Rescue & Animal Care - December/January - Issue 190

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3rd December 2023 - 29th January 2024 - Issue 190

ISSN 2050-0572

FREE TO READ Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare

When a lifesaving dog needs their own life saved

Redwings launch Christmas animation voiced by Dame Joanna Lumley

Could you be the cuddleloving owner an abandoned puss needs?

Can you Help German Shepherd Jako get Back on his Feet?

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Look after your feline friend, no matter where you are with the Catit PIXI Smart Camera!

Arthritis in dogs: What is it and how to help your pup

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Dear Readers, It’s nearly Christmas! How this year has flown. I haven’t started my gift shopping yet as I like to leave it until the last minute to make me feel more festive! You probably give your pets presents and put them under the tree so they feel included when the rest of your family open their gifts! I always wrap up loads of balls for my dog and a few toys. In this winter issue you will find some excellent gift ideas for you and your pets. Do take a look! And as usual we also have many interesting news, features and articles for you. Just snuggle up with your pets somewhere warm and hope you enjoy reading them. A big thank you to all our readers and our advertisers. You are all so much appreciated. We will be back in January with our new year issue and wish you and your pets a wonderful Christmas and the very best New Year! Best wishes Jennifer, Vicki our lovely designer and our website and social media team.



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Could you be the cuddle-loving owner an abandoned puss needs?

Alarming Number of Pet Dental Issues Sparks Urgent Call to Actionfor Responsible Pet Owners

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*VIDEO* Redwings launch Christmas animation voiced by Dame Joanna Lumley Redwings Horse Sanctuary has launched its Christmas animation for 2023, which celebrates the life and legacy of Black Beauty author Anna Sewell, with a voiceover by Dame Joanna Lumley.


he actor, presenter, author and campaigner donated her services to the largest horse welfare charity in the UK for the project - which premiered on Redwings’ social media this morning (Saturday 25th November) following a private screening at The Priory in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk last night. The special event also celebrated Redwings’ new fundraising edition of Black Beauty, the world-famous novel, which has been produced in conjunction with the UEA Publishing Project and launched on the anniversary of its original publication date. Redwings is the custodian of Anna Sewell House, the birthplace of the author, on Church Plain in the town and has opened the historic building to the public, welcoming hundreds of visitors this year including Her Majesty the Queen! Nicola Knight, Head of Communications and Campaigns at Redwings and a lifelong fan of Black Beauty, said: “This year has been a whirlwind for us here at Redwings. We feel so honoured to have been given the opportunity to look after this special house and the wonderful partnerships we’ve developed because of it. “This is the first time Black Beauty has directly raised funds for the animals Anna Sewell loved so much and we are indebted to the UEA for the opportunity to work with them on this beautiful edition of the book – which we hope will make it into many a Christmas stocking. “Dame Joanna Lumley’s support on our animation is something we dreamed of and we’re so grateful for the generous gift of her time. “We have received some wonderful words from well-known fans of the book from the literary and animal welfare world for which we are so thrilled, and one of these, Master English Saddle Maker, presenter and author Suzie Fletcher, very kindly read a chapter for us at the event last night. “The shared legacy of Anna and us

Joanna Lumley recording for Redwings with Meantime Media here at Redwings – a desire, purely and simply, to create a better world for horses – is so intertwined that it feels serendipitous. “We hope this animation will educate those who weren’t aware of the impact that Anna’s work had, and continues to have, hundreds of years later, on the welfare of horses.” The Redwings-UEA special edition of Black Beauty – which is now on general sale - includes an original foreword by favourite children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson and an afterword by Professor Thomas Ruys Smith of the UEA. Professor Thomas Ruys Smith, who is a specialist in 19th century literature, said: “It has been a joy to work with Redwings on this project. “It’s high time that Norfolk’s most successful literary export was recognised for the impact she had on the world, and it’s a privilege to be a part of that effort. We are so grateful to Meantime Media for their wonderful work on the animation and to the Arts and Humanities Council for their support with funding. We hope it will really tell the story of how this incredible fictional creation came to be.” Praise for the Redwings-UEA edition of

the book has come from Susanna Forest, author of The Age of the Horse and If Wishes Were Horses; Martin Clunes OBE DL, actor, writer and presenter and President of The British Horse Society; writer, broadcaster and entertainer Pam Ayres MBE; actor and author John Nettles and Cressida Burton, author of The Ravensbay School Stories and The Starlight Pony. Suzie Fletcher said: “Who doesn’t know the story of Black Beauty? When Redwings Horse Sanctuary contacted me about the new edition I was immediately transported back to my childhood. “My love of horses has been the mainstay of my life. As a child who had learning and reading difficulties, I vividly remember saving up my pocket money to buy a copy of Black Beauty. I then spent many hours learning how to read this amazing story with its deep connection to the welfare of horses. “It is of no surprise that this piece of work has sold in excess of 50 million copies worldwide and has remained in print 150 years after publication.” Dame Joanna Lumley, who was not able to attend, said of the book launch: “Sending my warmest good luck wishes for a terrific success, it is thrilling that Redwings will benefit, and I am certain that Anna Sewell is looking down with delight.” n The special edition is available to buy for £9.99 or from all good bookshops. Half of all proceeds will go directly to the care of Redwings’ horses and ponies. Visit



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I am Hopping Mad! Mistress is itching all over now too (physiological) but I don’t feel too sorry for her as unlike me she is not getting bitten a ‘zillion’ times. The vet gave me a flea pill and antibiotics adding to all the other medication I have to take for my liver problems. I badly need a groom but I can’t stand too long for the local groomer so we are having to wait until I get a bit stronger.

Miss Itchy, scratchy!

Dear Friends, While I’m writing my column I have to stop in between typing on my ‘paw top’ to have a good scratch all over my furry body. Mistress took me to the vets yesterday as I’d started to make areas on my skin very sore - particularly on my nether region!! And guess what!!! I HAVE FLEES! I am hopping mad! Never in all my years have I had these little pests before and since I don’t mix with other dogs and cats I don’t know how I caught them! Because my back legs don’t work properly now I am old and arthritic, they have become even weaker due to me trying to get into some very difficult positions to nibble my bottom.

In the meanwhile because I am so furry Mistress has been using a Groomi Deshedding Brush from You can see how much better I look (and feel) from my photo! Despite not being that well, I am still getting excited about Christmas because I always get new toys and treats and as Mistress has time off she can devote more time spoiling me. I also remind myself how lucky I am and think about other dogs who are looking for a place to call home. Hopefully the new year will bring them loving new owners. Keep warm and safe my furry and feathered friends and may all your wishes come true in 2024.

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Brighton charity offers hope to people experiencing homelessness and their dogs A Brighton charity which supports people experiencing homelessness is celebrating being endorsed under the Dogs Trust Welcoming Dogs scheme. This endorsement is given to homelessness services that strive to keep people experiencing homelessness, and their dogs, together and work with Dogs Trust to do so safely and responsibly.


he Seagull Project offers a safe and stable temporary home for people experiencing homelessness. It has seven houses located across Brighton and Hove which provide shared accommodation for single adults. To allow more people to access this vital support, the charity offers pet-friendly temporary accommodation and welcomes owners experiencing homelessness to bring their dogs with them. The Seagull Project’s dog-friendly policies are great news for dog owners experiencing homelessness in Brighton. In a recent survey of professionals supporting those experiencing homelessness, 70% told Dogs Trust that their clients had experienced barriers for accessing homelessness services because they have a dog. To ensure its pet-friendly policies are implemented with due care and attention to both the owner and the animal, the Seagull Project has worked with the Welcoming Dogs endorsement scheme at Dogs Trust. The project works directly with homelessness services to support them to become dog-friendly by providing bespoke support and ongoing advice on everything; from dog-friendly policies to behaviour resources. The project also provides starter packs of dog items to help new dogs feel welcome at homelessness services.

Sarah Lobo, Seagull Project Manager, says: “We are delighted to be endorsed by Dogs Trust under their Welcoming Dogs scheme. Our team is committed to creating and providing a person-centred, supportive environment, and we appreciate that dogs can play a major role in the lives of people accessing our services. We are so appreciative to Dogs Trust for collaborating with us in this project and ensuring that our clients can maintain a special bond with their dogs.” Abigail Owens, from Dogs Trust’s Hope Project says: “It’s great news that Seagull Project is providing pet friendly accommodation for people experiencing homelessness. It’s already having a positive impact on the people accessing these services, and it is a great example of how being dog-friendly can be achieved in a safe, responsible, and homely way. “For most dog owners, being separated from their dog is no different from being separated from a family member. Many dog owners experiencing homelessness are forced to make the heart-breaking decision to give up their beloved pets just so they can have somewhere safe and secure to sleep. “We don’t think anyone should have to choose between a bed or their faithful

friend, and we work with many temporary accommodation providers, to successfully offer dog-friendly support. “It’s incredibly important that petfriendly housing is available at every step of someone’s housing pathway, and we’re keen to work with as many homelessness services as possible so that we can help keep people and their pets together.” n To find out more about the Dogs Trust Welcoming Dogs endorsement scheme and support available to dog owners experiencing homelessness, please visit k/


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Child with cat at piano. Photo credit: ©Cats Protection

Tabby McTat lends a paw to help a children’s cat club The star of Magic Light Pictures’ heartwarming Christmas animation for the BBC this year, Tabby McTat, is helping launch a Cats Protection club for young children.


he much-loved picturebook character, created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, is the furry face that will launch the Little Paws Club, which helps children aged between 5 to 7 years old to learn more about the wonderful world of felines through a fun and colourful mailing each month. Children who join the club in December will receive a welcome pack containing a Tabby McTat colouring sheet, a poster and six Cat Snaps cards including a Tabby McTat Special. Each month after they will get a minimagazine containing fun articles, puzzles and craft activities and the first issue will feature an exclusive interview with Julia Donaldson herself. Parents will need to sign their children up by 1 December to get this special edition magazine.


Tabby McTat’s Amazing Cat Facts will also feature in all 2024 mini-magazines and there will be three other Tabby McTat Special mini-mags throughout 2024. Membership of Little Paws costs just £8 per month and proceeds will help Cats Protection to look after and rehome the thousands of unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens that come into the charity’s care each year. Kay MacNaughton, Individual Giving Officer for Cats Protection said: “It’s going to be a magical moment when children and their parents sit down to watch the adventures of Tabby and his owner Fred brought to life on TV screens this Christmas, and membership of our Little Paws Club is the perfect gift for those young cat lovers. “Little Paws Club is a fun way for children to learn all about our feline


friends, just like Tabby. As well as inspiring the next generation of cat lovers, Little Paws Club membership will help Cats Protection to provide brighter futures for many unfortunate cats and kittens, who unlike Tabby, don’t yet have an owner to love them.” n To sign up for the Little Paws Club, please visit Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and has helped 157,000 cats and kittens each year over the last five years through its national network of 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 adoption centres.

