Health Tips



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  • Don’t panic – keep calm and cool
  • Don’t put yourself in danger
  • Keep your dog breathing
  • Keep your dog calm and cool
  • Contact a vet ASAP!




  • Cool the dog by soaking the coat with cool water to reduce the dogs temperature
  • Phone a vet ASAP
  • Reduce the temperature around you if possible. Increase ventilation, open windows
  • Don’t stop cooling the dog until the vet takes over
  • Don’t transport the dog to the vets unless advised by the vet




  • Keep calm and try to keep the environment as quiet as possible
  • Remove any objects or obstacles and pad out the area with soft objects like towels or cushions
  • Do not try to touch or move the dog unless in immediate danger of injury caused by unmovable objects
  • Call the vet for advice or treatment.
  • Further First Aids Help:


A tick will attach its mouth piece onto your dog’s body and suck its blood.

This can cause certain diseases:


  • Lyme Disease
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis


Ticks are easily removed; speak to a vet regarding safe removal so not to harm your dog.

Preventative Care will save you £’s in the long run, remember ‘prevention is better than cure’. A good quality product

which can be brought from good pet shops and vets should provide the barrier to keeps those pesky

parasites away.






  • Removes dirt, matted hair & parasites
  • Increases the bond between you and your canine companion
  • Helps to make your dog look and feel great
  • Encourages new hair growth and reduces the amount of fur deposited on furniture
  • Great way to check the general health and condition of your dog
  • Helps maintain a healthy dog.



  • Nose should be cool to the touch and slightly damp, free from any discharge, crusting or cracks
  • Dental disease affects up to 80% of pets over the age of three, and just like humans, there can be serious consequences of poor dental health. Teeth should be white or slightly yellow depending on age with no excess plague.
  • Eyes should be bright and free from any discharge, crustiness or swelling. Older dogs can be prone to cataracts.
  • Ears should be clean, free from scabs, discharge or dis-coloured wax. The ears should not smell bad, this may be a symptom of infection.



Fleas get everywhere…


  • They can jump from animal to animal.
  • They can jump from animal to carpets & bedding.
  • Infested dogs are easily treated with a recommended remedy,


Mites come in all different types. Most can’t be seen by the naked eye and it is advised to seek vetinary advice on how

to identify and treat Mites.


Possible symptoms for Mites present


  • Inflammation of the skin.
  • Excessive scratching, usually around the ears,face, elbows and muzzle area.
  • Poor condition coat.
  • Constantly hungry but loosing weight.


  • Healthy skin should be free from and lumps, lesions, parasites, scabs, or crustiness with no bald patches.
  • A healthy coat will be smooth, shiny and grease free.
  • Paw-pads should be free from cuts, scabs or swelling. Always check in between your dogs toes for foreign objects which might cause irritation.
  • Nails should be cut approximatly 2mm below the quick, DON’T cut the quick your dog will find this painful .





One of the important things a responsible dog owner should know is what foods can potentially kill your dog. I have listed some of the most common foods that should be avoided.



Chocolate is one of the most common foods that is bad for dogs, so we figured we'd knock it off the list early. Dog owners know better than to leave a Toblerone or two laying around.


What's In It:


Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which fall under the methylxanthines category. When we hear the phrase "the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous," it's because white chocolates contain fewer methylxanthines. Thus, less toxicity.


What It Can Do:


If eaten by a dog, chocolate can cause vomiting, dehydration, abdominal pains, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, elevated body temperature, seizures and death.


Milk.Yeah we know, puppies drink milk from their mothers after they're born. However, like humans  (including moi), dogs can also suffer from lactose intolerance.


What's In It:


Milk contains milk sugar that dogs don't have the enzymes to break down.


What It Can Do:


Consumption of milk could lead to vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. While it's not immediately life-threatening, it can contribute to serious bacterial exposure in dogs that could eventually lead to disease.


Cheese. Like milk, cheese also has sugars and fatty components that dogs don't have the necessary enzymes to break down.


What It Can Do:


Cheese, and other dairy products, can cause problems if consumed in excess. Symptoms like gas, diarrhea and vomiting can all occur if a dog eats too much cheese.


Onion. While onions go with pretty much anything savory, they can do more than just make your dog cry.


What's In It:


Onions contain compounds that can be harmful to dogs if ingested enough.


