Rescue & Animal Care - May/June - Issue 185

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Can you help Mayhew care for a helpless and poorly kitten like Pippen?

Dogs Trust issues warm weather guidance as summer temperatures rise

Neglected dog with matted dreadlocks who struggled to walk is transformed!

Adoption plea for young German Shepherd who has spent more than 720 days in kennels

10% of dogs suffering with Hayfever this Spring

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Twenty is Plenty – Dogs Trust issues warm weather guidance as summer temperatures rise

Dogs Trust, the nation’s largest dog welfare charity, is warning dog owners that “twenty is plenty” when it comes to exercising dogs this summer.

With the arrival of warmer weather, Dogs Trust has issued guidance that exercising dogs in temperatures as mild as 21 degrees centigrade can be problematic for dogs, particularly brachycephalic, or “flat-faced”, breeds such as English Bulldogs, Pugs and French Bulldogs.

In fact, according to recent research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, English Bulldogs are fourteen times more likely to suffer heatrelated illness compared to Labrador Retrievers. Over a third of owners of flat-faced dogs reported that heat regulation is a problem for their pet.

While most dog lovers will be aware that extreme weather and heatwaves can be dangerous – sometimes even deadly – for dogs, many will be unaware that exercising dogs in early summer temperatures as low as 21 degrees can cause heatstroke in dogs. In some cases, heatstroke can prove fatal.

The symptoms of heatstroke can include panting heavily, drooling excessively, appearing lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated, vomiting, diarrhoea, and collapsing.

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director of Dogs Trust, says:

“It’s great to see the sun shining; it feels like summer has finally arrived. But while this weather might be great for us, hot weather can cause problems for our canine friends.

“Most of us know not to walk or exercise dogs in extreme weathers, but even temperatures as mild as 21 degrees can cause problems, especially for those dogs with flat-faces or underlying health conditions.”

“There are so many things we can do to make sure our dogs stay happy and healthy in hot weather, but it is crucial we keep a close eye on them, even if we are playing indoors. That way, hopefully

we and our dogs will be able to enjoy a long hot summer.”

Dogs Trust has issued the following Advice to support dog owners this Summer:

l Avoid walking or doing activities either indoors or outdoors with your dog at the hottest times of the day, so early morning or later in the evening is often best.

l Always take plenty of water with you when out with your dog and make sure they have access to fresh water at home at all times.

l Tarmac can get very hot in the sun –check it with your hand before letting your dog walk on it so they don’t burn their paws. Try the ‘five-second test’ –if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

l If you cannot avoid taking your dog out in the car on a hot day, even if travelling a short distance, avoid travelling during the hottest times of the day.

l Never leave your dog in a vehicle on a warm day. Not even with the window open. (Leaving your pet alone in a vehicle or tied up outside can also put them at greater risk of being stolen.)

l Use a cooling mat or wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel for your pet to lie on if they wish.

l Use cold treats from the fridge for added moisture or make an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients.

l Don’t let your pet get sunburnt - use pet-safe sun cream.

l Know the early signs of heatstroke which include panting, difficulty breathing, tiredness, less keen to play, drooling and vomiting, and take immediate action.

Dogs Trust also advises that dogs should never be left alone in cars as even just a few minutes in a hot car can prove fatal. On a 22-degree Celsius day, the temperature inside a car could rise by eleven degrees in just ten minutes and as dogs can’t cool down the same way as humans, the heat can quickly become dangerous for them.

If you see a dog in a car in distress, the charity advises that members of the public call 999.

n To find out more about how to keep your dog safe this summer, visit


Dear Friends,

It all changed from the usual humdrum routine when Mistress opened the front door about two weeks ago when she nearly passed out with shock and I nearly wet myself (think Mistress may have actually done so!)

Because laying on our doormat was a beautiful Pea Hen basking in the sun!

Prunella (Mistress had to name her obviously!) stayed outside the front of our house for some days in between visiting the neighbouring houses and gardens.

Rumour had it that her mate had flown off and Prunella was waiting for his return. If you’re reading this Mr Peacock it wasn’t very nice of you to just fly off!!

Mistress was advised not to feed her but of course taking no notice out came some food (some of my dog food too)and Prunella enjoyed her stay far too much!

One morning she left and we hoped she’d found her partner and a safer place. We missed her and worried about her welfare.

But the other day she was spotted in the village on various rooftops and in gardens and seems to have now

extended her social circle. She is currently much talked about on our local FB page!

Mistress used to speak to Prunella (yes I’m afraid she did) in a clucking language and now she’s left she has now started to cluck at me my mistake!!

I respond though as it seems rude not to.

I’ve had a groom since I last wrote my column and as you can see I look rather lovely! Perfect timing for the hot weather we are having.

My back legs are still giving me trouble so no more vigorous ball chasing for me but we still get out for walks - just at a slower pace. This suits Mistress as she’s hurt her back. What a pair we are!

Hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday and had glorious weather!

Back next month and thank you for reading my column xx

Love Treacle x

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Dear Readers,

Can’t believe it’s June already!

I hope you all had a great Bank holiday weekend, enjoyed the sunshine and walking your lovely dogs.

Thank you or opening your copy of your free to read latest magazine and for sharing with your friends.

Here is just a taster of features articles and news in this issue:-

l Lily was rescued by the RSPCA and later gave birth to four kittens.

l The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was found giving birth on the side of a country road near Chester.

l The biggest charity rabies vaccination drive in Cambodia started in Phnom Penh this week through Mission Rabies, a project o Worldwide Veterinary Service which recently merged with Dogs Trust, and has immunised over 35,000 dogs in the first five days.

l Adoption plea for young German Shepherd who has spent more than 720 days in kennels.

l An RSPCA rehoming centre in Warrington is putting out a special appeal for a tennis ball-mad dog who has spent nearly all her life in kennels.

l Launched by Mayhew in 2012, TheraPaws is an Animal Assisted Intervention programme designed to promote physical, social and emotional wellbeing. This work has been shown to reduce stress, decrease feelings of isolation, build confidence and esteem in young people and even unlock memories and emotions for those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Hope you enjoy!
Love Jennifer x
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Adoption plea for young German Shepherd who has spent more than 720 days in kennels

Petra was just a puppy when she arrived at the rehoming centre in 2021

An RSPCA rehoming centre in Warrington is putting out a special appeal for a tennis ball-mad dog who has spent nearly all her life in kennels.

German Shepherd Petra came into the care of the charity’s Warrington, Halton & St Helens branch as a puppy in May 2021.

Until now, the charity had been unable to rehome her because of court proceedings but has now been given the go-ahead to find the three-year-old dog a loving new home.

Staff at the centre in Slutcher’s Lane, Warrington, say Petra, who had spent limited time living inside a house, has made great progress and will make a wonderful companion for owners who have experience of large breeds and nervous dogs.

Animal care manager, Katie Buckley, said: “All the staff have understandably grown very fond of Petra as she’s been with us for the vast majority of her life and we’ve invested so much time in training her, building up her confidence and introducing her to new experiences.

“She was anxious about many things to start with - and even giving her a bath is something that still makes her nervous - so she’s going to need owners with time, patience and understanding who are prepared to put in a lot of work to gain her trust and carry on the training we’ve started.

“Petra was only young when she arrived but her love of tennis balls soon became apparent. If you find Petra, there will be a tennis ball - or ten - in sight, which is why we feel an activity like fly ball would really suit her.

“She remains frightened of other dogs, however, so this is something potential owners will also need to provide ongoing support for, although she’s getting better and we feel this is something that will improve over time once she’s out of a kennel environment.

Even though she has her fears, the amount of love she has to give is endless. We’d love to see her happily settled in her own place now we’re finally in a position to be able to rehome her.”

Petra is thought to have spent limited time inside a house prior to arriving at the centre and has been having ‘sleepovers’ with a foster carer to help her become more familiar with a home environment. Centre staff have also been getting her used to travelling in a car.

The German Shepherd has been on medication to help with anxiety during her long stay in kennels which she will need gradually weaning off once she’s settled in her own home. Her new

owners will be given support and guidance to help with this.

The centre is looking for an adult-only home with no other animals for her, ideally with people who have had experience of large breeds and dogs of a nervous disposition. Previous owners of German Shepherds would be a bonus. She will also need a garden to run around in - a rural and quiet location would be ideal.

n To find out more about Petra and the adoption process - or other pets in need of a home - visit the branch’s website


Birthday Boy Jax’s Wish for a New Home

Lurcher Jax arrived at Dogs Trust Glasgow nearly two years ago in June 2021 with little known about his past life. As with all dogs with unknown backgrounds, the charity’s vets estimated his age by looking at his teeth, and staff chose May as his birthday month so he could enjoy a joint birthday with Fionnuala.

To celebrate his 10th birthday in style, Fionnuala took Jax to Irvine beach where he sauntered on the sand dunes sniffing the sea air, enjoyed a doggie paddle and supped on a puppuccino. As no birthday is complete without cake, when Jax returned to Dogs Trust Glasgow rehoming centre, he tucked into a home-made peanut butter cake made by Fionnuala’s fair hands, before eagerly opening his presents.

While Jax enjoyed his birthday

celebrations, the team at Dogs Trust hopes this will be his last in their care and are on the lookout for a new home for Jax. He is one of Dog Trust’s underdogs, the title given to some of our dogs who have spent more than six months in the charity’s care and are overlooked. Lurchers were the third most popular breed rehomed by Dogs Trust last year with 527 finding loving new homes.