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Dogs Trust Basildon issues advice to keep dogs warm and safe during cold spell As the temperature begins to drop, and with snow and freezing weather set to hit parts of the UK, Dogs Trust Basildon is urging owners to follow some simple steps to keep their dogs safe and warm this winter.


hile many people enjoy a winter stroll, the cold weather poses several risks to dogs and their owners. To help ensure dogs remain healthy and happy, the nation’s largest dog welfare charity has published some easy-to-follow guidance. 1. Stay warm - Dogs feel the cold just like we do, so it is important to keep them warm. Some breeds grow thick furry coats all year round, so, as the weather gets colder, consider letting your dog's fur grow longer to give them added protection. Some shorter-haired pooches and puppies may need a little bit of help staying warm, so consider buying them a sensible winter coat. Wearing a coat is a new experience for some dogs and needs to be introduced in a gradual and positive way. 2. Keep your dog on the lead - If it’s snowing, keep your dog on a lead to protect and prevent them from falling and hurting themselves. Snow can be disorientating for dogs, and they can become easily lost in it. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar, and their microchip details are up to date. 3. Wipe after walking - Make sure you wipe your dog’s legs, feet and stomach after a walk, as grit from the roads and dampness from rain or snow can irritate their skin. 4. Don’t let your dog walk on frozen ponds - The ice may not be thick enough to take their weight. If your dog does fall through the ice never be tempted to go in after them. If possible, encourage them to swim back to you and call the emergency services. 5. Avoid antifreeze – It is highly poisonous but tasty to dogs. Make sure you always keep antifreeze and other chemicals well out of reach and be sure to quickly mop up any spills. Always seek veterinary advice if you think your dog has ingested any. 8

Buster the German Shepherd enjoyng the snow 6. Increase visibility - Your own safety is important too. Before heading out for a walk, make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather with a suitable coat and shoes, and ensure you and your dog are visible. As the days grow shorter, consider wearing a high-vis jacket, and use a reflective collar, lead, high visibility coat or flashing collar for your dog. Coats and flashing collars should be introduced gradually to ensure dogs are comfortable wearing them. 7. Check your lead - Regularly check your dog's leads, collars and harnesses to make sure they’re all functioning safely and won’t get damaged by winter weather, as wet weather can cause metal clips to rust. It can be trickier to do up lead clips and carabiners and attach them to collars and harnesses when it's cold, so do this indoors if you can. 8. Consider indoor games - You might be spending more time indoors if the weather's very bad, so always make sure your dog has plenty to do. Indoor games like hide and seek, or 'find it', are fun and mentally stimulating for your dog. Hide a toy for them to search for and play with them as a reward when they


find them. Long-lasting tasty chews, or rubber food-releasing toys and enrichment games are useful for giving your dog something enjoyable to do that is mentally stimulating. Lisa Cooper, Manager at Dogs Trust Basildon, says: “Winter walks can be a lot of fun for both people and dogs alike, and many dogs love to run and play in the snow. But this cold weather brings with it some extra hazards for dogs and their owners. “The good news is that there are lots of simple things you can do to help your pooch stay safe and warm during cold weather, including keeping your dog on a lead as conditions worsen, wiping their paws after a walk, and taking steps to improve both your own and your dog’s visibility.” n For further information on keeping your dog safe and happy over the winter, visit:

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Hampshire pet retailer takes a stand against XL Bully legislation and “welcomes all breeds” The managing director of a leading pet supermarket across the South Coast has said the new XL Bully legislation is “simply unfair” and another knee jerk response by the Government.


eborah Burrows of Healthy Pet Store in Totton said she was very saddened to hear that another breed is being unfairly punished under the Dangerous Dogs Act. The Government has also offered £200 in ‘compensation’ to dog guardians for euthanasia. The legislation outlines that from 31 December 2023, breeding, selling, advertising, rehoming, abandoning and allowing an American XL Bully dog to stray will be illegal. From 1st February 2024, it will become illegal to own an American XL Bully dog if they are not registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs. There has already been confusion surrounding the potential misunderstanding of the breed classifications. Concerns have been raised from police forces, charities and vets who will be responsible for enforcing the law and euthanizing healthy animals. Deborah said: “I am so sad for responsible caregivers of these dogs who have all been tarnished with the same brush. Despite renowned behaviourists advising the Government about this breed, the UK has added another type of dog to the Dangerous Dogs list. “This is a result of the Government

Healthy Pet Store Managing Director Deborah Burrows stands up against XL Bully legislation

failing to enforce legislation surrounding breeding animals and responsible pet ownership. “A dog’s life is priceless. They are part of a family and it is appalling that anyone could think £200 could justify putting an animal to sleep. It’s deeply unfair this breed has been labelled as ‘dangerous’. “Behaviourists are saying that

unethical breeding and training practices are likely to be factors involved in some dogs’ behaviours. “At Healthy Pet Store, we stand strongly against breed-specific legislation and we want to assure customers that we welcome all dogs in our store, regardless of their type, breed or size”, Deborah concluded.


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More than a quarter of Brits fear that their dog will die whilst out walking ● Over half of dog walkers frequently spot potentially harmful litter on

the street

● Drug paraphernalia and vapes are within the top five concerns for

litter that could cause serious harm to pups


he UK’s growing litter problem is significantly impacting the way dog owners conduct their walks with over a quarter of owners (26%) fearful that their dog will die whilst out on their daily walk. A third (32%) of owners worry that their dog will come to serious harm, whilst 29% admit to changing their routes to avoid litter and a further 29% refusing to take their dog off their lead in certain areas. The new study by Agria Pet Insurance, which surveyed a diverse group of dog owners across the UK, delves into the concerns of dog owners regarding the UK's litter problem and its effects on their dogs. The respondents expressed several worries, including ingestion resulting in internal organ damage (54%), cuts and wounds (43%), ingestion resulting in choking (42%) and intoxication resulting from exposure to dangerous substances (37%). The study also identified the types of litter that owners fear the most in terms of posing a significant threat to both dogs and the environment. ● Sharp objects such as glass (68%) ● Discarded food items, such as meat bones (38%) ● Drug paraphernalia, such as syringes (35%) ● Plastic waste (34%) ● Vapes (31%) Respondents most frequently noticed litter on the street (52%), in parks/recreational grounds (44%) and in woodland areas (44%). The results of this research highlight the urgency of adopting sustainable practices to combat the litter problem in areas frequented by dog walkers to


create safer and more enjoyable environments for dogs and their owners. This includes increased public awareness, responsible disposal of litter, and improved waste management systems. To further awareness of this prominent issue, Agria has partnered with Paws On Plastic, a UK charity (no. SCO51306) dedicated to environmental stewardship, bringing invaluable expertise and a proven track record in fostering positive change. Paws on Plastic encourages dog owners to pick up a couple of pieces of litter on walks to protect animals, communities and the environment. It also educates on the consequences of littering. Furthermore, the collaboration extends to the involvement of internationally recognised animal rights activist and model, Jodie Kidd. Jodie's passion for the cause and her influential reach


serves as catalysts for broader awareness and engagement. Her commitment to the initiative underscores the urgency of the issue and appeals to diverse audiences. Janet Hughes, UK Sustainability Lead at Agria Pet Insurance, said: "These findings underline the importance of addressing the litter issue. They also serve as a vital call to local authorities, communities, and dog owners to come together and work towards a more sustainable and litter-free future for the UK's beloved dogs. “It is crucial that we collectively take immediate action to tackle the litter problem in our outdoor spaces. The safety and well-being of dogs, as well as the environment, are at stake. By raising awareness and encouraging responsible behaviour, we can create a cleaner and safer environment for all. We’re hoping that as many people as possible

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Marion Montgomery, Founder and Chair at Paws on Plastic, said: “Our charity is delighted to partner with Agria Pet Insurance on this wonderful campaign. So many animals, including our precious dogs, are injured by litter dropped carelessly on the ground. As dog owners, we have the opportunity to take a simple action to protect animals when we’re out walking anyway. It only takes a second for us to pick up a couple of pieces of litter and with 12 million of us in the UK, out a couple of times a day, it really does

add up - actually reducing the amount of litter dropped, as studies show that fewer people drop litter when areas are clean. Another benefit is that it actually feels great in terms of mental health and positivity to take a simple action which has an immediate and visible difference. We encourage all dog owners to get involved - we’d love to see your photos! Sign up on our website, follow us on social media and get involved today - it’s our 5th birthday.” n Find out more about how Agria, the UK’s only carbon positive pet insurer, is caring for the world we share with our pets, at

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whether dog owners or not - join us to play our part in making a difference to our environment - every small effort helps and collectively we can have a big impact."

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Harry M

Biggie M

Boomer F2

Velma F9 mths

Charlie M1

Benji M1

Lulu F4

Roxy F18 mths

Loves company and wants to be round people all the time so is hoping for a home where he does not need to be left for too long.

An affectionate pup and loves his cuddles, but is also high energy, so will need plenty of walks and games to keep him fit and healthy! Agility or dog sports.

Full of life and love and is always happy to see you, she is a super loyal girl! Has an affection nature and she will steal your heart with her big brown eyes.

A fun loving pup who is looking for a home where she can get plenty of exercise and love. Velma loves people and will follow you anywhere and everywhere.

A sighthound so he loves to play, run and chase. Incorporating fun games like flirtpoles, fetch and tug will give him outlets for his breeds desires and it’s fun!

He loves a walk and loves doing zoomies! He is very good with other dogs and seems pretty chilled when he sees any wildlife. Such a gorgeous dog.

She is house trained. Can be protective on walks if dogs come over to her owners. Loves a ball! Can be a bit timid if told off.

Very friendly with people and apparently good with other dogs, lays down and wags her tail.


Cyrus M2

Harry M3

Odin M2

Rocky M3

Peppa F2

Bella F6

Fluff M8

Millie F3-4

He loves to snuggle and gets very excited for his walks. Cyrus is good at relaxing but also enjoys zooming around in the garden.

He likes to play with his toys but hasn't got the hang of bringing them back yet.

He would be perfect for someone who wants a best friend and companion. They have to want to snuggle him in the evenings on the sofa, he loves this.

being a beagle, wants to be on the go most of the day, he has endless amounts of energy, and loves the sound of his own voice.

