Dog Food equals Dog Poo

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Dog food and dog poo go hand in hand – this is fact!
Food is a constant consideration for all dog owners and of course, puppy food is a whole different consideration. Puppies grow 20 times faster than adult dogs and therefore require a special diet to aid their physical development.

When considering puppy food, specially formulated growth food is recommended which needs to be provided at evenly spaced intervals to avoid over stretching their small stomachs. The usual procedure is to feed your puppy four meals per day up until the age of four months. Reduce the feed to three meals per day until it is six months old when you can reduce to two meals per day for the rest of its life.

What goes in, must come out!
The stage of your dog’s life and what they eat will of course determine what comes out. It’s important to keep the garden clear and clean from all dog waste, to reduce the chance of spreading the bacteria and parasites into the home. Many puppies are born with worms, and therefore their waste must be cleared with extra care. We advise The dooup because it clears while spraying the affected area and the scoop inside. The dooup can store up to 10 days’ worth of puppy waste, so it will save bags and time, as well as leaving the garden hygienically clean for all to use.

If children are using the garden too, you will need to be careful that they don’t come into contact with the waste as there is a chance they will be affected with toxicariasis which is what happened to toddler Aimee Langdon below. As a result, she lost the sight in one eye.
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Toddler lost sight in one eye after falling in dog waste

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Dog Food…too many options?
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to dog food, so it is often difficult to know which one to buy. There is a huge range of dry complete foods on the market and the quality varies. Try to choose a food specially designed for them and suits your budget. The ‘premium’ dry foods tend to have the best quality ingredients. Many are based on chicken and rice or corn.

With semi-moist and tinned foods, choose a good quality food with an easily digestible recipe. For example, chicken and rice. Ensure it is nutritionally complete and doesn’t require additional foods.

To make home-made dog food, it can be very difficult to get a balance right. It’s a good idea to choose from a tried and tested commercial diet that fits in with your daily schedule.

Dog treats are also in abundance, and range in quality. Some of the commercial treats have far too much sugar, colourings and milk products in them. Even doggy chocs or low fat yogurt drops often contain sugars or lactose (milk sugar). Always check the ingredients.

Remember, if you are regularly feeding your dog treats, reduce the amount in their meals so as to avoid over feeding.

So…about that dog poo
Puppy poo is often soft or runny, but with time and good diet this will improve. The dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer works well in the garden to clear and sanitise the area after your puppy has been. It works best on grass to remove soft or runny waste. Push the lever several times and re-position to achieve maximum clearance and sanitation.

If soft or runny stools continue from your adult dog, it may be that his or her digestive system is slightly strained due to intense exercise, different food, noise or other factors. It is sometimes a good idea to stop the food for 12 to 24 hours. Resume, then feed half the usual amount the next day to ease their system..

Feeding your dog pure pumpkin (not pie) can work as a healthy treat as it contains dietary fibre to sooth the system, absorb moisture and firm the stool. Add around 1 to 2 teaspoons for a small dog and 1 to 2 tablespoons for a large dog to the main meal.

Consider changing the dog food. Show an ingredient label from your current kibble or canned food to your vet and he/she may suggest another type of food without corn or grains. Corn and grains can add bulk and this can lead to softening the stools. Keeping things simple, such as fish and sweet potato are really beneficial for chronic stool problems.

We hope this helps. We know only know a little about dog food but we know lots about dog poo and how best to clear and sanitise your garden with ease and hygiene. The dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is contact-less, easy and offers a hygienic way to keep your garden clear and clean. It also saves you bags and time. Take a look at it in action here

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The dooup on the shores on Necker Island

The creation of each and every dooup Complete Pet Waste Clearer is bound for a rather unpleasant job. The nature of these pooper scoopers are to scoop the poop, so not the most glamourous of positions. However, if you were to come back as a dooup, you would definitely choose to be one of the ten very lucky dooups that were shipped to the luxurious Necker Island to deal with the Gecko waste that apparently pollute these glam shores. Sunning themselves with the celebs, these dooups may just become famous too. That’s the hope at the dooup HQs anyway!

