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Episode 252 - puppy exercise and dog food banks


Released Sat May 28, 2022
Length: 0:47:30
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Dr Darryl Millis

When Julie started researching the subject of how much exercise puppies can safely have, everyone recommended she read an article by Dr Darryl Millis. This had fascinating insights into Darryl's experience as an eminent veterinarian, and the factors which affect a dog's skeletal health.

There is a wealth of information at Darryl's website My Lame Dog and it's essential to allow our dog's bones to grow and mature in safety, to lay the foundation for mental and physical lifelong health.

Information about Darryl Millis: Dr. Darryl L. Millis is a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. He is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the CARES Center for Veterinary Sports Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where he has taught veterinary orthopedics for over 25 years.

Blue Cross food bank

Due to a complex combination of factors, more of us than ever are turning to food banks for help. But did you know that Blue Cross have a pet food bank?

Julie talks to John Cahill, Manager, Blue Cross Sheffield rehoming unit, who also controls the charity's main food bank in the UK. Anyone in need can visit the food bank, and all donations are gratefully accepted.


As the cost-of-living crisis worsens, charities have been forced to set up pet food banks to help feed the nation’s beloved pets, and head off an influx of abandoned animals.

The financial pressures are so severe that many are being faced with the dilemma of either feeding themselves or their pets. One family has reportedly been living on beans on toast alone, simply to feed their pets. Others have been forced to make the heart-breaking decision to give up their pets altogether. Now, as Kantar sees dog and cat food prices experiencing a 10% increase in price, pet food banks aim to help owners as they endure a record squeeze on household finances. Several national charities – including the Blue Cross – are already expanding their networks of food banks which provide wet and dry food for dogs, cats and other pets. The aim is to help owners with all the mouths they need to feed and in turn limit the number of people choosing to instead put them up for adoption and rescue.

Blue Cross hopes their network of pet food banks across Manchester, Sheffield and now Grimsby will help alleviate some of the strain faced by pet owners at this time. The national animal charity are already seeing an influx from the vulnerable community members, with Jan-March 2022 Sheffield figures demonstrating a stark contrast to 2021 – with dry dog food (105% increase), wet cat food (297% increase) and dry dog food (717% increase) reporting the highest growth in demand.

This upward curve is also being echoed in Manchester, while Grimsby has seen the opening of a brand new large food bank due to the high demand since January.

Blue Cross want to highlight the recent surge in the demand for pet food banks across the UK, and explain how people can help vulnerable pets and their owners as the cost of living crisis continues.


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