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Caring For An Arthritic Pet

Caring For Arthritic Pets

When your dog’s favourite run becomes a stiff walk, getting up from the comfy bed is now accompanied by a groan and a growl and running up the stairs is just too big of a mountain to climb. These will all be familiar scenarios for senior dog owners. You want nothing more then to be able to take away the pain and see your canine companion bound around once again. Whilst there is no miracle cure for aging or arthritic joints, there are few things you can do to relieve some of the discomfort your dog may feel.

Dog Laid on a Bed
Regular Trips to the Vets

It’s important to take regular trips to the vets and to maintain any treatment plan your vet puts in place. Whilst speaking with your vet ask if your dog would be a suitable candidate for hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is the use of water to exercise and mobilise joints, proven to relieve and even halt the symptoms of arthritis. Also, it’s worth discussing the prescription of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs to help if you feel your dog is in pain.

Glucosamine assists your dogs body to produce cartilage in the joints. As dogs get older their body breaks down cartilage quicker than it can be produced. Loss of cartilage is what leads to arthritis and joint pain. You can buy glucosamine supplements from most pet health stores. Lastly, making sure your dog maintains a healthy weight relieves the pressure on the joints, this can offer an instant pain relief, also allowing them to increase their mobility. If you have worries your dog is significantly over weight, for effective weight loss, speak to your veterinary surgery. Most practices run free weight clinics to support owners with pet obesity.

Dog Health Supplements
Tip for Caring for Arthritic Pets
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The Canine Bakery – Doggy Scotch Eggs

Doggy Scotch Eggs

How to Make -
Doggy Scotch Eggs

150g minced pork

12 small eggs

2 tablespoons of chopped parsley

1 medium egg beaten

Milled flax seed (or fine breadcrumbs) for coating

Hard boil and peel the eggs. Place the minced pork and parsley in a plastic bag and press it together until it forms a smooth blended ball. Remove the mixture from the bag and divide into 12 equal balls. One at a time press each piece flat into the palm of your hand. Put an egg in the centre and wrap the minced meat around it. Roll into a smooth ball and make sure there are no gaps or cracks. Coat in beaten egg. Roll in milled flax seed or fine breadcrumbs. Place on a greased baking tray and cook at 180 degrees C (356 F) for 30 mins, or until the meat is cooked. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before serving.

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Vetfleece Top Crufts Facts

Vetfleece Top Crufts Facts

Adored by dog lovers all over the world, Crufts was founded in 1891 by dog biscuit salesman, Charles Cruft and has grown in popularity to become “The World’s Largest Dog Show”.

Here at Vetfleece, we love watching and attending this amazing event each year, so we thought we’d put together a list of interesting facts, some of which we didn’t even know.

  • In 1886, five years before the first Crufts was staged, Charles Cruft started a dog show which was only open for Terriers. This was then changed and other breeds we invited to enter and the creation of the Crufts we love was born.
  • It’s a royal affair. In 1891 three of Queen Victoria’s dogs won prizes in Crufts. The following year several European royals also entered their dogs in to the show, Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia, Prince Henry of Battenburg and the Princess of Wales.
    Since 1891, Crufts has only not been held 10 times. This is due to two world wars and an electricians strike.
  • It’s a record breaker. In 1991, The Guinness Book of Records named Crufts “The World’s Largest Dog Show”.
  • Following the 4 day show, around 350kg (55 Stone) of dog hair is cleared from the floor of the Birmingham NEC.
  • Crufts have been known for their strict rules regarding purebreds, but in 2000 they introduced the Scruffts show for crossbreeds. Scruffts entrants can compete for the titles of most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Golden Oldie and Child’s Best Friend.
  • The first “Best in Show” award took place in 1928 and it was won by a Greyhound named Primley Sceptre.
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Pet Profile: Rabbit

Pet Profile - Rabbits

Rabbits are becoming increasingly popular pets across the UK. It is now estimated that 900,000 are kept as pets in gardens up and down the country. This comes as no surprise as they are cute, intelligent, inquisitive playful animals, which can bring endless joy. Rabbits come in a range of breeds and sizes, and typically live between 8-12 years when cared for correctly.