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#Richard Branson’s 74-acre #Necker Island is one of the few places in the world that the rare gecko – Virgin Islands dwarf gecko, lives. However, we do know that the manager of the Island has a dog, so perhaps the dooups are also finding their purpose in clearing doggy doo too.

The dooup CPWC is in fact the only pooper scooper in the world that sprays environmentally friendly sanitising fluid while clearing away animal waste! It also stores multiple amounts of waste before the bag inside seals it away upon removal of the storage chamber.

For slightly sticky waste like a Gecko’s waste would be, the user would need to push the lever a few extra times to disperse more spray to help lift all of the waste, perhaps repositioning each time to get 100% clearance. We know that with good practice and applying the right technique for the right terrain and waste consistency, the dooup is the best pooper scooper available.

Who knew the dooup would become a Gecko poop buster!?

So these dooups are at home in an island where people spend US$2,167 per day to stay – they are definitely the luckiest pooper scoopers in the world. And of course, the team at dooup HQ would be happy to fly out and help clear Gecko waste, if any assistance was ever required.

 

Gloria Hunniford Joins Campaign for Heart Disease Prevention in Dogs

Veterinary scientists have made a major breakthrough in the management of the most common form of canine heart disease, which has the potential to extend the healthy lives of dogs worldwide.  Gloria Hunniford has joined the campaign to educate owners on potential risks and what they can do to keep their pets happy and healthy for longer.

Heart Disease Prevention in Dogs

Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford discovered that her cavalier King Charles spaniel Gemma was suffering with heart disease when she collapsed earlier this year.  Now that her beloved pet is doing well with the right medication, Gloria has joined a campaign to raise awareness of the commonality of heart disease in small dogs, and encourage owners to seek out information on earlier diagnosis of the disease in their canine companions, to help them live a longer, healthier life.

Heart disease is one of the top five causes of death in dogs in the UK, with MVD accounting for the majority of cases. The disease is caused by the deterioration of one of the heart valves and predominantly affects small breed dogs, including cavalier King Charles spaniels, dachshunds, poodles and terrier breeds.

But the global EPIC study, led by Professor Adrian Boswood of the Royal Veterinary College, found that treating dogs with enlarged hearts – an early warning sign of progressive heart disease – before they display any outward signs delays the onset of heart failure secondary to mitral valve disease (MVD).

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Watch our video to find out more.

Finding the right home boarder for your dog!

“You wouldn’t leave your child with an unlicensed nanny, so why would it be okay to leave your dog with an unlicensed dog boarder”

 
We wanted to talk to you about what you should be looking for from a Home Dog Boarding service.

 
All too often you may come across an advert in your local paper or on a notice board that offers home dog boarding. The poster may look the part and they may even sound lovely on the phone but do you know what questions you need to asking and considerations you need to take into account prior to leaving your beloved pooch in their care?

 
Here at PetStay we pride ourselves on our fundamental aim of ensuring the welfare of the dog is at the forefront of everything we do. As leaders in the field, PetStay were the first to be licensed in many areas when the business was started in 2005 by Carole Davy. An avid dog lover, Carole has instilled these beliefs in each of our 32 franchisees throughout the UK and it’s these strong, unwavering beliefs that are the basis of the loving alternative we offer to kennels.

 
Below we’ve highlighted a few all important things to ask and consider when looking to leave your dog with a home dog boarder:

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• Ask to see a copy of their Home Dog Boarding license from their local council. Every carer with PetStay has to be licensed by their local council before a dog can stay in their home. It is a legal requirement and anyone who wants to board dogs should have one!

 
• If using a dog boarding service, such as PetStay, you should be invited to see where your dog is staying and meet the carer with whom you will be trusting the welfare of your beloved doggy! EVERY dog owner and of course dog who comes through PetStay meets their dog’s carer at their home before any booking fees are taken.

 
• Ask to see a copy of the carers’ public liability insurance. Once again, at PetStay, EVERY one of our carers are insured before they can take a dog into their home.