Claire Cairney, Assistant Manager Administration at Dogs Trust Glasgow said: “Fionnuala wanted to ensure Jax had a special day on his birthday as he is so deserving of being spoiled in every way. He had the best time with presents, cake and his day trip to the beach which could all have been new experiences for him. He was such a good boy and enjoyed every moment of

A former stray dog now in the care of Dogs Trust enjoyed a day to remember on his ‘official birthday’ with a trip to the seaside with his favourite canine carer, Fionnuala McArdle.
Jax with Fionnuala on his birthday - Dogs Trust Glasgow Jax off on his birthday adventure - Dogs Trust Glasgow

his day at the seaside. It was such a lovely thing for Fionnuala to do to spend her birthday with Jax.

“Jax is a very special boy who we all love at Glasgow but sadly he has been overlooked for nearly two years. Jax can find life a little overwhelming at times so he might not show himself in the best light in kennels but once the bond is made, you have a besotted best friend for life.

“We are looking for committed owners who he can meet a number of times to build a strong bond before leaving the centre. He is a smart dog who enjoys learning new tricks and will proudly show off his super skills when he masters something new. He enjoys agility and exploring which was confirmed with his trip to Irvine beach. Our birthday wish for Jax is he very soon gets to enjoy many more beach trips with new owners.”

n You can apply to rehome Jax by clicking this link: RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 28 MAY – 30 JUNE 2023 11
Left: Jax on Irvine beach for birthday walk - Dogs Trust Glasgow Above pic: Birthday Boy Jax- Dogs Trust Glasgow

Dogs Trust urges Government not to drop the ball on Kept Animals Bill

With the help of Waffle, a dog smuggled to the UK from Slovakia, Dogs Trust hand delivered a letter to the Prime Minister, asking for the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill to be passed through Parliament before it’s too late.

Accompanied by the smuggled pup, Dogs Trust’s Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, visited No. 10 to personally deliver a letter with the backing from over 50,000 Dogs Trust supporters pleading with the Prime Minster not to drop the ball on the Government’s election promise to tackle puppy smuggling.

If not passed through Parliament before the 8 June the Kept Animals Bill, which would help bring an end to dogs like Waffle being smuggled into the UK in horrific conditions, and dogs with mutilations such as cropped ears being brought for sale into the UK, will be scrapped.

Manifesto promises

The Bill would allow restrictions on dogs with mutilations from entering the UK, thereby restricting demand and acquisition of dogs with cropped ears – a painful and unnecessary practice that can have detrimental effects on dogs’ health, behaviour and welfare. It is illegal to crop a dog’s ears in the UK and EU countries, but it’s not illegal to sell or import dogs whose ears were cropped abroad - a loophole that would be tackled under the Kept Animals Bill. The Bill also includes measures to crack down on illegally smuggled puppies and measures to ban the importation of dogs in the later stages of pregnancy. The 2019 Conservative Party Manifesto set out commitments to advance animal welfare and introduced the Bill in 2021, but it hasn’t progressed in the last two years.

The UK’s largest dog welfare charity has grave concerns that it may not pass before the June deadline – despite recent reassurances from the Leader of the House of Commons and the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that the Government remains committed to the measures introduced in its manifesto and has every intention of delivering them.

Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, says:

“The Kept Animals Bill has been brought up in Parliament no less than 35 times – but each time it’s either been ignored, or a non-committal response has been given. So today, in desperation, I visited No.10 to hand deliver a letter urging the Prime Minister to please bring back the Bill before it’s too late, and help End puppy smuggling, so puppies like Waffle don’t continue to suffer.

“Why has the Government continued to allow this to happen? It certainly feels, at the moment, as if the Government made some empty promises in their manifesto –I very much hope they’ll prove me wrong.”

In the two years since the bill was first introduced, Dogs

Trust has seen dogs with cropped ears being brought into the UK and cared for 485 more puppies that have been smuggled into the country. It has also looked after 101 dogs who were transported while heavily pregnant, and subsequently cared for their litters of more than 500 puppies.

People who want to support Dogs Trust’s efforts to bring the Bill back to Parliament can email the Prime Minister


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MSPs come together to help improve cat welfare in Scotland

The exhibition, sponsored by Marie McNair MSP, was attended by 38 politicians and was a chance to discuss measures to improve feline welfare in Scotland, including the introduction of compulsory microchipping for pet cats and increasing the availability of cat-friendly rented housing.

Cats Protection’s Advocacy & Government Relations Officer for Scotland Alice Palombo said: “Scotland is a nation of pet lovers and cats are a particularly popular pet, with nearly one in four households owning one. So it was great to see so many politicians coming along to find out what they can do to ensure cats receive the protection

in law that they deserve.

“Among the key measures we discussed was the need for compulsory microchipping of pet cats in Scotland. This is something which will soon be introduced for cats in England and it’s important that Scottish cats are not left behind.

“We also talked about what MSPs can do to ensure there is more cat-friendly housing available in the private and social rented sectors. So many people now rent their homes yet too many are being denied the chance to own a pet cat and we believe this must change.”

As well as discussing the charity’s campaigns, politicians also found out more about its hands-on work to support

cats and the people who care about them, with staff from Cats Protection’s Veterinary, Behaviour and Community Engagement teams on hand to answer questions.

Cats Protection, the UK's leading feline welfare charity, has a Scottish network of 24 volunteer-run branches, three adoption centres and nine charity shops, which also offer advice on cat care. In 2022, the charity rehomed 2,500 cats in Scotland and helped neuter 11,100 cats and microchip 4,400 cats.

n To find out more about Cats Protection, please visit

Nearly 40 MSPs visited a Holyrood exhibition held by the charity Cats
Protection to highlight how cats – and the people who care for them –can be better protected in law.
Marie McNair MSP with Alice Palombo, Cats Protection's Advocacy & Government Relations Officer for Scotland

Frightened feline Frosty thankful as RSPCA and firefighters come to his aid

The deaf white cat was lifted off a roof after an overnight stay

The RSPCA and firefighters rescued a cat who became stuck on a roof after climbing out of a skylight at his home in Yorkshire.

The charity was called out to help Frosty, a white cat, who was clinging in fear to the chimney stack of the property in Burton Stone Lane in York on May 2. The house cat had escaped out of the window, but was then unable to get back into the house.

Frosty, who is deaf, rarely ventures outside and didn’t heed the calls for help or the offers of food placed indoors by his owners.

The RSPCA always advises people to try and allow cats to make their own way down from heights and to try and tempt them with smelly treats before calling for help.

But frightened Frosty could not be coaxed down and had spent the night on the roof of the terrace property when the RSPCA and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service arrived. Fire officers used an aerial ladder platform to reach the cat and RSPCA trainee animal rescue officer (ARO) James Dack managed to take hold of the feline - who was unhurt despite his ordeal - and took him down to safety.

RSPCA inspector Claire Mitchell said: “Frosty was really scared and didn’t want to come back in for food. Because he is deaf he also didn’t respond to the calls of his worried owners.

“He’d jumped out onto the roof through an open skylight window and had been there overnight. While we tell

people to try and encourage their cats to come down, he was stuck for over 24 hours and needed help.

“Our new recruit, James, went up on the platform. He is on a 17-week training course, so this was a good experience for him. He grabbed Frosty, put him in a basket and took him down to his owners (pictured above) who were delightedthey were worried as the cat usually doesn’t leave the house.”

The RSPCA works closely with the emergency services and is incredibly

grateful for any help it receives. The charity can request the help of the fire and rescue service and some crews use animal rescues for training, but emergencies involving people always take their priority.

n To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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Six unwanted kittens handed in at Yorkshire vets in taped-up box

RSPCA is investigating how the felines came to be abandoned

The four-week-old felines were presented at Vermuyden Vets in Goole on Thursday, May 4.

They were taken to RSPCA Goole and District Branch, where staff later had to rush them to an out-of-hour veterinary practice amid health concerns for one of the kittens, who was suffering from dehydration.

Thankfully, they are now all in good health and are being looked after by the animal charity’s foster carers, although there are concerns for their mother.

The man who left them in a taped-up box (pictured below) said he was a delivery driver and claimed he had found them on Carter Street in Goole.

RSPCA animal rescue officer Hannah Williams said: “We have concerns for the kittens’ mother as she must have been feeding all six of them and then to stop all of a sudden could result in some health complications for her.

“The kittens are all doing really well now at a foster home, but we'd like anybody with any information to come forward. We particularly would like to talk to the man who left them at the vets to find out some more details. He didn’t leave his name, the company he works for or any contact details. But I'd like him to come forward to help with enquiries.”

Anyone with any information about the circumstances in which these kittens

were left is asked to contract the RSPCA appeals line number on 0300 123 8018.

Cruel abandonments of pets are continuing to rise. Last month (April) alone, the RSPCA received 1,508 reports to its emergency line about an animal being abandoned. That compares with 1,370 incidents for the same month last year, a rise of 9.6 per cent.

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The RSPCA is appealing for a man who left a box of six kittens at a Yorkshire vets practice to come forward

Smile Purr-lease – How to Care for Your Cat’s Teeth

Surprisingly this comes ahead of obesity – a well-known serious problem for the UK’s pets. However, felines are notoriously fussy when it comes to being handled, so how can pet owners ensure that their cat’s oral health is not being neglected?