What It Can Do:


Onions can damage red blood cells in dogs causing them to become weaker and move around less. If enough onions are consumed, a blood transfusion might be necessary.


Macadamia Nuts. One of the more recent discoveries, Macadamia Nuts can be incredibly harmful to dogs if eaten.


What's In It:


The specific chemicals found in macadamias are still unknown right now, but they are known to cause a toxic reaction to dogs if ingested.


What It Can Do:


Dogs will develop weakness and an inability to walk, specifically in their hind legs. Vomiting, staggering gait, depression, tremors and hypothermia.

H/T VetMedicine


Garlic.Consider your dogs vampires and keep them away from raw garlic as much as possible.


What's In It:


Like the chocolate rule, the stronger the onion the more toxic it can be. Since garlic is part of the onion family it's even more dangerous to dogs than onions per ounce. Garlic contains compounds that are strong in toxicity.


What It Can Do:


While the effect of garlic consumption to red blood cells won't appear for a few days in dogs, they'll be tired and reluctant to move. The dog's urine will be orange to dark red in color.


Grapes. Like Macadamia Nuts, grapes and raisins can be extremely toxic to dogs.


What's In It:


While its currently unknown what chemicals and compounds are in grapes that cause toxicity to dogs, the results of consumption can be pretty devastating.


What It Can Do:


Grapes and raisins can cause rapid kidney failure. While it varies between dogs, symptoms may not show up in them. Other than kidney failure, dogs can also develop vomiting or diarrhea as well as a lethargic state. Dogs will also develop dehydration and lack of appetite. Death from kidney failure may occur within three to four days.


Avocados.You might want to hold off sharing that guac with your doggy pal. He'll thank you for it later.


What's In It:


Avocado leaves, pits, bark and fruit contain a toxin called persin.


What It Can Do:


Avocados can have toxic effects on dogs depending on the variety. They can cause upset stomachs in dogs, breathing difficulties, fluid buildup in the chest, but the most dangerous thing for them seem to the be the pit. Since it's slippery, the pit can accidentally be swallowed by dogs, leading to obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract.


Apple Cores.While most people try to avoid eating the core of an apple, it's actually much more toxic to dogs. Along with a few other fruits, you should definitely be careful not to leave apple cores laying around for dogs to get their paws on.


What's In It:


The core of an apple (as well as plums, peaches, pears and apricots) contain cyanogenic glycosides which is also known as cyanide.


What It Can Do:


Some of the symptoms that come from ingesting the toxin are dizziness, struggling to breath, seizures, collapsing, hyperventilation, shock and even coma.


Yeast Dough. Bread makes you fat? While having a chubby puppy isn't the worst thing in the world, yeast dough used to make bread should absolutely be kept away from dogs.


What's In It:


The raw yeast dough from making bread can ferment in a dog's stomach, becoming toxic.


What It Can Do:


Aside from the toxicity from alcohol being produced in the stomach, yeast dough can also expand in your dog's stomach or intestines and create a large amount of gas in the digestive system. This can lead to severe pain and a potentially ruptured stomach or intestinal tract. Vomiting, abdominal discomfort and lethargy can also occur.


Caffeine. No idea who would ever share coffee with a dog. I mean, what do they have to do all day other than sleep and look out the window?  In all seriousness, owners should never let their dogs near coffee or any form of caffeine.


What's In It:


Coffee contains a stimulant known as Methylated xanthine.


What It Can Do:


Methylated xanthine stimulates the nervous system in dogs, causing vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations and even death.


Bacon. What? Bacon?! Say it isn't so! It's absolutely tragic that we can't share one of the greatest foods out there with our canine buddies. We'll need to remember this the next time we want to feed our dogs some breakfast bacon under the table. Well, more bacon for us then. Sorry, buddy.


What's In It:


Foods rich in fat, like bacon, can lead to the disease pancreatitis in dogs. Once a dog has developed pancreatitis, their pancreas' become inflamed and stop functioning correctly.


What It Can Do:


This leads to all sorts of problems with digestion and nutrient absorption.



It should also be noted that the amount of damage these foods can do vary on the specific breeds and sizes of your dogs. Like humans, all dogs are different and can react differently to foods. Though it's better to keep them away from these foods just for good measure.
















Information contained in the leaflet was sourced from the following: Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming Course

Canine Design Academy of Grooming


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