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Latest Your Dog Advice

Should I be worried about a hernia on my puppy's tummy?

The problem with hernias is that they are a weak point in the body wall, where abdominal contents can poke through and come to lie under the skin, vet Roberta Baxter explains.

How do I get rid of my dog's yeast infection?

Yeast infections can relate to a disorder in the natural balance between bacteria and yeasts in the skin and other areas, our experts explain.

Is my dog double jointed?

Double jointedness is not normally an issue in dogs, however dogs often sit to one side if they have back, hip, or stifle pain on one side.

Can dogs eat cat food?

Cat food isn’t normally recommended for dogs. It has higher levels of protein and fat, vet John Burns explains.

What's a dewclaw for?

The dewclaw is the fifth digit on the inner lower part of the front legs, but sometimes on the back legs too. 


Win a versatile clip-on water carrier!

Versatile water carrier

We are giving away two versatile clip-on water carriers from Kennelmate!

The water carrier is made of Cordura with an adjustable webbing strap to hold the water carrier in position. There are two spring hooks securely fitted at the back to hook the carrier onto a wire kennel, cage, or dog box for security whilst travelling and to keep the bottle upright.

The carrier comes complete with a one gallon flagon, and they can carry two four pint water bottles or other dog essentials such as leads.

The carriers are available in various colours and are machine washable. To find out more, visit the Kennelmate website

For the chance to win one of two clip-on water carriers, here's how to enter: 

If you receive the Your Dog newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. If you do not receive our newsletter, click here to register. The closing date is Friday September 5th, at 9.30am. Good luck!


Your Dog blog

Guide to herbalism

Guide to herbalism

The healing powers of herbs can help treat various conditions. Kelly Felstead discovers how they can benefit dogs.

Herbalism is one of a number of complementary therapies used to improve a dog’s health and well-being.

Herbal remedies have been used to treat illnesses and diseases for centuries, long before refined medication became an option, and can benefit animals as well as humans.

Complementary therapies are often used alongside conventional veterinary medication to help treat a wide spectrum of conditions.


Dog training

Recalls with distractions

Do you find it hard to attract your dog's attention when out on walks? Elizabeth Kershaw offers some training tips.

Why does my dog bark in the car?

Sudden onset barking in the car is likely to be linked to the excitement or anticipation of what occurs at the end of the journey.

Dog Health

How do dogs cope if they have a leg amputated?

Ever wondered how your dog would cope if they were to lose a leg? Our experts explain just how well dogs can cope with losing a limb...

Why does he scrape?

Dogs will scrape the ground after toileting to increase the range of their own scent, says Claire Arrowsmith.

About fleas

What are fleas and how can I prevent them?

This common parasite drives dogs and owners mad, says Kelly Felstead, but the war against fleas can be won.

Five useful flea-fighting tips

Flea treatments are just the start of your anti-flea campaign; follow our five-step plan to ensure your home stays free of fleas.

Dog Activities

Stay safe on dog walks

Dog walking is often seen as a pleasant, fun activity, which of course it is - but you still need to take care, as Karen Bush explains.

What type of toys are best for dogs?

Dog toys come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. You can choose from novelty, squeaky, chewy, and plush types.