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.
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
Dogs, just like people, more or less enjoy certain seasons of the year depending on their activity, fur, breed or even their owner’s mood during each season.
Although some dogs would gladly get under the covers from late September until the first rays of sun reappear in March, others enjoy the winter months just like children do – rain, snow, sleet or hail.
As guardians of our dogs’ wellbeing, we must take into account the fact that, in the winter just like in the summer, certain precautions are to be taken in order to ensure our best friend’s healthiness and happiness.
Your family is growing: you are about to become a parent. You are wondering if this new stage in your life could upset your dog, especially if this is your first child. If up to now, your dog was treated like a king at home, the big change could be a major upheaval in its life. Your dog’s daily routine being drastically affected, it is not unlikely that it could start misbehaving. Gublog is here to explain to you what steps to follow for everything to go as smoothly as possible and for your dog and baby to start becoming best friends in no time. Continue reading
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
Imagine if you couldn’t wash every day. You could still go on living but… would it really be the same? Dogs are like you. Although our canine friends do know how to remain hygienic, we can always give them some help. For instance, we can try and speed up the shedding process according to seasons, especially when the dog days are coming, we can give them a good clean-up after they’ve been playing in the mud, or check that they don’t have thorns stuck in their ears after a long walk in the forest. Continue reading
Just like human beings, every dog is unique. Some are very quiet while some are boisterous. Some love a good walk while some are home lovers. What makes animals all the more endearing and sweet is precisely this uniqueness.
This is also why being a dog sitter can turn out to be more tricky than one would think. You can never know in advance how dogs will behave until you get to know them well. On the first walk with a strange dog, we thus tend to be on the lookout for its every reaction to different commands and stimuli. Continue reading
Ah, if we could, wouldn’t we spend every day with our dog! Enjoy some quality time together, take long walks and naps whenever we had the chance. But… most of us have duties outside the house! Whether it be for work, studies, errands or some important event, we sometimes have to leave our dog alone for what feels like very long hours. Some take it better than others, and sometimes this situation can even become a problem.