Cat care company Tippaws offering healthy and nutritious feline diets and the highest-quality eco litter, along with their in-house Registered Veterinary Nurse and Feline Behaviourist, Francesca Lees provide advice on preventative feline dental care, as well as guidance on what to do if you suspect your cat has any dental disorders.

But why is preventing dental disorders so important?

Of all the dental disorders, periodontal disease is the most common, with 15.2% of cats suffering from it in the UK. *That’s an estimated 1.8 million cats affected annually from the nation’s 11 million strong cat population. While the direct symptoms of periodontal disease are painful enough (pain, gum inflammation, tooth mobility), if left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. The long-term impact of periodontal disease is also serious, with a study* showing that sufferers are 1.8x more likely to develop other health conditions compared to cats that don’t have periodontal disease. But here’s how pet parents can help…

Introduce tooth brushing as a preventative step to avoid dental disease

The best way to prevent dental disease in domestic cats is to routinely brush their teeth, and ideally a tooth brushing routine is established when your cat is a juvenile.

Through gentle introduction, kittens can be taught to accept tooth brushing. Start slowly, using both a cat friendly toothbrush and toothpaste (enzymatic

toothpaste is the most effective) in a delicious flavour such as chicken. Start by letting them lick the toothpaste off the brush and once they’ve become accustomed to both, start touching their teeth and gum-line with the brush. Once they’re familiar with the toothbrush sensation on their gums and teeth, start to build up to a brushing motion, applying the bristles at a 45-degree angle to reach the surface of the tooth and gum line.

Establish a routine by doing it at the same time, at least once a day and build in positive associations such as offering treats during and after the process.

How do I keep my cat still?

Francesca Lees, Tippaws in-house veterinary nurse, says “The key to handling cats is to allow them to feel in control of the situation. Pinning them down or holding them tightly against

their will serves to make them struggle more and is likely to result in a failed tooth brushing attempt. Instead go for the ‘hands off’ approach.”

What else can you do to prevent dental disease if your cat won't let you brush their teeth?

If you have a friendly and cooperative adult cat, it is possible to apply the same method of tooth-brushing introduction as you would with a kitten. But if you feel there is no way your cat would accept you going near them with a toothbrush, here’s some other ways that can help prevent dental disease:

1. Dental treats. Often porous in texture, they are scientifically designed to surround your cat's teeth to help reduce tartar build-up. The Veterinary Oral

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Of all the issues plaguing the nation’s cats, *gum and dental disease leads as the most common disorders diagnosed by veterinary surgeons, with 22% of all cats suffering from a dental disorder, and 80% over three years old showing signs of dental disease**.

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Health Council (VOHC) recommend some dental treats and gives them their seal of approval with their logo on the pack. It’s worth noting dental treats won’t remove existing tartar, so you still need to have your teeth looked at by a vet regularly.

2. Water additives. These are plaquereducing liquids that can be added to your cat’s fresh drinking water. They are a great alternative for cats who won’t tolerate teeth brushing or shun dental treats, it can also work for cats with sensitive stomachs or digestive issues.

3. Feeding dry cat food. Feeding wet food alone can contribute to your cat developing a dental disorder because wet food has no abrasive action on the teeth. However, feeding a dry, crunchy kibble as part of your cat’s daily diet can help to prevent plaque build-up. This is because as a cat crunches the biscuits, it can help to scrape off the plaque, resulting in less tartar build up. Rachel Andre, Founder of Tippaws, says “feeding a dry crunchy food that your cat loves, such as Tippaws dry food, is a low-effort, easy, every-day way of helping to prevent periodontal disease in a way that is non-invasive for your cat.”

How can I tell if my cat already has a dental disease, and can it be treated?

15.2% of cats out of a sample of 18,249 were formally being diagnosed with periodontal disease and breeds most susceptible to it include Siamese (18.7%), Main Coon (16.7%) and British Short Hair (15.5%) as well as crossbreeds (15.4%). Also, the average bodyweight of cats with periodontal disease (5.7kg) is higher than for cats without periodontal disease (5.5kg), so if your cat is carrying a few extra

pounds, they could also be at risk of having poor dental health.

However, cats are very good at hiding health issues, so it’s really important to check their teeth regularly. Look out for red gums, smelly breath, discoloured teeth, or a build-up of tartar along the gum line. Behavioural changes may also indicate dental issues. Often cats will stop grooming themselves when they have dental pain, so their fur becomes matted (in long haired breeds). If you notice any of these symptoms, make contacting you vet a priority.

Your vet can treat periodontal disease. Depending on the seriousness of the disease, they may simply prescribe or advise a specific food that is scientifically proven to help with dental disorders. Or if it is more advanced, they may perform a dental procedure under general anaesthetic. However dental procedures can be costly, as often extractions need to be made, so preventative care is the best way forward.

How can I get my cat’s teeth checked regularly?

Make sure you also take your cat to the vet every year for their annual booster

vaccination and health check-up, as it’s an invaluable way to keep on top of the condition of your cat. A mouth and teeth check forms part of this, which is especially helpful if your cat have been hiding any issues.

While it's important to care for your cat’s dental health, be aware that some cats are predisposed to dental disorders and there can be a genetic factor in whether your cat will develop periodontal disease or any other dental disorder. But any small changes you can make to your cat’s routine be it brushing their teeth or adjusting their diet, can aid in the prevention of dental issues and your furry feline friend will thank you!

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Help an animal in need by becoming a Mayhew foster carer

Our foster carers play an important part by providing a temporary home for these animals and giving them the special attention that they need. In turn, fostering allows us to take in more animals in need of our care.

Read how you could help foster kittens like Ed Sheeran, Elvis, Rihanna, Paloma and Faith, after they were found abandoned in a park.

Ed Sheeran, Elvis, Rihanna, Paloma and Faith

In April, five kittens were discovered inside a cardboard box by a concerned dog walker in a London park. They were taken to Mayhew, the animal welfare charity in Kensal Green, where they were cleaned, fed and given a full veterinary check-up and were named Elvis, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Paloma and Faith by Mayhew staff.

Georgina Costi, Mayhew Head of Cattery, explains, “We don’t know why these kittens were abandoned but we are urgently asking pet owners not to leave their pets in parks as this is an incredibly dangerous environment for vulnerable animals without owners. The kittens have now been re-homed but we urgently need foster carers. Placing animals like these with a foster carer allows them to grow up in a calm environment which is vital for their emotional and behavioural development. It ensures that they will be able to thrive as a pet cat in a home environment.”

As one dedicated Mayhew foster carer, explains, “It’s easy to get support from Mayhew. I also knew from the beginning that saying goodbye to foster cats was going to be tough, so I’d say it’s important to focus on the fact that you are providing a good foundation for a future home for the cats in your care.”

For more information about how you can become a Mayhew foster carer, please visit

At Mayhew, we work hard to make sure our kennels and cattery are as comfy and homely as possible, but some animals don’t cope well in this environment.
Ed Sheeran Elvis, left and Rihanna, right

Mayhew vets making a difference in Georgia

Since Mayhew was first registered as an NGO in Georgia 2018, the team has worked tirelessly with national and local government bodies as well as grassroots organisations to improve the lives of both animals and people: -

- A free spay and neuter service for street and community dogs in the capital, including vaccinations against rabies and the most common canine infectious diseases. Our DHPPI +L vaccine covers distemper, parvovirus, canine hepatitis, canine influenza and leptospirosis.

- High quality veterinary training that improves the skills and competencies of Georgian vets, in accordance with international guidelines for small animal medicine.

- Advice and guidance to both national and local government on dog and cat welfare and training to increase the number of skilled individuals in the veterinary profession.

In 2022, Mayhew commenced plans to open the first not-for-profit clinic for preventative veterinary care in Tbilisi. The vet team, headed up by Dr Ana Metskhvarishvili DVM, has been integral in helping to humanely manage the roaming dog populations there and in some of the regional towns and cities. As a result, this has helped to make communities healthier and happier places for the residents and animals alike.

The Trap, Vaccinate, Neuter, Return (TVNR) programme means dogs are not only vaccinated against rabies, but they also receive a complex vaccine that protects them against common canine infectious diseases such as parvo-virus and distemper - still common in Georgia. In addition, the team provides veterinary and shelter management training to other Georgian vets, which has in turn helped improve animal welfare standards for dogs and cats in Tbilisi.

Last year the team neutered more than 2,000 animals and with a permanent clinic in Tbilisi now in place, we are sure those numbers will only increase as they continue to look after the health and

welfare of these animals through neutering, today and every day.

For more information about our work in Georgia, please visit RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 28 MAY – 30 JUNE 2023 25
Photo of Mayhew Georgia staff, left to right: Nina Rakviashvili, Vet Assistant; Dr Ana Metskhvarishvili, Mayhew Georgia Head Vet and Dr Nino Mchedlidze DVM Vet

Can you help Mayhew care for a helpless and poorly kitten like Pippen?

Mayhew has had a Community Vet Clinic as part of our historic shelter in Kensal Green since 1925. We have a proud history of providing free preventative Veterinary Interventions for low-income pet owners living within one of five London boroughs - Ealing, Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. By providing preventative vet treatments including neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and dental procedures free of charge to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford treatment for their pets, we give dogs and cats the best chance of a long and happy life. Our clinic provides care for hundreds of cats each year.