She really enjoys playing with dangly string toys, which you can use while getting to know her.

Bella is a beautiful girl who enjoys lap time and being around people, she loves a good fuss with her person.

He is a very sweet affectionate boy who in time will make the most wonderful addition to the family. He loves to be outside, but also to be with his humans.

She is a very quirky character who likes to play fetch, sit on your lap, and soak up all the attention she can get.


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Alarming Number of Pet Dental Issues Sparks Urgent Call to Action for Responsible Pet Owners Keeping your pet’s mouth clean and healthy is all part of being a responsible pet owner. Poor dental health and gum disease are so common that the British Veterinary Dental Association states that most dogs over three have gum disease requiring treatment.


ccording to The Royal Veterinary College, periodontal disease (ie dental disease) affects over 90% of adult dogs. According to a VetCompass study from the Royal Veterinary College that was supported by Agria Pet Insurance, dental disease is the most common disorder diagnosed by vets in dogs, affecting one in eight of every dog in the UK every year (O'Neill et al. 2021). Just like our own teeth, our pet's teeth can develop a build-up of plaque which, if left untreated, can become tartar - a 14

hard substance made up of bad bacteria. This builds up like concrete on the teeth and can eventually cause gum infection (gingivitis). You will know your pet has gingivitis if they have red, swollen gums that can sometimes bleed and may result in a bad odour from their mouth. Ask your vet about the health of your dog’s teeth and gums each time you visit the veterinary surgery. Gingivitis can lead to bacteria travelling through your dog’s bloodstream and, in extreme


cases, has been known to cause heart and kidney problems. If you notice a build of tartar on your pet’s teeth or would like advice on looking after their mouth, always contact your vet.

The following are signs there may be a problem with your pet’s mouth: ● Smelly breath ● Red or swollen gums ● Bleeding gums ● Yellow crusty build up on the teeth

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As always, prevention is better than cure and dental health in dogs is no exception. And the risk is not the same for all dogs. Another VetCompass study supported by Agria Pet Insurance examined what types of dogs are most at risk of dental disease. The breeds with the highest risk included Toy Poodle, King Charles, Greyhound, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Yorkshire Terrier, Cockapoo or Chihuahua, Lurcher, Border Terrier, miniature Dachshund, Whippet, Bichon Frise, and Cocker Spaniel. The risk was higher generally in smaller sizes of dogs and rose dramatically as dogs got older. So do pay extra care to your dog’s dental health if your dog is a high-risk breed or is no longer a puppy.

Brushing your dog’s teeth

To maintain good oral hygiene in your dog, start brushing early in their life and keep it simple. Begin by gently stroking your dog's cheek to get them used to mouth handling. Gradually introduce toothpaste by letting them lick it. Progress slowly up to full brushing of the teeth, respecting your dog’s comfort throughout the process. Only use an animal-friendly toothpaste as human toothpaste is toxic to dogs Once your dog is comfortable with toothpaste on their gums, transition to a soft toothbrush, starting at the front and moving to the back using gentle circular motions. Ensure you’re using animalfriendly toothpaste.

Getting your dog to clean their own teeth

Providing your pet with natural chews and toys that have been designed to improve dental health will also help control plaque and tartar build-up.

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● Excessive drooling ● Dropping food from the side of the mouth ● Reduced appetite and weight loss ● Reluctance to eat or chew

However, try to avoid really hard chews, bones and stones that can splinter, wear down or break teeth.

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Change your dog’s food

Robin Hargreaves, Senior Veterinary Adviser at Agria Pet Insurance, explains: “Our dogs should be with us into their teens, but the animals they evolved from didn’t live anything like to this age – and so their teeth are not designed for longevity. "Left uncared for, the likelihood is that they will deteriorate, giving your dog gum disease and mouth and gum pain. But by simply encouraging your dog to chew on something appropriate to use their teeth, that won't break or splinter, can really help to keep the surfaces clean. “Owners can also get into the habit of cleaning their dog’s teeth - which is not that daunting once you both get the hang of it. Start as early as you can so it’s not scary and they get used to it from a young age and reward them afterwards. Cleaning dogs’ teeth is effective and helps to keep the tartar down – which otherwise traps food against the gums, erodes them back and causes infections.”

Changing your pet’s diet to a dry biscuit kibble will also help in the fight against dental disease. Tinned meat and pouches of pet food can contribute to plaque build-up so adding in dry food or changing over to a complete dry diet can help a great deal.

Cover for dental treatment

Dogs insured with an Agria Pet Insurance policy have unlimited cover for dental treatment, providing the cost falls within the annual vets’ fees limit of up to £12,500. Treatment required for dental disease and accidents is covered, providing a dental check has been carried out within the previous 15 months, and any treatment recommended by the vet has been carried out within 3 months of the advice. As an Agria Pet Insurance customer, you can speak to a vet completely free whenever you have a question or concern about your pet’s health. Simply download the Agria Vet Guide app for

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When a lifesaving dog needs their own life saved Minnie, a beautiful 5 year old Newfoundland from Lancaster, is no stranger to helping to save lives. She has donated blood four times, which will have helped to save the lives of up to 16 other dogs. However, when Minnie was struck down by a life-threatening infection, she herself had to rely on the very service she was used to supporting: Pet Blood Bank UK, the nation’s blood bank charity for dogs.


t was being a donor that first alerted Minnie’s owner Victoria to the infection festering inside her. She had no symptoms but her annual blood screen, something Pet Blood Bank performs on all donor dogs, showed an increased level of white blood cells, indicating inflammation and possible infection. Minnie was treated immediately by Bay Vets for what was originally thought to be inflamed skin on her ears. However, Minnie’s condition continued to deteriorate, and an ultrasound revealed pyometra, a serious and potentially life-threatening infection which can cause kidney failure. Minnie underwent emergency surgery to remove her infected womb and initially recovered well from the operation. A few days later, though, Minnie was back in the vets where it was discovered that she was becoming anaemic due to a bleeding stomach ulcer. To treat this, Minnie needed two and a half units of blood, provided by the very service she had donated to herself. After her own blood had helped to save the lives of so many other dogs, she was now the one in need. Finally, Minnie was sent home to recover, her ordeal behind her. She slowly regained her strength and is getting back to her happy and bouncy self. Her owner, Victoria, said, ‘Pet Blood Bank found early warning signs at Minnie’s last donation and contacted me immediately, which meant she was treated early. It is entirely due to this quick response and the outstanding care received at Bay Vets during her illness and recovery that she is still with me, covering my house in hair, drool, and love. She acts as emotional


Minnie, a beautiful 5 year old Newfoundland from Lancaster

support, helping me handle panic attacks and at times physically due to disability.’ Blood can be the difference between life and death for our beloved pets as just like humans, there are many reasons why they might need a lifesaving transfusion. Pet Blood Bank UK operates across the UK, running donation sessions and dispatching blood to vets,


to ensure pets have access to this vital service. If your dog, or a dog you know, is between 1 and 8 years old, over 25kg, fit, healthy, and is confident and enjoys meeting new people, they could become a lifesaver and help to save dogs like Minnie did and needed herself. As Minnie has received a transfusion, she can no longer donate blood so more

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fit and healthy dogs are needed to come forward to keep up her wonderful work and ensure blood is always available for any dogs who need it. Meet Minnie’s donors The blood that Minnie needed came from three lifesaving Pet Blood Bank donors, Titan, Finch, and Douglas. Their owners were so proud when they heard the news. Titan’s owner, Rachel, said, ‘That is the best news, exactly why we do it! Titan is an excitable Labrador, he is hyper and ball obsessed. I'm always so surprised he can stay still and donate, but he impresses me every time. He always enjoys the fuss and being spoilt on days he donates. It’s so lovely to hear that he has been able to help another dog.’ Finch’s owner, Alex, told us ‘I genuinely started crying when I read your email, I’m so proud of my boy! I’m currently training to be a veterinary nurse and found out about Pet Blood Bank through a client before I even had Finch. I’d never forgotten about it though and he

went to his first donation session a few weeks after he turned one. He’s a great dog, the perfect mix of smart and goofy. He’s loved both sessions he’s been too and loves the fuss he gets from the team.’ Lynne, who owns Douglas, added ‘I must admit it did make me well up as I thought if it was one of my dogs having the unfortunate situation of needing blood how grateful I would be. Douglas has got me through some tough times I’m so proud that he could help other dogs at their chance of a life.’ This story shows how the regular check-ups donor dogs receive at our sessions can help spot something early and inform their vet of any abnormalities. You really do never know when it might be your dog in need. Visit

is to advance animal health and welfare and to relieve suffering by providing quick and convenient access to blood. Similar to the human blood service, pet owners kindly bring along their much loved companions to give blood at one of our many sessions across the country. The blood is then taken to our processing centre in Loughborough where it is separated into red blood cells and plasma products, and then stored ready for dispatch. Every unit of blood helps save up to four other lives, saving thousands of lives every year.

Donor dog criteria

• Fit and healthy • Between one and eight years old • Weigh more than 25kg • Confident and enjoys meeting new people

About Pet Blood Bank UK

Launched in 2007, Pet Blood Bank UK is the only charity that provides a blood bank service for all vets across the UK. As part of our charitable remit, our aim

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Will Billy, Fergus and Luna get re-homed before Christmas to light up their lives? Billy is a 7yr old neutered tri coloured short coated collie cross

He came into our care as his owners partner was diagnosed with dementia meaning he couldn't care for Billy whilst the owner was at work. Billy is a little shy particularly around men. Once he knows a person he is very affectionate but requires an understanding owner who will give him space to build a bond. He is housetrained, ok when left alone for odd hours, travels well and knows basic commands. He wouldn't live with another dog. He is nervous of traffic and lunges at larger vehicles. In August 2022 when getting Billy out the car he nipped a male neighbour on the leg, as a result Billy's previous owner was served with a community resolution order which meant they had to keep him on a lead and muzzled when in a public place. Whilst this requirement was on the previous owner we would suggest this be followed by any new owner.

Billy is a 7yr old neutered tri coloured short coated collie cross

Luna is around 4 years old

and Luna is around 4 years old ort she is a tan and white sh coated cross bred

She came into our care from another rescue, we don't know her full background. We are told she is approximately 4yrs old but she is possibly much younger 18mth? She is a tan and white short coated neutered cross bred. Luna is a friendly girl but can sometimes be a little shy when first meeting strangers so we wouldn't house her to live with children. She loves to play ball, knows basic commands and is ok around other dogs but she may not live with others. She does lunge at traffic and she chases cats. PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION ON HOW DO I ADOPT PAGE BEFORE CONTACTING US - Thank you. YOU WILL NEED TO TRAVEL TO OUR CENTRE WHICH IS BASED IN STAFFORDSHIRE

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utered tri short Fergus is a 2 year old ne coated border collie

Fergus is a 2 year old neutered tri short coated border collie

He came into our care from his own home due to a relationship breakdown. He is very nervous and will require an experienced and understanding owner who will not over handle him and force him into situations he finds difficult. He would be better suited to a quiet home with limited visitors and no young children. He is housetrained, knows basic commands, is good when left alone for a few hours and travels well. He is worried around other dogs so would be better as an only dog.

