Is Pumpkin Good for my Dog?

Pumpkins aren’t just for decoration or Thanksgiving dinner, they can be a great addition to your dog’s diet as well. Unfortunately, canned pumpkin is hard to find in Ireland, so I didn’t encounter it until I went to work as a veterinary nurse in North America. If you are lucky enough to be able to get it, here’s what it can do for your dog. A home remedy for constipation  If you have a dog that’s prone to constipation, tinned pumpkin contains a bucketload of fibre and moisture to help keep their guts on the move.  Constipated dogs often suffer from other digestive conditions as well. Pumpkin is low in fat, so it is suitable for those pups that also suffer from chronic pancreatitis and, as a vegetable, it is perfect for dogs with allergies to specific animal protein sources.  Add a small amount of canned pumpkin to your dog’s … Read more

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Are lilies poisonous to cats?

Cats are notorious for eating houseplants (or at least nibbling at their leaves) and knocking over flower arrangements. While the plants usually come off worse … Read more

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Cat Enrichment 101

Cats are transitioning from aloof farm animals to fluffy apartment-dwellers, and while they certainly love the warmth of a human lap, they have fewer outlets … Read more

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Help! My Dog Has Eaten Weed

Marijuana ingestion is one of the most common toxicities I’ve seen as a veterinary nurse, both in places where it’s legal (like Canada) and illegal … Read more

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What is Canicross?

Canicross (sometimes styled as CaniX) is cross-country running with your dog out in front pulling you along. It uses a bungee and special harness so … Read more