Home from Home Blog

Welcome to the Home From Home Dog Boarding blog!

We will keep you regularly updated with the latest news about us as well as interesting articles about all things dog.

Kamela Prevett BVM&S, MRCVS

Kamela graduated from Edinburgh University in 1997. After working at a large practice in Salisbury, Kamela decided that she preferred a closer bond with patients in a smaller practice environment so joined Cobham Veterinary Centre in January 2008. Kamela is our Consultant Vet; our go-to lady for advice if we have any medical situations.

Kamela is also our Contributing Editor on our blog page giving sensible advice and dismissing some popular myths. Please click on the links below to see what Kam is sharing with us.

Benefits of Being a Dog Carer

Have you ever considered becoming a dog carer but aren’t really sure whether it’s for you?

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Lumps & Bumps

Skin tumours are incredibly common, and most dogs will have one during their lifespan. They can range from tiny skin tags to aggressive life-threatening masses. For this reason, it is important to get any new lumps checked with the vet, so they can be assessed.

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International Adoption

There has been a rise in the popularity in the UK for rescue charities to import street dogs from outside the UK from places like Spain and Bulgaria

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Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot is a disease that affects dogs of all ages and breeds. The cause of it is unknown but if not treated early it can result in fatal kidney disease.

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Pet passports

Pet passports were first introduced to enable people to take their dogs in and out of the UK without the need for quarantine

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A salute to service dogs in dangerous jobs

Dogs are often thought of as lovable pets, and let’s face it, they are. Man’s best friend also serves a pivotal role in our military in combat areas as well as having roles in the police force.

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Sticks

Dogs love to carry, catch or chew sticks and often actively search out a stick when on a walk. Most of the time this is harmless fun but stick injuries in dogs can be very serious.

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Report concerns about a dangerous dog

It is every dog owner’s legal responsibility to keep their dog under proper control. Regardless of whether it is on public or private property, it is a criminal offence for a person to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control. This applies to the dog owner, or the person in control of the dog at that time.

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Fleas

Fleas can be a problem all year round due to central heating but often become more noticeable during the summer months.

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What to consider before getting a dog?

There are many ways to acquire a new dog. Re-homing is the best one, but we recognise that sometimes people have their hearts set on a new puppy. However, it's very important to know what to look for when buying one, and the questions you need to ask when you meet the puppy, and the breeder.

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Ticks

Spring is the start of tick season and they thrive as the weather turns milder and moist. They are especially prevalent in areas where sheep and deer graze. Ticks live in thick undergrowth and wait to hop onto dogs as they pass by.

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Who are the RSPCA, and why are they so important?

The RSPCA stands for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and they have been established since 1824. The RSPCA is a registered charity in England and Wales.

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Chocolate

With Easter fast approaching it’s a good idea to highlight the dangers of chocolate ingestion in dogs.

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Dogs in the workplace

Dog friendly work places are very popular in today’s modern culture. Ben & Jerry’s, Amazon, Google and Etsy are among some of the largest companies that encourage and allow their staff to bring their dogs to work. In America a recent study by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) concluded that 17% of companies had dog and pet friendly workplaces.

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Microchipping

As from April 2016 it became a legal requirement that all dogs over 8 weeks of age must be microchipped and the details registered to an authorised commercial database.

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Puppy Socialisation

Puppies are mostly obtained by their new owners around the age of 8 weeks.

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Top 10 breeds of puppy dogs bought for Christmas

Why not take a look at the top 10 breeds purchased over the festive period

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So, what makes a great Vet?

A good vet should and will almost always be held in the highest regard by both pet owners and animal lovers alike. They provide the beloved animals of the world with essential preventative and emergency care, helping keeping them safe and sound.

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Best gifts for Dogs this Christmas

It’s that time of year again and you’ve probably started wondering what to get your four-legged friend for Christmas this year.

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Best Dog Food Option - Dry vs Wet

So, you need to decide on the best option for pet food for your dog. Which one do you go for - Wet or Dry?

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Fireworks

With autumn upon us, we need to think about that time of year when many dog owners dread-fireworks night. Except in many cases, it’s not only a night but can last a fortnight and be a very stressful period for both dog and owner.

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What Makes A Good Puppy & Dog Class?

So, you've decided to get a puppy. What about puppy & dog classes? Are there any advantages in these, let's take a look...

