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Lead on!

Lead Safety At the start of the Spring Bank Holiday the BBC published a piece about the dangers of dog leads to human health (BBC Health) it seems “thousands of people could be at risk from lacerations, friction burns, fractures and ligament injuries.” As ever it appears to be down …


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Lets Build Some Muscle!

Let’s build some muscle! The review of Ralph’s new medication regime was a bit of a disappointment. The Gabapentin was helping the Onsior and YuMove but the Archduke was still very stiff. I was also concerned about his heavy breathing.  The Vet at Witham View gave him another thorough check …


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“And they call it Poppy Love”

“And they call it Poppy Love” Chris Turner is another very contented VIPPIES customer and friend. Throughout her life Chris has loved dogs – she had a corgi (just as nasty as the Queen’s Susan!) and a cocker spaniel. Whilst working full-time as a teacher she knew could not give …


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Most neighbours might pass a plant over the garden fence!

Most neighbours might pass a plant over the garden fence, but this is a quite different neighbourhood! When you walk up to Pam’s house you are met by a gentle giant of a teddy bear, better known as Luther the German Shepherd. Pam confided she thinks he might let anyone …


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Arthritis doesn’t get better.

Arthritis doesn’t get better I have had a salutary reminder this week (just before Easter) that arthritis is a chronic condition which has to be managed and does not get better. There are good days, even great days but it is something the Archduke Ralph and I have got to …


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Time for a check up

Ralph has had his annual boosters and  another arthritis check up. I have signed up for the pet plan at the Vets so that Ralph gets two six monthly checks, his vaccinations, flea and worm treatments via monthly payments. I can also get his nails clipped and teeth cleaned at …


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Cats Really Do Have Staff

Cats really do have staff   It is always interesting to get a view from the other side of the VIPPIES family -, the customers. Sydney, a twelve and half year old Cream Burmese cat is a very special customer who has been looked after by VIPPIES for the past …


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How will I keep an arthritic Ralph entertained?

How will I keep an arthritic Ralph entertained?   That is a question I have asked myself several times as we started the regime of shorter walks. It is OK to take Ralph out several times a day for a short walk of no more than twenty minutes but that …


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We are a Five Star Service  

  In July 2018 guidance was published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to protect dogs being boarded in homes – the very service we offer at VIPPIES. You can read the document by following this link to the  Government Guidance   Having read it through we …


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The North Wind Doth Blow…

The North wind doth blow, and we shall have snow. So, what will our pooches, kitties, and bunnies do then? There is nothing quite like a sunny, frosty winter’s day to lift the spirits after the grey skies and drizzle. And of course, anyone with children will know that they …


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