Hydrotherapy

We are expanding into Hydrotherapy!

Sophie Comas Dog Health, Dog Welfare, Hydrotherapy, News 0 Comments

Our founder Jacqueline Newholm has decided to expand the offering at Big Brown Dog Therapy to now include Hydrotherapy. We caught up with Jacqui on week one of her new course to find out more. Here is what she had to say. What is hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy is an alternative therapy to help strengthen muscles, improve cardiovascular fitness, relieve swelling, pain …

dog obesity

Human food as dog food: a translation

Jacqueline Newholm Dog Health, Dog Welfare, Industry News 0 Comments

Just like us, it’s easy for dogs to put on a few extra pounds if they consume too many calories and aren’t getting enough exercise, particularly as they get older. Recent studies have shown that canine obesity is becoming a serious problem in the UK whereby 1 in 3 dogs is overweight or obese.* I have to admit that from …

Muscular injury

Muscular injury in our dogs

Jacqueline Newholm Common Pathologies and Conditions, Dog Health, Dog Welfare 0 Comments

Dogs, like any animal, are susceptible to soft tissue, muscular injury throughout the course of their everyday activities.  Most soft tissue injuries in dogs are due to falls, fights, accidents, and during exercise and play. Our blog about muscular injury in dogs discusses the science behind the phases of muscle healing and repair. Categories of muscle tearing A soft tissue …

Lead pull

Pulling on the lead will damage your dog’s neck

Jacqueline Newholm Dog Health, Dog Welfare, News 0 Comments

Did you ever stop to think about what happens under your dog’s collar when it pulls on the lead? Persistent lead pulling will damage your dog’s neck. We’ve distilled a thought provoking article from dog behaviourist Els Vidts (www.freedogz.com) for our latest blog. The dog’s anatomy is basically the same as ours, and it’s neck is also just as sensitive …

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Big Brown Dog Canine Massage Therapy website launches!

Jacqueline Newholm Dog Health, Dog Welfare, News 0 Comments

We are a canine massage therapy specialist, based in Maidenhead, Berkshire and we are really excited to announce the launch of our new website www.bigbrowndogtherapy.co.uk. Our Journey of discovery Our website signifies the launch of our business.  The last 8 yrs have been a really exciting journey for me.  I have a traditional corporate working background and in 2008 I …

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Dog Health: Osteoarthritis (OA)

Jacqueline Newholm Dog Health, Dog Welfare, FAQs 0 Comments

This is Jock.  He suffers with the dog health problem, osteoarthritis in his left hip. Also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), osteoarthritis is a painful and progressive disease (i.e. it continues to get worse over time), that involves the permanent, long-term deterioration and destruction of the cartilage and components surrounding the joints, which results in chronic pain, inflammation and …

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Dog Health: Hip dysplasia

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Dog Health, Dog Welfare, FAQs 0 Comments

Lovely Tilly suffers with a dog health condition, dysplasia in both of her hip joints. Primarily an inherited condition, hip dysplasia is a common problem for all dog breeds, but is more prevalent in large/giant, fast growing breeds. The condition results from an improperly formed hip joint (which is a ‘ball and socket’ joint), whereby the joint loosens with age. …

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Dog Health: Spondylosis

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Dog Health, Dog Welfare 1 Comment

Meet Holly (she’s the little lady on the left). Holly suffers with a dog health condition, spondylosis, which is  associated with aging.  Also known as a ‘middle-aged’ disease, some researchers are of the opinion that every dog will develop spondylosis if it lives long enough (VCA Animal Hospitals, 2014b). Spondylosis is a condition that affects the bones of the spine …