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“Parvovirus Puppy” – Lessons to Learn

Last weekend, I had to deal with a classic example of a “new puppy” crisis. Ms M had bought the pedigree Shih Tzu pup from breeder 9 days previously. The pup had collapsed the previous night, with bloody diarrhoea everywhere. When I saw the pup, his gums were white as a sheet, and he was lying totally flat-out, semi-conscious. Blood tests showed severe anaemia on top of everything else. The pup was dying & it was a Saturday morning. The […]

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Dogs Trust iPhone Apps available for download

Dogs Trust have produced two applications for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. iMutt is a free game where you help a dog in a centre prepare for life in a loving home, and You and Your Puppy is an information-packed resource for anyone who is thinking of rehoming or buying a puppy or has recently done so. iMutt Meet iMutt, our brand new iPhone/iPod app!  In this interactive game, you can take a look behind the scenes and walk in […]

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Dog Breeding Establishments Act signed into force

On 21st December 2011 Phil Hogan, the Minister for the Environment signed the Dog Breeding Establishments Act into law. This important piece of legislation brings in long overdue regulations governing so-called puppy farms (it applies only to breeders with 6 or more breeding age bitches). The veterinary profession welcome this new legislation and hope it will reduce welfare abuses associated with large scale dog breeding. As a dog owner you can play an important part in promoting welfare standards in […]

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