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5 Symptoms to Watch for in Your Older Dog

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If you have an older dog, there are a few different health issues that you need to look for. Knowing the common signs that are seen in these dogs can help you detect them earlier and start treatment earlier.  With any disease, the earlier that you start treatment, the quicker your dog will recover from their illness. The following are common health issues that are seen in a dog.  If your older dog is sick or just not acting right, it would be best for your dog to see your vet right away. The ear…

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Do You Love Dogs More Than People?

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If you had to choose between saving your dog or another adult human - what would you do? One study showed that a whole third of people would save their dog.

Many research studies have shown that humans love dogs more than people. In fact, humans may even have more empathy towards dogs than they do for other people. People care deeply for their dogs, and it has been shown time and time again during studies. In addition, one researcher has evaluated the empathy levels between humans and their dog…

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Is The Domestic Dog Still a Pack Animal?

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When people think of a dog social hierarchy, they often think of a dog pack. However, the pack social structure does not necessarily describe the relationship between dogs with other dogs or even with their people. While there is something to say about a dominant structure within a household, it may not be as important as people have thought in the past.

Many canine researchers believe that the domestic dog does not function in the pack unit the same way that its ancestors did. While this notio…

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Who Is That Adder At Your Feet?

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The UK Adder (also commonly named European Adder) gets a considerably lousy rap by the Press. Every springtime, it seems we need to beware of this lethal predator. Yes, we need to be careful of the adder and other snakes after their hibernation period (October to March). But not because they're out to make our lives miserable as we take a walk in the forest, but rather so we don't disturb them.

During spring mornings, adders can often be seen basking in the sun to warm their bodies. Given old…

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Badgering Through The World

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We don't really see much of badgers unless we go out at night and look for them, they are shy and sweet. They are wisely scared of humans. 

The badger extends from Britain, across Europe, and into the Middle East. Most people in the UK adore badgers as they represent a symbol of the British countryside. However, our ever-encroaching presence on their habitat leaves roughly 50,000 dead on the roads every year. In addition farming has killed many, with the idea that badgers affect the animals we …

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Who Is That Grey Squirrel Sizing up Your Nuts? 

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The grey squirrel gets a bad rap and is even blamed for the loss of red squirrels in the UK - yet he is just living his life, like we all are, so let's get to know him a bit better shall we? 

The Grey Squirrel is a familiar mammal to many in the UK. They can be found almost anywhere from woods, gardens, and parks and to urban areas. They often appear relatively tame and frequently many people's homes and bird feeders. 

They were introduced from North America in the late 19th Century as an exot…

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Animals - Welfare v Rights

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What’s the difference between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, do you know?

It’s not two words for the same thing.

Welfare means that animals are used for human consumption. They are used by humans but while we are using them, we focus on what their lives are like. For example, the five freedoms are an animal welfare approach.

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst. ... 
  • Freedom from discomfort. ... 
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease. ... 
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour. ... 
  • Freedom f…

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What Is Animal Sentience & Why Does it Matter?

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Sentience is described as the ability to experience feelings by the Cambridge English Dictionary. It matters because it’s one more step to positive change, by our species and for other species.

Thousands of years ago our own species started to evolve differently to others. We started to farm, and grow food, then we started to farm other animals too. Fast forward to today, 2021 and the question is still being asked - do animals feel? The British government finally, recently declared that animals…

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Three Dogs I Dread Seeing In Summer!

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It’s that time of year again. The sun comes out, everyone is a bit happier, and we all start to enjoy longer days and walking without our coats. It’s also the time of year that people start to be silly with their dogs.

British people are slow on the uptake. Three days into a heatwave and we are often still wearing our woollies. That’s fine though, we can take our coats off, but our dogs can’t, yet we still insist on carrying on as normal with them. This week alone I have seen numerous dogs that…

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How Are Your Dogwatching Skills?

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“Many dogs can understand almost every word humans’ say, while humans seldom learn to recognize more than half a dozen barks, if that. And barks are only a small part of the dog language. A wagging tail can mean so many things. Humans know that it means a dog is pleased, but not what a dog is saying about his pleasedness”
—Dodie Smith, 101 Dalmatians

 

Do you really know what your dog needs on a daily basis, not just the walk and food but the option to chew the grass, the choice to greet some d…

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