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This is a copy of our Veterinary Advisor Graham Hines Blog which hopefully has some useful information

Coconut Oil - Is it good for your Dog?

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 Coconut oil is a fashionable addition to the diets of both people and there pets. 

Is it good for your dog? NO stick to an species appropriate diet

Not according to these researcher. Unless your pets microbiome is used to these forms of oil it can cause more problems than it helps.

Have a listen to this youtube interview:

You can really upset the delicate balance of your pets gut flora and cause inflammatory chemical to leak out of the gut with coconut oil and many other novel foods which pets are not used to or evolved to consume. Read more about the microbiome on my website.

The microbiome is the population of micro-organisms which live along side us in or gut and elsewhere and I think is the reason a raw diet helps so many of my patients.

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Last Vaccicheck Clinic of the year 12/12/20

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 Our next vaccicheck clinic has been arranged for Saturday 12th December at the usual place.

The Dog's Diner Ltd
Tarran Way North, Moreton 
Wirral CH46 4UB


0151 678 2588

Give them a ring to make an appointment


What is this?

We will take a small blood sample from you dog and measure the antibody levels (titre) to 

Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus

If there are as in most dogs adequate levels there is no need to have them vaccinated - result!!

Covid distancing and masks are required and used.

As it so close to Christmas then santa masks would be good and you can get your companions their last minute gifts while there - Turkey and cranberry minced dinners

Read more about vaccicheck at naturalpetcare.vet/medicine/vaccination/

Fore appointments about other things on other days or after the clinic contact me not the Diner

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Raw Feeding Research an Update

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 This weekend I attended a seminar on raw feeding from  RAW FEEDING VETERINARY SOCIETY


I would like to share some of the results with you


Raw Feeding and Allergies


Vets who advocate Raw Feeding will confirm that they see a reduction in the severity of skin allergy (atopic dermatitis) and IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases) when they change a dog onto a raw diet.

This has been confirmed in research presented to the conference by a Finish Group led by Anna Hielm-Björkman DVM, PhD in Finland 

When a breeding bitch is fed a raw diet and her puppies are fed raw for the first few months of life the incidence of Canine Atopic dermatitis is 3 times 300% less likely to occur. There are other factors such as genetics but diet has a huge affect.

Similar results abut the development of IBD in later life is found


You can have a look at the studies at dogrisk.com/publications 

Anna and her team run DOG RISK in Finland and need funds to improve the data and run more studies. If you feel you can donate so we can gain more evidence to fight back against Mars Nestle and the like please make a small donation


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Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find

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  Discovery is ‘extremely concerning’ for water insects, and fish and birds that depend on them

This is a headline in todays Guardian Newspaper 



For more about this increasing problem read my website as well

Why should you avoid the overuse of modern anti-parasitic drugs?


There are newer 'chewable" alternative flea/tick treatments but there is increasing evidence of neurological problems with these which you can read about above.
There are alternatives but they do take a little more effort from you the pet parent than can be affective and are so much better for the environment and your purse.

My website will have more details soon or you can contact me
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Veterinary Herbal Medicine Week 12 October 2020

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Exciting news! Veterinary herbal medicine week (12th-18th October) is fast approaching! Please join us here every weekday at 7pm! 


The Veterinary Herbal Medicine Week 2020 is nearly upon us

Every week day at 7pm you can join us for a facebook talk to learn more about how herbs can help you or your companions.


Join us here





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October Halloween Vaccicheck Clinic

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 We have arranged our next clinic to be Halloween MORNING from 10am at the Dogs Diner in Moreton Wirral

Give them a ring on 0151 678 2588

Cost £30 per dog


What is Vaccicheck?

We take a small blood sample from you pet and than use this to measure antibodies to Adenovirus, Distemper and Parvovirus in the blood. For this we can tell if he has been vaccinated successfully or had a natural infection to give him antibodies

If the antibody titers are positive then you will not need a vaccine for any of these diseases.


When should it be done. 

