Berriewood Wholesale Blog - Dog Health & Wellbeing News

  • Simple steps to stop begging Image

    Begging is one of those annoying behaviours that most dogs exhibit at some point in their lives, and often at the worst times, like when guests are over. But the good news is that's possible to train your dog out of it, although you'll need to commit time and patience to the cause. Why do dogs beg? Begging is a learned behaviour. Unwittingly you&rs...

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  • Managing and preventing digestive upsets Image

    Digestive health is a good indicator of all-round general health, whatever your species. So, if your dog or cat frequently suffers with stomach upsets and irritable bowels, it can be very stressful for both of you. While some animals are more prone to digestive challenges than others, there are things you can do to minimise the risk and manage symp...

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  • A guide to changing your dog's diet Image

    At some point in your dog’s life, it may be necessary to change their diet, whether due to cost, food sensitivities or allergies, or even for medical or health reasons. As your dog ages, you may want to switch to life stage-specific food containing more tailored nutrition. Whatever the reason for the change, it is important to transition grad...

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  • Stop your dog pulling on the lead Image

    Leash training is an important aspect of general puppy training and is vital if you want to avoid a game of tug-o-war every time you go for a walk. You also want to ensure your dog has good manners and respects your position in the pecking order. So how do you teach a dog to walk calmly and politely on the lead? Depending on how willing your dog i...

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  • Elimination diets: a simple guide to identifying a food allergy Image

    Many dogs are affected by food allergies, but when it comes to identifying the particular allergen causing problems, it can be a lengthy and involved process. To isolate the allergen, an elimination diet is needed. This should always be undertaken under the care and advice of your vet to avoid getting it wrong and making your dog’s symptoms w...

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  • Potential benefits of raw feeding Image

    There can be numerous benefits associated with feeding a raw or natural diet which may be noticed with your dog or cat in a few weeks of transition. Here are some positive changes we have had reported: General health & wellbeing – many owners who switch their pet to a raw or natural diet will notice a general improvement in over-all healt...

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  • Dealing with food allergies Image

    Food allergies account for roughly 10% of all allergies in dogs, and even more in cats. Although these can be severe and result in uncomfortable symptoms, once you’ve identified the specific food that’s causing problems, you can pretty much resolve the issue. It is the proteins in food that have the ability to trigger allergies, and the...

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  • Breed-specific diseases in dogs Image

    When it comes to buying or adopting a dog, the breed you ultimately choose will hinge on various factors, including temperament, exercise needs and appearance. Basically, whether it fits into your family and suits your lifestyle. But more importantly than that should be the health of the breed and whether it is predisposed to any specific medical c...

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  • The importance of dental care in dogs Image

    The health and hygiene of a dog’s mouth is often overlooked until an obvious problem becomes apparent. We sometimes forget that dogs, like us, need regular attention paying to their teeth in order to prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque, keep breath fresh, and maintain the health of the gums. As with all things, prevention is easier than...

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  • Alabama Rot Image

    With Alabama Rot featuring heavily in the news of late, let’s answer the questions we’ve all been asking. What is it? Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, or Alabama Rot, is a serious disease with a 90% mortality rate in dogs. It is characterised by painful skin lesions and organ failure. When was it first identified? Alabama Ro...

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