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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Seeds and Dogs

The late Spring and early Summer is the time when grass starts to seed. Your pet may love bounding through the long grass but remember, always check at the end of a walk and remove any seeds that you see. Grass seeds can cause an extremely common problem with the dog becoming uncomfortable, often lethargic, and in a lot of pain. Seeing a dog in this condition can be equally as distressing as receiving the final bill for the treatment needed to fix this often preventable problem. Also be aware that grass seeds are not the only problem as many plants, like nettles,  have very small almost dust like seeds which can cause eye irritation.

The types of dog mostly affected by grass seeds are breeds possessing hairy ears and feet, like Spaniels, that are walked in meadows or woodlands where grasses commonly grow in abundance. Spaniels, for example, often pick up grass seeds in their feathery paws.

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Travelling with Dogs

Travelling with Dogs

Many consider pets to be a part of our family. Travelling by car with dogs has become common, unfortunately, it is common place to see cars on the roads with unrestrained dogs leaning out of the window appearing as though they may jump out at any moment. I am always concerned that the dog may come to some harm should the vehicle be forced to brake swiftly or even become involved in a collision.

So, what is the law on driving with dogs?

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Warning about Xylitol

Ollie, a four-year-old English Springer Spaniel, ate gum containing xylitol at his home in Stretham, Cambridgeshire. He ate about 10 tabs of chewing gum containing Xylitol.

Ollie was taken to the vet very quickly as an emergency and was very lucky to survive.

Xylitol is being used in an increasing range of foods as an artificial sweetner. Xylitol can kill a dog!

Please check food labels carefully and if your dog eats food containing Xylitol seek vetinary advice.

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