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Working For Yourself. What’s It Really Like?

Working for yourself – From a very early age I was the one who took the stray home, helped the injured bird, saved the mouse from the cat – I got my first job in kennels while I was still at school. Above all, I seemed to be the one who never mixed with the mainstream and always wanted to be different. I have vivid memories of working for a small car dealership in Mountsorrel, I pretty much rearranged the whole parts store much to the disgust of my manager. I was trying to take over. I got the sack! Every job where I worked in kennels, I would do the jobs I was asked and then more. I can remember one job in a boarding kennel, the owner said I did a great job of cleaning the yard as

I went above and beyond what I was asked to do and this is a skill people lack these days.

Leaving School

When I left school, I set up a business selling pet food, working for yourself was great then, this was way before the days of social media so I can imagine how hard it must have been to advertise, it was just the Leicester Mercury and the Post Office window in those days.

Kegworth, Leicestershire

When I moved to Kegworth in 1996, I got my 3rd proper job in kennels, although the guy I worked for was more like a dealer, it wasn’t a boarding kennels but it got me to where I am now as I started doing the same in 1999 – assessing dogs and supplying them to the Police & Prison Service, one dog called Storm became an arson detection dog in Ireland.

Moving to Lincolnshire

In 2001 I decided I wanted to move, looking back that took some balls. A new area, I didn’t know anyone, didn’t have a job and I had 7 dogs. Straight away I was continuing my work but streamlined it to rescuing English Springer Spaniels only, Lincoln ESS Rescue (LESSR) was born. Having a policy of never turning a dog away, by 2008 I was full to bursting but with no regrets and wrapped LESSR up and took in my last / rehomed my last (yeah right!). In July 2008 I had 26 dogs to vaccinate to comply with the kennel licence!

2008

2008 was the birth of Meg Heath Kennels at just 3 kennels, I did them up quickly and was soon up to 8 kennels.

Such a lot of work was needed, there was roofing, land purchase for parking and vehicle access to the paddock, painting, buying panels and general refurbishment works. During all of this time I had no one to help me, I did it on my tod.

Now I look back over the last 16 years and it hasn’t been easy. Times I’d literally just break down with the sheer volume of work I’d taken on, I still have done recently but I’m better at it and know what I can manage and what I can’t.

Staff

My biggest problem when orking for yourself is staff. I’ve had about 5 good ones in 9 years, they don’t stay, they move on for various reasons, 2 with health issues, one moved on to a better job for what she’d studied for, one had a life crisis and one still here who I’m interviewing to replace as she’s leaving now too.

I had one kennel maid who didnt last 3 hours because she said she didnt like using the hoover as it would scare the dogs.

Some of the shit I’ve had to put up with is unreal! Nowadays I don’t bother with staff, they are more trouble than they are worth. The stress from doing it all myself is less than the stress some people cause.

Time off

Getting time off is my second biggest problem now but when you have a dream job you have to make sacrifices, my sacrifice was my freedom.

When you own a boarding kennels, you sacrifice your freedom. It’s something you don’t really consider.

You don’t get holidays like everyone else but them I only enjoy UK holidays anyway, like going to the Lake District or Scotland. We are hoping to get away this year and look forward to the quiet times.

There that’s about it for now, but I hope to write more about what it’s like to own your own boarding kennels soon, stay tuned…

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Boarding Kennels – A Day in The Life

…a kennel maid & owner of boarding kennels.

What’s it really like working in Boarding Kennels? If you’ve never worked in kennels, you could be finding it hard to get a place. I’ve just had an opening for a kennel maid with over 125 applications. I’ve interviewed 6 people and still not found the right person. I had someone start on a trial and she lasted 3 hours all because she didn’t like being corrected, it’s called training, if you’re not told, you’ll never get it right.

So, today, doing the job of 2 people what exactly have I done?

Out on the yard at 0800 – no point in wearing yourself out working all hours – you won’t last! So 0800 it is.

