Dog health advice from Dragonfly.

  • How does GSE work in treating worms?
    Dog Health

    How does GSE work in treating worms?

    You have just had your dog tested for worms and it has come back positive. You don’t want to use chemicals and would prefer a natural solution. Well, don’t panic because grapefruit seed extract might be the answer you’re looking for, but how does GSE work in treating worms?

  • Dog Health

    Flea, tick & mite prevention for dogs

    As the warm weather approaches, we want to be ready for when those pesky parasites start showing their faces. Flea off is a great preventative supplement that is all natural.

  • What is Colloidal Silver?
    Dog Health

    What is Colloidal Silver?

    Colloidal Silver is a must for any dog first aid kit! It can be used for a range of things from cuts and burns to infections. The uses are endless. 

  • How to stop my dog chewing on the skirting boards or table legs
    Dog Health

    How to stop my dog chewing on the skirting boards or table legs

    Puppies are often associated with biting the furniture and whilst this is true, older dogs may also struggle with this habit.

  • Should I brush my dog’s teeth?
    Dog Health

    Should I brush my dog’s teeth?

    Cleaning your dog’s teeth regularly is something that should be done daily to remove plaque and reduce the chance of any dental diseases. Not sure where to start? Start here!

  • What to feed a poorly dog?
    Dog Nutrition

    What to feed a poorly dog?

    Chicken and Rice has always been the recommended bland diet for poorly dogs.  We explain why there are much better alternatives. 

  • How to travel safely in the car with your dog
    Dog Health

    How to travel safely in the car with your dog

    Did you know that it is your responsibility to make sure that your dog is suitably restrained whilst driving for the safety of you, your dog and others? And should your dog not be suitably restrained, you could be charged and fined?

  • Seasonal Allergies in Dogs - Itching
    Dog Health

    Hayfever in Dogs, Seasonal Allergies and Itching

    Throughout the year environmental factors can cause seasonal allergies, such as hayfever and grass mites. These can make your dog very itchy and uncomfortable and can lead to problems with the skin, eyes, and nose. We have a great supplement to help soothe and hopefully prevent any discomfit that your dog may suffer from.

  • Toxic foods your dog should never eat and common household dog poisons.
    Dog Health

    Toxic foods your dog should never eat and common household dog poisons.

    You might think you are showing your dog a kindness by treating them to bits of your dinner, but have you ever stopped to think about what you are feeding them?

    Human food is quite often toxic to dogs, they cannot digest it in the same we can. Have a read of our article advising on what human food your dog should avoid as well as learning about other toxic products around the home which you need to keep out of the way of inquisitive paws and jaws.

  • Giardia in dogs. What to do if you think your dog has Giardia
    Dog Health

    What is Giardia in dogs?

    Giardia is a nasty parasite that lives in your dog’s intestines which can be spread by infected poo. If not closely monitored, Giardia can be extremely dangerous.

    Read on for our advice on the signs to look out for and what you should do if you suspect your dog has Giardia.

  • When do dogs have a first season and what to expect?
    Dog Health

    When do dogs have a first season and what to expect?

    Are you worried about what to expect when your dog has a season? You will notice behavioural and physical changes but don’t worry, these are perfectly normal.

    Have a read of our article on what to expect and the signs to look out for.

  • Nail Clipping for Dogs – when should they be done?
    Dog Health

    Nail Clipping for Dogs – when should they be done?

    How do I know when my dog’s nails need clipping? Probably the best way to look at it is that have your dog’s nails trimmed as often as it takes to prevent their nails from touching the ground when they're standing.  Regular trimming helps to prevent future problems.

  • How to care and protect your dog's paws during winter!
    Dog Health

    How to care and protect your dog's paws during winter!

    As the temperature drops outside, winter walkies might not be quite as fun for your dog as you may think. From sore noses and cracked pads, there are a lot of hazards to be aware of; freezing ground, salt and antifreeze to name just a few.

    Be vigilant and take care of your dog through the cold months with our tips below.

  • How do I stop my puppy from biting us? Teething tips.
    Dog Health

    How do I stop my puppy from biting us? Teething tips.

    So your new puppy is biting you? Don’t worry, this is totally normal behaviour. Your pup will have learnt in the litter to use their mouth to play and typically this continues when they interact with humans. However, this behaviour can become problematic if not addressed.

    Read on for our tips and tricks for dealing with puppy biting and teething.