Then please complete the Online Application To Adopt Form. This is the first step in the process The Application Forms are reviewed regularly by our Adoptions Team who will contact anyone they wish to discuss further with but please understand that we can't contact everyone who completes the form. That doesn't mean we don't want you to adopt but there can only be one new owner for each dog. Do keep an eye on the website, and if you see another dog, at any time, that you would be interested in adopting then simply email with your name, post code and the dogs name you are interested in. We will then consider you for that dog. Unfortunately we cannot make an appointment until The Adoptions Team contact you. n If you still have some questions do take a look at the FAQ section or feel free to contact us on 01889 577058 (Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm) or of course email us. Tel: 01889 577058

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Dog Trust’s free Post Adoption Support Service celebrates five years thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery Since its launch in 2018, Dog Trust’s free Post Adoption Support service has been used over 300,000 times by dog owners across the UK. The free scheme, which can be used by anyone who has adopted a pup from Dogs Trust links dog owners with post adoption support officers and behaviorists to gain expert advice.


ver the past five years the Post Adoption Support service has helped with a variety of dogs, Collie Malinois cross, Bear is just one of these dogs who has been transformed through this service. When Alina and Tony met Bear at Dog Trust’s Evesham centre it was love at first sight. Aware of his behaviour challenges, they met him multiple times at the centre before they took him home. It’s believed that handsome Bear had never lived in a home before, having spent his life so far on a farm. Bear’s unconventional start in life left him nervous and unpredictable around other animals and people too. At first, Bear was very anxious around people and other dogs, even hiding behind the sofa when meeting his new owners for the first time. As Bear was struggling to adjust, adopters Alina and Tony contacted Dog Trust’s Post Adoption Support service. The team organised a visit from one of Dog Trust’s clinical animal behaviourists who worked with the new owners to build Bear’s confidence and create a training plan. “The session was very helpful, but the real support only just started,” recalls Tony. After the session, they had regular email support for a couple of years as they continued their training journey. “With Bear, there wasn’t going to be a ‘quick fix’; we had to take the journey to change together. We made a commitment to him, so giving him back was not an option. Bear is a completely different dog now, and we couldn’t imagine life without him. The three of us did it together.” The Post Adoption Support service has been generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, with over £600,000 of funds raised dedicated to the scheme over the past five years. This also funds the charity’s post adoption research projects which enables Dogs Trust to provide the best possible advice to adopters.


Bear from Dogs Trust with owners Alina and Tony Kristina Glover, Head of Clinical Animal Behaviour at Dogs Trust said: “Our support doesn't end the day you take your dog home. We’re here for every step of the adoption journey, from helping to find the perfect dog to offering ongoing support to help them settle into their new home. Our Post Adoption Support service and research projects has been generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and thanks to this funding we’re able to provide advice to adopters for as long as they need us. Thank you to the players of the lottery, helping raise funds for good causes, allowing us to help deserving paws! Thanks to our Post Adoption Support, dogs like Bear who need some additional help, are now living their best lives.” Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “It’s heart-warming to see dogs like Bear get the help they need to live their best lives with their owners. We’re delighted


that player support gives dogs who may have challenges a second, or maybe even third or fourth chance of having a loving home. It’s wonderful to see the difference that players are making to improve the lives of dogs and ensuring owners get the support they need.” People’s Postcode Lottery has awarded over £20 million to the UK’s largest dog welfare charity since its partnership began in 2013. Funding raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and awarded by the Postcode Animal Trust so far this year has supported vital services at the charity including Canine Carer roles, the ongoing running of the Customer Support Centre, Dog School coaches and funding towards a Post Adoption Research Project. To find out more about rehoming at Dogs Trust visit: n To find out more about People’s Postcode Lottery visit:

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‘Terrific’ Trailhound looking for forever home at Dogs Trust Canterbury Brook, a 6-year-old Trailhound, is on the lookout for a forever home at Dogs Trust Canterbury.


loveable and well-mannered boy, Brook is looking for a peaceful home with an affectionate family who share his passion for discovering the wonders of the great outdoors! A big and gentle lad, Brook can live with children aged 12 years plus, and would love to live with a doggy pal – as he thrives in the company of other canines. Brook is happiest and most at ease when he is outdoors, with his nose to the ground, exploring his surroundings with his adorable tail held high. An avid lover of water, Brook enjoys splashing in puddles, streams, and even paddling pools.

Loveable boy Brook

Joanna Stuckey, Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Canterbury said: “Brook is a wonderful and easy-going dog who would make an excellent addition to any family looking for a brilliant companion. “A handsome and well-mannered guy, Brook has an affectionate side and loves being cuddled and fussed over. “He has become a firm favourite here at the centre, but we are so excited for this terrific Trailhound to find a forever family!” Brook would appreciate plenty of company in his new home as he adjusts, allowing a gradual introduction to leaving time to ensure he is comfortable and fully acclimated before being left on his own. Brook cannot live with cats or small fury animals.

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Wonky Pets Rescue (where animals come in all shapes and sizes)

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Brie F3

Poppy F9

Rocky M6

Saffron F2

Sammy F10

Suki F7 mths

A lovely, large chunky girl with a lovely personality to match. Her confidence is growing daily.

She needs a nice full enclosed garden to play in and will need an active owner who can provide good long walks every day.

His basic commands will need to be worked on. He absolutely LOVES his walks and he walks well on the lead.

She would love another dog to play with in her new home as she loves a game of chase outside. She is full of energy.

Looking for a very special home with owners who are equipped to look after a dog who has some special needs.

She is a really unusual colour. Will need a home with a lovely safe garden to play in once settled in.

Alfie M4-5

Bonnie F3-4

Chloe F1

Dennis M5

Fritz M1

Lacey F3

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Monty M6 mths

Like most greyhounds he loves a run around and then is more than happy to go back to bed for a snooze.

She is an affectionate girl who enjoys being around people, she can become quite distressed when she is left alone.

She will need a home without other cats, she is friendly and sociable with people. She appears to be quite a confident cat who will settle in.

A typical collie, he is active and enjoys getting out and about on his walks. He may be able to share a home with a calm, female dog.

He has a very cheeky personaity. He is a friendly lad, who loves his food! He is enjoying the comforts of the cattery.

She is a sweet dog, but can be nervous at first ... she will back away and bark, possibly run away if given the chance, until she trusts you.

He is not the right kitten who wants fuss and affection at the moment. He will need a calm environment with very patient owners.

He is super friendly with people, he always is happy to greet people and say hello, he gets very wiggly and excited!

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A playful, active girl who enjoys long walks and playing fetch. She absolutely loves a fuss and cuddle from everyone she meets.

A super friendly, loving and affectionate boy. He has had a difficult few years but is still resilient and is a happy, playful chap.

Poor Mabel is deaf, she knows her basic hand signals and is an intelligent lady. She will need someone home most of the day.

A big bundle of energy, he loves to run and play and is very much in need of an active and physically capable owner.

A bundle of love and fun, she is a playful girl who loves to run around our secure field. She is an active girl and can live with savvy teens.

A gorgeous lad, very friendly and loyal. He is a big active boy who needs an active owner to keep up with his exercise needs.

I am a very friendly chap. I love playing with these things called toys. I am good with other dogs but not cats. I am very active too.

I know my name, and I sit on command and I take treats very gently. Am just waiting for a loving family to take me home.

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Chewy M3

Frieda F3

Looking for an active home with at least one other dog where he can get the exercise and mental stimulation he needs.

A lovely but a big powerful dog. She is house trained and loves to cuddle on the sofa with her human companion.


Lara M7

Louis M1

Luna F1

A very kind, loving She is house trained, He is looking for girl who is looking for walks well on the a calm and a calm, active family understanding family lead and is very with at least another affectionate. Light with at least one dog for going on enough to pick up for other dog in a lovely walks. a lovely cuddle. rural location.

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Ramsey M11

Will need someone around most of the time as he will get distressed if left on his own for too long.

She will need a garden for a run around and someone to walk her each day. She loves cuddles and is a steady girl.

An older gentleman who is pretty relaxed and looking to enjoy his older years in a calm and stable home.

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Koda M3

Loki M3

Micky M12

Skyla F1

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Meg F6

Pandora F9

He struggles around other dogs and will vocalise this. He will need to be the only dog in the home at this stage. He is a wise and gentle soul that just needs TLC.

He is house trained, can be left for a few hours. He does get excitable in the car. He is social with other dogs, and can live with cats and children.

He has grown to enjoy his walks, and he would love access to his own secure garden to relax in and explore. He is OK to be left alone for a while.

She has lots of energy and is strong on the lead. She can be left alone for short periods. Will need access to own, secure garden to enjoy roaming around.

He really forms close bonds to those he loves and will be on the sofa next to you ready for cuddles in no time. Will need walking in quiet locations.

He is lacking manners but he is a quick learner so will soon get his paws in line and start to learn how to behave and act. He’s just young and excitable.

She is ideally looking for someone who is around most of the time as not keen on being left for long periods. Is good with children and enjoys being around them.

She is amazing with children and has nothing but love for them and enjoys the fun they bring. Would love to go on adventures and learn new things.