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Senior Pets

The age at which canines become senior varies a lot according to breed. An 8 year old Yorkshire Terrier would be considered to be a fairly young dog but an 8 year old Great Dane would certainly fit into the senior category.

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TV shows About Dogs

So when the day is nearly over and you and your best friend retire to watch some television, what are the best dog shows out there?

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Teeth Care

The gold standard is to brush your dog’s teeth daily, just as we do, but unless you start this as a puppy it can be very difficult to introduce to an older dog.

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How to keep your best friends safe this summer

When it comes to the weather, the Great British weather is one of the most unpredictable, one day it's raining, the next it's a heat wave!

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Who are DogLost?

DogLost helps reunite dogs with their owners. Started in 2003, after the founder Jayne Hayes lost her Frenchie, it has assisted over 80,000 owners be reunited with their pets. It is the UK's largest lost and found dog service and best of all they are free!

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Be safe and keep your dog on a lead during lambing season

Each year reports that thousands of farm animals are either killed or injured by pet dogs. With this in mind, we decided to put together some useful tips, not only for dog owners but also for farmers.

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The importance of controlling your dog in public places

Did you know? If your dog is out of control in either a public place, private residence or even in your own home you are breaking the law.

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Pet Insurance - Do you have it?

Pet insurance is something you get to help you protect yourself from unexpected costs that you could face being the owner of a pet.

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The Queen, her latest milestone and the royals pet dogs

You may or may not have heard, but on Monday the 6th of February the Queen of England marked an historic occasion by celebrating her Sapphire jubilee. This means she became the first British monarch to reach 65 year on the throne, adding yet another notable milestone to the list.

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Unwanted Christmas puppies - Facts and figures from the dog charities

After the charity Dogs Trust had spent the Christmas period caring for a record amount of canine casualties, they are urging the people of Britain to think hard about the commitment of owning a dog

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Not Just for Christmas

It’s not just at Christmas, because of the rise in ‘designer’ puppies, it is estimated that 1000’s of puppies a year (almost 200 a day) get smuggled in to the UK

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Support your dog charities this Christmas

Christmas time is approaching and soon the season of giving will be upon us. Today we would like to talk about some of the many charities out there that are able to help dogs that come in to their care

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Go on vacation without having to leave your dogs behind

Ever wanted to go on a short or long break in the UK but couldn’t find any where that you could stay which would also let you take your dogs along and even let them stay in the accommodation with you?

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Preparing for Winter Walks

Here are some ideas to keep your dog warm and safe in the winter.

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Home Boarding or Kennels - Something for everyone, not for everybody!

So you need to leave your dog whilst you go on a holiday or a work trip, what are your options? You have two major choices; a traditional kennel or home dog boarding.

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Whose caring for your pet while you are away?

No one likes to leave there beloved dog behind when travelling around but it is often unavoidable and must be done.

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The signs of heatstroke and how to treat it

Signs that heatstroke is or has set in and that should not be ignored.

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Keep your Best Friends (Dogs) safe this summer

With Britain’s unpredictable weather you never know when a lovely sunny day or heat wave is going to strike, so you must be aware of the dangers heat can do to your beloved pet, how to prevent and treat such things.

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Keep your dog on a lead during Lambing Season

Itís that time of the year when pregnant ewes and newborn lambs are in the fields. It is reported that every year thousands of farm animals are injured or killed by pet dogs.

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New Micro chipping law for dogs

Across the UK as of April the 6th 2016 there will be a new law being enforced making microchipping your canine compulsory.

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Should the kennel club register crossbreeds?

Do you agree that crossbreeds/designer dogs should be classed as the same as purebreds?

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Celebration for Home from Home Dog Boarding

This year is going to be our 20th birthday as we've been placing much-loved dogs in carefully selected family homes since 1996.

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Dog Boarding at Christmas

An exciting time for all members of the family including your pets, Christmas festivities are just weeks away but with many emotions floating around both in the lead up to and on the day, the changes in routine can often be stressful for the entire family and your dog.

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Keep your dog safe while in the dark

Lots of dog owners across the UK will now be walking their pets in the dark. With minimised visibility there are many ways of making your dog walk in the dark a lot more worry-free.

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How to prepare your dog for fireworks

It is getting colder now and at this time of year there is plenty to celebrate with Halloween, Bonfire night, Christmas and New Years all within weeks of each other, it can be a very noisy time of the year too. Many dogs are uncomfortable and scared of loud noises but there are a number of things you can do in order to prepare your dog for fireworks and other loud noises.

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