Pets’ Digestive Disorders

Gurgling guts and tummies in turmoil are never good news for pets. For owners who have to clean up the unfortunate consequences of their pet’s carpet emergencies, digestive upsets are one of the rare downsides to owning a pet.

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Help, my Pet has an Upset Stomach!

Lots of pets suffer from upset tummies from time to time. While the specific details sometimes don’t make pleasant reading, it’s important that you know what to expect.

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Choosing a vet for your dog

Next to you and your family, your dog's vet is the most important person in his life. After all, the vet will be responsible for his health throughout his entire life. So how do you choose a veterinarian that will provide the best possible care? One of the best ways to find a vet is through the recommendation of a friend.

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Taking your dog to the vet

It may just be for a regular check-up, a vaccination or because your dog is ill or hurt, but eventually you are going to have to take your dog to the vet. A trip to the vet can be a stressful experience for your dog. There will be lots of strange sights, smells, sounds, people and animals. There are however a number of things you can do to make sure both you and your dog have a comfortable and stress-free visit to the vet's office.

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Dealing with dog fleas

Few things can be quite as frustrating to a dog owner as dog fleas. They can give painful bites and in some cases transmit disease. An infestation is irritating but manageable and with just a little work they can be treated and prevented.

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Digestive disorders are one of the most common reasons for consulting a vet

Christmas can be a dangerous time for dogs' digestion - with turkey, Christmas pudding and tons of sweets and presents around the house, it's easy to miss what your dog has just slipped away with. If you suspect a digestive disorder or notice signs such as diarrhoea or vomiting, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. For every animal - cats, dogs and humans alike - digesting food and absorbing nutrients is vital to overall health and wellbeing.

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Does your dog have a sensitive stomach?

Dogs may suffer from a sensitive stomach and are prone to develop digestive problems. Specific breeds such as German shepherd dogs are more sensitive than other. There are a number of signs to look out for that may indicate that your dog has sensitive digestion.

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Fireworks without fear

Handy tips for the noisy November period. November the 5th is Guy Fawkes Night and it is always a lovely time of year with fireworks lighting up the night sky.

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The risks of excessive salt intake

Salt is an important component of your dog's diet and has a crucial role to play in his well being. Salt (or sodium chloride) maintains bodily fluids and is needed for the functioning of organs and nervous system.

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Treat your dog for life – not just for Christmas

Everyone likes a little treat every now and then - and especially now that Christmas is coming. But although it's tempting to give your dog scraps from the table, many popular yuletide treats can actually be dangerous for his health.

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What should I do about my overweight dog?

Just like any human, it is easy for a dog to put on unwanted pounds. Sadly, overweight dogs have shorter life-spans and lead less happy lives.

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Dog teeth cleaning – our 4 tips to keep your dog’s teeth healthy

Believe it or not, taking care of your dog's teeth is as important as looking after your own. Just like us, our dogs experience plaque build-up if left on their teeth. This turns into tartar, accumulates around the gum line, irritates the gums and eventually leads to inflamed gums (known as gingivitis), which is the onset of gum disease.

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Skin Allergies

Skin allergies are not uncommon in pets and the same pollens and house dust that cause allergic reactions in people can have the same effect on dogs. Allergic dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin and can be brought on by many things, but the end results are generally the same; an uncomfortable dog who can't stop licking and scratching.

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Summer Heat

Some nice summer heat and sunshine can give us all a boost after a long winter but many pets need special care to ensure they enjoy the warm weather safely. Sunburn Any area of the skin with a thin covering of hair is at risk to sunburn. Don't assume that your pet will be sensible - many won't even seek shade when it is very hot.

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Healthy skin and a healthy coat

An important part of keeping your dog in good condition is by making sure he has healthy skin and a healthy coat. The amount of care your dog needs will vary but all dogs should have a good grooming regime. You can find many places that offer a variety of grooming services for fair prices.

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Bee and wasp stings

All dogs are curious and just love to run and chase things…including insects! Most of the time, bee and wasp stings will only cause minor pain and irritation for your dog. If he is stung several times though, or is stung inside his mouth and throat, it can be dangerous and will require a trip to the vet. It's not the small puncture wound that causes the pain of a sting but the small amount of poison that is injected.

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Does dry nose mean sick dog?

Concerned owners frequently ask if a dry nose means a sick dog, and the short answer is no. There are any many reasons for your dog to have a dry warm nose that have nothing to do with his health.

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Is chocolate poisonous to dogs?

Can it be true? Is chocolate poisonous to dogs? The answer is yes. The hazard to your dog however, depends on the type of chocolate, the size of dog, and the amount consumed.

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Pregnancy in dogs

If you're not planning to breed from your dog then it's best to have her spayed. If, however, you make the big decision to allow her to have puppies you're in for quite an adventure - here are a few signs that indicate pregnancy in dogs.

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Dogs in heat

Female dogs are "in heat" when they have entered the fertile part of their reproductive cycle. A heat lasts for 3 weeks on average and a dog will usually go into heat every 6 to 8 months. Most breeds have their first heat at about 6 months old but it may be earlier or later.

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Is yours a finicky dog?

You feed your dog the most nutritious and tasty food you can buy, and he simply sniffs and licks at it. It's time for his next meal but he's not eating. It looks like you have a finicky dog! You may think your dog wants or needs variety in his diet.

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First aid tips

Hopefully your dog will never seriously hurt himself, but having high energy levels, he's bound to get into a few scrapes now and then so it's useful to have knowledge of basic First Aid. First Aid box You should always keep a few basic items on hand for emergencies, such as: cotton bandages; cotton wool or lint to clean wounds; mild pet-friendly antiseptic to wash wounds; and a pair of tweezers for removing stings or objects from the mouth.

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People with allergies and dogs

You may want a dog but are concerned about any allergies you or someone in your family may have. Perhaps you already have a dog and have found your allergy is a problem. The good news is that people with allergies and dogs can live together! Allergies to dogs are caused by a reaction to certain proteins found in oils secreted from a dog's skin and in their saliva - it is not hair itself that causes allergies.

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1. Euromonitor International. Dog population in Europe; 2012, variation 2008/2012.

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