Ideally a couple of weeks post vaccination as a puppy if it's worked then he's protected but at any time is fine 


How long does protection last. Probably for life but we recommend a retest every 3 years if a good level of antibodies are found



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Next Vaccicheck Clinic

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 Saturday 19th September 2020


Ring the Diner for an appointment 0151 678 2588 


Cost £30.00

Read more about what Vaccicheck Antibody testing is here

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Should you Neuter, When should you neuter -

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 There has long been discussion around the most appropriate age for dogs to be neutered. 

Certain dog breeds have been shown to have an elevated risk of developing cancers and/or joint disorders when neutered at an early age. However, that risk had only been assessed across a very limited number of breeds. A new study published by researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, USA, sheds new light on this topic. Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for 35 Breeds of Dogs: Associated Joint Disorders, Cancers, and Urinary Incontinence’, a 10 year study of 35 dog breeds, has uncovered a large disparity of risk of joint problems and cancer amongst different breeds. 

The joint disorders include hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tear or rupture, and elbow dysplasia. The cancers include lymphoma, mast cell tumour, hemangiosarcoma, and osteosarcoma.

The researchers analysed data from thousands of dogs examined at the University of California Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to try to determine whether neutering, the age of neutering, or differences in sex affected certain cancers and joint disorders amongst different breeds of dog.

In most of the breeds examined, the risk of developing problems was not affected by the age of neutering. Not surprisingly researchers found that vulnerability to joint disorders was mostly related to body size. 

Small-dog breeds seemed to have no increased risks of joint disorder while a majority of the larger breeds tended to have joint disorders. Interestingly, an exception to this was among the two giant breed, great Danes and Irish wolfhounds, which showed no increased risk to joint disorders when neutered at any age. 

The researchers also found the occurrence of cancers in smaller dogs was low, whether neutered or kept intact. In fact, only two small breeds, Boston Terrier and Shih Tzu, showed a significant increase in cancers associated with neutering.

In most cases, a dog’s owner can safely choose the age of neutering without increasing the risks of joint disorders or cancers. 

However, of the 35 breeds studied, 9 breeds showed increased risks and were recommended to be neutered after 23 months of age. For males these breeds included Bernese Mountain Dog, Boxer, German Shepherd, Irish Wolfhound, Standard Poodle. For females the breeds included Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog and Shi Tzu. 

To assist pet owners and veterinarians in deciding the appropriate age of neutering a specific dog, guidelines are laid out for neutering ages on a breed-by-breed and sex basis. The study suggests that dog owners should carefully consider when and if they should have their dog neutered. 
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Vaccicheck Clinic

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 We will be re-starting our Vaccicheck clinic very soon at the Dog's Diner on the Wirral

Saturday 29th August from 10am - ring the Dog's Diner for an appointment




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Should you neuter your pet? New study shows how complex the decision is.

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Neutering (including spaying) of male and female dogs in the first year after birth has become routine in the U.S. and much of Europe, but recent research reveals that for some dog breeds, neutering may be associated with increased risks of debilitating joint disorders and some cancers, complicating pet owners' decisions on neutering. 

 The joint disorders include hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tear or rupture, and elbow dysplasia. 

 The cancers include lymphoma, mast cell tumor, hemangiosarcoma, and osteosarcoma Neutering previous studies on the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd Dog, neutering before a year of age was associated with increased risks of one or more joint disorders, 2–4 times that of intact dogs 
 There were major breed differences in vulnerability to neutering, both with regard to joint disorders and cancers. In most cases, the caregiver can choose the age of neutering without increasing the risks of these joint disorders or cancers. 
 Small-dog breeds seemed to have no increased risks of joint disorders associated with neutering, and in only two small breeds (Boston Terrier and Shih Tzu) was there a significant increase in cancers. To assist pet owners and veterinarians in deciding on the age of neutering a specific dog, guidelines that avoid increasing the risks of a dog acquiring these joint disorders or cancers are laid out for neutering ages on a breed-by-breed and sex basis.



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from Avidog 


Certainly I recommend you DO NOT have a larger breed dog >25kg adult weight neutered until she is fully developed physically - which can be well over a year

Consider sterilisation: vasectomy or surgery to remove uterus but not the ovaries if you want to avoid unwanted pregnancies 

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