 
• Ask to see the garden when visiting the dog boarder. Is it secure, is the garden clear of any waste that could prove a hazard?

 
• And finally, trust your gut instincts! If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable with the dog boarder or there is something that is niggling you…or even your dog…take it as a sign and walk away!

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We hope that helps give you a bit of an idea as to how important we think it is that the welfare of your dog is of the upmost importance…not only to you and us here at PetStay but to other dog boarders in the area.

 
That’s why we use the analogy a lot of “you wouldn’t leave your child with an unlicensed nanny, so why would it be okay to leave your dog with an unlicensed dog boarder”!

 

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Why it can cost more to insure your dog than your car

Car insurance can be expensive but dog and cat owners are often shocked that pet insurance can be even more. Many people find that confusing; cars are considerably larger and more expensive than most dogs (though some pure breeds, like French Bulldogs, can cost thousands).

Bought By Many have spent time looking into the reasons why pet insurance can be more than your car insurance and have listed the reasons below.

1. Car breakdown isn’t covered by car insurance, you’ll need a separate breakdown policy for that. Dog breakdown – getting sick and going to the vet – is covered by pet insurance.

Emergency vet treatment is expensive because it means the vet has to drop everything, including pre-booked appointments made by other people, to attend to your pet. Garages are more likely to schedule in a slot for a broken down car after they’ve finished their current jobs.

2. Vets are more expensive than garages. Vet bills cover the cost of skilled labour to treat each individual animal, rather than the skills needed to replace standard parts on a car. Although being a mechanic can be difficult and needs specialist knowledge, it takes at least five years to train as a vet.

3. Cars don’t get chronic conditions, most things are a one-off fix. Dogs do and sometimes need long-term treatment. Most pet insurance policies include the cost of medication and ongoing treatment for chronic conditions (as long as these were not classed as pre-existing conditions when the policy was taken out) – these things don’t come cheap.

4. Even when written off, cars can be salvaged for scrap. Insurers sell these parts to cover some of the costs of a claim. Not true with dogs.

5. Because all drivers must have car insurance, the companies that offer it have huge buying power and negotiate favourable rates from repair garages to keep their costs down. This has only just started with Pet insurers – like More Th>n and its network of vets it has negotiated with.

6. There is only so much that can happen to a car and, for a trained mechanic, the problem is not difficult to identify. Dogs can be quite accident prone and get themselves into a myriad of unfortunate situations.

There are many conditions and illnesses that may affect dogs and, much like with humans, these can take time to diagnose. This means more frequent visits to the vet, which adds up.

7. The cost of treating pets is going up quickly as more cutting-edge medical technology originally developed for humans is used on animals. For example, pets can now have CAT scans and gene therapy. While there have been advancements in car repairs, things have not progressed as quickly and at the same level.

Anything that pushes up the cost of vet bills will be reflected in the cost of pet insurance because insurers need to make sure they can afford owners’ claims.

But what it boils down to is that cars are machines and easily replaced. Dogs are living creatures and for many people are part of the family. It is only natural to spend more money making sure these loving, loyal companions stay healthy and happy for as long as possible

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Recognise And Help Relieve The Pain Of Your Dog’s Arthritis

As we approach World Arthritis Day on October 12, solutions-led pet product manufacturer, Peak Pet Products, is reminding pet owners that arthritis is not just suffered by humans and that their dog could also be suffering from the pain this disease brings.

A recent study by pet insurer, Animal Friends, has shown that the number of dogs suffering from arthritis has more than trebled since 2015. Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Greyhounds, Boxers and Rottweilers are breeds with the highest likelihood of developing the disease.

The new research, based on a study of 20,000 pet health records, predicts the number of dogs suffering arthritis is only set to rise.  It has also drawn a link between obesity levels in dogs and the onset of arthritis.

Luckily, there are pet products that can assist by delivering enhanced pet care for pets suffering from the disease, including a revolutionary new dog bowl – PetWeighter™.

