Dog Nutrition & Health

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5 Essential Nutrients for Dogs

The balance of nutrients in your dog’s diet is complex. It can be just as dangerous to have too much of a particular nutrient as it is to have too little. Choosing a complete dog food, like those in Gilbertson & Page’s ranges, takes away some of the guess work. Our nutritionists have already developed the…

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Grain-Free Diet – Is It The Choice For Your Dog?

Regular readers of the blog may remember previous articles including references to wheat intolerance in dogs. Gilbertson & Page designed Dr John Hypoallergenic, containing barley and oats, and Dr John Hypoallergenic Lamb and Rice to cater to these dogs. The latest addition to the Dr John range is their grain-free offering. Dr John Grain-Free Chicken and Potato caters…

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Common Canine Joint Problems

Regular readers might remember our recent article covering common eye conditions. Following on from that, and with joint issues ranking high in lists of common dog ailments, we thought it was time we focused on the most common canine joint problems. A dog’s joints take a lot of strain during its lifetime. Dogs bear over…

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Alabama Rot – How Worried Should We Be?

Alabama rot is making headlines once again. Understandably, dog owners are very concerned about what seems to be an unexplained disease without a cure. In this article, we look into Alabama rot, most importantly examining the risk it poses to dogs here in the UK. Alabama rot has affected Greyhounds in the US since the…

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How to Spot Bloat in your Dog

Bloat, or gastric dilatation volvulus, can be deadly for dogs, with a 50% chance of survival in each case. We take a more in-depth look at this serious condition and find out which breeds it affects most. We’ll look at what you can do to avoid it and what to do if you suspect your…

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Common Canine Eye Conditions

Regular readers of our breed profiles may have noticed that eye problems crop up regularly in the ‘Potential Health Problems’ section. We thought it was worth elaborating on some of the most common canine eye conditions and which breeds they affect most. We all know that monitoring your dog’s health is important. Furthermore, understanding ‘normal’ will…

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Motivation to Exercise

Motivation to exercise our dogs can come in many forms. We got chatting to the members of Teesdale Flyball Club to find out what keeps them coming back for more flyball exercise. I think we’re all agreed exercise is good for us and our dogs. In fact, it is vital for our canine companions to…

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Winter Exercise With Teesdale Flyball Club

Exercising in winter can be tricky. Daylight hours are shorter, conditions are cold, often wet and sometimes icy. We humans tend to take our exercise indoors to gyms and indoor sports clubs. We’ve previously written about exercising your dog in winter, covering activities such as agility and heelwork to music. This time we’re focusing on the…

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Bark! The Hairy Angels Sing: Christmas Safety Tips

We all know Christmas can be a time of ups and downs. Huge amounts of preparation leading up to a few days of festive fun, hopefully. In amongst all the stress, excitement and joy, it’s easy to overlook our canine companions. Here’s our Christmas safety tips to make sure your dogs have a happy Christmas…

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Agility

Following on from our article on flyball some time ago, we thought we’d find out more about another dog activity – agility. A high energy activity like flyball, agility involves racing dogs around a varied obstacle course of jumps, tunnels and other equipment. It provides mental as well as physical exercise and is a great…