Put my dogs out in the yard, wash down and do waters

Fresh waters in the house and out in the dog rooms

Mop out the luxury kennels, do waters

Prepare 3 kennels for check-ins

Wash down all the runs and rest of the boarder’s side of the yard and do their waters

Exercise all the boarder’s in 2 groups this morning

Mop house floors

Hang out dog bedding, bring in dry bedding

Exercise my own dogs

In between the above I have 3 check-ins / 4 dogs

One of this morning’s check-ins is a puppy farm dog / unsocialised cocker spaniel whose owner was worried he may not cope as it’s his first time in boarding kennels, so I left him until last to walk. I tried getting down on all fours, doing a play bow and wagging my tail, sorry bum but he wasn’t impressed. Turns out he wouldn’t let me near him until I carefully popped a slip lead on him then he was good to go.

The second challenge was another feral cross who wouldn’t let me near him, so I shut his hatch down giving me better scope for catching him, managed the ‘coochy coo’ bit and got a lead on him – still flighty but with a lovely temperament.

All the others are just crazy Labs, Collies, Shih Tzu, you know the regular types.

Now time to walk my lot, that’s easy. Poop patrol the field, this gets done twice a day.

Feed time, I go straight in and do the boarders, I clean feed clean feed because I’m quick I can clean a kennel and then feed the occupants without any drama. I don’t train staff to do it this way they just clean for me and feed when I’m away. Corridor mopped and everywhere tidied, doors, sills, frames and glass cleaned where required in the kennel area and I’m ready to go in and feed my dogs.

Mix up the food ready, currently using Harringtons and Wainrights meat. I have a tub that it goes in, it gets mixed up and I go to each dogs’ feed station where they either have a bowl or a bowl in a stand. Every one has a set place and that routine rarely changes.

Floors hoovered in the house and dog rooms, sofa hoovered, pots get left till the end of the day. Hang any more washing out etc etc.

Phewwww coffee break.

Check what orders I have for Meg Heath Dog Leads while drinking coffee, pop on Facebook.

Some quick social browsing while I have a break, answering the phone, organising future bookings, waiting for a late check in and preparing for an interview.

Have a quick sarny because it will be after 1 by the time I get to eat otherwise. Ate half of it 🙁

Without realising the time, I need to get ready for an interview – she turns up early so I busy about putting my dogs away and letting her in.

6th interview in 3 weeks.

Its now way gone 1 pm and I have to start to think about going through my orders. By the time I’ve done little jobs and some online stuff its 2 pm, so I get to work and knock out 4 orders, 2 boot leads, one long line and a regular dog lead. I’ll post these tomorrow as I’ve not got time to book them out. I have 7 more orders to make, I’ll do that tomorrow as its 3 pm now, time to start afternoon kennels.

Ok, let my dogs out in the yard and walk Archie, he’s the puppy farm cocker, he was good as gold, walked him with Nala the Shih Tzu. Then I got the feral beast out, poor little chick, he’s quite flighty but put him in one of my martingale harnesses and a training lead (double leading for safety). I walked him with Misty the Labrador and Minnie the Border Collie. They were all good doggies.

Then the 2 newbies Lucy & Abbie, talk about fall in love, I love small cross breeds with Lab in them, one in season, so walked on their own for safety. They were really good too despite being in a strange place. Then it was time to walk my lot, that’s the easy bit, all out in one go. It’s now 4.30 and time to feed again, so I go in and feed everyone in the kennels, pop beds down for anyone who hasn’t got one or who needs fresh, feed one by one and say goodnight 🙂

Tidy up and make sure every ones’ doors are padlocked, kennels locked and nanights…

Feed my dogs and do the washing up. Eggs Florentine for me tonight and a Cappuccino in the office while I write my blog. That’s not the end of the day. There is a quiet patch after 5 until about 6.30 – 7.30 when my dogs get 1 lap around the field again just to go to the loo and have a final blast round. Then sit down either in the living room or go up to bed to watch TV. Sometimes I don’t leave my desk during this gap as there’s always admin work to do, or Amazon, eBay, Next, you know the thing? Or is that just me? Today Seb’s brought us some new toys to play with at the weekend. My new found hobby dare I say, shooting targets up the field..pew..pew..

I generally answer emails up until I’m ready to put the lights out, biking enquiries, enquiries about dog leads etc.

So that’s about it really…No doubt I’ve left something out but you get the general idea about a typical day in my life.

Its generally about 2000 or later at this point so a good 12 hour day, this is 7 days a week, easier at the weekends as I make sure it is and then usually 4 hours off in the week for coffee and shopping. I go round and make a final check on the doors and a visual check of kennel gate padlocks, headcount my dogs in the house and lock all the house doors.