In 2024, new legislation requiring all cats to be microchipped means we will see a rise in the number of cats that will need to be seen in our clinic.

All Mayhew clinic’s running costs are powered by the generosity of our supporters.

Pippen’s story

Moved by one kitten’s story, Mayhew

Head of Operations & Acting Head of Clinic, Lisa Guiney, explains, “Pippen was the smallest kitten from a litter of strays who had been brought to the clinic on an icy spring morning. They were cold, weak and frightened. Pippen needed the most urgent care. And closer examinations by our team showed that she had multiple medical conditions, which for a kitten so young was extremely worrying.”

She continues, “It’s because of our supporters that that we have an on-site veterinary clinic, so Pippen immediately got scans and started to receive dedicated care, a special diet and plenty of love and care. The team also gave these poor kittens warm baths, antibiotics and flea treatments. In addition and most importantly, a safe and warm place for them to sleep and rest, along with the love and care they needed to improve, day by day. It’s thanks to people’s kind donations that we could ensure that Pippen and her siblings were able to take those first, brave little steps towards a happy and healthy life.”

Pippen is now a healthy, happy and playful kitten and is doing wonderfully well. Her siblings are all flourishing too, each with their own characters and personality. They’re curious, energetic, and just love to play, which will help them grow up to happy, well-balanced cats.

Pippen won’t be the last stray kitten to come to Mayhew in need of medical help. Your support is so important at the moment and whatever you’re able to afford to donate will help make a difference. If you would like to make a donation, please visit


TheraPaws: highlighting the value of the human-animal bond

Launched by Mayhew in 2012, TheraPaws is an Animal Assisted Intervention programme designed to promote physical, social and emotional wellbeing. This work has been shown to reduce stress, decrease feelings of isolation, build confidence and esteem in young people and even unlock memories and emotions for those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

TheraPaws specialises in three types of Animal Assisted Interventions: -

1. Animal Assisted Activities

These activities can include any form of human-animal interactions that focus on helping to improve quality of life. TheraPaws volunteers and their dogs visit care homes, hospitals, hospices and corporate workplaces to improve people's well-being through animal assisted activities.

2. Collaborative-Animal Assisted Therapy

This form of therapy is designed to promote improvements in physical, social, emotional or cognitive function. Working with a qualified therapist or healthcare professional, the dogs and their owners work with mental health centres, hospitals and support groups.

3. Collaborative-Animal Assisted Education

Our TheraPaws dogs and their owners play an important role in the education and learning process of this programme where we work with a qualified teacher or education/healthcare professional. All visits are documented, evaluated and measured, and our visits include Special Education Needs schools and educational centres.

The positive effect of TheraPaws

The TheraPaws programme continues to go from strength to strength and has helped thousands of people in locations ranging from hospital wards, care homes, and eating disorder clinics to schools and mental health clinics.

Roobarb, a Mayhew TheraPaws Dog

Roobarb is a Mayhew TheraPaws Dog

Roobarb loves interacting with patients

who works alongside her owner, Claire, a Mayhew TheraPaws volunteer. The two make weekly visits to a care home where residents get to interact with Roobarb, play with her, and even watch as she shows off some tricks!

Carmel, the activities coordinator at the home, says that Roobarb’s visits are the highlight of the week for some residents, and that seeing her always has a positive impact on anyone she meets. Thanks to a generous grant from the Pets at Home Foundation in February for TheraPaws, Mayhew plans develop and expand their work in Animal Assisted Interventions and make a difference for even more people in London.

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Roobarb a Mayhew TheraPaws Dog

Neglected dog with matted dreadlocks who struggled to walk

is transformed in

RSPCA care

Larry was described as looking like a ‘pile of rags’ and had 1.7kg of fur shaved off

An elderly dog whose coat was so severely matted that he had difficulty walking is finally able to run and stretch his legs again after being transformed in RSPCA care.

Larry is thought to have suffered months of neglect after he was found straying - believed abandoned - in the Bradfield Road area of Crewe earlier this month.

The little poodle/Maltese type dogwho is thought to be around 13 years old - was in such a shocking state that at first it was hard to tell what breed he was. His heavily matted fur was caked in faeces and urine and had formed thick, hardened dreadlocks around his head, tail and feet, leaving his face almost completely obscured.

After having been taken initially to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital & Cattery in Nantwich by the kind member of the public who found him, Larry was later transferred to the charity’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital where vets sedated him and shaved off almost 2kg of stinking fur. He’s now receiving ongoing care and some much-needed TLC at the RSPCA’s Wirral & Chester branch animal home in Wallasey, where the pampered pooch, who wasn’t microchipped, has bonded with several canine companions.

Centre manager Kay Hawthorn, who is currently fostering Larry, said: “His transformation has been incredible. Under the huge matted clumps of fur, a sweet and gentle dog has emerged who’s been given a new lease of life. He

was struggling to get around properly and it must have been so uncomfortable for him. Now he’s enjoying running around again - something he’s probably not been able to do for a long time - and given his advancing years, he’s surprisingly sprightly.

“He's still a little hand shy and winces if you suddenly get too close, but if you take it very slowly and go under his chin he really enjoys a good fuss. Even though his weight was fine, given the state he was in, I can’t see he’s had much affection in recent months, but he’s quite a sociable little character and gets on well with my other rescue dogs.

“Larry still needs some dental work done as his teeth are in a very poor state but for now he’s enjoying getting lots of attention from all the staff and volunteers here.”

The RSPCA is investigating Larry’s case and is appealing to anyone who recognises the dog to come forward.

RSPCA inspector Louise Showering said: “Larry was in an appalling condition, his coat looked like a pile of dirty old rags and it's likely he’d been

neglected for a prolonged period of time. We think he was probably abandoned, or deliberately left to stray.

“His condition would have been of concern to anyone who saw him, and we’re very thankful to the member of the public who so kindly stopped and made sure he got the help he desperately needed."

We’d reiterate to anyone who may be struggling to look after their pets, especially in the current financial climate, to seek help, and we would urge people to contact their vets, local rescues and animal welfare charities.

“Please don’t wait and let it get to the point where your animal is suffering and has deteriorated to the shocking state in which poor Larry was found.”

Cases of abandonment continue to rise. Last month (April) alone, the RSPCA received 1,508 reports to its emergency line about an animal being abandoned. That compares with 1,370 incidents for the same month last year, a rise of 9.6 per cent. The RSPCA is providing dedicated cost of living support for worried pet owners, with a recentlyopened telephone helpline on 0300 123 0650 and an online hub, which has lots of practical tips and advice, including details of pet food bank schemes.

n Larry was found in Bradfield Road, Crewe, on 2 May. Anyone who recognises him or has information about him is urged to call the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018 quoting reference 1065689.

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Campaign to protect dogs lives against rabies commences in Cambodia

The biggest charity rabies vaccination drive in Cambodia started in Phnom Penh this week through Mission Rabies, a project of Worldwide Veterinary Service which recently merged with Dogs Trust, and has immunised over 35,000 dogs in the first five days

With the fear of rabies resulting in an estimated 100 million* dogs killed unnecessarily every year globally, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity is working towards the day when no dogs die of the disease.

Rabies is a viral disease that is fatal to dogs (and all mammals, including humans), secreted in saliva, which attacks the central nervous system, and it is 100% fatal once symptoms appear. It is also however 100% preventable through vaccination. The disease still kills approximately 59,000 humans from dog bites every year, and it is responsible for millions of dogs being killed inhumanely each year because of the fear associated with it.

Dogs Trust hope that by removing the fear of rabies by eliminating human deaths due to the disease, improved attitudes towards all dogs worldwide, including roaming dogs will result.

Luke Gamble, Chief Executive of WVS said:

“Rabies is the world’s deadliest disease, resulting in the death of hundreds of thousands of dogs each year and of a child at least every nine minutes. Sadly, where rabies is endemic, dogs are often killed indiscriminately and inhumanely. Vaccinating dogs saves lives – both dogs and human.

“We are committed to powering these ground-breaking projects forwards, championing dogs and people in countries where rabies is rife. Together we can eliminate this devasting disease and this project shows what can be done with determination and focus.”

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust who attended the first week of the vaccination drive added:

“The project in Phnom Penh is well

underway and is part of the goal to eradicate rabies carrying out a mass vaccination of dogs in the region and I’m delighted that we have vaccinated 35,000 dogs so far.

“WVS and Mission Rabies have done an outstanding job on this project, and it’s inspiring to see how it has been delivered on such an impressive scale –there are an estimated 120,000 dogs in the area and 60% of them are owned dogs which shows a level of care people have for them. We hope we can make a

real long-lasting difference for dogs and their owners in Cambodia.”

The charities are aiming to vaccinate 100,000 dogs against rabies in just ten days, with 120 project team members made up of employees and volunteers from around the world.

n For more information visit

Mission Rabies, Cambodia, Phnom Penh

Cheshire cat lucky to survive after going into labour on roadside near rail tracks

Lily was rescued by the RSPCA and later gave birth to four kittens

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was found giving birth on the side of a country road near Chester.

The black long-haired cat was rushed to a local vet by the animal charity after she was spotted by a member of the public near to a railway crossing on Lache Lane at Balderton early in the afternoon of Wednesday, May 10.