PetWeighter™ is a two-part product comprising feeding bowl plus weighted base.  Thanks to its design, the bowl is elevated to a handy height of 21cm that prevents dogs having to stoop – something of great help to dogs suffering from arthritis, as it reduces strain on their joints and alleviates discomfort in the neck, chest and elbows.

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Although it is a brand new product, PetWeighter™ has already attracted praise from dog behaviour specialists and high profile vets.

Inspired by product developer Charlie the Schnauzer, who needed constant access to drinking water, the high-strength plastic product features a removable bowl on top of a base that can be filled with sand, water, a combination of both or ice, to make it a bowl that cannot move, no matter how hard a dog tries.  Whilst the base stays put, the bowl is detached from the base at feed time and when it needs cleaning.

The elevated height of the bowl also helps to ensure that pups are unable to soil mum’s food or tip the bowl over.

PetWeighter™, from Peak Pet Products, comes in three colours – red, pink and turquoise blue – each with a dark grey base. The bowl is suitable for cats as well as dogs and is designed to last for years.

With a design focused on hygiene, the bowl is simple to clean and has no dirt-attracting cracks or crevices.  It costs £24.99 and can be bought from good pet shops and online from www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GAM16H2  More information about the product can be found at www.petweighter.com

1Tell-tale signs that a dog may be suffering from arthritis are an obvious stiffness in the joints, which prevents exercise that the dog was previously capable of enjoying, and difficulties in activities such as walking up stairs or jumping.  Sometimes, a dog may also continuously lick at a painful joint.

A PetWeighter spokesperson says; “Arthritis in humans is a common and well-known problem, but there is less awareness of the issue in pets. World Arthritis Day, on October 12, provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about the disease in both humans and pets alike.”

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis seen in dogs and is a very common cause of chronic pain, particularly in older dogs.  OA is a slowly progressing disease, where the cartilage in the dog’s joints breaks down and causes friction between the bones.  This results in the formation of outgrowths of new bone, known as osteophytes.  The cost of veterinary treatment for arthritis can run to thousands of pounds.

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Unique New Product Will Stop British Dog Bowls Travelling 2.5 Million Miles Per Year

Dog bowls around Britain are estimated to have been travelling at least 2.5 million miles per year, without ever having boarded a train, boat or plane, or been loaded into a car.1

Experience suggests each British dog bowl travels a minimum of 24 inches per day, during the course of the recommended two daily feeds, creating stressful journeys and lots of pet-lag.

Now, however, thanks to Charlie the Schnauzer – a very serious product tester and developer – all that is about to change and dog bowls will enjoy some very welcome ‘staycations’.

This is all down to a brand new and innovative product called PetWeighter™
and Charlie’s personal story.

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When this loveable dog was six years old, he became the one in the ‘one in five hundred dogs’ that develops diabetes in its lifetime. The vet told Charlie, and his grown-ups, that Charlie had to drink lots and lots of water.  The trouble was that Charlie was a typical dog who liked to throw his bowl around and spill food and water everywhere.  No matter what the grown-ups did, they could not keep Charlie’s water in the bowl, to give him enough to drink to help his condition and stay hydrated.

Luckily, Charlie knew a kindly solutions-focused chap.  He created a makeshift arrangement that saw the bowl set into a wooden framework filled with concrete.  It wasn’t attractive or neat, but it was Charlie-proof.  Charlie, however, being a discerning dog, felt his product developer could do better.  PetWeighter™
was born!

The unique PetWeighte has revolutionised pet feeding.  It is a food-grade, high-strength plastic dog bowl that has learned the command ‘stay’ and does just that, staying put no matter how hard a dog or cat tries to move it. This sturdy and secure, two-part product comprises bowl and a base that is the grounding mechanism.  This can be filled with water, sand, a combination of water and sand, or ice, simply by unscrewing a cap and then securing it again once filled.

The bowl section is then easily detached from the base, so the dog owner can fill it with food, or clean it – even popping it on to the top rack of their dishwasher, if they wish.  Once it’s feed time, the bowl is simply aligned with the weight station base, and gently pushed down to lock into place.