Bath time for me and then I like watching stuff like Embarrassing Bodies, Benefits Britain, Nightmare Neighbours, Big Brother that kind of thing then at the weekends we watch Fargo, sometimes a film, partake in a little bit of tub time and maybe some Moèt (new hobby – Seb’s fault).

So there you go….

~ Sarah Gleave

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Preparing Your Dog For A Stay in Kennels

Preparing your dog for a stay in boarding kennels – A few handy tips

First Time? Depending on their temperament, you may want to consider introducing your dog to kennels. It’s sad to see a dog, no matter how much they are loved, put in kennels for the first time for say 2 weeks. It’s one hell of a shock for even the boldest Labrador. So what can you do to help to make sure their stay in kennels is a positive one?

Consider booking your dog in for what I call a day stay, just one day without staying overnight. Feed them at home and bring their bed and toys to the kennels. Offer to call the kennels at lunchtime to find out how your pooch is doing. It gives you the opportunity to go and fetch them if it is really bad (not unknown)!

Then book your dog in for one day plus overnight, this time take their own food, bed and toys; anything that helps them feel more at home.

Then book your dog in for a weekend, again take all their home comforts and their own food. Drop off Saturday morning and collect Sunday afternoon.

I have always said that you will get a full and honest report of how your dog got on. If he tried to bite me or show any kind of aggression then I will tell you, but ultimately we’re aiming for ‘nothing to report’.

On The Day

Make sure that your dog/s have been walked before you check them in. There is nothing worse than a dirty kennel for the kennel worker and the dogs if the first thing they want to do is relieve themselves, but also they may need to but don’t want to because all of a sudden they are in a strange place. So that makes possible health implications.

Get Your Vaccination Cards Ready well in advance. A good kennel should have checked them at the time of booking, ask for them to be presented at check-in and stay with the dogs while they are in the kennel. Check your kennels rules, if it’s not on the website, then call them. If they are strict or there is something wrong with the vaccinations, your holiday is potentially ruined if the vaccines are not quite right.

Personal items such as bedding (and spare bedding), treats, toys and chews.

Medications There is no point telling the person who checked your dog in, it needs to be communicated at the time of the booking in writing and a note should also be written and put on the actual kennel. I do this even though I’m the only person who feeds.

Check-in day and times Make sure you arrive at the right time and the right day, I had a customer turn up 2 days early this week with potentially disastrous consequences for both the kennels and the owner, fortunately, all was dealt with OK.

Paperwork / formal stuff Does your kennels have a set of Terms & Conditions that you can easily find and do they look professional? Do they have a clear cancellations policy that is fair? Have they asked for all of your dogs’ details including your emergency contact details and explained how this will work? Do they know who your vet is? All these things lead to a better experience.

When your dog goes home It’s usual for things to not be quite right for a few days, after all, no matter how nice the kennels are, it’s still not home. Keep your routine up, don’t let pooch take liberties and watch out for diarrhoea and the dreaded kennel cough. If you didn’t take your dogs’ usual food into kennels, expect their bowels to be unsettled for 24-48 hours while they get used to a different food again.

Kennel Cough During the summer months kennel cough is something your dog might be lucky to escape, they can catch it from anywhere – not just kennels, however in large kennels it’s difficult to avoid. At Meg Heath airflow is good and cleaning standards are high. I have a protocol for an outbreak of kennel cough and unfortunately for the offending dog we send them home as putting into isolation will not help.

So, do your dog a favour, help them enjoy kennels – it is possible, a lot of dogs are quite simply not suited to kennels. The commitment is yours, help them enjoy the experience.

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Sponsorship

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We ask that you agree to this before we despatch any items:

  1. Place a link on your web site. The link must be added when you start your campaign and before we release any products. It must be there until after your competition has closed or your dog show has been held.
  2. Social media tagging, sharing and linking. Be generous, not just one. The more you share us, the more we will favour you in the future.
  3. Facebook Competitions – Please link to our business page when you launch your competition or show and leave it live until after the show or competition has finished.
  4. Twitter – At least one tweet, but regular tweets do not go unnoticed.
  5. Any items sent, may not be exactly as seen on the website as we use redundant stock, the quality of these items is however, the same high standard.
  6. Winners of competitions – we expect that the recipients of prizes also share us.
  7. If you can agree to these terms, please fill out the form below and we will deal with your request asap but will nonetheless be within 30 days.

