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Tony Booth
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Despite having numerous different careers during my lifetime, writing has been a constant passion. It is more satisfying - and occasionally more frustrating - than anything else. I became a professional writer in 2001 when I was invited to pen my first book on property investment. Four more books followed in quick succession and my world at that time consisted of writing, updating, editing, proofreading, re-writing and then publicising, attending radio and tv interviews and replying to thousands of readers and media folk. It was a hectic period. In my semi-retirement, I now enjoy writing about things that either take my interest or cause me concern, as well as those subjects I have gathered knowledge about over the years. I live in sunny Blackpool in the north-west of England with my partner and our two rescue dogs. Writing is not work ... it's therapy.

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Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
1 week ago
The Protein Predicament of Dogs with CKD

The amount of protein advised for dogs with kidney disease continues to be debated by veterinarians and canine nutritionists, but recently there have been studies that swing away from recommending restriction in all cases.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
9 months ago
Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs with Kidney Disease

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is very common in dogs suffering from chronic kidney disease, but the shortcut method of diagnosing and treating it is often undertaken using a broad spectrum antibiotic. This can cause the infection to go completely untreated - and the delay in identifying the right antibiotic means the infection runs rampant, causing a further deterioration in the kidney disease itself. This article explores the cause of UTIs, and outlines the best method of diagnosing and treating them.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
11 months ago
Panicking Pets

While most pet owners commonly say their dog or cat is frightened of fireworks or reacts antagonistically towards the postman calling . some pets seem fearful of the oddest of everyday things.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
1 year ago
Phosphate Binders And Canine Kidney Disease

A dog's health and quality of life are severely undermined by the build-up of toxic blood phosphorus during canine kidney disease. Controlling how much phosphorus dogs eat becomes a priority in later stages of the condition and phosphate binders become an increasingly essential component in battling the disease.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
1 year ago
Whats The Beef About Raw Diets for Dogs

Raw dog food is a major topic of debate among pet owners, veterinarians and canine nutritionists all seeking to find the best food for our pets. But the information available is often conflicting and confusing. I set out in this article to bring you the facts about raw diets for dogs and draw some conclusions about whether it really is better than tins, kibble and other forms of mass-produced manufactured dog food products.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
1 year ago
5 of The Best Things You Can Do for Your Dog

These are the crucial first five things all new dog owners should think about whether they have got a puppy or a rescue dog.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
2 years ago
Changing Diet During Canine Kidney Disease

When dogs are diagnosed with kidney disease, the first piece of advice given by a vet is usually to change the diet. While this is often good advice it shouldn't become a rigid regime, because as the kidney failure progresses - the diet needs to change along with it. This article explains why some things given early in the disease may not be suitable later on.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
2 years ago
High Blood Pressure in Dogs with Kidney Failure

Studies reveal that 93% of dogs with chronic kidney disease also have high blood pressure (hypertension). This article explores why dogs with CKD get the condition, why owners need to get their dogs checked by a vet at the earliest opportunity and what treatment options are available.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
2 years ago
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10 Home Made Recipes for Kidney Failure Dogs

Dogs with kidney failure tend to be picky eaters. Their food also needs to be low in sodium, phosphorus and low-quality proteins, but at the same time it must be nutritious and tasty. These 10 homemade recipes are a good starting point for owners struggling to manage this disease. They offer a good balance of minerals, high-quality proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins while still adopting the prohibitive rules of a kidney failure diet.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
2 years ago
93 shares
My 10-Step Plan for Dogs with Kidney Failure

My 10-Step plan of action gives dogs diagnosed with kidney failure the best possible chance of surviving. It is designed for owners that have only just received this startling diagnosis for their best friend, but also provides information useful to anyone now caring for a dog with this disease.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
2 years ago
The Dangers of Flea and Tick Treatments for Dogs

Despite them being among the world's leading flea and tick control treatments for dogs, there is a consensus among many veterinarians, canine health experts and researchers that hazardous chemical-based spot-on products like Frontline, Revolution, Spot On, Advantage and K9 Advantix are sometimes best avoided. But, are the so-called natural alternatives any safer?

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
2 years ago
Tremors and Shaking in Dogs with Kidney Failure

Muscle twitching and tremors or seizures happen for different physiological reasons during the course of canine kidney failure and some owners may understandably confuse them. This article differentiates between each symptom and explains why they occur and how they can be treated.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
3 years ago
291 shares
Supplements Useful For Kidney Failure Dogs

This article explores the variety of supplements suggested for dogs in kidney failure and identifies those which are more likely to help.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
3 years ago
Calcitriol Therapy For Dogs With Kidney Disease

Calcitriol Therapy has been suggested as a beneficial treatment for dogs with kidney failure for many years, but many vets seem to be unaware of its potential and only rarely suggest it to distraught owners. While this kind of treatment is complex and can be costly, it offers a complimentary form of management that can both improve the quality of life and extend it for many dogs suffering from this devastating illness.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
3 years ago
How Diet Affects Dogs with Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney failure in older dogs is a common illness - and one that leaves owners feeling saddened, frustrated and helpless. There is evidence that proves diet plays an essential role in prolonging life expectancy, along with essential veterinary support. This article aims to provide the most up-to-date information to support owners and their best friends through this devastating illness.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
3 years ago
Is Rice Laced With Arsenic?

It's a frightening prospect to think that despite trying to do the very best for our dogs by feeding so-called natural and healthy foods such as boiled rice, we may in fact be slowly poisoning them. Research has uncovered some startling facts about this very popular cereal grain, the most worrying of all is that some of it contains potentially toxic levels of arsenic.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
3 years ago
Is Rosemary Harmful to Dogs?

The seemingly innocent herb, Rosemary, has come under close scrutiny recently, because it is now being used by an increasing number of dog food manufacturers as a natural preservative. But some nutritionists, canine health agencies and government bodies are becoming concerned, because concentrated rosemary oils and extracts can cause seizures, miscarriage and many other debilitating illnesses and reactions.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
3 years ago
Alabama Rot and the Danger of Dog Walking

The death of 28 dogs in the New Forest area of the United Kingdom has been claimed by an outbreak of the rare condition known as Alabama Rot. Little is known about it and as yet no one has been able to identify the source of the likely E.coli infection. Worse still, people are continuing to walk their pets in this idyllic setting, taking a huge risk with the health of their best friends.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
4 years ago
Do Dogs Burp?

Some dogs burp, belch and break wind more than others ... just like some humans ... but when dogs belch excessively, it can be an indication that something more serious is going on.

Pets & Animals
by Tony Booth
4 years ago
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When a Pet Dog Dies

The death of a beloved pet dog cannot be measured. The grief that comes from it is something very personal and extraordinarily intense. This article explores the grief experienced by owners and is intended to support those facing the loss of a pet dog and those in the wake of such a dreadful event.

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