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Dry skin on your dog? The common causes!

Skin is the body’s largest organ, representing 12%–24% of body weight. It has multiple functions: providing a barrier and environmental protection, regulating temperature, producing pigment and vitamin D, and sensation. Anatomically, skin consists of many layers, the most important being the epidermis. In the base (basal layer) of the epidermis, cells grow and multiply, then transition from living to dead cells at the surface (stratum corneum or SC) and are eventually shed. Anything disturbing this process can lead to dry skin, known as “scale”.
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My dog is panting excessively – what could be wrong?

For dogs, panting can be a natural reaction to exertion, heat, excitement, and fear. If the panting is excessive it may be a sign or symptom that something is wrong.
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Can I put ice in my dog’s water bowl?

There’s been a lot of interest in a post that’s gone viral on Facebook recently, about the alleged dangers of giving dogs ice cubes in hot weather. This has gathered a great deal of interest… but there are some serious problems with it, and in this blog, I’m going to look at them.
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My dog’s really nervous after neutering – does he need some sort of HRT?

This is a really interesting question, and raises a number of really valid points. To answer it, we need to look in more detail the reasons why dogs behave the way they do, and the hormonal influences on them.
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Top Tips: Caring for Animals in the Cold

While anyone who was completely surprised by the freezing weather and snowstorms of the last couple of days obviously wasn’t paying attention (!), I think it’s fair to say that a lot of us were startled at how bad it actually got. Down here on Dartmoor, we haven’t seen weather like this for a decade or more. So, I thought it was a good idea to put up a quick blog on caring for animals in the snow.
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