We agree to abide by the rules set out herein.

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Clicker Training, Hypnotherapy and Trypophobia

Trypophobia and Clicker Training

Clicker training you may have heard of especially if you are into dog training, hypnotherapy every one has heard of, but trypophobia, what the heck is that? How can these 3 words be in the same sentence you ask, read on…

What is Trypophobia

Trypophobia – look it up, that is if you don’t suffer from this phobia otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it as Google is full of trigger images.

I can’t speak for everyone as we all vary, but my trigger images are mainly but not exclusively found in nature. I have triggers with some man-made patterns too. By now are you getting some idea?

Trypophobia for me is a phobia of repeating patterns. But there is one thing I can’t put into words and that’s how it makes me feel. I think it started as a kid, although I don’t know why or how. My mum doesn’t know either.

So how does clicker training and hypnotherapy come into the same blog post?

Hypnotherapy

In 2012 ish, I went for hypnotherapy to help me with my running, sure it helped temporarily, but in her room, something made my trypo ten times worse. I already suffered but during this hypnotherapy session, something happened. She asked me if I had any phobias, I told her, I said I don’t really like that pointing to an ornament of some creature thing with a scaly pattern on it. I thought no more of it. So we did the hypnotherapy thing and that night I went home jumped on the treadmill and ran like the clappers.

However, there was quite an extreme side effect. When I was walking my dogs at a certain point walking around the paddock I had an extreme emotional reaction. I burst into tears, it was really bad actually but I can’t explain it any more than that.

I walked around 3 times or so and thought, I can’t bloody have this. I tried to figure out what it was. Was it the clover? There’s a patch of clover up the field that has really small leaves, drives me crazy sometimes, but I walk over it several times a day, so learn to ignore it.

The Dog Training Clicker saved the dayClicker for dog training

I can’t remember if it was that day or the next day, but I’d made some Madeira cake (or had I bought it, probably the latter knowing my baking skills). So I got my clicker and headed up the field alone, cake in hand.

I had already identified that moment where the emotion built up, so with that in mind before this happened, I clicked then filled my gob with Madeira cake. Repeat x 3 or 4 times.

Cured…

Would you bloody believe it, I had cured myself. Well, let’s be fair, I couldn’t carry on like that could I, balling every time I walked around the field?

It was definitely something to do with the hypnotherapy and the existing phobia but thanks to clicker training, it and I saved the day.

Now I still get the heeby-jeebies at certain triggers. My worst is bearded dragons and similar. I don’t like the vaseline advert with all those people on it with their hands in the air and the channel 5 logo with all the little wavey bits on it.

Do you have a similar story relating to clicker training or suffer the same weird or another type of weird phobia that you have no explanation for?

Please comment below, I’d love to hear your stories.

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Walking Your Dog – How often?

How Often Should You Walk Your Dog?

A question that many ask but few master. Walking your dog is dependent on many factors. Of course, breed types, breed ages, age and health are all factors that should be considered when working out the right amount of time to walk your dog.

Factors that are secondary to your dogs’ needs are that of the owner, not the primary importance but a factor nonetheless. Factors that dictate how long your dog is or isn’t walked are things like time, work hours, owner health, owner interest or lack of interest sadly. Behaviour issues such as pulling on the lead and not coming when called are all factors that effect walk duration or frequency.

It’s a fine balance

I always tell dog owners that walking and feeding your dog is a balance. So for example, if your dog is a working dog, they will be fitter, require more exercise and hence need more food. If your dog is a small lap dog that gets a few minutes a day or just let out in the garden then they require less food.

“My personal opinion is dogs should always be walked a minimum of 2 times every day with extra time to relieve themselves, for example last thing at night and first thing in the morning. Dogs should never be left for longer than 4 hours as they can become bored and need the toilet.“

Summary

So, with these examples above you can see that it’s definitely a balance that needs to be worked out. But how do you work it out? Look at your dog’s body weight / condition. Are they fat, thin, just right? You can tell by looking at the region behind their last ribs, they should have a waist line, an area that ‘goes in’ as it were.

You can google infographics to find out the ideal body condition for your dog.

