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Elmtree Doggy Day Care

Leaving your favourite four-legged friend in daycare can seem like a daunting prospect. No-one likes the prospect of abandoning their pet but sometimes it is necessary. When searching for Doggie Daycare services you will want to find somewhere that provides an as hospitable and welcoming environment as possible.

At Elmtree Doggy Daycare Services in London, we pride ourselves on our passion for pampering your pooch within utterly luxurious surroundings. If dog daycare makes you think of a sparse, depressing kennel environment, then you really need to see our state of the art daycare centre to believe it. Not only does each visitor get their own room with comfy bedding and even a TV, there is also a webcam installed so that you can keep an eye on your best friend whilst you’re away from them.

We realise that every pet is unique and therefore we like to work with clients on an individual basis to find out how we can best look after your dog whilst you’re away. Whether your dog is quiet and introverted or lively and active, we promise we’ll be able to provide a safe and nurturing environment. We are also delighted to look after dogs with specific medical conditions or other requirements – again, we take great care to work with you individually when you are booking your beloved pet in for a stay.

As well as luxury accommodation, pets enjoying a stay at Elmtree Doggy Day Care will also get the chance to partake in a whole host of exciting outdoor activities at our prestigious Elmtree Canine Country Club to keep them entertained whilst their owner is away. Whether it’s roaming around an expansive four acre woodland or frolicking in the splash pools, your dog is sure to have the time of his or her life!


Elmtree Luxury Pet Hotel is proud to present our very own state of the art grooming parlour – Book before the 1st July to receive 10% off.

Opening 12th July 2014, our state of the art grooming parlour will offer everything your regular grooming parlour has to offer, but with a very special twist. Your pooches will be thoroughly pampered whilst in our care, they will be able to relax and enjoy the best Spa Experiences ever. Our grooming parlour will have a viewing gallery where you can see your pampered pooch being spoilt, reflecting the transparency in our services.

Our fully qualified dog groomers will be more than happy to offer you free professional advice on:

• Unique Jacuzzi Spa Bath and massage
• Breed specific styling, cutting and striping
• Pawdicure – Nail trimming and filing
• Bathing – Wash and Fluff dry
• De-mating and detangling
• Ear cleaning & ear plucking
• Anal glands
• Micro-chipping

• All breeds and sizes
• Chauffeur service available
• On call vet 24 hours a day
• City & guilds qualified staff, Insured and first aid trained
• A wide range of products for all types of skin conditions (inc treatment shampoo’s)
• Tick removal
• Flea, worming and tick treatments

5 Interesting facts for Dog Owners

Humans and canines aren’t so different after all, at least regarding what makes us sick. About 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year, and dogs get canine versions of rare human disorders like the brain-wasting neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis that leads to the inability to walk or control their muscles.

If you have cancer, diabetes, or epilepsy, your dog might be the first to know. Studies have shown that dogs can be trained to sniff out cancers of the lung, breast, skin, bladder and prostate. Researchers suspect the canines are picking up on extraordinarily faint scents given off by the abnormal cells.
Dogs are also being increasingly used as service animals for people with diabetes, whose health can be harmed when their blood sugar peaks or drops. Specially trained dogs can detect the scent of these fluctuations (sweet for high blood sugar, acidic for low) and alert their owners before they even feel symptoms.
Most mysterious of all are scattered reports that dogs can predict an epileptic seizure 45 minutes before it begins. No one knows what the dogs might be picking up on, but theories range from an unknown smell to subtle behavioral changes.

Dogs can be as smart as 2-year-old children, according to research presented in 2009 at a meeting of the American Psychological Association. Border collies are the top dogs in the intelligence category, with some in the breed capable of understanding up to 200 words. Poodles, German shepherds, Golden retrievers and Dobermans round out the top five smartest breeds. (The most popular breed in America, the Labrador retriever, comes in at number seven.)
Older breeds like hound dogs, bulldogs and beagles are among the slow learners of the doggie world, the researchers reported. Unlike newer dog breeds, which are designed for companionship and sociability, old breeds were bred to sniff and hunt, perhaps giving them more brawn than brain.

