Beware the pine processionary!

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The pine processionary (also known as Thaumetopoea pityocampa) is a caterpillar which comes down trees between December and April in a “procession” of several caterpillars winding their way to a soil loose enough to burrow.  

So far, so good. Yet this tiny insect, in the larval stage, can turn out to be extremely dangerous for dogs and humans alike, especially if you spend a lot of time outside.
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Safe Christmas for your dog

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Songs of good cheer, Christmas is here! Once again, the Yuletide brings us its many delights: fairy-lit streets, presents, decorations, endless family dinners, crackers and heaps of mince pies, to name but a few.

While grown ups and children alike partake in the merriment, dogs should not be overlooked as Christmas installations can be a source of danger for our hairy friends.

December is the busiest month of the year for vets for a reason!
So if you want to spare yourself some extra stress, read our summary of the things to look out for during the festive season, particulary if it’s your dog’s first (or second) Christmas. Let’s all have, pooches included, a safe Christmas! Continue reading

Safe car journey with your dog

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Have you ever wondered if your car journeys with your dog were entirely safe? What would happen if you were to have an accident or a crash? Are there security systems which can guarantee that our dog would come out of an accident unscathed?

You may already be aware of the following rule stipulated in the Highway Code:

When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars (rule 57).

We tend not to be aware of the fact that most car safety devices for dogs available on the market offer a warranty. Nor is it easy knowing whether the safety level offered by manufacturers in case of crash is in any way government-approved. Continue reading

Top 7: The evidences that your dog loves you

You love your dog unconditionnally and he makes you the happiest person on Earth. He jumps on you, licks you everywhere and asks over and over for cuddles 🙂 All these evidences show how your dog loves you.

Gudog built a list to let you discover all the evidences that proove your dog loves you. Some of them are very simple but have a true meaning for your dog, your best friend!

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Kennel cough: Does my dog need treatment?

What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is the common name for canine infectious tracheobronchitis, a highly contagious illness in dogs but that with a diagnosis and the correct treatment will be cured in a few weeks.

There are many agents that can cause the illness: the parainfluenza virus, bordetella bronchiseptica, type 2 canine adenovirus and mycoplasma. Although any one of these organisms can cause symptoms of kennel cough, in the majority of cases it occurs as a result of a combination of more than one of these things. Continue reading

Dangerous foxtail seeds

Seeds from foxtail plants are like fish hooks, making them stick to almost any material or surface. Although it may be easy for us to simply brush them off, for our dogs it is not so easy to get rid of them.

Foxtail grass is abundant in fields during the spring and it begins to dry up when summer arrives. As it dries, the seeds detaches themselves easily from the stem and readily sticks to our dogs’ skin. Continue reading

How to reduce moulting in dogs

Is your home constantly covered in hairs no matter how much you clean? Do you have allergies and need to know which dog would be best for you? Moulting can be a concern for many people and irritating for the majority of dog owners so we are going to explain to you the reasons why dogs moult, how to reduce the amount of hairs floating around the house and which dogs shed more than others.
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Dangerous products for dogs

March 15th to 21st is National Poison Prevention Week in the US but it is something we should also take notice of in the UK. In honour of raising awareness about accidental poisoning, particularly following the unfortunate incident with Jagger, the Irish Setter who sadly died from poisoning after winning a silver medal this year at Crufts, we are writing this blog to highlight some of the household objects and foods that are potentially fatal for your pets, the symptoms that occur if these objects are ingested and what to do. Continue reading

Record Breaking Dogs!

Every year people attempt to break world records and many of them succeed. They cover a enormous span of weird and wonderful, from achievements such as the world’s most tattooed man to the longest duration living with scorpions. The Guinness Book of World Records itself holds a record for the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. However, it is not only humans that enjoy trying to beat these records, many animals also take part and here are some of the amazingly talented and unusual world records held by dogs. Continue reading