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Advice on buying a new puppy or dog

Important things you should consider before buying a puppy or dog

Before you buy a new puppy or dog, you need to ensure you are ready for one and the lifelong commitment that comes with being a dog owner.

Dog ownership is a big decision, however it can also be very rewarding. As the owner of a dog it can help offer you a healthier lifestyle, companionship, the chance to make new friends whilst walking your dog. To ensure you can enjoy all these benefits, you need to ask yourself the following questions before making that commitment.



Treating Your Dog This Christmas

Christmas foods you certainly should avoid giving to dogs

Christmas is a time for celebration for all the family including our dogs. During this the festive season we often introduce exciting have foods into our households that we don’t normally have. Some of these foods can be potentially harmful to our dogs, therefore we have put together a list of a few things to be aware of.



Pet Obesity – Weight Loss for dogs and cats

Pet obesity can lead to serious health risks for both cats and dogs

Obesity is the term used to describe the proportion of excess fat stored by the body. A dog or cat is classified as overweight when they exceed their ideal weight by 10% and are classified as obese when they exceed their ideal weight by 20%. With an estimated 39-59% of cats and dogs in the UK identified as obese, pet obesity is now the most common medical disorder seen today within the veterinary practice – and yet is completely preventable!



WSAVA Launches Updated Dog Vaccinations Guidelines

Dog Vaccinations Guidelines 2015 by the WSAVA


In a recent publication by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) new guidelines have been released on the recommendation for Dog Vaccinations 

In this recent publication it is recommending that puppies should be vaccinated much more frequently with core vaccines until they are a year old. The recommendation for booster vaccinations for core infections (see later) is every 3 years or more if the primary puppy course has been completed.



Kennel cough has your dog had its vaccinations?

Boarding kennels, dog shows and training classes, generally require dogs to be vaccinated against Kennel Cough. Kennel cough is a disease which affects dogs, it can be caused by several pathogens including viruses and one particular bacterium – Bordetella bronchiseptica. The disease affects dog’s respiratory system, symptoms include a dry, hacking cough which can cause retching.  It’s not…



Protecting Your Pet From Parasites

Pet parasites come in many forms such as fleas, mites and ticks There are several skin parasites that can affect your pets. in this article we look into some of the most common ones. Dog and cat fleas Dog and cat fleas feed on the blood of our pets, clinging to fur and biting into…



Senior Health Clinics Cats & Dogs

Senior Health Clinics At Our Veterinary Centre Senior health clinics at our veterinary centre in Washington, Tyne & Wear. When dogs reach 8 and cats 10 years of age they are considered to be “seniors”. Many dogs and cats can live for many years after this age. However, just like humans as they get older…