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Frequently Asked Questions – Dogs

From the serious conditions to small head-scratchers, we all have questions about our dogs. Whether they’ve eaten something that you’re not sure about or have adopted a strange new behaviour, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions we receive right here.

The answers come from our team of vets. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, be sure to check out our Ask a Vet section to search responses or to ask your own question – it’s free and you’ll get a response. There are also hundreds of articles on our Blog. For more immediate concerns, visit our Dog Symptom Checker or Poisons Guide.


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Dog retching

Helicobacter stomach ulcers in dogs – do I need to be worried?

There are multiple different causes of vomiting in dogs, from ingesting foreign objects to infections to motion sickness. In this blog we’ll take a look at one potential cause of chronic vomiting, Helicobacter. As you’ll discover, there is limited evidence for this bacteria actually causing disease in dogs, but it is known to be significant […]

New born puppy

Hand rearing puppies- not for the faint hearted

Hand rearing puppies can be very challenging, yet it can be the most rewarding thing you have done. Not all puppies need to be hand reared, some require some help whilst most are cared for by their mothers. Let’s have a look at when puppies may need some help with feeding.

Dog sat with owner ona field

Why does my dog ignore me?

We’ve all been there, shouting our dog’s name in the middle of a muddy field to no avail. Withering with embarrassment from the looks from other dog walkers and trying to ignore the faint concern that they’ve gone forever or got stuck down a rabbit hole. So why does this happen, and what can we […]

Dog with puddle of yellow vomit

How common is gallbladder disease in dogs?

The gall bladder is probably not an area of the body that you give much thought to until it goes wrong! If your dog has recently been diagnosed with a gallbladder problem then you might have a few questions. We’ll explore the ins and outs of the gallbladder and cover some commonly asked questions.

Bichon Frise

Are Bichon Frise dogs healthy?

A toy breed with fluffy white fur and a friendly temperament, bichon frise dogs have been a popular family pet for decades, they also boast an average life expectancy of 12- 15 years. When considering getting a dog breed however, it’s important to research common health conditions the breed suffers from to help you make […]

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Dog chasing tail on beach

‘Psychomotor seizures’ in dogs

There are many causes of odd behaviour in dogs – and most are just that: odd behaviour, with a behavioural or psychological cause. However, occasionally there’s something else going on… in this article, vet blogger Cari Wilson looks into the strange world of “psychomotor seizures”.