The young cat was struggling with her labour - a stillborn kitten was stuck in her birth canal - and she needed to undergo a caesarean section.

Under surgery she was able to give birth to four of her kittens, although another was also stillborn.

RSPCA animal rescue officer Melanie Froude says the cat, who has been named Lily, looked to have been well cared for before her surgery and while she is not microchipped the officer is appealing for her owner to get in touch or for anyone who may know of her background.

“It was very fortunate that someone noticed this poor cat struggling by the side of the road. The lady realised she was in difficulty and took her back to her home in nearby Dodleston before calling us,” said the animal rescue officer. “We were able to give Lily the care she needed and she gave birth to four kittens, who are doing well.

“On the basis of her appearance she doesn’t look like she is a stray. I made

door-to-door enquiries at properties near to where she was found and I put up a few posters as well. So far no-one has come forward, but maybe someone is worried about the whereabouts of their cat? Or someone might know who the owners of this lovely, friendly cat are, and I would urge them to get in touch.”

After recovering from her surgery at a private boarding cattery, Lily is due to go into the care of RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre in Colwyn Bay. She will be rehomed if an owner does not come forward.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the RSPCA appeals line number on 0300 123 8018.

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The Pet Rehoming Crisis: UK Pet Rescues Facing Alarming Rise in Pets with Behavioural Issues

April 2023 – A shock report has revealed that UK pet rescues are facing significant challenges in rehoming pets that are experiencing behavioural issues as a result of the pandemic. 72% of pet rescues have seen a dramatic increase in the number of cats and dogs with behavioural disturbances being brought to them over the past three years.

The survey, conducted by Agria Pet Insurance, presents an alarming picture for rescue centres and a concerning outlook for pet welfare.

The top behavioural problems that have been identified by rescue centres are:

1. Aggression towards people

2. Aggression towards other animals

3. Destructive behaviour

4. Separation-related issues

5. Soiling

The alarming statistics also reveal the financial burden on organisations that are already overstretched, with 28% of rescues having spent over £500 extra on pets exhibiting disordered behaviours.

The cost implications continue to increase with animals experiencing behavioural issues spending far longer in rescues than other animals. 96% of rescues stated that it takes longer to rehome these pets, and a delay of over a year, in finding a forever home, has been reported in 10% of cases.

If a pet exhibits behaviour that is a cause for concern, it is recommended that owners seek professional help as early as possible. Early intervention can prevent problems from escalating and becoming harder to manage.

How to spot signs of potential behaviour disorders:

1. Your dog may try to repel a perceived threat by lowering their head or intensely staring

2. Howling and barking are often signs of separation-related distress

3. If your dog excessively licks you, it may be a sign they’re lonely or bored

4. Withdrawal can be a sign that your

dog is experiencing a low mood or depression

5. Some dogs will eat poo out of boredom or lack of stimulation

Chris Laurence, Treasurer of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council, says: “The pandemic and lockdown have had as much effect on the mental health of dogs as they have on their owners. Poor socialisation and inexperienced owners, brought on by lockdown, are having longterm effects on animal behaviour, which is increasing pressure on rehoming organisations that are already under strain from the inflation crisis.”

Vicki Wentworth, Managing Director at Agria Pet Insurance, says: “Our rescue partners are committed to providing the

necessary resources to help these pets overcome their behavioural issues and find loving homes. We are advocating greater awareness of the importance of responsible pet ownership, including regular training and socialisation to prevent behavioural issues from developing.”

n For more expert advice on how to keep your pet happy and healthy, visit the Agria Pet Insurance blog


A ‘Pawfect howliday’ at Pack Holidays!

Fancy a fabulous dog welcoming holiday for you and your pack?

Here at Pack Holidays we believe dogs are part of the family and we welcome one to unlimited dogs AND their stay with you is ALWAYS free of charge!

Whether your dog is reactive or nervous, or just wants to come along for a holiday with the family, we have the ideal cottage for you.

So grab a cuppa and a doggy treat, sit back with your pooches and take a pawes to scroll through our holiday cottages.

How to Find your perfect Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages Search Properties by Number of Dogs allowed n Tel: 07935 375899 or visit

Here is a small section of some of our cottages to whet your appetite!

Granby Cottage, Peak District Greenwood Barn, Ridlington Eden Hall in Bacton The Milk Parlour, Honing Herring House, Winterton on Sea Swan Cottage, Happisburgh
3 Staithe
Stalham Staithe
Wilfred’s Farm, Honing
Church view, Honing
The Labrador Lifeline Trust is a charity dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and helping Labradors Tel: 01256 884027 / 07860 691251 / Email: 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 Registered charity number 1076061 34 28 MAY – 30 JUNE 2023 RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE

Two young Collies hoping it’s their turn to find loving and caring homes

Arrow is just a 1 year old and what a handsome Pup!

Fed up with being treated like ‘Pass the Parcel’ is seeking a calm home without children and patient new owner.

He is an entire black and white short coated collie. He came into our care as he was abandoned by his original owner when they returned to China. He was then passed around different temporary homes before coming to us.

The last person cared for him for a week where he lived with 3 children aged 8 years+. She said he wasn't fully housetrained and when she told him off he would pick something up usually an item of her clothing and would chew it.

Arrow has had a very unsettled few months and doesn't really know what is expected of him. He requires an owner that can give him the time and patience he needs to settle into a permanent home.

He is a friendly boy but does get easily excited and will jump up so may be better in a calmer home without young children. He is settled and quiet in kennels and enjoys spending time outside in one of our outdoor enclosed areas, he mixes well both on and off

Jack is a 2 year old male neutered black and white short coated collie

Jack is 2 years old gorgeous boy needs a fresh start in a caring new home

He is a neutered black and white short coated collie. He originally came to us from another rescue, he then spent 4 months in a home but was returned as he became protective over the female owner and did on odd occasions snap at the children he lived with when they approached her. This behaviour started after he was neutered prior to this he had been fine.

Jack is friendly with adults and is good with children he meets outdoors and was also fine with visiting children to the home, but due to the above incidents we wouldn't rehouse him to live with young children. He is housetrained, is good when left alone for up to 4 hours, knows basic commands, loves to play although does get overstimulated and stressed if allowed to play too much, is good with other dogs and travels well. He does chase traffic when out walking and will also chase cats.

Still ready to adopt?

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.

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Arrow a 1 year old male black and white short coated collie

Animal Shelter in Crisis: Help Needed to Save Critical Rescue Operation

Boulder, CO, May 22, 2023 ― Since 2001, Isla Animals Rescue has been working tirelessly to rescue and sterilize street dogs and cats on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, offering vital free and reduced cost services to a community that desperately needs them. To date, hundreds of thousands of animals have been helped, and this year alone, they’ve rescued 140 dogs and performed almost 500 free spay/neuters.

Prior to the founding of Isla Animals, Isla Mujeres was an island overrun with starving, neglected dogs and cats. Unsterilized and unwanted, their unchecked breeding was bringing more and more animals into a world where they'd be destined for the same miserable life and the same risk of instant electrocution — the island’s method of animal control before Isla Animals began.

But now, the brave efforts of the Isla Animals team have been upended by the government of Isla Mujeres, which recently reclaimed the space inhabited by Isla Animals, leaving the rescue organization homeless like the abandoned animals they work so diligently to protect.

“Without the space, we are forced to take a step back, rethink and regroup. We are absolutely devastated! We’ve had to stop bringing these poor animals into safety, and leave them starving and diseased on the streets while we try to figure out what on earth we are going to do. Definitely, we will not be able to work at the rhythm we have so far, and it breaks our hearts to know that regardless of the passion our very small team of volunteers puts into our work toward the cats and dogs of this region, our hands are tied,” said Alison Sawyer, founder of Isla Animals.

The government offered Isla Animals a tiny, 10 x 8 foot building, which is far too small to even meet the storage needs of Isla Animals. The rescue group had to act fast to find temporary space.

“We have found an immediate, small and very temporary solution to keep working toward the wellbeing of the animals,” explained Trina Noakes,

Director of Isla Animals Rescue. “But there’s just not enough room — it’s someone’s house! Our numbers will now be reduced to approximately 20% of our previous capacity. Even the moving has put us in a terrible financial strain that we had not contemplated, and we are so worried for all the dogs and cats.”

In spite of the unthinkable setback, Noakes’ determination — and that of her volunteers and team — remains steadfast.

“Twenty-two years and tens of thousands of dogs and cats saved — passion, sweat and tears — all of that will not be thrown away at the whim of an ungrateful government that doesn’t appreciate how we have taken care of their problem,” added Sawyer.

n Isla Animals is in critical need of the public’s help. They have launched a Go Fund Me campaign ( to raise money to build a new shelter. More information can be found (and donations can also be made) at

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Puppies At The Palace

Tom Locke, Farm Manager at Blenheim Estate, which surrounds the prestigious Blenheim Palace, has his expert hands full this spring, with more than 1,500 lambs due - and eight seven-week-old

sheepdog pups raring to go.

Lambing season on the Estate began just after Easter, with Tom and his team busy making sure that his 1,000-strong flock and their new-born lambs are safe and thriving. His two leading sheep dogs, Tweed and Roe, are parents to an eight-strong litter of pups too, who are now boisterous and bursting with energy. From four boy pups and four girls, Tom has already selected two girls, Fern and Quinn, who will be staying on the estate with Tom to be trained up to take care of the flock in the future, a process that can take two years. Three of the six remaining pups have already found their forever homes.