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At its heaviest, a large PetWeighter™
can weigh 13kg – more than enough to prevent dogs throwing their food and water around the floor and making an almighty mess.

Charlie likes to point out that it is every dog’s natural instinct to protect their food and eat it quickly.  In the wild, this would have stopped prey escaping and now, when a dog sees its bowl continuously moving away from it, a deep growl and curling lip can emerge, if owners or children try to helpfully bring the bowl back to its starting point.

Additionally, some of Charlie’s friends have arthritis and find the PetWeighter™
puts less strain on their joints. The two-part bowl is designed for medium-to-large sized dogs and elevated to a height that means a dog does not have to stoop to eat its food, or drink water.  This alleviates the discomfort in the neck, chest and elbows that an arthritic dog can experience and can be a huge weight off the shoulders.

Breeding bitches will find that their little pups cannot get into their mum’s bowl to soil and really cannot tip it up, no matter how much they try.

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comes in three colours – a smart red bowl with grey base, an eye-catching turquoise  blue bowl with grey base and a girly pink bowl with grey base. It is available in two sizes – medium and large – and can be used with cats as well as dogs.

The large red bowl is available immediately, with the large pink and turquoise options available in late September.  All medium-sized bowls will be available early 2017.

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can keep your pet’s feeding area clean and tidy, won’t darken your dog’s mood as it wrestles with its moving bowl and ensures water is cleaner, cooler and available at all times, just as it needs to be.

Being able to assist dogs, with health issues, whether they are diabetics like Charlie, or older and a little achy, suffering kidney disease, or worryingly displaying Megaesophagus really is a big bonus.

The robust PetWeighter™
should last for years, if treated correctly, and its shape makes it hard to chew.  Designed by healthcare engineers, with hygiene in mind, it is simple to clean and the bowl has no cracks or crevices that can attract dirt.

Create one pet feeding zone in your home by stopping your dog bowl from going on its travels!  The PetWeighter™ from Peak Pet Products Ltd costs £24.99 and will be available in many good pet stores, as well as online at Amazon.

More information is available at www.petweighter.com or by calling 0330 223 1534.

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7 bizarre UK animals and pet laws you probably didn’t know

Half of all UK households own a pet, which puts the UK pet population at a whopping 20 million, according to the RSPCA.

But how many pet owners have heard of these weird and wonderful laws, which include rules that date back to the 1800s?

Bought By Many have drawn up a list of 7 unusual pet laws that exist in the UK. A couple of which may leave you scratching your head.

According to UK statute it is illegal…

1. Not to carry a waste bag when dog-walking

Daventry Council, in Northamptonshire, have slapped dog-walkers with a potential £100 fine if they walk their dog without carrying a bag to dispose of its waste. Even if you get stopped after disposing of a used bag, unless you have a spare, you will be liable for the fine.

So be sure to always carry an extra bag or face the prospect of keeping a used bag on you until you get home to avoid a fine.

2. To make a dog bark

Beware if you’re strolling along the Lancashire Coast with your pup. Unless instructed by a police officer, it is illegal to incite a dog to bark.

3. To let your pet mate with a pet from the royal house

It was an executable offense to allow your pet to mate with a pet of the royal house without permission.

This law dates back to before George I. Although the death penalty was abolished in 1965, the offence is still punishable so keep your pups on a tight leash when the Royal entourage is in town!

4. To drink and ride a horse or cattle

Everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving, but what about drinking and riding a horse or cattle?

Under the Licensing Act 1872, it is illegal to be “drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage, horse, cattle…” If you find yourself responsible of either after you’ve had a drink be sure to have a designated rider on standby.

5. To have cows on the street from 10am-7pm

Speaking of cows, according to the Metropolitan Streets Act of 1867, ‘no cows may be driven down the roadway’ between 10am and 7pm unless it has been approved by the Commissioner of the Police.

6. To have a pigsty at the front of your house

From micro to jumbo, pigs are rising in popularity as pets in the UK but did you know that keeping them at the front of your house is a criminal offence?