  • How to keep your dog safe in winter – helpful tips
    Dog Health

    How to keep your dog safe in winter – helpful tips

    As the temperature starts to drop, there are many hazards that become apparent for our dogs.

    From salt and ice on the pavements to dark winter walkies, there are many things to consider, to ensure your dog’s health and safety are looked after.

    Have a read of our advice and tips this winter

  • How often should I wash my dog? Dog grooming maintenance tips
    Dog Health

    How often should I bath my dog? Dog grooming maintenance tips

    Bathing your dog is often a labour of love. That wet dog smell and the mandatory shake as the shampoo and water goes on, all becomes worth it when you have a fresh smelling clean pooch at your feet.

    But how often should you bath your dog? There is no right answer here as it all depends on factors such as breed, lifestyle and health.

  • Anal gland problems in dogs – signs and symptoms
    Dog Health

    Anal gland problems in dogs – signs and symptoms

    Anal glands are a very stinky problem which can easily be sorted. If left untreated, this can become a far more serious problem than just an unpleasant smell.

    Read on to find out how to identify if your dog is suffering with their glands and what you can do to help.

  • Practical ways to calm your dog during Bonfire Night fireworks
    Dog Health

    Practical ways to calm your dog during Bonfire Night fireworks

    Fireworks can be the source of much stress and trauma for our dogs with their loud bangs and flashing lights.

    Follow our advice on the best ways for keeping your dog calm and happy during firework season and what you can do to help them through what is often a stressful time for them

  • Natural Flea Treatments for Dogs – are they more effective than chemicals?
    Dog Health

    Natural Flea Treatments for Dogs – are they more effective than chemicals?

    Fleas are a nuisance and need to be dealt with. But what is the best way to do this? Some chemical flea treatments can be linked to health issues from chronic itching to more worryingly, heart disease and cancer in our pets.

    There are so many natural options for us to consider which are not only better for our dog’s health but also for us. Toxin-free and natural remedies are kinder to our pets and can be just as effective at preventing and getting rid of fleas.

  • Supplements for Dogs – Does your dog need them in their diet?
    Dog Health

    Supplements for Dogs – Does your dog need them in their diet?

    Does your dog suffer with skin allergies? Joint pain? Is their cognitive function not what it used to be? Supplements are a great source of goodness to help your dog overcome these problems.

    Whilst feeding your pooch a healthy, balanced diet is a great source of vitamins and nutrients, you may find that your dog could benefit from some additional supplements as well.

  • Allergy Testing for Dogs. Does Your Dog Need an Allergy Test?
    Dog Health

    Allergy Testing for Dogs. Does Your Dog Need an Allergy Test?

    Is your dog itching, biting their paws or just generally ‘not well’? Are you concerned that your dog may have some form of allergy and aren’t sure what to do next? Have you been recommended allergy testing?

    Allergy testing in animals can be painful and costly and not necessarily yield the needed results. An elimination diet is a great alternative to help identify your dog’s allergies in a controlled, safe and cost effective way.

  • Should my dog wear a coat in winter?
    Dog Health

    Should my dog wear a coat in winter?

    Have you ever considered getting your dog a coat? Are you worried that during the winter months, they will be feeling the cold?

    There are many factors that result in dogs feeling the cold and a coat could benefit them by giving them some extra warmth when the temperature drops.

  • How Healthy Is Your Dog’s Poo?
    Dog Health

    How Healthy Is Your Dog’s Poo?

    You will probably be surprised at how much you can tell about your dog’s health and diet from the type of poo that they produce. Although probably not one of the most enjoyable things to do, a quick look, whilst you are scooping that poop can provide you with a wealth of useful information that you can use to help ensure that your dog is being fed the right amounts of food to the presence of worms or parasites.

  • What are the health benefits of owning a dog?
    Dog Health

    What are the health benefits of owning a dog?

    Have you wondered what the health benefits are to owning a dog?

    Whether it be mental or physical, the health benefits to owning a dog are plentiful.  From combating loneliness to reducing stress levels, from improving social lives to making us more active, owning a dog makes us healthier.

  • How To Ease Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety When You Leave Them
    Dog Health

    How To Ease Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety When You Leave Them

    Over the last twelve months or so, many of us have been lucky enough to spend prolonged periods of time with our dogs and puppies. Whether this has been the result of furlough or home working, it has been an unexpected and welcome experience. Now that things are getting back to normal, how will your dog cope going back to their old routine?