Tom explains: “I am very attached to my dogs, but the pups are now causing chaos wherever they go, even their mum Roe has had enough. Tweed has been with me 10 years now and is getting a

big arthritic so it’s now time to start training up the next generation. It’s Roe’s first litter and there are all beautiful dogs but a handful now that they are a few weeks old.”

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What Makes a dog Aggressive?

We decided to persevere and work out precisely why he behaved that way. Early on, we realised that he hated the cage that came with him. Apparently, during his first year of life, he had two owners and both had resorted to putting him into it to try and control his behaviour. We got rid of the despised object and that certainly helped. Locking a young Springer Spaniel in a confined space for any length of time is cruel. They are highly active dogs and need ample exercise to keep them happy and Joe is no exception.

The other major problem was trying to

put him on the lead and trying to take him anywhere. After a while, we realised that this was a symptom of insecurity. We were his third home during his first year of life and he was terrified of leaving it.

Now we understand better the actions that trigger his aggressive behaviour, we have been able to help him overcome his fears. We now make sure that he goes for a walk every day so that he learns that he does come home and is not left anywhere.

If you have an aggressive dog, working out the cause is very important. Very few dogs are born aggressive. In most cases,

the behaviour is caused by fear or anxiety. Some aggressive dogs are resource guarders. Others defend territory and their owners. Understanding the cause of the problem is the most important step to finding a solution. If the problem is on-going then a consultation with a behaviour specialist is recommended. Your veterinary surgeon will be happy to recommend one.

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Joe is a beautiful Springer Spaniel that we took in when the owners claimed they had insufficient time with him. We soon realised that the problem was far greater. Both my partner and myself were bitten during the first year that we had him. It was very tempting to give up on him but we could not do that.

10% of Dogs Suffering With Hayfever This Spring - Expert Weighs Breaks Down Pet Allergies and How To Help Your Pet

Daniela Vogl and Antioxi who have provided a comment detailing concerned dog owners how to handle pet allergies. Dogs can suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies, and spring is when pollen is at its highest, with up to 10% of dogs suffering with hayfever.

We all want our furry friends to be healthy, but if they’re beginning to show signs of allergy, how can we help them? Daniela has weighed in and provided expert commentary on the following topics:

• What is an Allergy?

• Why Has My Dog Developed an Allergy?

• How Do I Know if My Dog Has Allergies?

• How Can I Help My Dog With Their Allergies?

• How Are Medicinal Mushrooms Helpful for My Dog’s Allergy?

“What is an Allergy?

Allergies can be a range of severities and can affect various parts of the dog's body, including the skin, eyes, nose, throat, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. Some common types of allergies include seasonal allergies (hay fever), food allergies, medication allergies, and insect allergies.

Why Has My Dog Developed an Allergy?

Unfortunately, there are many different reasons an allergy can make an appearance. The most common are:


A diet that doesn’t agree with your pet or if your dog has a poor diet can result in itching, redness and even regular infections. A good, balanced diet is so important for the overall health and well-being of your pet.

Changing your dog's diet to a good quality food or changing the food to determine what does not agree with your pet may be beneficial. Be careful not to change food too quickly as this could make the issues worse and cause stomach upsets. A vet can also conduct an allergy test to determine which ingredients or products your dog has an intolerance to. Using food supplements to help your pet’s oversensitive immune system would be beneficial to calm your dog's reactions. They contain powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation and improve the immune system.


Just like us humans, dogs can react to their surrounding environment. Below are some possible instances that could cause a reaction.

• Grass or pollen - Dogs can have reactions to pollen and dust. This can make an appearance on your dog’s feet, or if your dog likes to roll, redness and sore spots can appear on the body and this tends to be a seasonal reaction.

• Fleas - Fleas can cause serious skin infections but a bite from a flea can affect dogs in different ways and it is the saliva from the flea that causes this. Some dogs may not show any reactions other than a quick scratch, some dogs can suffer and experience a reaction all over the body, which may be present for some time.

• Swimming - Swimming is great exercise for dogs, however, you need to be selective about where you let your dog swim. Dirty ponds or rivers harbour dangerous bacteria that can cause a reaction and can also increase your dog's risk of developing a skin infection and it could be dangerous if water is ingested. Always ensure that your dog has been rinsed off or washed properly after swimming.

• Allergic reactions - This is probably one of the most serious reactions a dog could endure. Although rare, severe reactions to bee stings, vaccines or other factors could happen. If your dog is suffering and showing any of the below symptoms, you need to contact the vet straight away as it is a matter of urgency.

• Difficulty breathing or fast breathing

• Swelling of the face lips or throat

• Collapse

• Hives on the skin

• Seizures

• Pale gums or tongue

It is important to consider that if your dog is chewing, biting or scratching whilst suffering from a skin reaction, it could result in a secondary skin infection by opening the wound and this would need veterinary treatment.

Genetics and Breed

Any dog can develop an allergy regardless of gender or breed and can be caused by a variety of factors. However, some dog breeds may be more prone to reactions to allergens than others due to their genetic makeup.

Stress, Boredom and Anxiety

Some dogs can be very sensitive to changes that are happening in your life and whatever happens to you can affect them. This isn’t necessarily a reaction however, it is possible that if dogs are feeling stressed, nervous or anxious, which can show by them chewing or licking themselves, which can cause a reaction if the skin becomes irritated.

This can also become a behavioral habit, so if a dog is used to chewing or licking in a certain place, they may continue, even though there are no symptoms or visual signs there. If you notice this behaviour, try and distract your dog with play or walking.

However, excessive licking and chewing could also be a result of an underlying issue that may need veterinary treatment.

Speak to your vet if you are unsure what you think could be causing your dog's allergies. A vet can conduct allergy tests to determine the cause and then advise on a suitable course of action to relieve your dog.

How Do I Know if My Dog Has Allergies?

There are a range of symptoms that can appear when your dog has developed an allergy.

• Food allergies - Often, certain ingredients can upset your dog’s immune system. This can show itself in many different ways such as:

• Vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Itching

• Bald patches

• Skin redness

• Recurring ear or foot infections/ itchy ears and feet

• Pollen and dust - The symptoms for this usually occur seasonally. The symptoms can appear in these common areas:

• Itchy/red feet, toes and ears

• Redness/ sensitivity around the groin, underarms and mouth

• Redness around the eyes

• Sneezing and runny nose

Parasite allergy - Some dogs can experience an immediate hypersensitivity to flea saliva, whilst some dogs may not show

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any reaction until 24-48 hours. A vet can conduct skin and blood tests to determine if your dog's allergy is a result of flea infestation. Some common signs are:

• Hair loss

• Discomfort when trying to settle

• Licking, excessive scratching and chewing

• Skin redness or rashes

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to try to deter your dog from licking itself as this can cause open sores and lead to yeast or bacterial infections.

Some of these symptoms can also be the result of an underlying health condition.

How Can I Help My Dog With Their Allergies?

Depending on the severity and type of allergy, there are numerous routes you can take to improve your dog’s health long-term and protect their immune system every day.

Food Allergies

Combined with a good quality, balanced diet, adding medicinal supplements can help fight off allergies, reduce swelling and improve immunity.

Whilst not necessarily an immediate medication for a flare-up, using supplements for dog allergies can protect them long-term and improve their immunity, happiness and overall well-being!

Flea Allergies

Whether your dog has been bitten by a flea whilst strolling out and about, or you have a flea infestation in the home, fleas can, unfortunately, cause an issue. These parasites are difficult to get rid of and can lay dormant in your house until they sense movement.

If you think that you have a flea infestation at home, it will take plenty of vacuuming, washing of bedding and sofa cushions and some good quality flea-killing products to get rid of them.

Treating your pet with good quality flea products will also be beneficial to your pet. Some products can kill fleas in a matter of hours.

Washing and Grooming

If your dog is recovering from a skin allergy, it’s a good idea to help along the process by keeping them fresh and clean! This helps remove dirt, dead skin and loose hair. Take care or seek advice on which products to use and when to start washing. You may need to use veterinary-prescribed products.

If the products are too harsh this could irritate the allergy and you could make the issue worse. Also, bathing too regularly will have the same effect.

How Are Medicinal Mushrooms Helpful for My Dog’s Allergy?

Sometimes, our dogs need a helping paw to combat issues that they may be struggling with. Medicinal mushrooms are 100% organic and are designed to bring the best defence to your dog’s health and well-being.

Many types of mushroom supplements are safe for dogs and they have powerful properties to provide relief and:

• Improve digestion

• Improve energy levels

• Reduce sensitivity

• Improve skin and coat

• Improve immune function

• Reduce anxiety

• Reduce inflammation

Protect your dogs' immune system every day and support their overall health.”

Antioxi are experts in mushrooms and utilising them for the health benefits, with a wealth of experience and understanding of holistic healing.

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Sharpen up your weight watching skills with the SPILLERS photo test

The feed brand hopes the visual test will help horse owners and carers become more familiar with what a healthy weight looks like for various types and breeds of horse and pony. In turn, it should give them greater confidence with using Body Condition Scoring (BCS) to keep an educated eye on their horse’s condition and help nip unwanted weight gain in the bud.