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Jako when he was found by a volunteer

Can you Help Jako get Back on his Feet? German Shepherd Helpline are raising funds to help their gorgeous boy Jako, who needs spinal surgery for a slipped disc in his neck if you can donate please through the gofundmepage By Brenda Jojic - the Founder of GSD Helpline


fter having him examined by vet, it became clear that the pup had suffered from malnutrition growing up, which had thwarted his bone development. RANA – Rescue Animals of North Africa ( and first met Jako in December 2014, wondering how on earth they could ever help him. Enquiries with vets in the UK and Europe about what it would take to make him walk normally brought up such eye-watering quotes that they were unable to help, other than keeping him safe in the shelter. As Jako grew up into a beautiful adult GSD, his amazingly caring personality also developed. Jako started spending time with the puppies at the shelter, caring for them and keeping them at a 26

safe distance from the bigger dogs. He also befriended every human who cared to pass by, and this, in the end, is what gave him his chance to life in the real world … This June, RANA volunteer Wendy met Jako and fell head over heels in love with this sweet boy. She took a video and posted and shared him all around Facebook. That is when the Helpline stepped in to help. Jako arrived in the UK in November 2015 paid for by the GSD Helpline. Jako’s consultation on the 21st December 2015 at Fitzpatrick Referrals showed many problems and all consistent with trauma. It was estimated that this happened at around 4-5 months of age. He was kept in and operated on while remaining there over the Christmas period. He had both his front legs and ankles fused. This is usually done one at a time but as he is so disabled the surgeon felt that it wouldn’t be a problem for him. The left


one is very deformed and a small bone in his ankle that the ligaments run under had broken away and actually moved up into a completely wrong position further up the leg. Because of the damage to

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Jako now this foot, he has a problem with the left elbow. His right hip is completely dislocated and sits above his pelvis. He will need a hip replacement.


Jako was suddenly taken ill with acute kidney failure. We rushed him to the Royal Veterinary College in Berkshire where he underwent extensive investigations. Tests revealed that he was suffering from Elrichia and Leishmania. Treatment was started and his kidneys are now functioning normally. He continues to improve and will be monitored regularly for Leishmania. He is one amazing little dog. He now lives with the founder Brenda Jojic. UPDATE January 2017, Jako has been having regular blood tests and treatment for Leishmania. We are hoping that as soon as he is in remission, we will be able to complete his surgery for a total hip replacement. UPDATE March 2017 Jako had a sore on his paw that wouldn’t fully heal. Tests for Leishmania came back negative so it was a trip back to Fitzpatrick’s for further investigations. X-rays showed that a screw had worked its way out, so it was decided to remove the whole plate and screws. He is now home and recovering well.

2 November 2017. Jako had his total Hip Replacement. He is home and doing very well.

amazed at him. And that is not exaggerating. I wish everyone could meet him.

March 2018 Unfortunately, the sore on Jako’s paw still refused to heal so another operation was performed and scar tissue was removed. It was entwined around his tendons and ligaments.

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November 2021 Jako had stem cell treatment and PRP injections in four joints

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September 2023 Jako had an emergency referral and MRI and CT scans revealed he had a slipped disc in his neck at C2-C3 which are located near his head. CT of Jako’s neck and thorax (chest) revealed bony malformations causing a kyphosis and scoliosis (twisting) but this is further down and doesn’t prevent an operation. It is something that he has had all his life. He now needs an operation to remove the bulge in the disc that is pressing on the spinal cord.

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Because he is the epitome of what dogs stand for. Courageous, trusting, unconditional love and more. I don’t have the words. Jako has never growled or refused to be treated, he takes it all in his stride. He instinctually knows you are trying to help him. People/vets are truly

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Arthritis in dogs: What is it and how to help your pup Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes stiff, painful, and swollen joints. In dogs, it mostly affects their hips and elbows, but can also occur in their back. While most common in older dogs, arthritis can affect pets of any age. If you suspect your furry friend is struggling with their joint health, the experts from Bob Martin have offered their tips for recognising and treating arthritis in dogs. Which breeds are more prone to arthritis?

Weight, activity levels, and age can all contribute to joint health. Some breeds are more prone to weight gain and high activity levels, which can put them at a higher risk of joint conditions like arthritis. Larger breeds tend to be more prone to joint problems like arthritis due to their increased body weight. These breeds include Labradors, German shepherds, golden retrievers, rottweilers, Bernese Mountain dogs, and Saint Bernards. Many large breeds are also particularly active, which can 28

put further strain on their joints. Other dog breeds, such as pugs, dachshunds, and French and English bulldogs, are more likely to develop arthritis due to their small build. These dogs can be prone to weight gain as well, which puts extra pressure on their joints. Bulldogs are also more likely to see wonkiness in their legs if their joints aren’t formed properly, which can lead to arthritis. While large and small dogs are more prone to arthritis, some medium-sized breeds can also be more likely to develop the condition due to high activity levels. Spaniels are a prime example of


this. Naturally active, spaniels' joints can become overused at an early age.

How to spot early signs of arthritis in dogs

While some dog breeds are more prone to getting the condition, this doesn't necessarily mean your dog will or won't get arthritis. If you're worried about your dog's joints, it's worth keeping an eye on their behaviour. Some common signs of arthritis include: • Limping or lameness, particularly after a walk • Tiredness • Irritability

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• Licking or chewing painful areas • Difficulty sitting down or getting up • Reluctance to be touched in certain areas

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If you notice any of these symptoms, it's best to call your vet as soon as possible.

How to treat arthritis in dogs

Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are some treatments you can try to help ease symptoms and make your dog more comfortable. These include:

Joint supplements

A healthy, balanced diet can contribute to your dog's overall health and wellbeing and ensuring your dog is eating well can help them shed a few pounds if their weight is affecting their joints. You could also add joint supplements containing adding omega-3 to your pet's diet as this is thought to help fight inflammation. Glucosamine is another supplement that can encourage healthy joints in dogs. This molecule helps maintain cartilage and tendons and can help repair tendons and ligaments. Glucosamine is often used in conjunction with chondroitin, which helps maintain healthy joint cartilage. Dog joint supplements usually contain omega-3, glucosamine, and chondroitin (alongside other essential vitamins and minerals) to give your dog everything they need in one single dose. These supplements can't treat arthritis directly but can help provide support. Before adding supplements to your dog's diet, it's best to consult your vet to make sure this is the right option for your pet.


Some dogs may benefit from hydrotherapy during which your dog is placed in a life jacket and put on an underwater treadmill. The support of the water helps to take pressure off the dog's joints as they walk, so they can

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keep active without any discomfort. This can help reduce swelling, build muscle, and lose weight, making it a good option for dogs whose joint pain stems from weight.

Use a harness

If your dog has arthritis then they may find walks slightly uncomfortable. Regular short walks can give them enough exercise and fresh air without putting too much strain on their joints. You can also help ease some discomfort by using a harness, which will take some of the pressure off their hips and hind legs.

Keep them warm

Cold weather can cause your dog's joints to stiffen, which can exacerbate the problem. Placing a heat pad under their bed on cold days can help ease some of their symptoms. You should also make sure your dog is fully dry when coming in from outside.

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Lisa Melvin, Head of Marketing from Bob Martin comments: "While arthritis can happen for a number of reasons, keeping your dog in good health from an early age can help protect against joint conditions later in life. A healthy, balanced diet is essential as it not only helps prevent weight gain but also provides your pet with all the essential nutrients they need. "Ask your vet about joint supplements too. These can help keep your dog's joints in check from an early age, which can help give them the best start and reduce the likelihood of them struggling with their joints in the future. "Getting plenty of exercise can also help keep your dog's weight at a healthy level, but running too much on hard surfaces can put pressure on their joints. Instead, try a low-impact sport with them, such as swimming." n


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The Labrador Lifeline Trust is a charity dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and helping Labradors They are now in their Twenty eighth year of helping Labradors in need of new homes and their main priority is placing the right dog in the right home. They cover the areas of Berkshire, Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex and Surrey

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Cat dumped like rubbish seeks new home in time for Christmas Overlooked moggy, whose care is being supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, needs a home to call her own


young black cat is seeking a home ahead of the festive season, after being found discarded like rubbish along with her two five-month-old kittens. The feline family was discovered tied up in a bag in a public park on 26 August and brought straight to Cats Protection’s Harrow Homing Centre. The one-year-old moggy, who was named Buttercup, and her kittens had a full health check by a vet, along with flea and worming treatment and vaccinations. The kittens were in fairly good health, but Buttercup’s skin and coat were in poor condition from living with fleas. With some treatment and TLC her skin healed up over the following four weeks. Buttercup’s kittens were adopted in September, but she has sadly been overlooked since being made available for homing. She has spent quite a lot of time in a foster home, to help rebuild her trust in humans and get her ready for adoption after her ordeal. After four months in the charity’s care, the team is keen to give her the gift of a loving new home in time for Christmas. Nicola Murray, Deputy Manager at Cats Protection’s Harrow Homing Centre, said: “We’d really love to find Buttercup a permanent home before Christmas. Her fosterer tells us that she's grown from a very nervous cat, who spent all day hidden away, to an affectionate girl. She has even jumped onto their lap a couple of times. “Being a young cat, Buttercup is also quite playful. She spends hours

entertaining herself with her various toys - mice, straws, and string. Given time to gain confidence, she will make a wonderful addition to someone’s household. “Sadly, Buttercup is one of 43 cats we’ve taken into the centre that have either been dumped in a public space or left outside our centre this year – about 10% of our admissions. It’s just lucky that she and her kittens were found in time and nothing more serious happened to them. “We understand that times are tough for people, with the current cost of living crisis. But we would ask people to please, please get in touch with us if they’re struggling, rather than dumping their cats. We won’t judge, and we will help as soon as we’re able to. “We’re incredibly grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Funds received thanks to their support help us care for hundreds of cats and kittens in need each year. We really can’t thank them enough.” To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £1.2 billion to support good causes across Britain. Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “I’m so pleased money raised by our players is helping Cats Protection to care for cats like Buttercup, and nurse them back to full health while they wait for permanent homes. I hope Buttercup is able to find a new home just in time for Christmas.” n If you’re in the North West London

Buttercup area and would like to consider adopting Buttercup or another cat, you can visit the Harrow Homing Centre’s website at or get in touch via or 0203 758 4271. Those living in other areas of the UK can find out more and see cats in need of homes in their area at


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Cat presumed dead found five miles from home 11 years later A tabby-and-white cat named Toby who was believed to have been killed on a busy road in Nuneaton, has been reunited with his owners 11 years after going missing thanks to his microchip.


he 14-year-old moggy’s owners, Justine and Eric Allan, moved with their family and beloved cat from Galley Common to The Long Shoot in early December 2012. They kept Toby indoors for around six weeks after they first moved and then started letting him out in short bursts to grow accustomed to his new neighbourhood but sadly one day he did not return. Justine explains: “Toby was my son Charlie’s cat, he was about 12 when Toby went missing, and he was heartbroken when we realised he probably wasn’t coming back. The Long Shoot is a notoriously busy road, we just assumed the worst had happened and thought he had been run over.” Luckily, Wendy Harris, Coordinator for Cats Protection’s Coventry Branch had been contacted by a member of the public who had been feeding a cat in Bedworth on-and-off for around 18 months. The lady believed it was a female cat who had put weight on between visits and therefore might be pregnant. Having not seen the cat for a long period, when she spotted it around the bin stores at her flat she called the charity to arrange for them to visit and attempt to scan it for a microchip. Wendy says: “A lady rang us late on Saturday evening when the cat appeared and our volunteer Lorraine went out at 9pm to scan the cat and it turned out not only did it have a chip but that he was a neutered male named Toby, rather than female as originally believed. I checked the details on the chip database and called the registered owner, however there was no reply until the following morning when Charlie rang and said he did have a cat called Toby and he had been missing almost 12 years! “So, after a few phone calls back and forth Toby was collected and will no longer have to scavenge for food and sleep in a cold bin store. Thanks to the kind lady who asked for our help, to Lorraine for going out late at night to scan and most of all the power of the microchip.”


