Thursday, 23 March 2017

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Spain's Parliament bans tail docking

PARLIAMENT has passed approval of an amendment to a proposed loophole in Spain’s adherence to the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals which would have allowed tail docking to continue. Approved in Strasbourg in 1987, the convention guarantees a basic animal welfare legislation for its member states and,…

Scratching and licking

DOGS that ritualistically scratch and lick could well be indicating that there is an allergic reaction to the food they are eating, or to an ingredient in the food. If the body defence mechanisms are in action, this will in turn trigger off cells, which release histamine into the body.…

Understanding your dog

Many times in a week I am informed that a dog only understands German, French, Spanish, English etc. I find that many owners and some trainers have a misguided perception of what a dog really is and entertain false expectations of their pet. Most think their pet is a small…

Scrut is a character who is loved by all

OUR friend Scrut, the little terrier, lives between the UK and Spain. His owners sometimes take him back to Blighty, though usually when they are visiting friends in the UK they use housesitters to keep him at their new home in Malaga. As you can probably tell from this photo,…

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Agility training is playful fun

THE idea of Agility was born in 1977 when Crufts Dog Show needed something to fill up spare time in the main arena. The main factors to be kept in mind were that it should be fun, without being dangerous and should amuse spectators so they built the equipment. So…

Stop your dog biting

Personally I believe all dogs can bite, but they do not really want to! Here are 10 top tips to prevent a dog biting you, or anyone else for that matter! 1. Read the dog’s body signals - licking, yawning, shaking as if wet. A dog will do these things…

The older dog

MANY dogs love jumping over fences, fetching sticks or joining their owner on a long jog, but this is true only as long as they are in good health and in their prime. Dogs, like their owners, grow old, and then everything becomes more difficult. Their state of fitness declines,…

Taking your pet on a trip?

1. PETS should always have complete Pet Passports well before you make a journey. Ensure that you schedule a visit to your veterinarian and allow sufficient time prior to your trip to discuss diseases or problems that might exist where you are travelling and that don’t exist at home. 2.…

Personal protection dogs as pets

MANY people are under the impression that a correctly trained personal protection dog is no different to a security dog, guard dog or stereotypical scrapyard dog, this could not be further from the truth. A well-trained personal protection dog should be of a bold and confident nature, sociable and accepting…

Barry loves Flea

WHEN homeowner Susan returns to the UK for holidays she worries about what to do with her dogs. Barry and Flea in particular are small dogs, a little anxious because of their rescue history but above all they are great companions and are always seen together. Barry, a young Chihuahua,…

Dogs and cats: petting-induced aggression

MANY cats will purr like a well-oiled motor when stroked, and many dogs will put their head forward for petting. However some will suddenly turn on the person. My own dog Sheba appears most friendly but I have to tell people to leave her alone, after a few pats she…

Preparing your dog for vet’s inspection

IT is essential that all dogs are regularly inoculated and wormed, that is; inoculations and boosters every year, worming treatments every three months. The only effective worming products are available from your vets. Many pet owners encounter problems at the vet. The dogs and cats do not like to be…
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