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Gardening Tips - March 2015
"There are signs of spring showing everywhere now so time to get busy. Seeds of tomatoes can be grown now, provided you can grow them on in a greenhouse, if you want to grow them outside, then wait a bit longer. If you are only growing 2 or 3 then it may be cheaper to buy plants as the seed of F1 varieties can be quite expensive. Hardy annuals can also be sown now. Plant larger seeds in individual spaces, smaller seed in small pots and then pricked out..." read more
Love your pet ... Love your vet : Pet's Advice Column - April 2015
"Arthritis in pets - it's a common problem
Arthritis (otherwise known as degenerative joint disease) is a condition that can sadly affect pets as well as their owners. The joints most susceptible to arthritis are those permitting limb movements - called synovial joints. The ends of the bones which meet at these joints are covered by very smooth articular cartilage. The joints are also lubricated with synovial fluid allowing friction free movement.
In pets with arthritis, this protective cartilage is damaged and worn away, resulting in exposure of the underlying bone, causing pain and inflammation..." read more
Chocolate poisoning in dogs
The problem is that eating a small piece of chocolate leads a dog to crave more. It can mean that your dog will jump at an opportunity to steal any type of chocolate, not knowing that certain chocolates are more lethal than other types.
Larger amounts of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, that has a higher concentration of the toxic chemical theobromine, can bring about severe heart and nervous system changes in some dogs leading to coma and death and at a milder level can cause a nasty gastrointestinal upset. read more
Historical and Current Photos of Broadstone - See Broadstone as it used to be many years ago in these early black and white photos and also how it looks today.