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Grass Eating

At Gilbertson & Page we’re often asked about grass eating in dogs and whether it means that dogs are unwell or nutritionally deficient. A recent American study (Sueda. 2008) found that only 10% of grass eaters were unwell before they ate grass or plant matter. They found that it was younger dogs that ate grass…

The Dog Days of Summer

We’re definitely into those warm summer days at last and aside from enjoying the garden, local walks and visits to the beach, day trips can be a great way to take advantage of the longer days and August weather. This year however, is a little different with dog shows, festivals, game fairs and fun days…

Feeding treats

Treats can be a great reward for dogs. From puppies up to seniors most dogs will appreciate a treat for good behaviour. But feeding too many can cause stomach upsets and lead to weight gain over time.  Up to 10% of your dog’s daily diet can normally be fed as treats without repercussion, however, it…

When to neuter your dog

Neutering is not always an easy or quick decision to make, even if you are not planning to breed from your dog. There can be benefits to neutering in terms of prevention of some cancers, pyometra, prostate disease and aggressive behaviours, but it is a surgical operation that should be carried out in a veterinary…

Hot Summer Days with your Dog

With the met office predicting some fine days for July this year, it may be time to think about a summer weather routine for your dog to keep them comfortable in the heat. Dogs naturally have a higher core body temperature than us (37.7-39.2 °C) and can’t sweat to cool off, so panting is their…

Dog ownership and blood pressure

Owning a dog helps your heart. Dog ownership has so many benefits that perhaps it is no real surprise that dogs can help us stay healthy. Recent studies have shown that this is not just due to becoming fit from all the walks our dogs need, in fact the time we spend stroking, patting and…

Camping with dogs

Campsites are set to reopen across the UK from the 4th July and reports suggest they are likely to be packed out as travel abroad is still restricted. Camping can be a great dog-friendly holiday where dogs can share all aspects of your holiday allowing for some great bonding experiences and of course a lot…

Puppy Development

There has been a bit of a puppy boom this year! Breeders have reported record demand, waiting lists for popular breeds are now commonplace and unfortunately prices for pedigree pups has soared as well. Along with all of the issues around choosing the right dog to fit into your household both now and when the…

Dr. John Merlin Ferret Food Testimonial

We recently received the following testimonial from Will regarding how well his ferrets are doing on our food Dr. John Merlin Ferret Food. When we originally got our ferrets they all were in poor condition when we got them, due to poor diet Bill and Ted’s fur was not only dirty yellow but was rough…

Inka the Labrador’s New Senior Diet

Inka the Labrador had been using Dr John Silver for 8 years. However she is now a bit stiffer with age and needs more digestive support. We were more than happy to help choose a new senior diet. While Dr John Silver is fine to continue feeding. Our adult diets are designed for adults and…