Labrador study offers vets clues on why dogs’ tails lose their wag…

A painful condition that affects dogs’ tails may be more common than previously thought, a study suggests. The research offers clues to potential causes of the illness – known as limber tail – which mostly affects larger working dog breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers. Researchers say their findings are the first step towards preventing the distressing condition, which causes the tail to become limp and painful. The team at the University of Edinburgh compared 38 cases of limber tail that were identified from owners’ reports about their dogs’ health with 86 dogs… Read More

New book published about 2015 Eukanuba Friends For Life winner Miracle

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A book about Miracle, the 2015 winner of the Eukanuba Friends For Life competition, has now been published and focuses on the heart-breaking and inspiring story of Miracle, the dog that refused to die. The book focuses on the tear-jerking, inspirational and incredible tale of Miracle, a crossbreed that was snatched from the streets of Thailand, loaded onto a truck with hundreds of stolen dogs and destined for the restaurants of Hanoi. But an incredible rescue led to a fateful meeting with Amanda Leask, a dog lover from Scotland. Devastated by Miracle’s… Read More

The nation’s favourite crossbreed competition is back

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Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for top dogs as it goes to 15 different heats all across the UK. Dogs and owners competing at each of the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017. All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family… Read More

Crufts 2016 Friends for Life nominees revealed

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An autism assistance dog which stopped a seven year-old boy biting himself in frustration and shutting himself off in his own world; a Labrador which saved his teenage owner twice from going into a potentially fatal diabetic coma; a Lurcher giving his owner a reason to live again following complications in pregnancy that left her unable to have children; and a dog helping his owner who considered taking her own life following depression caused by bullying, have been selected as finalists for the Crufts dog hero competition, Eukanuba Friends for Life. The… Read More

How Older People Can Prepare for Getting a Dog

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Owning a dog is an immensely rewarding experience, and it is crucial that people do their research and ensure they are prepared for the commitment of owning a pet. Age UK, the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life, has been working on an online guide for older people looking to get a pet, which the Kennel Club has contributed to. From cost, care requirements, veterinary considerations and making sure your home is ready for a dog or other pet, there are lots of things to… Read More

Help us help dogs

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Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a FREE donation for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust? There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to say thank you for shopping with them. It’s really simple, and more importantly it’s free. All you have to do is: 1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kennelclub 2. Sign up for free  3. Get shopping – your donations will… Read More

Kennel Club Charitable Trust Opens Flood Fund For Dogs

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A special ‘Flood Fund’ has been set up by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT), for those dogs that are in need as a result of the recent floods that have beset the country. The flooding has meant that some people and their dogs have had to leave their homes, whilst others are left marooned and the dogs may be going without food supplies, access to critical veterinary care or medicines. The debris underfoot and ever rising water levels may also be causing dogs injury and damage. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust… Read More