“We all want to keep our horses healthy to give them the best quality of life and enjoy our partnership with them to the full, and making sure they are not carrying excess weight is a crucial part of this,” said Sarah Nelson, Product Manager at Mars Horsecare, home of the SPILLERS brand. “Obesity is detrimental to good health, not only because of the direct weight-associated effects, but also due to the increased risk it poses for certain clinical conditions, in particular laminitis.”

The Body Condition Scoring test simply involves assessing photographs of a total 15 horses and marking their

BCS using the 1-9 scale.

“Whilst touch is the key part of Body Condition Scoring, improving the assessments we make by eye can be very helpful too,” said Sarah. “The more horses we look at the better we will become at spotting when they may be overweight. Different breeds and types can carry their surplus fat in different places but by being familiar, by both look and feel, with what’s healthy for our own horses we can keep unhealthy weight gain in check.”

Body Condition Scoring is a popular method of practically assessing the horse or pony’s level of fat covering across several areas of the body where fat is normally laid down. The assessment is made by eye and by touch using a numerical grading system. The SPILLERS team use the more widely validated 1-9 scale based on the method developed by Henneke et al (1993) but there are other scales available. You can find out more about body condition scoring here .

Take the test to see how your skills measure up.

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What is Sweet itch?

Antihistamines may bring some relief, but increasing high doses are required and the effects are variable. They can make the horse drowsy and, therefore, are not ideal for long-term use.

A highly successful form of prevention is the Boett Blanket (available from The National Sweet Itch Centre, Tel: 07825 152490 which offers maximum body coverage. Recommended by many Vets and even covered by many insurance companies on the alternative therapy part of their policy.

BioPlus capsules have been available for several years based on bacterial protein that are designed to re-educate the immune response (immunotherapy), good results are being reported. (available from The National Sweet Itch Centre,

What is Sweet itch?

Approximately five per cent of equines in the UK suffer from sweet itch. It results from hypersensitivity against salivary antigens from biting midges (Culicoides) and, to a lesser extent, the larger Simulium equinum, a member of the black fly family.

It is a common and well-described seasonal allergic dermatitis between March and October, reflecting the presence of insects and may affect all equine species. Intervention should begin as early as possible in the season – the climate appears to be playing havoc with our seasons, and our milder and damper winters are allowing the midge breeding season to start earlier (midges were seen in January this year).


Typically, sufferers can be observed excessively rubbing and scratching the mane, tail, withers, head, back and belly, or, in severe cases, the whole body. This persistent, selfinflicted trauma can cause damage, such as scaling, excoriation, hair breakage, alopecia, hives and ulcerations. The skin will become thickened and ridged if this pattern is repeated yearly and the risk of secondary infection is high. Other signs include lethargy or agitation, lack of concentration and head shaking. Weight loss is another possible clinical sign in severe cases. It is thought signs will worsen with age.


It is widely documented there is no cure for sweet itch; the only true prevention is to completely eliminate the insects’ contact with the horse. Culicoides have a short flying distance of 100 metres and their breeding sites are wet soil, moist, decaying vegetation, clay soil and marsh land, so where possible, sufferers should be kept away from muck heaps, old hay, rotting leaves, streams and wet ground. Windy hillsides, chalk-based grassland or coastal areas are unsuitable environments for Culicoides, making them useful turnout environments for sweet itch cases.

Stabling at dawn and dusk is often advised but horses can do themselves more damage whilst stabled, as the environment lends itself to areas they can rub on. A good sweet- itch rug (Boett) with good protection and leaving the horse out in a suitable environment is preferable.

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Police horse, Clover enjoys his retirement at HorseWorld

A valued police horse has retired to equine welfare charity, HorseWorld after developing a neurological condition which ended his short career.

Seven-year-old PH Clover has served with South Wales Police since 2021 and had all the attributes to have a fantastic career. However, when it became apparent that something wasn’t quite right with the way he was walking, they sought veterinary advice. Clover was diagnosed with Wobblers Syndrome which means the signals from his brain to his limbs aren’t fully coordinated and he was no longer able to cope with the physical demands of being a police horse. That’s when HorseWorld came to the rescue.

“We're grateful to HorseWorld for offering Clover the home of a lifetime and where all his medical needs will be met throughout his life. We are sure he will make lasting friendships in his new home.” said Katrina Edmonds-Daniel, South Wales Police Horse Yard Manager.

HorseWorld’s Head of Equine Welfare, Sarah Hollister said “We’re pleased to welcome Clover. He’s a gentleman and a credit to the training he received with South Wales Police. He’s settled in really well and has even found himself a girlfriend. He has been assessed by our vets, and other than the neurological condition which brought about his early retirement, he's very happy and healthy. We'll continue to let him settle in, and really get to know his character, before deciding what his next chapter may be. He has such a sweet nature, we're hoping he could be rehomed as a non-ridden companion on our loan scheme and enjoy life as part of a

loving family.”

Standing at 16.2hh, the gentle giant is in good company at HorseWorld alongside 17.1hh Shire horse, Lolly who was rescued in 2017. Lolly also has neurological problems very similar to Clover’s and will never be able to be worked.

“It’s so rewarding to be able to offer a home to horses like these.” said Sarah. “In this current climate, it’s hard for horses of this size to find a good home when they cannot be ridden. They are costly pets and there aren’t many people who are happy to take on a responsibility like that. Here they are safe, loved and are valued members of the HorseWorld family. Their individual needs will be met and we can guarantee they’ll never know cruelty or neglect for the rest of their lives.”

Lolly was rescued along with two other

horses named Dime and Florin. They were part of a herd of 27 Shire horses abandoned by their breeder. Multiple equine rescue organisations were involved in the rescue, each taking as many horses as they had room for.

Dime went on to be trained to harness and has found a fantastic loan home as a traditional working Shire horse. The elderly Florin lived to a good age but has sadly now passed away. Lolly remains at HorseWorld and is about to join the charity’s Sponsorship Scheme. This enables supporters to sponsor a rescued horse and receive a gift pack, updates about their chosen animal and the opportunity to visit them at special events.

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“No place for these cruel devices in modern dog training” - shock collar ban hailed as step in the right direction for dog welfare by Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust, the UK’s leading dog welfare charity, has welcomed Defra’s announcement that the use of hand-held shock collars will be prohibited in England from February 2024.

Electric Shock Collars are used by some to train dogs by punishing unwanted behaviours through the application of a shock to the dog’s neck. To change unwanted behaviour, the shock administered by electric shock collars needs to be strong enough for the dog to feel pain and be fearful of feeling that pain again. Research has shown that instead of improving behaviour, the use of such devices can actually risk causing further problems.

This step forward in dog welfare will mean that both England and Wales have a similar ban on hand-held electric shock collars, with a ban in place in Wales since 2010 which additionally covers all electronic collars and containment fence systems. The Scottish Government has stopped short of introducing a ban, instead introducing guidance in 2018 condemning the use of shock collars. However, the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission has recently recommended that the use of electronic collars for the training of animals in Scotland should be prohibited. In Northern Ireland, the Code of Practice for dogs advises against the use of aversive training methods such as electronic, spray and prong collars. While Dogs Trust welcomes Defra’s ban on Electric Shock Collars, the charity, which cares for around 14,000 dogs each year using reward-based training methods, had hoped to see the proposed regulation go even further to include a ban on the sale and distribution of electric shock collars, and the use of electric shock containment systems and other aversive training devices.

Studies have shown that the use of devices such as electric shock collars and electric containment systems have serious impact on the welfare of dogs. This includes behavioural and physiological signs of distress and the exacerbation of, or development of new,

unwanted behaviours. Robust research evidence shows that such techniques are not needed; positive reinforcement is effective at changing behaviour.

The use of shock collars also requires the dog to associate the shock with their unwanted behaviour. Creating fear in this way risks numerous negative consequences for the dog and owner. Dogs may associate the pain with other things in their environment, such as other dogs or people, and learn to avoid or be aggressive towards these.

• Dogs may not associate the shock with anything specific and become anxious about the wider situation where the collar is used. They may avoid going for walks at all, be very inactive on walks, or stick close to their owner through anxiety.

• Dogs can become aggressive towards, or avoidant of, their owners either in immediate response to the pain, or to avoid further shocks (for example when the collar is put on).

• Where the shock is used in situations where dogs are already anxious (e.g. for barking or lunging), this is likely to increase anxiety potentially leading to more extreme or different unwanted behaviours.

• Collar use can cause physical injury to the dog

Dr Rachel Casey, PhD FRCVS,

Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine and Director of Canine Behaviour & Research at Dogs Trust, says: “We welcome today’s announcement from Defra that hand-held electric shock collars are to be banned in England. It is both unnecessary and cruel to use these collars on dogs.

“Research has shown that electric shock collars negatively impact dog welfare and instead of improving behaviour, risk causing further behaviour problems. Worse still, they can be a mechanism for abuse if used in anger.

“We care for over 14,000 dogs every year, many of whom work with our team of qualified behaviourists, and we know that positive reward-based methods are as effective without causing harm to dogs.

“I will never forget coming across a little terrier when out on a walk, with no owner in sight. He was crouched down, shaking and screaming repeatedly as his e-collar was activated again and again.

“We ask Defra to look again at banning the sale of electric dog collars and banning other aversive training devices such as electric shock containment systems. There is no place or need for these cruel devices in modern dog training.”


