Keeping Your Dog Safe

Some great advice to follow from the  DogLost  Team     at


  • Ensure your dog’s tag contains – owner’s name, postcode, and at least one contact number.
  • Ensure your dog is micro chipped – and that details are up to date.
  • Dog tattoo – a permanent and visible means of identifying your dog. The National Dog Tattoo Register can provide more details.


  • Tie your dog up outside a shop
  • Leave your dog unaccompanied in a car
  • Leave your dog on its own in the garden
  • Give out information about your dog to strangers


  • Use an extending lead if your dog’s recall is poor
  • Vary the time and location of your walks
  • Walk with a friend if you are worried
  • Increase your house security – a crime prevention officer will advise you
  • Consider a GPS tracker collar More info here:
  • Pre-register your dog with DogLost  ( feature coming soon on
  • Consider joining


DogLost is a national community of thousands of dog owners and volunteers like you, helping to reunite lost dogs with their owners. It’s FREE to join – then you’ll be able to register lost and found dogs, helping to reunite them with their owners. They also provide:

  • A printable poster for each dog that can be put up in your area
  • A page for each lost or found dog, where news and support can be shared
  • Email alerts for lost dogs in and around your postcode
  • Other news of lost pets and relevant events
  • Connections to help you share news of lost dogs on social media
  • Links to a microchip scanning service used by vets and wardens, to ensure your pet is returned as soon as possible
  • …and more benefits coming soon!

DogLost is a volunteer organisation, so always appreciate DONATIONS that help even more dogs in distress.



Lost Dog: a handy contact list

Ticks – what, where and when

Ticks are small parasites – they look a little bit like spiders as they have 8 legs, and they feed on blood.

They do not have wings and they cannot jump. They travel by walking on the ground and up plants from where they latch onto their prey with specially designed hooks on their legs. An unfed tick is approximately 3mm (sesame-seed-size) and small, oval and flat. After a blood meal, a tick can reach 11mm in diameter with the grey/brown body extending out from the back of the thorax.

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Veterinary Care in Singapore

Singapore is a very small and densely populated Southeast Asian city-state at the bottom of Malaysia, benefiting from a very hot and sunny (yet very wet!) climate. To give you an idea of just how small it is, there are currently 5.6 million people living in what fits into a portion of London. Singapore is truly one big city, where convenience is a way of life. Many grocery and convenience stores are open 24/7, and public transport is extremely efficient, safe, clean, well-connected and cheap.

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Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad?

This along with other questions you may have asked yourself, could be: ‘Why is my cat only licking the gravy/jelly of the food?’ or ‘why does my pet make a funny noise when eating?’.




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Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month

The month of May is veterinary nurse awareness month. It is a campaign that was started by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) originally in 2005 as a National Veterinary Nurse Day and in 2012 it progressed to a whole month long campaign every May.

The purpose of the campaign is to inform the public of the important role that veterinary nurses have in a veterinary practice and to raise awareness of what that role entails.

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Deadly for Dogs – Blue Green Algae

Guest post from the Good Vet & Pet Guide

You may have read reports that certain lakes in the UK have been affected by deadly blue-green algae. But no matter where you are in the world, if your dog likes to swim in lakes, streams or other areas of open water, or drink from these when out on walks, this article is a must-read.

What is blue-green algae and why is it a problem?

Blue-green algae can be found in water throughout the UK (i.e. in ponds, streams, lakes, estuaries etc.) and these can produce toxins which may be harmful to animals and humans.

The types of chemicals produced by the algae may vary and can therefore cause a wide range of different clinical effects. These effects can range from vomiting and diarrhoea (both of which may be bloody) to lethargy, effects on the heart and blood pressure, twitching, problems breathing, liver and kidney impairment or can even cause death shortly after exposure.

Dogs are most commonly exposed when swimming, playing in or drinking from contaminated water. Water that contains blue-green algae may appear a different colour, or may be recognisable from coloured algal blooms, appearing on the surface of the water, or close to the shore. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know if there are any toxins present in the water without testing.

The amount of algae in a body of water may vary throughout the year. If you come across a body of water that is known to contain blue-green algae, do not let your dog swim in it or drink from it.

Dogs can develop poisoning from blue-green algae when they drink from such water, or lick themselves after swimming in it, and this in turn has a toxic effect on the stomach and internal organs, which may prove fatal.















The symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning in dogs

The type of symptoms that affected dogs can present with, and how severe they are, depends on whether the toxin is affecting the liver, or has begun to have a systemic effect on the entire nervous system.


Symptoms of liver toxicity include:

Generalised weakness and lethargy.

Diarrhoea, which may be bloody.

Pale mucous membranes.

Neurological changes and changes in temperament.


Symptoms of nervous system toxicity include:

Laboured breathing.

Lethargy and difficulty moving.

Muscle tremors.

Convulsions or fitting.

Left untreated, both types of toxicity can soon prove fatal.

blue green algae


Diagnosing blue-green algae poisoning

If your dog has been swimming in or drinking from an outdoor water source and exhibits any of the above symptoms, you should take them to the vet as a matter of urgency. You should explain to the vet where your dog has been, and if possible, take a water sample from where your dog was for testing.

Blood and urine panels can help your vet to make a definitive diagnosis, but the history of your dog’s activities and the water that they have been in are the most important tools in diagnosis.


Can blue-green algae poisoning be treated?

Successfully treating blue-green algae poisoning in the dog can be tough, as water is quickly absorbed by the body, and its associated toxins along with it. The faster you can get help, the better your dog’s chances of survival, and if your dog can be taken to the vet shortly after ingestion, they may be able to be given an emetic to encourage them to vomit up the water, or a product like activated charcoal to absorb as much of it as possible in the stomach.

Treatment then depends on how the algae is affecting the dog, and relies upon supporting their liver and nervous system functions, while minimising pain and discomfort where possible. Blue-green algae toxicity can be difficult to treat, and often proves fatal. Even for dogs that ultimately recover, the after effects of poisoning may have repercussions for the rest of their lives.


Keeping your dog safe

Blue-green algae in water often makes it appear very green in colour, and you may actually be able to see huge algae blooms within the water itself. However, it is not always possible to tell if water is undergoing a bloom and the associated die-off, and so just because water looks clear and clean, you should not assume that it is. Even water that your dog regularly swims in or drinks from can be affected by blooms, so you should not consider any particular body of water as safe, particularly in hot weather when water levels are low.

Never let your dog swim in or drink from unknown water sources, and if your dog has been swimming outside, wash them off when they get back home.