People are putting hand sanitizer on their dog's paws. Here's why you shouldn't

People are putting hand sanitizer on their dog's paws. Here's why you shouldn't

“What that sanitizer does is it can make it more likely to crack and to be more sensitive to having their foot pads burned when they're out on walks.”.As a veterinarian, Becker said he often sees dogs with burned paws due to walking on hot concrete or asphalt.

Can dogs eat Christmas pudding or sprouts? 9 Christmas foods not to feed them

Can dogs eat Christmas pudding or sprouts? 9 Christmas foods not to feed them

This includes food items that contain these products, like Christmas puddings and mince pies.

Are Christmas trees poisonous to cats, dogs, rabbits and other pets?

Are Christmas trees poisonous to cats, dogs, rabbits and other pets?

Christmas trees aren’t a hazard to your cats and dogs by being poisonous, but the RSPCA advise that your pets only be allowed around the tree when supervised.

5 Thanksgiving Day safety tips for your pet

5 Thanksgiving Day safety tips for your pet

One of the great things about the holidays is to see people close to you who don’t see them and eat delicious foods that you don’t always cook, such as the famous grandmother’s pie in the USA!Since it is only once a year, your pet may not be focused on during the celebration, and its safety may not be of concern to all the bifurcated events of the day.

Mystery illness kills dozens of dogs in Norway

Mystery illness kills dozens of dogs in Norway

A mystery sickness has struck dozens of dogs in Norway , killing at least 25 and prompting authorities to warn owners to keep their pets on a lead and away from other canines until the cause is established.

Burying pet rabbits in gardens could spread deadly virus, vets warn

Burying pet rabbits in gardens could spread deadly virus, vets warn

If people cannot afford to take their pet to the vet to establish the cause of death, they are advised either to have the rabbit properly cremated or, if they choose a garden burial, to carefully wrap their pet in plastic first to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

Vets ‘surprise' find during operation on pet feared to have cancer – a KINDER EGG

Vets ‘surprise' find during operation on pet feared to have cancer – a KINDER EGG

VETS made a “surprise” find when they operated on a seriously ill dog feared to be suffering from cancer – they discovered the mischievous pet had swallowed a Kinder Surprise egg.

Confidence comes with early socialisation

Confidence comes with early socialisation

Socialisation for dogs isn’t the same thing as humans interacting with one another. If your pet shows signs of tremors, diarrhoea, take him/her to your veterinarian for immediate medical attention.

Banned food for cats

Banned food for cats

Chocolates : Theobromine, a chemical compound found in chocolates, is toxic for cats and can cause seizures, tremors, abnormal heart beat, even death. If your pet shows signs of tremors, diarrhoea, take him/her to your veterinarian for immediate medical attention.

Dog owners warned about ‘kissing’ pets on a raw meat diet

Dog owners warned about ‘kissing’ pets on a raw meat diet

Owners who do choose a raw meat diet for their pet should keep products separate from other food and handle them with separate equipment in the kitchen, the researchers advise.

Alabama Rot WARNING: Three more British dogs die from deadly scourge

Alabama Rot WARNING: Three more British dogs die from deadly scourge

In a statement, Anderson Moores, who are based in Winchester, Hampshire, close to one of the major hotspots for cases, said: “We are in the time of year when historically we have identified more cases of CRGV and although this disease remains rare, we continue to advise owners to be vigilant and to seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions and sores.

ALABAMA ROT WARNING: Death toll grows as four more dogs die - vets issue URGENT alert

ALABAMA ROT WARNING: Death toll grows as four more dogs die - vets issue URGENT alert

Although an environmental trigger for this disease is possible, this has not been proven.” Map shows the east-west divide of Alabama Rot incidence (Image: Vets4Pets) Tell-tale skin lesion that is the first sign of Alabama Rot (Image: : Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists) Scientists believe the way the disease is evident during the winter months and centred on certain areas of the country will produce the vital evidence to help them establish its cause and also provide an eventual cure.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats: Symptoms and Treatment

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats: Symptoms and Treatment

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, often is misused in veterinary circles as a catchall term for chronic gastrointestinal diseases—not unlike when we humans say we have a cold, but we don’t know what virus is causing it.

SHOCK WARNING: Cat POISONED after swallowing 'TOXIC 5p coin'

SHOCK WARNING: Cat POISONED after swallowing 'TOXIC 5p coin'

Today leading veterinary charity PDSA warned pet owners to always seek urgent veterinary advice if animals swallow items feared to be potentially harmful.Kevin’s owners Steve and Frances Gwillim had taken their two year old family pet to the Swansea PDSA Hospital when he went off his food and became increasingly distant.PDSA vet Lucy Knight said: “When Kevin was brought in he was very unwell and had a lot of tummy pain.“We carried out x-rays and were gobsmacked when we saw this coin on the screen.

Pet owners beware: FDA warns of potential dangers of flea and tick pills

Pet owners beware: FDA warns of potential dangers of flea and tick pills

Pills or chews that protect dogs and cats against fleas can cause neurological problems such as stumbling or seizures, and pet owners need more warning, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

Phone addiction is making your dog sad, warns expert

Phone addiction is making your dog sad, warns expert

Ian explains that our phone dependency affects dogs more so than cats because dogs are pack animals, and look to their humans for leadership and reassurance. ‘You do that consistently for weeks, months and years on end and you’re going to get some real behavioural issues.’

What not to feed your pet

What not to feed your pet

Chocolates have caffeine and theobromine that can cause anything from vomiting to seizure. Even small quantities of grapes and raisins can make your pet sick with vomiting and exhaustion. Adult dogs and cats cannot digest milk and other dairy products.

BANNED: Electric dog collars to be made ILLEGAL in Britain in animal cruelty breakthrough

BANNED: Electric dog collars to be made ILLEGAL in Britain in animal cruelty breakthrough

Campaigners say this can disrupt a dog’s sensitive sense of smell, while other collars emit sounds which are painful for animals.Using electric collars on animals will be banned (Image: PA)The RSPCA’s dog welfare expert, Dr Samantha Gaines applauded the government’s move to ban shock collars.Dr Gaines said: “These cruel collars have been illegal in Wales since 2010 and we've long been calling for them to be outlawed in England too.

Grit used on roads during snowy weather can be dangerous for pets, RSPCA warns

Grit used on roads during snowy weather can be dangerous for pets, RSPCA warns

“We urge pet-owners to be cautious when grit is being spread on roads, as rock salt can be toxic to dogs and cats if they lick it from their paws or fur,” a spokesperson told The Independent.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Cold Weather Safety Tips

After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells.