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An important message about "Ivermectin" from DogFriendly member Debby McLelland
I am writing in the hope that you can spread the word regarding the above drug which is now incorporated in a great many horse wormers. This drug is toxic to dogs and stays in the horse manure degrading until it is not dangerous for up to 9 days. The only known cases so far appear to be working dogs on farms that have died after eating manure.
Unfortunately I encountered personal experience in April of the horrendous effects this drug can have on dogs. My 2 year old yellow Labrador ate horse manure and within 24 hours started to have horrendous seizures I do have a video of one of these which is horrific to watch. I took the video as I had previously owned a dog who had epilepsy and the vet had asked me to record her seizures so when my dog started with these episodes I recorded it for that purpose. In the end my dog was on a drip for 30 hours and had to be given 3 lots of activated charcoal. Apparently there is no antidote to this poison only treatment is to try and absorb the poison or flush it out. As we caught it early my dog appears to have recovered but they do not know if she has any damage to her internal organs.
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We recently went to Cornwall for our first holiday with our puppy. We all had a fabulous time, Cornwall is generally very dog friendly but a few specific recommendations:
We hired a cottage through Cornish Gems. It was beyond our expectations. Dogs are welcome, just the usual rules about not on furniture and in bedrooms. You also can't leave your dog alone in the cottage - why would you?! Five Degrees West in Falmouth - great food and atmosphere, dogs get a treat bag and are very welcome. Pandora Inn in Mylor Bridge - excellent food, dogs welcome in the bar downstairs but very busy as the food is so good so you will need to book at busy times. The Lemon Arms in Mylor - dogs allowed in the bar area - excellent food although the night we went service was a little slow but the food was cooked fresh and worth the wait. Old Life Boat House in Coverack - a lovely restaurant which welcomes dogs - great food and very friendly staff. Cadgwith Cove Inn in Cadgwith - authentic pub, had a lovely cream tea.
On the way to Cornwall we broke the journey with a stay at a Travelodge - didn't realise they allowed dogs but they do. The Dolphin in Illminster - found this using the Dog Friendly App - thank you! - great little pub, very friendly people. It was usual pub grub but wow was it good. Excellent value for money and one of the best meals we've had in ages. Can recommend the ice cream cake desserts!
And local to us in Kent we can also recommend, The Anchor & Hope in Ash - you'll get welcomed by the pub dogs as you arrive and are welcome to eat in the bar area. The Cock Inn in Luddesdown - dogs allowed, children not! A real ale pub, great for lunch - serves hot pasties and sausage rolls plus sandwiches and "in a basket" meals.
Hello again, a recommendation for the Whipper-In hotel in Oakham where we stayed for a night recently after visiting Rutland Water. The hotel is a 17th century coaching inn, so some areas might be considered a little tired. We requested a ground floor double room and were pleased to find it was in a rear courtyard with access to the hotel dining and reception via a corridor, but also out onto a road leading to a pleasant nearby park adjacent to Oakham Castle. Our 14 year old crossbreed and 7 year old Cavalier settled well and were on their best behaviour for the meals (dinner and breakfast) we had in the hotel lounge. Very dog friendly staff with their own resident lurcher, Daisy.
Hi Everyone I’m Mack the Spoodle puppy here well I’m nearly 1 year old my mam tells me on 13th June. I’ve been checking out dog friendly places to go for a short break either midweek or at weekend’s with my human mam and dad.
Often hotels or pubs say dog friendly but this often means that I can stay in the room with my people or that I can only sit with my humans somewhere like the bar areas. They often have to go hungry as there’s nowhere for them to eat whilst I’m with them. I so often feel bad as I know they won’t leave me alone in the room cos I’m too young and they love me anyway.
So now what my dad does is look for places that are really dog friendly. A few months ago now we hit upon the Crown Hotel in a little village just off the main A69 on your way to Carlisle. We’ve been a few times now and its fab I love it.
The hotel has a few dog friendly garden rooms. When I arrive they have already put a dog bed in the room with some dog biscuits, poo bags, food and water bowls which makes me feel great as I know I’m welcomed here. Whilst I’m not allowed in the restaurant for food I can go in the bar where my people can book a table and eat some delicious food I know cos I sometimes get a little taste he he.
The kind staff also set a table for brekky in the bar for my mam and dad and aunty Jean (the waitress) always brings me a spare sausage. I love my aunty Jean.
The village is great for walks too as it has some lovely areas where I can exercise like the huge village green where I can run crazy with the wind in my coat it’s just what I need. If you walk up the green and a little up the street you come across another dog friendly pub called “The Wheatsheaf” where Lynne, Graham and the team serve some delicious fresh homemade food its yummy.
So if you are looking for a great place to visit check it out I might even see you there sometime.
Love MACK x