  • Lungworm in Dogs Causes Symptoms Treatments
    Dog Health

    Lungworm in Dogs Causes Symptoms Treatments

    Lungworm is becoming a lot more common in the UK these days and is classed as an ‘emerging disease.’ It is a very serious condition which if left untreated can rapidly spread through canine communities and can prove to be fatal.

  • The signs and symptoms of Travel Sickness in Dogs
    Dog Health

    The signs and symptoms of Travel Sickness in Dogs

    Travel sickness is very common in dogs and is probably one of those things that is often overlooked  from a dog owning point of view, unless you regularly travel in a car with your dog. 

  • Travelling with dogs – what to pack for your staycation?
    Dog Health

    Travelling with dogs – what to pack for your staycation?

    Travelling with dogs in this country for a staycation? Our ultimate guide of what to pack to keep your dog happy and healthy.

  • The Benefits of Turmeric for Dog’s Joint Health
    Dog Health

    The Benefits of Turmeric for Dog’s Joint Health

    Turmeric has so many benefits for dogs and is a fantastic natural supplement to include in your dog’s diet.  Most popularly used to support joint health.

  • When is it too hot to walk my dog?
    Dog Health

    When is it too hot to walk my dog?

    Many well meaning owners walk their dog when it is just too hot for them.  Heatstroke is dangerous for dogs – know what the signs and symptoms are.

  • How do I keep my dog cool during summer?
    Dog Health

    How do I keep my dog cool during summer?

    With the temperatures rising and the sun finally shining, your dog may be starting to feel the effects of the warmer weather.  Read our tips on how to keep them cool.

  • Choosing A Harness For Your Dog
    Dog Health

    Choosing A Harness For Your Dog

    A well-fitted harness for your dog or puppy is so important.  Our guide helps you know what to look for or you can come to our Huddersfield store for a free harness fitting from our Ruffwear Range.

  • UK Law and Dog Tags – The Importance of Dog Tag Identification
    Dog Health

    UK Law and Dog Tags – The Importance of Dog Tag Identification

    The Control of Dogs Order 1992 is a law in the UK which covers how dogs must wear collars and tags when they are in a public place. If you fail to abide by the law, you could face a hefty £5000 fine.

  • Yeast Infection in Dogs
    Dog Health

    Yeast Infection in Dogs

    Yeast infections in dogs are more common than you think. When your dog starts scratching it is time to find the best way to ease the itch and discomfort.

  • Dog's Dental Health
    Dog Health

    Dog's Dental Health

    Our dog’s dental health is so important to keep on top of. Bad dental hygiene and care can lead to plaque and tartar build up causing poor breath, tooth loss and potential high vet costs from having teeth cleaned and/or surgery.  There are many ways we can help keep their mouths and teeth in tip top condition to help prevent any issues and keep their breath fresh.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar For Dogs
    Dog Health

    Apple Cider Vinegar For Dogs

    Apple Cider Vinegar is a great natural supplement that has so many benefits for dogs internally and externally.

  • Christmas Dangers for Dogs
    Dog Health

    Christmas Dangers for Dogs

    As exciting as Christmas is, there are many things that are about at Christmas, that are potentially dangerous for your dogs, we wanted to highlight these for you so that you can remove the potential danger and not have to spend time at the vets with your dog(s) over Christmas.

  • What can I feed a dog with Pancreatitis?
    Dog Nutrition

    What can I feed a dog with Pancreatitis?

    Pancreatitis can be a devastating illness for your dog.  Whether acute or chronic, adaptations to your dog's diet must be made.  We discuss the various options from within our range that are suitable.

  • Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
    Dog Health

    Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

    We explore the possible reasons as to why dogs eat grass, what we can do about it and whether it is cause for concern.

  • Why Is My Dog Sick In A Morning?
    Dog Health

    Why Is My Dog Sick In A Morning?

    Does your dog sometimes vomit yellow or clear liquid in a morning before breakfast?  A phenomenon called 'The Hunger Pukes' could be causing this very common problem.

  • Feclab Wormcount for Dogs a natural worming solution
    Dog Health

    Feclab Wormcount for Dogs

    Feclab Wormcount for Dogs are a natural worming solution taking a holistic approach to regular worming tablets.

  • Furry Rabbit Ears - a natural wormer!
    Dog Health

    Furry Rabbit Ears - a natural wormer!

    Feeding fur is a natural way to approach worming your dog.  We give you the lowdown on this more holistic approach to worming.

How to prevent fleas, natural worming solutions or maybe you have another health concern about your dog. Our articles and guidance will help you find a solution to most of the common dog health related questions.