Do cats recognise their owners?

When your cat comes running up to you when you come home, weaving around your legs for a fuss, you might wonder how they recognise you from other people. Similarly, when they give you a blank stare and ignore your calls of pspspsps, you might wonder if they actually recognise your face or voice at all.

If you’ve ever been separated from your cat, for example when you’ve gone on holiday or they’ve gone missing, you might also wonder how long they would remember you for, or whether they would forget you easily when you were apart.

Studies have shown that cats can recognise their owners, even after they’ve been apart from them for an extended period of time, but they don’t rely on sight to identify us. While some smaller studies do suggest that cats

can identify their owners just from their face (eg from a photo), the way they recognise us is more likely to involve smell and sound, as these are the senses cats rely on most to understand the world around them. Cats certainly recognise humans as a different species, because they are likely to be more wary of other cats than they are of humans.

Does my cat recognise my voice?

Cats have very sensitive hearing and so can tell the difference between their owner’s voice and the voice of another person. Interestingly, they can also tell when we are talking specifically to them. A study in Animal Cognition has shown that cats can detect the subtle changes in their owner’s voice when they are talking to them as opposed to having a conversation with another person. They

are more likely to respond to this catdirected speech, similar to the way babies are more likely to respond when we use ‘baby talk’. Just because they can recognise your voice though, it doesn’t mean they’ll always listen, as anyone who has been ignored by a cat will know!

Do cats recognise their name?

Cats are able to recognise their own name and can even be trained to respond to it. Although cats can’t understand the meaning of words like we can, they do recognise the sound of specific words and their connection with particular scenarios. For example, if you call their name when you return home, or just before you’re going to feed them, they’ll learn that this sound is associated with them getting something nice, such as a fuss or some food, and so will be

Research shows that cats can recognise their owners, and their owner’s voice, even after they’ve been apart for a while. Find out how cats see their owners and if they recognise their own name

more likely to come running the next time they hear it. If your cat doesn’t respond to their name, then they’re not ignoring you, it’s just that they haven’t built up an association with the sound of their name yet. Find out how to train your cat to respond to their name.

Do cats recognise faces?

Cats don’t see the world in the same way we do and although they have better night vision than us and are better at detecting movement, they don’t see the full range of colours we can and struggle to see things that are very close up or very far away. It’s unlikely your cat will know you by your face as cats are likely to see their owners as grey and blurry shapes. Instead, they’re more likely to recognise your smell or voice. Dogs, on the other hand, are able to recognise human faces and facial expressions because they’ve been living alongside humans for much longer than cats have.

How do you know if your cat recognises you?

A good sign that your cat recognises you is if they approach you of their own free will, perhaps rubbing against your hand or legs, or jumping on your lap. This usually shows that they are familiar with you and comfortable in your presence. Some particularly friendly cats may do this with complete strangers though, so it’s not a fool-proof test! The context of the situation may also have an influence over whether your cat recognises you. For example, if you and your cat are in an unfamiliar or stressful environment, such as at the vets, there’s a chance they may not respond to you in the same way they usually would, because they are distracted by lots of different

and unfamiliar sounds and smells around them.

Will my cat forget me if I leave them for a month or longer?

Cats have a really good memory and so as long as they have built up a strong bond with you over an extended period of time, they won’t forget you easily. Even if you’ve been separated for a while, it’s likely that they will still recognise your smell and voice, although it’s difficult to say exactly how long they will remember you for. They will be more likely to recognise you if you are reunited in the context of their familiar home environment. If you are reunited somewhere unfamiliar, such as at the vets or on a street far from home, they may struggle to identify you with lots of strange sounds and smells around. Remember to keep your cat’s microchip details up to date so that you can be reunited if they ever go missing, whether they recognise you or not! Find out more about microchipping and what to do if you your cat goes missing. Even though your cat can recognise you, it’s unlikely that they remember you

in the same way you would remember them when you are apart. Cats live in the moment and don’t see time in the same way we do. They don’t have a concept of the past or future, so won’t be thinking of you when you’re away, wondering what you’re up to or where you’ve gone. They’ll only remember you when you show up again and they recognise your familiar smell or sounds.

Do cats recognise their mother, siblings and kittens?

Kitten should stay with their mother and siblings until they are at least eight weeks old, and during this time the mother cat will recognise her kittens, and the young cats will recognise their mother and siblings, because they all have a shared scent. However, once the kittens have grown up and the family has separated, it’s unlikely they would still recognise each other if they were reunited again as their scent would have changed. Find out more about caring for kittens.

Can cats recognise themselves in a mirror?

While some animals, such as great apes, dolphins, elephants and magpies, can recognise themselves in the mirror, cats cannot. Similar to babies before they are around 18 months old, if a cat see’s their reflection in a mirror, they won’t realise it’s themselves and will either ignore it or think that it’s another cat looking back at them. Seeing an unfamiliar cat in the mirror could cause your cat to become quite stressed, so never force your cat to look in a mirror, and always give them an escape route to run away from the ‘imposter cat’ if they want to.


Tarmacadam – When Life Gets You Stuck

We have an extremely wide range of cases presented to us, from dogs with tetanus or rabies to cats being killed by soldier ants. But just when we think we have seen it all, another case comes along to surprise us.

Enter, Tarmacadam. We received a call from a very concerned lady who rescues dogs in The Gambia – she had discovered a dog completely stuck in tar on the side of the road. He was stuck completely rigid and the tar was beginning to set around him. It was completely insufferable as not only was he stuck fast, but he was also in the direct sun which was beating down at 43 degrees centigrade. During the long and arduous process of trying to carefully cut him free of the rapidly setting tar he inevitably managed to get even more tar all over him than he started out with. Thankfully he was finally freed from his position and transported to our veterinary centre at Makasutu in The Gambia. By the time he reached us it was about 6pm. Our team of volunteers vets and nurses from the UK and our Gambian staff team had already had a very busy day carrying out a much needed neutering and vaccination campaign for street animals but it was all hands on deck as soon as Tarmacadam arrived.

Heather Armstrong, Charity Director said “Our team set to work immediately with six of our team members starting the gruelling task of removing the tar from his body. Every part of him was completely stuck together – his pads and toes fused together, his legs stuck to each other, all of his orifices completely sealed with tar. It wasn’t possible to sedate him because he was so flat from shock and exhaustion that he was quite unresponsive despite the urgent work going on all over his body.” He was immediately put onto fluids and of course given plenty of pain relief to ease his suffering. To save his life, time

was of the essence so our team worked non-stop to remove the tar from his body from 6pm until 2am. We used vegetable oil to soften the tar and dish soap to try to wash it off. Much of the tar had to be removed with scissors, carefully cutting it away from his body whilst taking every care not to cut his fragile skin in the process. Eventually, with Tarmacadam and his whole rescue team completely exhausted and the worst of the tar removed it was time to call it a night, allow him to rest and come back to him the following day. Heather Armstrong explained “I have been running the charity in The Gambia for over 20 years now, but this was the first time I have seen a case like this. I was so glad I could be there to help the team – it really was all hands on deck!”

The following morning it was more of the same, hours and hours of more cleaning. He was now clean enough that we could sit him in a warm bucket of

water whilst we continued to wash him all over. As would be expected, Tarmacadam was exhausted and weak, or at least that was what we thought. However, perhaps as a result of being free from most of the tar he got a sudden lease of life during the cleaning process and managed to slip his lead and disappear at high speed into the mangroves close by to the veterinary centre. Not a team to be easily defeated, our Gambian Dog Manager, Moss, followed at an equal pace and without hesitation jumped into the crocodile infested waters to swim through the swamp to catch the worried little dog.

Thankfully, this was the last of the dramas with him - a couple more baths in a bucket of warm, bubbly water later and he was finally clean thanks to the heroic efforts of our team.

Tarmacadam has now made a full and complete recovery. During his time at Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust he was neutered and fortunately for him, the kind lady who discovered him decided to offer him a home for life. “We have so many animals brought to us for urgent care who don’t have owners, which leaves us with huge numbers of mouths to feed. We are so grateful when a person who brings an animal to us is able to offer them a loving home, but we still have so many dogs desperately seeking new homes” explained Heather. Tarmacadam has a cautious but curious personality and is gradually growing in confidence. He has now been released from the veterinary hospital and we hope will go on to live many happy years with his new family.

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Puppies At The Palace

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Animal Shelter in Crisis: Help Needed to Save Critical Rescue Operation

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Two young Collies hoping it’s their turn to find loving and caring homes

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A ‘Pawfect howliday’ at Pack Holidays!

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The Pet Rehoming Crisis: UK Pet Rescues Facing Alarming Rise in Pets with Behavioural Issues

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Cheshire cat lucky to survive after going into labour on roadside near rail tracks

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Campaign to protect dogs lives against rabies commences in Cambodia

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RSPCA care

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TheraPaws: highlighting the value of the human-animal bond

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Can you help Mayhew care for a helpless and poorly kitten like Pippen?

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Smile Purr-lease – How to Care for Your Cat’s Teeth

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Six unwanted kittens handed in at Yorkshire vets in taped-up box

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Frightened feline Frosty thankful as RSPCA and firefighters come to his aid

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MSPs come together to help improve cat welfare in Scotland

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Dogs Trust urges Government not to drop the ball on Kept Animals Bill

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Birthday Boy Jax’s Wish for a New Home

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