So, in summary there is no definitive ‘how many minutes should I walk my dog’, because there is no right or wrong answer. You have to work it out based on all the factors. Above all, enjoy your dog and make sure they get as much exercise as they can enjoy. If in doubt ask your veterinary surgeon.

 

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Links

The Animal Team

http://theanimalteam.org.uk

The Animal Team provides an essential link between Rescues, Rescue People and Volunteers. Our home check and transport groups not only provide Rescues with the ability to expand their rehoming areas, but our promptness in getting checks and runs covered also mean a quicker turnover of Rescue spaces, this, in turn, enables more animals to be saved.

In addition, we also help with assessments of animals waiting to come into Rescue and finding foster homes, again freeing up rescue and foster spaces. We also assist Pound Pullers with transport, these are the people who work tirelessly pulling dogs from death row & finding them Rescue spaces. It’s not just dogs… We have home checked & transported all kinds of furries, from cats, to horses, rabbits, rats and even a pigeon!

We cover the whole of the UK with a large group of amazing volunteers, really amazing. They will drop everything for an emergency & tirelessly give their time to the furries who need them. Our admin is a wonderful team of volunteers who also give their time, energy and commitment to come to the help of these animals. No human is too young to realise the wonderful world of rescue and volunteering, one of our admins on our Rescue Register is a young teen who helps when she’s not in school and at a weekend.

If you’re a rescue looking to give yourself a wider audience, then please feel free to join our groups, or speak to an admin about joining.  Likewise, if you’re a volunteer who wouldn’t mind giving your time to animals who can’t help themselves, then please, feel free to join or speak to the admins and they will advise you as to what you need to do to join us. Come and join one of the fastest growing and fastest paced groups. We look forward to having you on board. Rescue is a 24-hour job & The Animal Team never closes. We are always here to help in any way we can.

Animal Team Links page

ANIMAL TEAM PLEASE PROVIDE A BACKLINK FROM YOUR SITE AND DIRECT IT TO https://www.megheathdogleads.co.uk


New Hope Animal Rescue

http://www.newhopeanimalrescue.co.uk/about.html

New Hope is dedicated to helping animals on death row & animals with medical needs. We aim to help as many animals as we can, given their circumstances and in particular, animals that have been turned away elsewhere.

We often take in animals in immediate danger to save them from death & then place them into other rescues once space is available.

We occasionally rehome those that we consider rehomeable, but concentrate on being the middleman between immediate danger and rescue spaces. We care for animals in our own homes, foster homes or private boarding kennels, where we often have to keep many of the death row dogs.

New Hope is limited by space, fosterer’s availability & financial help. We rely on donations to help keep saving lives.

Our vet bills are very large, as we endeavour to help any animal that needs help whatever the costs might amount to, and have seen vet bills during the course of a year running into thousands of pounds.

We work alongside many people including fellow rescuers who offer placements on desperate animals, donations of money, animal food, bedding, animal housing, fostering, adopting, transporting or cross-posting etc.

Animals that are considered not to be suitable to be rehomed, or animals that have not been able to find a home, whether because of medical conditions or behavioural issues remain under the care of New Hope or are placed in other non-destruct organisations.

Animals with special requirements are not destroyed as these are the very animals New Hope strives to help. They live with Niall (New Hope’s founder) & other members of New Hope permanently, many are found sanctuary homes for a lifetime of happiness & understanding of the particular animal’s needs.

New Hope concentrates on death row animals from pounds, vets & those who have been injured including wildlife. We rarely take animals in from the public unless the circumstances are extreme. Please bear this in mind if contacting New Hope. We will strive to help place healthy unwanted animals into other rescues if the situation is urgent.

NEW HOPE ANIMAL RESCUE PLEASE PROVIDE A BACKLINK FROM YOUR SITE AND DIRECT IT TO https://www.megheathdogleads.co.uk


Many Tears

http://www.manytearsrescue.org

Many Tears Animal Rescue (MTAR) is based in Carmarthenshire, Wales but has dogs in foster homes throughout the UK. We take in and rehome primarily ex-breeding dogs who are no longer required; those on “death row” in the pounds and those whose owners are no longer able to keep them.