According to the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, it is illegal to have a pigsty at the front of your house (unless it is ‘duly’ hidden.)

7. Not to microchip your dog

OK, we know this one isn’t particularly bizarre, but it is a new law and not everyone has heard about it.

This year the government introduced the Microchipping of Dogs Act (England) Regulations, which states that all dogs must be microchipped.

Read our guide to what the new microchipping law means to pet owners.

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How to Rehome Your Dog

Rehome your dog

We understand that deciding to rehome your dog is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make.
Whether you need more space for a new arrival, are unable to keep up with vet bills or don’t feel you can give your dog the time it desperately needs, parting company with your furry friend is always a tough choice. After all, a dog is part of the family so it’s important to take the time to find them the best home.

What Are the Main Dog Rehoming Centres?
There are a whole host of dog rehoming centres across the country. Most are run by registered charities.
The main dog rehoming centres in the UK are:
Blue Cross
Dogs Trust
RSPCA
Battersea
Wood Green
National Animal Welfare Trust

What Happens Once I Decide to Rehome My Dog?
If you’ve decided that you would like to rehome your dog, it’s important to act fast. Spaces at rehoming centres can fill up quickly so take the time to choose the right centre for you and your dog and then get in touch with them.
You don’t ordinarily have to make an appointment to visit a centre but it’s worth checking ahead of time, just in case. Once you’ve registered your details with the centre they can let you know once a slot opens up. Most run on full capacity so bear in mind that there may be a wait involved. They will always endeavour to help every dog, but sometimes centres may be unable to accept dogs for rehoming.

What Can I Expect When I Take My Dog to the Rehoming Centre?
When a space opens up the centre will make an appointment for you to bring your dog in for a visit. They will ask a series of questions about your dog’s history, their likes and dislikes, habits, medical record and general behaviour in order to get a better understanding of them and find the perfect new home for your dog.
Next, your dog will also be given a thorough medical when they are checked in. They’ll also be given plenty of exercise and playtimes with staff in their first week or so to help staff get to know their personality and to give them a picture of the kind of home environment to aim for.
Only once they fully understand your dog’s needs and requirements will they begin looking for that forever home for your dog.
As most rehoming centres are run by charities there isn’t normally a fee for rehoming; you’ll find that most ask for a donation to their cause instead. It’s always best to check with the individual centres, though, as they made need to charge for administrative and medical aspects of the process.

How Long Does the Rehoming Process Take?
Every adoption is treated as an individual case. It normally takes a few weeks from start to finish. However, it may be shorter or longer depending on a number of factors, so don’t take the norm as a guarantee.
Centre staff will work with you to get a clear understanding of your dog and what makes them happy. Once your dog has been through the necessary checks and has settled in, they will then be entered into the centre’s rehoming system.
Potential owners will be asked a series of questions to assess their current living situation to determine if they would be right for your dog. Some people agree a match on their first visit and are more than happy to take the dog home soon afterwards, pending a home check.
Other people will visit the centre a few times to find a suitable dog and to also let their potential dog get to know them.

Can I Take My Dog’s Bedding and Toys Along?
The majority of rehoming centres will welcome this, although it’s worth checking before you take your dog’s bedding and toys along with you.

The familiar items and smells will help your dog to settle in to their new environment and give them comfort.
Can I Track My Dog’s Progress Once They’re Signed Over to the Rehoming Centre?
Most centres are more than happy for you to phone up and check on how your dog is getting on. They understand that this is a big step for you both.

What If I Change My Mind?
If you have doubts about rehoming your dog, then it’s best to speak to the centre as soon as possible. Giving up your companion is a hard thing to do so it’s important to make the best-informed decision. Please note that if your dog has already been rehomed then it may not always be possible to get them back.

What If My Dog’s New Home Doesn’t Work Out?
Staff at rehoming centres will work hard to match your dog with a new owner that will love them just as much as you. Should the new home not work out your dog will be taken back to the centre where staff will care for them and continue to search for their forever home.

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