Toby back at home 2023. Photo credit: J Allan Toby settled back into life at home with ease even though there is now a canine family member in the house. Justine says: “I can’t believe he survived all this time, the odds were stacked against him, but here he is! We now have a year-old King Charles Cavalier named Bernie. Toby is a typical cat and couldn’t care less but Bernie is not adjusting quite so well. We’re keeping them apart so that we can do slow introductions, but when my husband took Bernie out for the first time after Toby was back I let Toby out of his room and he made himself at right home on Bernie’s bed and even tried a bit of his food. “He doesn’t seem different at all, he’s obviously been cared for and fed by somebody, I just wish he could tell us what happened. I never thought in a million years I’d see him again. Think of all those things that have happened in that time. I’m so grateful to the lady who took him in and to Cats Protection for coming out on Saturday night especially as he wasn’t easy to catch! We’ll keep him in now for six to eight weeks and then hope for the best he stays.” Microchipping is a simple, effective way of reuniting cats with their owners should they be lost, injured or stolen. It involves a microchip the size of a grain of rice containing the cat’s owner’s contact details being implanted just


under the skin between a cat’s shoulder blades. Madison Rogers, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy, Campaigns & Government Relations says: “It is always wonderful to hear stories like Toby’s where a cat and owner have been reunited thanks to their microchip after so many years apart. We cannot know what happened to Toby before he was scanned but we encourage anybody who finds a cat who they believe to be lost or stray to take them to a vet or contact an animal rescue charity where they can be checked for a microchip. “Although this is a wonderful happy ending for Toby, if only he had been found and scanned when he first disappeared, he could have been back with his family all this time. Luckily Toby’s owner’s details were current and his story is a fantastic example of just how important it is to keep details up to date and how quickly a cat can be returned. He may have been missing for 11 years but because of his microchip he was back home within 24 hours of his owners being contacted!” Earlier this year, the government announced that compulsory microchipping for cats would become law in England from 10 June 2024, a move which Cats Protection has campaigned for over many years. The new rules mean cats must be microchipped before they reach 20 weeks of age and owners’ contact details must be kept up to date in a microchipping database. Owners who are found to have not microchipped their cat will have 21 days to do so, or may face a fine of up to £500. n Further information about microchipping can be found at To find out more about the Coventry Branch of Cats Protection visit or call 02476 594 116 alternatively keep up with their news by visiting




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MPs and peers join Cats Protection to find out how charity is helping domestic abuse victims Cats Protection welcomed around 50 MPs and members of the House of Lords to discuss how the charity is supporting victim-survivors flee domestic abuse.


he UK’s biggest cat charity hosted the parliamentary reception to raise awareness among politicians of its Lifeline service, which provides free and confidential cat fostering to enable owners to escape domestic abuse. The charity used the event to highlight findings revealing that 78% of domestic abuse professionals surveyed had encountered cases where cats were targeted by abusers – often to control or coerce a partner or family member and to stop them leaving. Because most refuges are unable to take pets, cat owners face the agonising choice of remaining with their abuser or fleeing without their pet, knowing it may come to harm. Horrifyingly, the survey also revealed that 39% of domestic abuse professionals have encountered cases where a cat or kitten has been killed by a perpetrator of domestic abuse. Cats Protection’s Lifeline Manager, Amy Hyde said “We were pleased to welcome so many politicians to our reception to discuss this incredibly important issue. Sadly, far too many people feel trapped living with an abuser out of fear for the safety of their pet. “Perpetrators of domestic abuse will use their partner or family member’s love for their cat as a tool to coerce and control them. We’ve worked on cases where a perpetrator has physically abused the cat as well as controlling the owner’s access to finances and vet care, meaning that many cats are left with untreated injuries and health conditions. “Using a beloved cat as a tool for coercive control can have a huge impact on those experiencing domestic abuse and makes it even more challenging for them to leave if they are worried about what will happen to their cat if left behind.


Cats Protection Chief Executive John May at the event “This is especially the case for those who have experienced economic abuse and are financially dependent on the perpetrator, as well as those who have been isolated from friends and family and have limited other options to keep their cat safe.” Sarah Champion MP, who sponsored the event on the charity’s behalf, said: “I was delighted to sponsor this event and to support the work of Cats Protection’s important Lifeline service. It is vital that we do everything we can to help those experiencing domestic abuse to get to safety together with their pet. The evidence shows just how frequently cats are threatened, harmed and even killed by those perpetrating abuse. With access to this service, victim-survivors can get their cat to safety, safe in the


knowledge that specialist care and any veterinary treatment will be provided and that they can look forward to being reunited as soon as possible.” Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and has helped an average of 157,000 cats and kittens a year over the last five years through its national network of 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres. Lifeline is available in the South East, Yorkshire, East Anglia and the charity will be expanded into the Midlands in December. n Details of how to access Cats Protection’s Lifeline service can be found at

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Could you be the cuddle-loving owner an abandoned puss needs? Very few cats enjoy affection as much as a cuddle-loving puss in Wimborne and yet the affectionate young moggy has now been waiting for a new home for more than a quarter of his life.


wo-year-old Jordan was handed in as unwanted at the vets so much of his background is unknown, but when he arrived at Cats Protection’s Ferndown Adoption Centre over 200 days ago he was suffering from painful skin sores. The team ensured he had immediate vet care, and the black and-white cat soon began to look healthier as his skin condition was resolved with the aid of antibiotics, steroids and a change of diet. Once out of discomfort, Jordan’s sociable and affectionate personality shone through. Centre Manager Michele says: “Jordan is an absolute sweetheart who just adores company. He is a confident super sociable lad who actively seeks attention, particularly liking to smooch your face! To Jordan, if there is more than one human to give him attention, that’s even better! “Jordan gets a lot of pleasure from


company and will want to sit on your lap and snuggle into your arms, often placing his paws on your shoulders for a proper cuddle which is just adorable. “He is also very playful and is partial to a game of chase with a fishing rod toy or the challenge of an enrichment feeder for his dry food. “We’re not quite sure what caused his skin to flare up but it’s not uncommon when cats have had a difficult time for their skin to show the effects of their stress. It may also be that he was fed a diet which did not suit him, so he’s now enjoying a hypo-allergenic diet which is helping soothe his itchy skin.” The team at the centre are keen to find an owner who is not concerned about managing Jordan’s occasional skin flare-ups which it is believed may subside when he is settled in a calm environment. He currently takes steroids once a day in his food which he will need


to continue, along with his prescription diet, in his new home. Jordan will need to be the only pet in his new home, so that he can enjoy as much affection as he wishes, and the team feels he would live well with a family because of his friendly nature. Like all Cats Protection cats, Jordan will arrive in his new home neutered, vaccinated, up-to-date with flea and worm treatments and with four weeks of free pet insurance. A video of Jordan enjoying cuddles with one of the centre’s cat care assistants can be seen here: kQ n Anyone wishing to offer Jordan a home or find out more about him and the work of the centre should go to or call 03000 120 175

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Charity pulls out the stops for cats suffering long-term skin trauma A cat charity is pulling out the stops for two felines who arrived at its adoption centre with skin conditions so severe that one needed both ears removed.


hite-and-tabby Jess and Jinx arrived at Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre after their owner had become unable to care for them. They had scarring, severe scabbing and cancerous changes to their skin. The 14-year-old pair arrived at a time when the number of cats waiting for a space at the centre in Carnon Downs is 57% higher than this time last year, with six cats now waiting for every admissions pen. Libby Jepson, Cats Protection’s Operations Manager for the South West, says: “Poor Jess and Jinx were in a terrible state when they arrived, both with painful, infected and bleeding skin. It was clear they would both need a significant amount of veterinary treatment before they would be able to go to new homes. “Jinx was suffering from cancer of her ear tips, which is common in cats with white ears. She has now had surgery to remove the majority of both ears, which has removed the cancerous areas. She has recovered well and is back on track to looking her best! “Jess was suffering with allergic skin disease when she came into our care, with sore, itchy patches on her face. Thanks to the vital veterinary care, attention and medication she has received at the centre, these are slowly beginning to clear up, and we’re so pleased to see her beautiful white fur starting to grow back!” In addition to their skin treatment and tests for cancerous changes, both Jess and Jinx have needed dental treatment and will need further veterinary visits before they are ready to be re-homed. Their veterinary care has cost the centre over £1500 to-date and the team expects it to rise. They have therefore raised an appeal to help cover the costs 38

Jess & Jinx upon arrival. Photo credit: ©Cats Protection which can be found at or anyone wishing to send a gift directly to Jess and Jinx can do so using the centre’s wishlist: White or pale-coloured cats like Jess and Jinx, especially those with unpigmented white noses or ears and those with sparse hair on their ears, are most vulnerable to sun damage because they have little protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Preventative measures include keeping your cat indoors when the sun is at its hottest between 10am and 3pm as well as discussing sunscreen with your vet. Redness, crusting or sores on the skin, especially on any white areas, are indications that your cat has had too much sun. At the first sign of these, seek veterinary advice promptly. For more information about sunburn in cats visit


Libby adds: “It’s hard to believe Jess and Jinx have been in care for a month so far and although they still have a long way to go, we’ve really enjoyed seeing their personalities start to come through now their treatments have progressed and their pain is controlled. We understand that times are tough but we would urge anybody struggling to look after their pets or afford veterinary treatment to get in touch, with a little notice we will always do our best to help. We won’t judge but will work with you to find the best solution for you and your cat.” n Jess and Jinx will be in need of homes once they have healed from their treatment and their details will be posted on the centre’s website. To find out more about the work of the centre as well as other cats in need of adoption visit or call 01872 870 575

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“My house is now a home again”, after adopting rescue dog Badger. Long-legged Lurcher finds lasting love A rescue dog who spent 21 months at Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Centre has landed on his paws by finding true love with his new owner.