We are a unique rescue in that the majority of our dogs are ex-breeders and many have never seen the outside world before. With the help of our staff, fosterers and other volunteers we provide a special and loving environment to help all our dogs adapt and find permanent, loving new homes. All potential adopters are interviewed and homes vetted and we do our utmost best to find the right home for each dog. The rescue has grown considerably since it first opened and now homes in excess of 3,000 dogs a year.

All our dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, inoculated and wormed but in addition to this, we get many dogs in need of specialist veterinary care. Some of the most frequent problems we encounter are dogs who arrive here with eye and heart problems, along with those with liver shunts and joint problems. Any treatment is required is financed by donations to the rescue which enable us to ensure each dog receives the specialist care it needs.

MANY TEARS RESCUE PLEASE PROVIDE A BACKLINK FROM YOUR SITE AND DIRECT IT TO https://www.megheathdogleads.co.uk


South Yorks English Springer Spaniel Rescue

https://www.syessr.co.uk

We aim to care for and re-home as many unwanted, stray or neglected Spaniels as we can as well as proving advice and support to current owners. Despite our title, we will help other types of Spaniels plus cover a much larger geographical area and will not base decisions solely on the location of either a dog needing our assistance or a possible home for one of our current dogs.  As well as strays dogs come to us for reasons such as;

the “present” is too much trouble
a new baby arriving
their owners splitting up
they are too old to work
their owners working pattern changes
they have a behavioural problem
their owners move house or emigrate
or even a new puppy arrives (so the oldie has to go!)

There are many other reasons, too numerous to list but whatever the reason, we care for them and try and find them a suitable new home as soon as possible. Last year we helped 120 dogs.

We also provide support to a number of dogs on our foster scheme. Although this is a costly scheme we are very proud of it and it is something that not many rescues have. Dogs which are elderly or have a medical condition are often difficult to find homes for as people are worried about the financial commitment that may be needed. As part of our foster scheme, these dogs will be found a permanent home but we will continue to provide financial assistance towards veterinary costs. We currently have around 40 dogs which are part of this scheme, which as you can imagine is a large drain on our funds.

SYESSR believe that all Springers deserve to be given every chance to live their full life regardless of their age or disability. Only on veterinary advice and when the quality of life is poor is euthanasia considered. This ethos is a costly one and means extra income has to be found to support these dogs.

SYESSR PLEASE PROVIDE A BACKLINK FROM YOUR SITE AND DIRECT IT TO https://megheathdogleads.co.uk


 

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Vestibular Syndrome in Dogs

Vestibular Syndrome is one of the conditions I have the most experience of while working with English Springer Spaniels (it is not just springers that suffer). Most of them get it and it’s not unusual for them to experience an episode more than once or twice. It can happen and pass in minutes (rare) or it can spread over 10 days from onset to recovery.

What I wanted to address particularly in this blog post is how to deal with the first onset of the episode. The first symptoms of vestibular syndrome in dogs are without a doubt the most stressful for the inexperienced dog owner but the trauma your dog is experiencing is what you have to consider including:

  • Time to recover
  • Care from you to help with toileting, feeding – can you help them out to the loo physically? I made a strap to help with the weak rear end.
  • Accept that meds may not help, but time will
  • Above all do not rush to have your poor dog put to sleep because vestibular syndrome is not a killer, peoples attitude towards it is!

How can I prepare?

Vestibular Syndrome can affect your dog in their senior years, in my experience with springers, it’s almost inevitable that they will experience it, I’d say 50%+ chance. What you must remember is you do not have to have them put to sleep!

  • Get a rear end support for your dog, I make them but you can buy them from any dog mobility store.
  • Have some meat in stock that can be had fed, not chicken, a proper complete meal like Pets At Home Wainwrights. This meat can be cut up into squares and be hand fed nicely, dogs like it and it is a complete meal (better for their bowels than just one type of protein)
  • If you need to address incontinence – for male dogs you can get belly wraps and then put incontinence pads in them – for female dogs you can get bitch pants and again use conti pads (incontinence pads can be bought from any food store like Tescos etc)
  • For pooping accidents, feeding as above will help you pick it up as poops should be solid, this is not guaranteed as there may be a disturbance in the bowel habits post vestibular syndrome until they fully recover

Symptoms Of Vestibular Syndrome

  • Walking in a circle, unable to walk straight
  • Loss of balance
  • Eyes flickering from side to side called nystagmus
  • Loss of appetite

I always say ‘always consult a vet’ but do you really want a dog whose world is spinning to be travelling in a car when there’s nothing your vet can do anyway? This is just my opinion and they DO recover. What can kill them is the fact they were already weak (old) or are experiencing other illnesses that don’t make them as resilient to this disease. The only time this happened for me was with a very old girl springer and she was on her third episode.