We’ve all heard the saying that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans (they’re not), but in reality, dogs can carry pathogens that harm humans. Rabies, a fatal neurological disease, is the most famous, though vaccines, mandated by law in most states, can stop the spread. In a few cases, dog food has been known to cause food poisoning in humans, thanks to contamination by Salmonella bacteria. Perhaps creepiest of all is a 2003 study published in The Veterinary Record, which found that humans could contract the parasitic roundworm Toxocara canis just by stroking an infected dogs’ fur. The roundworm, which grows in dogs’ intestines, can grow in the back of the eye in humans, causing blindness. They also sometimes take up residence in human livers and lungs.

Roundworm infections in humans are rare, and proper veterinary care can ensure that dogs stay worm-free. Still, British veterinarian and study co-author told New Scientist magazine in 2003, hygiene is important for dog owners. “Wash your hands before meals,” he told the magazine, “and especially after a good cuddle.”

Those puppy-dog eyes your dog gives you when you tell him off for knocking over the garbage can for the umpteenth time aren’t a sign of guilt, researchers say. He’s just responding to your different body language and voice. When dog owners thought their dogs had eaten a forbidden treat and reprimanded them, the pooches looked just as “guilty” regardless of whether or not they had actually eaten the treat. In fact, dogs who were wrongly accused of snack-snatching often looked guiltier than dogs who had really eaten the treat. Turns out those soulful eyes don’t reflect any soul-searching, after all.

The Dangers of Dogs and Chocolate

Written by our vet (Simon Hayes BVM&S MRCVS)

I think most people are now aware of the dangers of chocolate to dogs, unfortunately I don’t think dogs have realised yet.

Recently a little dog called pickles happily walked in wagging his tail. His owner had been out and when she came back, the box of chocolate truffles which had been attached safely to the Christmas tree, was nowhere to be seen. Just a small piece of the cardboard box was left, semi-chewed on the floor. Little did Pickles know that he had actually eaten enough to be a toxic dose that could potentially kill him. Chocolate contains caffeine and in this is a substance called Theobromine. This is what gives us a 10-20 minute rush after eating chocolate, but dogs metabolise Theobromine very slowly and it causes all sorts of problems. Dark chocolate is much more dangerous, but Pickles had eaten enough milk chocolate to be a problem.

We injected him with a drug to make him vomit. And wow did he vomit! If you’ve never had the pleasure of multiple chocolate vomits you’re missing out. It’s enough to put you off (for a few hours anyway!). I felt that hopefully we had got to him in time and the amount of chocolate he brought up should have stopped its absorption. To be safe we administered an activated charcoal solution to soak up the toxins. Poor Pickles – he looked like a chimney sweep with charcoal all stuck to his beard. Imagine the nurse’s joy when he shook his head spraying charcoal and chocolate vomit around the room!!!

Pickle’s heart rate continued to go up and his ECG showed a sinus tachycardia which can be very dangerous so we started him on Beta blockers to slow his heart down. He was put onto intravenous fluids and monitored overnight. Fortunately, his heart stabilised and he never developed seizures. He was one of the lucky ones.

There are so many dangers to dogs and cats at this time of year. Just take a look at the terrible advert Morrisons put out (which they have now withdrawn) showing a boy feeding Christmas pudding to his dog. Raisins and sultanas are also toxic to dogs and can cause fatal kidney failure.

Review from Shara’s owner

I am writing to thank you for looking after Shara over Christmas and New Year, (although I personally find it difficult to leave her in kennels as i miss her so much) Shara  on the other hand really looks forward to coming for a rest. She has stayed 6 times to date with 2 more holidays booked. This time her driver arrived I could hardly hold on to her lead as she ran and jumped in the back and sat ready to go with a smile, she came back to us soft and shiny and smelling like she had just left a beauty spa, I am so happy to have found such a great holiday home for her.

Kindest regards Celine and “Shara”