acqui Dunn from Prudhoe in Northumberland feels she is the lucky one after adopting sevenyear-old Lurcher Badger in July, who she describes as “the sweetest, most adorable dog ever.” Badger came into Dogs Trust care from Ireland in November 2021 who no information about his past life. He found life in kennels stressful and sadly attracted little interest from anyone looking to adopt so was promoted as an ‘underdog’ - which is the term given to a dog that has been overlooked and spent more than six months in Dogs Trust care. In June this year Jacqui, who lost her beloved rescue dog Otis to cancer in March, completed an online application form for another dog at Darlington rehoming centre, but as they already had a new home lined up, Badger was suggested as a possible match. Jacqui wasn’t looking for a specific breed of dog so was very open to adopting a Lurcher. It was a gradual process getting to know Badger involving numerous visits to the centre which then progressed to short home visits with his canine carer Jacob. Badger then spent longer periods of time with Jacqui before having an overnight stay. During the home visits there were lots of little signs that Badger was comfortable and relaxed including when he first jumped on Jaqui’s bed and lay down which was an emotional moment for both Jacqui and Jacob, and it was when she knew that Badger was her boy. Jacqui said: “Badger is absolutely perfect in my eyes. He has his little quirks, including being uncomfortable when he sees other dogs, but I work around them as he works around mine. I am gobsmacked he was in kennels for so long and I feel it is my good fortune that nobody was interested in him as I couldn’t ask for a sweeter dog. “When Otis died earlier this year, I missed the companionship and routine


Badger Adoption Day in new home - Dogs Trust Darlington - Jacqui, Badger & Jacob Sahadeo

of dog ownership. I am 100 percent happier now having Badger by my side. He is brilliant with my grandchildren and we most enjoy walks and nights on the sofa together. My house is a home again after welcoming Badger into my life. “To anyone thinking of getting a dog I would say please consider a rescue dog and don’t let the length of time they have been in kennels put you off. Be honest with Dogs Trust staff and fully explain your circumstances, they are there to help you every step of the way. Do your research and be prepared to be patient to give the dog time to adapt to their new life. Badger’s personality has always been there, he just needed someone to give him a chance so he could truly shine.” Despite their loving natures, Lurchers often spend longer in Dogs Trust care than other breeds. They were the third most popular breed of dog rehomed by Dogs Trust last year, with 524 finding


loving new homes in 2022. The team at Dogs Trust Darlington are currently caring for nine Lurchers, including ‘underdogs’ Bella, Flash and Maggie. n To find out more about the breed or to see the Lurchers currently in Dogs Trust care waiting to be adopted click here To enable more dogs than ever before to find their forever homes, Dogs Trust is changing its adoption process. Previously, hopeful adopters applied for specific dogs, meaning some dogs were overlooked, and adopters often put in multiple applications. However, thanks to its new system, Dogs Trust will use details provided by potential adopters on their home and lifestyle to match them with the right dog. This means that more dogs like Badger will be matched to their perfect home, and more adopters will find the perfect dog for them.

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Sarah Cee Golf Towel Golf towels are available in Black, Bottle Green and Navy terry towelling. 100% cotton. Embroidered with the dog of your choice and can be personalised with initials. Attaches to golf bag with welded D ring set on cotton 1” webbing. NB Please note on your order choice of colour and dog i.e. Dog with Golf Club. Also any initials you would like. £15.00

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Wow! these are just what you need for the cold winter nights and early mornings walking the dog, or feeding the horse or just looking good. A beanie hat embroidered with our logo with choice of colour of dog. The beanie has a rechargeable 3 light led functions. It comes in one colour and you can have a mink coloured pom pom to finish it off as per the picture. £20.00

12 oz Canvas bags available in natural or black. 43x38x10cm long handled tote bag. Can be embroidered with a Labrador of your choice and any text. NB Please ensure you mark your order with choice of Labrador i.e. Labrador with golf club and colour of dog i.e. black, yellow or chocolate. Please let us know your preference for colour of bag and any lettering you would like thereon. £15.00

Christmas cards Lovely Christmas cards from Labrador Lifeline Trust, pack of 10 cards. £6.50 per pack


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Greyhounds in Need

Help us support the rescue and rehoming of galgos and greyhounds in need. CLICK ON PRODUCTS TO SHOP Greyhounds in Need Christmas card Designed by Alison Lingley. Published exclusively for GIN. Each pack contains 8 cards with envelopes. Size approx: 8” x 5”. £5.00 plus p&p

Christmas Design House Collar 1” wide Jaquard ribbon house collar. Adjusts to fit 13” to 19” neck size with a curved side release. Acetal Buckle for easy fitting. Available in Red with a reindeer design or in Green with a Merry Christmas and snowman design. £8.00 plus p&p

Canvas Shopper Bag Printed with a silhouette of a galgo’s head on one side in black. It has one small zipped pocket with a toggle enclosure. Premium quality and perfect for shopping trips. Size approx. 36 x 36 25cms. £15.00 plus p&p

Hand Knitted Christmas Snood – Candy Cane A beautiful hand knitted Christmas Snood for your Galgo/Greyhound. The snood has a lovely Candy Cane emblem on the front. Knitted in Red and Green wool. The Snood measures approx. 9 inches by 7 inches. £10.00

GIN Calender 2024 A lovely GIN Calendar depicting Galgos that have been rescued and are now in their ‘fur’ ever homes. Each month has a different rescued Galgo with their name. Size approx. 30cms x 21cms. £8.50 plus p&p

Pet Polar Fleece Blanket Pet Polar fleece blanket with a paw print design. Machine washable. 100% Polyester. Size approx. 100 x 80 cms. £10.00 plus p&p

Red with Snowflakes design Fleece coat Keep your greyhound or galgo warm with this lovely handmade fleece coat, complete with a snood collar and Velcro fastenings. Ideal for those dry chilly mornings. Available in size 26” & 28” £17.00 plus p&p

Greyhound Christmas Stocking

Pack of 4 Wooden Christmas Decorations Pack of 4 delicate wooden Christmas tree decorations made from ply wood, each featuring a greyhound and threaded with organza or satin ribbon. Choose from the following colour ribbon: Silver or Green in organza ribbon or Red in satin ribbon Each decoration measures: 3.5inches by 2 inches. £3.50 plus p&p

Lovely Christmas stocking for your greyhound’s presents. Made from 100% Polyester. Size approx. 38cms. £8.00 plus p&p.

Christmas Snowman Earrings Very pretty Christmas design earrings in silver colour showing a Snowman. Earrings hook through the ear and clip together at the back for safety. Earrings measure: 0.5 inches. £3.00 plus p&p

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Animal Health Company Winter products from Animal Health Company



Pet Bed Wash

Available in the canine and equine ranges. A great supplement to help your pets over the colder months, contains echinacea.

A powerful yet gentle washing detergent for your pets bedding, towels and clothing. Effective even when used at lower temperatures.


When our wet dogs return from a walk, our houses and your dogs bed can become a bit whiffy. Use Odorkill to spray inside and outside to get rid os all persistent smells . It dilutes down too, so great value for money.

Devils Claw

Tea Tree Leg Wash Perfect for the muddier months. Embrace the power of tea tree in a special leg wash for your horses and ponies.

No Bute

Devils Claw & No Bute Colder months can mean aching joints as our pets get older. Our Devils claw and No Bute ranges are a great supplement to support your dogs, horses and other pets.


In "party season" some pets can become anxious with fireworks and or increase visitors to your house. This fast acting powder supplement contains Valarian and ignatia. Available in the canine and the equine range.

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My Anxious Dog

Products to help your Nervous, Anxious & Reactive Dog A great way to let others know your anxious dog needs space

My Anxious Dog Yellow space awareness jumper Wrap up your dog in our stylish, yellow knitted jumper. Comfortable with neat elasticated hem and turtle neck finish. Sizes available: Extra small, Small, Medium, Large. From £12.00


Padded Yellow Anxious Harness Our award winning padded harness is adjustable with soft reflective trim. ANXIOUS embroidered on the front and on the back so will not fade. Sizes available: Extra small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra large. From £16.99

Yellow space awareness lead slip covers Perfect for nervous dogs that need their space from other dogs or people. Embroidered on both sides so will not fade when washed. Will fit most leads. £11.99

My Anxious Dog squeezy reward Surprise your dog, changing the soft treat every outing. It has an extendable reel which you can attach to your belt or walking bag so is also a great visual stimulant and a distraction for your anxious dog. £9.99. Also available in a mini size £8.99

Anxious Dog Yellow Lightweight raincoat Stylish new lightweight, waterproof yellow raincoat will keep your anxious dog dry and visible during wet weather. Available in Extra small, Small (extra slim), Small (slim), Small, Medium (extra slim), Medium, Large, Extra large. From £19.99

My Anxious Dog Padded Yellow non-pull Y Harness This harness features quick snap buckles that make it effortless to put on and take off, with a secret pocket in the harness strap. The pocket allows you to discreetly hide an air tag, offering an additional layer of security in case your dog ever goes missing. From £25.99

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Headcollars & Leads

All these products are available from CLICK ON PRODUCTS TO SHOP Leather Dogmatic Headcollar

From £28.99 Cushioned webbing Headcollar

Padded, Cushioned, Webbing Dogmatic Headcollar The padded, cushioned webbing eliminates pulling and lunging with complete but gentle control. New clasp fastening, fully adjustable, easy to fit, safe & secure.

Available in 5 colours: Red/Silver, Black/Silver, Gold/Silver, Purple/Silver, Blue/Silver.

Padded Cushioned Webbing Sizes Size: Nose/Neck ½ Nose 1 Nose 2 Nose 3 Nose 3L Nose 4 Nose 4L Nose 5 Nose 5L Nose 6 Nose 7 Nose 8 Nose

PCW Adjustable Clasp: Inches

7.5-8.5” 8-9” 9-10” 10-11” 11-12” 13-15” N/A 15-17” N/A 16-18” 17-19” 18-19”

½ Neck 1 Neck 2 Neck 3 Neck 3L Neck 4 Neck 4L Neck 5 Neck 5L Neck 6 Neck 7 Neck

11-12” 14-17” 14-17” 15-18” 18-23” 19-24.5” N/A 19-25” N/A 21-26” 26-33.5”

NO MORE PULLING! NO MORE RIDING UP! Leather Dogmatic Headcollar The New Luxurious Soft and Lined Leather Dogmatic Headcollar. Our unique Registered Design means it will not ride up, under or into the eyes which causes distress to your pet and as it is much more comfortably and securely fitted, it avoids any potential dangers for you or your dog. £39.99

Leather Gripper Collars

Padded, Cushioned Webbing Matching range of adjustable Collars

Now available top quality, buckle collars in a combination of rein web with rubber insert and quality leather. These collars are beautifully made and also have the bonus of matching our Gripper Training Leads. Available in Black/Brass and Brown/Brass. From £15.99

The soft padded lined webbing is fully wipe-able, therefore, easy to clean. Adjustable with strong clasp fastening.

