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6 Easy to follow diet tips for dogs FREE IMAGE DOWNLOAD

Harley Debeuc, Veterinary Physiotherapist

I feel canine obesity is a growing issue and has such a major impact on a dogs quality of life increasing their likelihood of developing all sorts of conditions and diseases. Many of the musculoskeletal issues that we deal with could be delayed or even prevented if the dogs weight was under control. Sadly, carrying too much weight increases pain, reduces their mobility and encourages the degeneration of their muscles and joints. 

BUT it's not all doom and gloom! Unlike us dogs can't cheat on their diets by themselves so as long as we stay determined and don't overfeed them they will shed the pounds! 

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Diet tips for horses FREE IMAGE DOWNLOAD

Harley Debeuc, Veterinary Physiotherapist

Equine obesity is an increasingly common problem with more and more studies finding that over half of horses are overweight and worryingly it seems around ⅓ of horses are obese. Why? Our management of our horses often doesn't coincide with how they have evolved to live, meaning where they would usually have calorie deficits, they now have excess. The use of rugs, grains and high quality forages means that our horses are at high risk of developing life altering conditions and diseases. 

It can be tricky to control weight gain in some horses, particularly our native and cob breeds, but these tips should help all horses and ponies lose weight if we are determined enough!

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How to entertain your dog when their exercise is restricted FREE PDF DOWNLOAD

Harley Debeuc, Veterinary Physiotherapist 

Have you been told to restrict your dogs exercise by your vet or physio? Maybe they've just had surgery or they have a condition that needs specific management. Perhaps the weather or your personal circumstance is hindering their exercise, either way they are likely to be struggling with the pent up energy. When dogs get hectic they are likely to do something silly and injure themselves, or they can start becoming destructive and difficult to manage in the house. We have put together some tips for coping with this change in routine and some ways that you can keep your dog occupied and out of trouble!

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What to do with your horse when you can't ride FREE PDF DOWNLOAD

Harley Debeuc, Veterinary Physiotherapist

Have you been told to restrict your horses exercise by your vet or physio? Maybe they've just had surgery or they have a condition that needs specific management. Or maybe you have a youngster or an unbroken horse that isn't being ridden but still needs attention. Perhaps the weather or your personal circumstance is limiting the amount of exercise you can provide, either way they are likely to be struggling with pent up energy. When your horse gets energetic they are more likely to do something silly and injure themselves or they can develop vices if they have no other way to release. We have put together some tips for coping with this change in routine and some ways you can keep your horse busy and out of trouble!

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How to use your dogs walks in their rehabilitation FREE PDF DOWNLOAD

Harley Debeuc, Veterinary Physiotherapist

If your dog is in a rehabilitation programme then the places you walk them and how you walk them can make a huge difference to the maintenance and healing of their condition. Also you may have been advised to keep your dog on controlled lead walks to limit their exercise, and for some dogs you may need some ways of making this more stimulating and fun so they don't become bored. Incorporating some rehabilitation exercises into their daily walks can help with this boredom as well as improving their joint range of motion, proprioception and fitness.

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How to rehabilitate your horse in the paddock FREE PDF DOWNLOAD

Harley Debeuc, Veterinary Physiotherapist

If your horse is in a rehabilitation programme then their turn out can make a huge difference to the maintenance and healing of their condition. Also you may have been advised to keep your horse on restricted turnout to limit their exercise and prevent injury, and for some horses you may need some ways of making this more stimulating and fun so they don't become bored. Incorporating some rehabilitation exercises into their daily routine can help with this boredom as well as improving their joint range of motion, proprioception and fitness.

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What to do with your horse when they're on box rest FREE PDF DOWNLOAD

Harley Debeuc, Veterinary Physiotherapist

Have you been told to put your horse on box rest by your vet or physio? Maybe they've just had surgery or they have a condition that needs specific management. They are likely to be struggling with pent up energy. When your horse gets energetic they are more likely to do something silly and injure themselves or they can develop vices if they have no other way to release. They may also become difficult to manage as they get more impatient and bargy. We have put together some tips for coping with this change in routine and some ways you can keep your horses mind busy and out of trouble!

Master the art of dog massage: Video 

This demonstration video describes why massage is so useful, the scientific benefits of massage and also provides a step by step guide on how you can carry out a massage session on your dog. This is a great recap for our clients who have been advised to massage their dogs at home but is also useful for potential clients to see what we do and how we might be able to help your dog. Massage is also a great bonding tool that you can use for a bit of fun at home. 

*This is only a basic massage stroke, Harley spent 4 years at university learning how to carry out an effective massage with an abundance of strokes and techniques so we couldn't possibly fit that into one video!*

Alternatively find the video on our youtube channel:

Master the art of horse massage: Video 

This demonstration video describes why massage is so useful, the scientific benefits of massage and also provides a step by step guide on how you can carry out a massage session on your horse. This is a great recap for our clients who have been advised to massage their horses but is also useful for potential clients to see what we do and how we might be able to help your horse. Massage is also a great bonding tool that you can use for a bit of fun at home. 

*This is only a basic massage stroke, Harley spent 4 years at university learning how to carry out an effective massage with an abundance of strokes and techniques so we couldn't possibly fit that into one video!*

Alternatively find the video on our youtube channel:

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