Pet Profile - Rabbits
Rabbits cannot be housed alone as this goes against their natural behaviour. In the wild they would live in groups and this would be essential to survival. They groom each other, keep each other warm and also alleviate stress by offering protection. Rabbits which are kept without a companion can develop abnormal behaviours which can be detrimental to their health.

Rabbits are extremely active animals and need plenty of space to run, stretch, play and hide. The minimum hutch/house requirement is 6′ by 2′ (180cm by 60cm). Your rabbit must be able to do 3 full hops and stand up on their back legs. They also require access to a run for around 6-10 hours per day, which needs to be at least 3m long by 2m wide. Rabbits need plenty of places to hide as they are prey animals, which means they naturally become startled easily.

Pet Profile - Rabbit Fact
Rabbits Eating Grass

Don’t be fooled by their timed nature, they are extremely playful. Plenty of toys, things to climb on and chew material is essential to keeping them occupied. Rabbits require a specific diet which consists mainly of hay and water which must be provided fresh on a daily basis.

When hay becomes soiled, your rabbit cannot eat it. This can lead to gastro-issues as hay is essential to your rabbit’s digestion. They also require nuggets, which provide all other nutritional needs, along with a small amount of fresh greens and the occasional treat.

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How To Keep Your Dog Cool During Summer

How To Keep Your Dog Cool During Summer

Vetfleece tips for keeping your pet cool

It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, but it looks like the temperatures are still rising. I know that we can’t always rely on a hot British summer, but on the days that are above average temperature we need to be aware that our furry friends need a little extra TLC.
You might be surprised to hear that dogs can also suffer from heatstroke, which can have worse symptoms and more fatalities than the human kind. But unlike us, dogs aren’t able to sweat through their skin, so they release heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep themselves cool. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, you need to look out for these signs, excessive panting, dribbling, a bright red tongue, increased heart rate and in more serious cases collapse. If any the above signs are present in your dog, immediately move them to a cool, shaded area (preferably with a breeze), spray them with cool but not freezing water and call your vet.

Here are a few tips for keeping your dog cool and hopefully preventing heatstroke during the warmer months of the year.

Ice Cubes to Keep Your Dog Cool In Summer

Ice cubes

Last summer we found that the best way to keep our dog hydrated also turned into a fun game that kept him entertained for ages. We froze several different treats in normal ice cube trays and popped them in his water several times a day. Please be aware that aggressive chewers could break teeth.

Paddling pool

We found a small children’s paddling pool in our local Poundland and set this up in the garden. It wasn’t an Olympic sized pool and he couldn’t swim in it, but it was big enough for him to sit in. We also put some of his plastic toys in and he had great fun splashing around trying to get them out.

A paddling pool helps to keep your dog cool in summer
Take pleny of water with you when walking the dog

Carry water on your walks

You can buy dog water bottles with integrated bowls to carry in your bag whilst having a walk. This way you are able to take regular stops to make sure your dog keeps cool and regulates his body temperature. It is always a good idea to carry an extra bottle of clean drinking water as you may be out walking longer than you originally though.

Constant supply of water

Make sure that you have a bowl of water available for your pet at all times. Having a bowl in the house and in a shaded area outside means that even lazy dogs have access to a refreshing drink whenever they need it.

Keep a bowl of water for your dog
Ensure your dog has access to shade on hot days

Shade in the garden

At certain times during in summer our garden doesn’t have any areas that are shaded, so if our dog has to go out at these times, we make sure that our patio umbrella is up so he can go under if he wants to.


On a side note, please remember to keep an eye on your dog and check for ticks after a walk in woodland, grassland and heath’s. It’s during the hotter months of the year that these disease carrying creatures make an appearance, and not only will they attach themselves to your dog, but they are also fond of humans too. It’s advisable to carry a tick remover like out with you at all times. Our tick remover can easily fit in a purse or wallet and it comes in 3 different sizes to remove even the biggest ticks.

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Welcome to the new Vetfleece website

Vetfleece New Look Website

We have been listening to customer feedback and working hard to create our new website. It is faster, simpler to navigate and above all, easier to search and find the products you are looking for. Along with the new design, we also have new products added to our current range including the Jenny Wren Cage Pads and Dog Mattresses. Cannot find what you are looking for, give our sales team a call on 01262 606100 and they will be more than willing to help.