Small: 15 mm x 260-400 mm £15.99 Medium: 20 mm x 350-500 mm £16.99 Large: 25 mm x 480-700 mm £17.99

Padded, Cushioned Webbing Matching range of Training Ideal for training, obedience and general walking. The Training Leads can be used at different lengths, for general walking, lengthened for use in Training (practising recalls etc...), for giving your dog more room to stretch out on a walk, for tethering your dog to a bench etc... or for walking two dogs together. A quality Lead offering multiple uses. Can be wiped clean and very comfortable to hold. Medium: 20 mm x 2000 mm £27.99 Large: 25 mm x 2000 mm £29.99

Soft Leather Show slip Lead Available in Black/Brass and Brown/Brass. Size: ¼ ” x 66” £22.99

Leather Gripper Training Leads Our design gives added security and confidence, offering multiple uses - ideal for walking/training or wet weather conditions. Can also be used with gloves. Available in Black/Brass and Brown/Brass. £31.99

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Catit PIXI Coloured Drinking Fountains Did you know that Catit have an adorable range of cat drinking fountains named after their rescue cat, Pixi? These drinking fountains are purrfect to encourage cats of all ages and breeds to drink more water and keep themselves hydrated. They have some clever features such as PIXI’s nose changes colour to let you know when she needs refilling, and the nightlight helps guide your cat no matter what time of the day or night it is. Having a water fountain means that your cat will have access to fresh, clean running water 24/7 so there is no need to change and top up bowls or keep turning taps on. Available in three pastel colours; pink, blue, green, and classic white, these drinking fountains will blend into any home décor and yet stand out for their cuteness with their little legs and cat-like features. Only £40.00

Catit Creamy Variety 15 Pack The healthy, hydrating lickable cat treats that are so popular that Catit have introduced variety packs! Treat your feline friend to a tasty all-natural treat straight from the tube or make the treat last longer by adding it to a feeding mat or hand feed from a dish to form a closer bond with your kitty and gain their trust. Catit Creamy is available in a choice of 4 delicious flavours: Chicken, Chicken & Lamb, Salmon & Prawn and Tuna These variety packs are cat-tastic as they combine all the flavours together; purrfect if your cat loves all the flavours or if you are a newbie then your kitty can try them all out. Packs of 15 are £6.50.

Catit Groovy Fish

Catit Go Natural! PeaHusk Cat Litter

A paw-activated toy that keeps cats entertained for hours! Not only is this cute and cuddly fish toy rechargeable so the fun never ends, but when playtime is over, it enters standby mode to save power for when your cat next wants to pounce and claim its prize. This delightful cat toy will help to stimulate their natural hunting instincts and would make a wonderful gift idea from Santa Paws this Christmas. Only £17.00

An eco-friendly plant-based cat litter which continues to get rave reviews and is very popular with our feline friends and their owners. Made from sustainable pea-husks, this highly efficient litter clumps naturally without any dust or tracking and the delicate scent helps to combat odours. The best part is that the litter lasts for ages as you only take out what clumps around the waste, meaning that it is more sustainable and value for money. Available in two delicately scented varieties; Vanilla and Lavender. Only £18.00

Catit PIXI Smart Camera Ever wondered what your cat gets up to when you are out of the house? Well, now you can find out! Catit have the purrfect product so you can spy on them and see just how long they are catnapping for, if they really do knock those plants over and how much food they are eating. This cute mouse-shaped pet camera can easily be controlled from your phone, and you can check up on them at any time, night, or day. The best thing? You can even talk to them if you can sense that they are feeling anxious about being on their own using the two-way audio. Catit PIXI Smart Camera is your feline’s new best friend. Only £65.00

Catit Cuisine A brand-new range of super tasty, grain-free wet cat foods. As wholesome and hearty as if they had been cooked at home, these delicious recipes are high in meat and fish and have been freshly prepared into traditional dishes so good that they wouldn’t look out of place on a restaurant menu! Served in cute little recyclable Tetra Pak’s, these boxes serve up to 90-95g of food, which is up to 25% more than a regular single serve can or pouch! Simple reseal the top flap and pop any leftovers in the fridge. Available in three different textures and 10 varieties; there’s a Catit Cuisine for even the fussiest of felines! Single Tetra Pak cartons are £1.30. Catit Cuisine:

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Winter Wonderland of Products CLICK ON PRODUCTS TO SHOP

Red and Black jumper Red and Black patterned winter jumper for your dogs. Comes in sizes 8”, 10”, 18”, 20”, 22” and 26”. £15.99. Visit

Cat Shape Bed Provides a safe and sheltered space where cats can unwind and relax to their heart’s content. £25.19. Visit

Sausage dog in jacket felt decoration Wrapped up in his adorable Christmas jacket, this sausage dog is all set to be the perfect gift for every dog lover. £10.00. Visit

Dog Days packable bag With this practical and sturdy packable bag, you’ll always be prepared for that trip to the shops. £6.50. Visit

Cuddly Christmas Tree Treat your dog this season with a cute and cuddly Christmas Tree plush toy! With a hidden squeaker and durable design, your pup can enjoy hours of festive fun! £6.00. Visit

Exclusive Snowy Mayhew Greeting Cards A festive card exclusively painted for Mayhew, perfect for animal lovers. Pack of 10. £5.00. Visit

Dog with ball felt decoration Featuring a festive colour-way of red and white, this hanging decoration is crafted from felt to create a friendly pooch with his own woolly jumper and ball. L 7 x W 9 x H 11 cm. £10.00. Visit

Woof crackers Six dog-themed crackers. Contains tree decorations, hat, snap and motto. £12.99. Visit

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Are delighted to sponsor the Rescue Centres Re-Homing pictures on this Page Tel: 01952 245330 Foal Farm Animal Rescue

Walter M3

Davina F3

Blaze M9 mths

Hester F3 mths

Tia F3

Stelmaria F1

Wonderful Walter is an intelligent, super loving and playful boy. He enjoys a good game with his toys.

Would love a calm, quiet home where she is able to snuggle up on the sofa with her person or family.

An active, playful boy ready to bounce into his new home! He absolutely loves going to the park to meet doggy pals.

An adorable young lady who is so nosey. She is pretty bold and curious and has a can-do attitude.

She likes a good head bump too and would welcome a calm, quiet home possibly with older teenagers.

She is a chatty gal too and would enjoy some adventures in her own garden when the time comes. Has a spirited soul.

Lennon and Ringo M5 mths

Poppy F3

Sofia F1-2

She does require basic training, boundaries and a stable routine, in order to be a more relaxed and happier dog.

Needs a home with a family who are home for most of the day, she does cope OK being left home alone but can be vocal and may toilet.

Stanley M15

Merlin M3

He has so much We are seeking an character! He just adult only home with wants a quiet and adopters who are home for most of the peaceful home. If you have space in your day as he has some separation anxiety. heart and home for a special golden oldie.

Miley F1

Topaz F1

Milo M3

She is a calm, friendly lap cat who enjoys company and a ball game and would make a loving family home complete.

Although she loves attention from people, she can also be quite independent, she likes to take herself off for a stroll on her own.

Milo must have direct access to a secure garden, but will need to be kept indoors overnight. Can’t live near any busy roads.

These brothers must be homed together. They have a lot of energy and love interacting with everyone they meet.

Scottish SPCA

Barney M5

Tav M2-3

Lexi F1-2

Kiko M1

Bubbles M5

Titch M1-2

Boo F11-13 wks

Gizmo F1

A big bouncy lad and you might be mistaken for thinking he is part kangaroo! He is a friendly lad who loves to get out for his walks.

Kongs and puzzle feeders are a great way to keep this boy amused in his kennel and a good release for his extra energy.

So much fun and will definitely keep you on your toes! She will require some extra exercise and a strict diet, she is carrying a little extra baggage!

A curious lad but always comes back for more cuddles. We feel he could live with older children the more people to fuss over him!

Loves to play with his toys and goes mad for anything catnip. A great way to help increase his exercise and help his shift his winter weight.

Has been on a gastro intestinal diet for a sensitive tummy, will need to be continued in his new home. Full details will be given to his new adopter.

Boo is quite the character and has two distinct sides to her personality - 100 miles an hour & cuddling into you completely zonked!

She has only ever lived indoors and due to her nature is best suited to living with adults-only and being the only pet in the home.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Jeff M2

Blake M3-4

Guy M3 mths

Sydney M9 mths

Princess F3-4

Luna F3 mths

Kris F1-2

Apollo M2 mths

he is a loving, happy and lively young dog who will make an irreplaceable addition for the right home and people.

Blake's favourite thing is food and he is always on the look out for a tasty treat.

We advise that new owners research bull breed traits prior to enquiring to ensure you are a good match for Guy’s training.

Looking for new owners who have experience with worried dogs and are able to provide a patient, loving home.

A great character, funny, loving and intelligent. She is sure to make a fantastic companion for the right home.

She is a fun loving puppy who loves nothing more than a game with her toys. She enjoys cosying up on your lap.

Loves company and enjoys a fuss from her human friends but she also will happily take herself off for a cat nap.

Awesome Apollo is a lively young kitten who will make a great addition. He adores playing and napping on laps.

PACT Animal Sanctuary

Faith Animal Rescue

Hector M6

Ronnie M1

Wendy F5

Paco M8

Bourbon M3

Lola F5

Rainy F1-2

Binny M8

Needs to be an only pet in an adult only household. He is full of energy. Once you’ve made friends he will love you to bits but this WILL take time.

He needs a job to do and to keep his mind busy aswell as the exercise hes going to require. No cats but would be ok with older children 13 years and up only.

She is still scared of new people so will need a very understanding new owner that is going to be prepared to give her time.

He is a sweet boy with people. He’s typical of the breed, very clever and would excel in some type of training ie obedience and will want an active home with lots of walks.

Bourbon is a very sweet and friendly little dog who loves to say hello to everyone he meets! He enjoys any kind of fuss and loves a cuddle

She has great recall off the lead and is very responsive to training with treats. She is a very affectionate dog and loves to be with you and demand cuddles.

She is a typical lurcher and loves a warm, soft, and comfy bed, and isn't particularly fond of the rain. Rainy enjoys playing with squeaky toys and bones.

Binny has 3 legs and no tail after being involved in a car accident in his previous home, but this doesn't slow him down in the slightest.



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