Video of Buster November 2017

About Recovery

It is not unusual for a dog who has suffered a vestibular episode to be left with a head tilt and possibly a little more unbalanced than normal.

Expect more occurrences once they have had one. If you are aware you can be better prepared and less stressed thus focussing on your dogs’ recovery and not your own inconvenience! I’ve had many a people call me and say, we’ve lost so and so, oh what happened, oh she had a stroke. Too late to advise as they’ve already killed the dog. Just my opinion having dealt with more vestibular cases than I care to count!

Please feel free to add your comments and experience.

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Dogs List – Guest Post

The Dogs List - Products and Services Directory

The Dogs List – Our Guest Post this month.

Thank you to Alison of The Dogs List for helping us with a guest post. Please be sure to visit The Dogs List website, we here at Meg Heath know just how much work goes into running websites (or multiple websites)

So what started off The Dogs List directory? Well, it began 4 years ago when we embarked on our maiden journey to become a dog parent. Following extensive research, we decided that the best breed to suit our fairly placid lifestyle would be a golden retriever. That might be the case when they’re all grown up but we started out with a VERY lively puppy that forced us into a world of puppy classes, socialisation, doggy food and accessories. This baptism of fire is what inspired us to set up The Dogs List directory to group all things dog-related together in one place and to share information and products that you just can’t find at the supermarket.

A Free Service to Dog Related Businesses

The Dogs List is a FREE directory for dog businesses to advertise their products and services with website and contact links.  Anyone can also use the hashtag #TheDogsListOffers which pulls all offers into one handy place on social media for potential customers, and whenever possible we share dog related laughs and jokes to brighten up your day.

Some final advice about goldens. We’d read that they shed a lot of hair but thought, how bad can it be? Several grooming brushes and vacuums later, we now know! Also, if you want to live life as a loner, buy a goldfish. Retrievers will drag you over the road to say hello to a perfect stranger and ad hoc workmen who will freely give up their sandwiches.  Oh did I not mention begging!

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Essential Guide To Travelling With Your Dog

Our Guest Post this month is Essential Guide To Travelling With Your Dog. I don’t get the opportunity to travel much with my 9 dogs but when I decide to go somewhere with 1, 2 or 3 or them, usually to Scotland or the Lakes, I like to be well prepared, heck I’ve even got a special travel bag for going to the vets, mainly because it’s a bit of a novelty for me to actually go out!

Short Days Out, What To Take

On mini days out, I thought I’d share with you the stuff I take with me to make sure our day goes without a hitch. It includes products from the Meg Heath store and recommended stores, read on…

My short journey pack consists of water, bowl, poop bags, lead, collar, harness, Car Boot Lead, towel (maybe x 2), vet bed, blanket or throw, a crate if needed (usually the Car Boot Lead – 1 per dog and maybe a spare) and my sanity usually intact at the beginning!

Weekends away with your dog

I just love the soft crate idea for any dog who you might want to pop to bed in somewhere a little more secure at night or even when you need somewhere safe for your doggy to be whilst travelling. This soft crate is more for the bedroom, but a smaller one is ideal for popping up quickly where safety is paramount.

This month thanks to Jay Williams, we have a fantastic infographic that shows in one handy image, a comprehensive list of things you can consider when travelling with your dog.

 

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Influencer Marketing

Influencer Marketing – Pet/product blogging and social media sharing

We are looking for pet & dog product influencers to blog and share our products.

Do you have a good amount of followers on social media and love to try out new products for your own dog?

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

Be prepared to share us a few times to make it work though, if you’ve ever been the company providing the products you will know that just one share is not enough, you need to be prepared to put some hard work in to make it pay for the store concerned – ME!

Are you in the business of blogging for pet-related companies, then we might be right up your street!

  1. Email us to let us know how you would like to collaborate.
  2. Have a look through our site and identify a product that suits you.
  3. Agree to our terms (done at email stage).
  4. Have a look at our Influencer blog to see what we can do for you.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully a mutually beneficial relationship.

~ Sarah