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From April 2016, all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales will need to be microchipped by law, and it will be the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all of their contact information is kept accurate and up-to-date. Compulsory microchipping has been in place in Northern Ireland since 2012. More information on all aspects of dog microchipping and this new law can be found in this comprehensive guide.

I recently received a warning about the potential danger to dogs of some Cocoa Mulch.  It would appear that there could be an element of truth in this warning so care should be taken when using this product - more details including expert opinion can be seen here.

To keep stray dogs out of the garbage sprinkle on top the dogs wont go near they don't like the smell.

Gail Stamp

To keep dogs from digging holes fill the hole half way, put some bleach in, fill the rest of the way and top off with some more bleach.

Gail Stamp

"Vick" spread on wooden furniture stops puppies chewing (and people visiting!!!)
For young puppies in a new home, place a warm hot water bottle under a blanket and a radio or clock for company.


To hold a dog still while bathing, use a rope or nylon lead and attach to bath taps.  Mind you if you have a large dog be careful it doesn't pull the taps off the bath!!!
If your dog is a persistent "barker", fill an empty washing up liquid bottle (or similar squeezy bottle) with water.  When dog barks squirt water at head and say "No" firmly.  This should stop it in it's tracks.
To reprimand bad behaviour growl at a dog rather than hitting it.
To stop dogs pinching food off work tops, attach empty tins etc. to a piece of "decoy" food  when the dog tries to take it, the noise will frighten it.
Dilute dog shampoo with water in an empty squeezy bottle, this way it lasts longer and goes through the coat easier.  Start at shoulders and work backwards, leaving the head until last as it is this area which makes them shake.
To ease an upset stomach, put a little warm live yoghurt and a drop of honey into bowl and this will help line the stomach.
Spayed bitches can "leak" and smell.   A pinch of bicarbonate of soda on food stops the smell.
If your animal suffers from fleas, a natural remedy is garlic in food as the fleas don't like the odour emitting though the pores.

I have been contacted by Kym Edwards advising that garlic can be toxic to pets.

To clean dogs' teeth put a plaster (Elastoplast) on your finger, dip it into bicarbonate of soda and rub on teeth.
To administer pills to a dog, sit it down, put a little butter on the pill, place inside the side of the mouth (at the back of the tongue)  and hold jaw closed with head in a vertical position. The animal has no option but to swallow and the pill slips down easily.

Additional information sent in by Gerald Martin.

Alternative method suggested by Jacqueline Craig

For getting dogs to swallow pills: fold pill up in a small piece of cheese. The dogs swallow the cheese whole, take it happily, and you don't have to force the pill in! Works like a charm every time.

To clean of excessive dirt from dogs' coat, place some tomato ketchup on your hand, rub it into the dirty area, leave a while then towel off.  Rinse are with shampoo.
To remove dog hairs after bathing, leave wet hairs in bath for about thirty minutes, then they will wipe off easily with a dry cloth.
A bin bag (plastic refuse bag) makes an ideal apron when washing dogs.
If your pet suffers an insect sting slice a raw onion and apply to the sting as soon as possible.

Contributed by Gerald Martin

Comments received from Becky who is a Veterinary Surgeon -

If your pet gets a sting it is best to contact your vet for advice. 


To prevent small dogs from getting tearstained eyes feed only with white fish and meat.

                                                                                                                             Contribution received from Liz.

Comments received from Becky who is a Veterinary Surgeon -

I would not advise my owners to feed fish and meat only diets to prevent tear staining as they are likely to unbalance diets and are lacking in calcium. Animals fed just meats and fish are at high risk of developing nutritional hyperparathyroidism and bone deformation. Just fish also lacks important vitamins due to the freezing process and lack of them can result in heart failure! 




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