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23rd October 2014
If you are planning to adopt a guinea pig, and are wondering what they eat, or already have a guinea pig and are wondering the same thing - this article will come in handy. I have compiled a list covering most of the foods that are safe, and not safe for guinea pigs to eat. It is not completely exhaustive, so be wary of untested foods.....Read Full Article

22nd October 2014
1.  If you are not intending to responsibly breed from your bitch, four advantages of getting her spayed are: Avoidance of accidental pregnancy and a litter that may be difficult to find homes for Avoidance of false pregnancy Prevention of a very serious bacterial infection of the womb calle....Read Full Article

22nd October 2014
1.  Suitably Sized Accommodation Make sure your snake’s vivarium is of a suitable size. Corn snakes continue to grow throughout their life-span (about 20 years), and can reach up to 1.5 metres long. They grow rapidly when young, and can often mea....Read Full Article

22nd October 2014
Turkeys are pretty impressive looking birds but they can be great fun to have around if you have enough space to keep them in. The other thing you need to bear in mind is that even when kept as pets, turkeys are still considered to be livestock by local councils and therefore you might not be allowed to keep them if you live in town.....Read Full Article

22nd October 2014
Gerbils are generally healthy animals overall, if you do everything you need to do to look after them it is unlikely you will ever have a sick gerbil. However, there are a number of illnesses and disease that gerbil owners should be aware of. Not just to help with noticing any problems, but with preventing and curing them effectively. ....Read Full Article

22nd October 2014
In an ideal world, puppies should not be taken away from their litters until they are eight to twelve weeks old. The reason being that it allows them the right amount of time to learn all about other dogs yet they are still young enough to experience lots of positive interaction with people when they eventually go to their new homes. I....Read Full Article

22nd October 2014
Lots of people keep ferrets as house pets which is hardly surprising because they are such fun little animals to have around. They are the ideal pet for people who have nine to five jobs too because these furry little friends sleep most of the day and wake up in the evening....Read Full Article

21st October 2014
If you own a dog then of course it is because you love them and want to do the very best for them, which involves taking care of all of their needs. As well as the obvious things like the need for food, water and shelter, there are lots of intangibles that need to be taken care of as well, including good training, proper socialisation,....Read Full Article

20th October 2014
As any cat owner knows, having a feline friend around can be very entertaining. Cats are wonderful companions and in time, they definitely know how to get the best out of their owners. As a real bonus, if you have a mouse problem, a cat will soon sort this out for you. If you are thinking about sharing your life and your home with a pu....Read Full Article

20th October 2014
Keeping bantam ducks safe and comfortable during the cold winter months involves a bit of planning. There are some gorgeous breeds out there to choose from including Call Ducks and East Indies, both of which are adorable breeds full of personality and character.  The great thing about keeping bantam ducks is they don't need a ....Read Full Article

19th October 2014
1.  In order to help an anxious cat, you first need to be absolutely sure that she is indeed anxious, and that any unusual behaviour is not manifesting as a result of pain. Although a trip to the vet can be stress inducing in itself, it is very important to rule out medical conditions because the symptoms of anxiety can be very si....Read Full Article

19th October 2014
What is Beagle Pain Syndrome? Beagle pain syndrome is a rare condition also known as juvenile polyarteritis, steroid responsive meningitis arteritis (SRMA), necrotising vasculitis, polyarteritis syndrome, cortico-responsive meningitis, meningoencephalomyelitis, aseptic suppurative meningitis and sterile purulent meningitis.....Read Full Article

19th October 2014
The cocker spaniel is one of the most popular pet dogs kept within the UK today, and in the main part, they make for excellent family pets. They are kind, loyal and loving, good with children, appealing to look at, and receptive to training. However, ....Read Full Article

19th October 2014
Taking your dog to work is now becoming increasingly more possible as companies in the UK are starting to appreciate the fact the our dogs can have a very positive impact on productivity, morale and general well-being in the work place. It is scientifically proven that the presence of pets can dramatically reduce stress in the work pla....Read Full Article

19th October 2014
All dog owners know that it is vital to treat their dogs for fleas on a regular basis, in order to keep your dog from scratching and to stop fleas from infesting your home! We tend to think that the more expensive veterinary prescribed flea treatments are the most effective to use on our pets, and in large part, this is generally true.....Read Full Article

18th October 2014
Received wisdom and popular culture would have us believe that when it comes to aggression between dogs and cats, it all goes one way; the dog is the natural predator, and the cat the obvious victim! However, many of us who own both dogs and cats will know only too well that it is often the cat that has the upper hand in the household,....Read Full Article

18th October 2014
January- Snow/Ice Care of the Paws If your cat goes outdoors and there is frost, snow or ice on the ground then do keep a close eye on her feet. Make sure her pads are wiped with a damp cloth when she comes indoors to prevent her from licking off salt and/or grit which can be very harmful. ....Read Full Article

16th October 2014
January – Snow/Ice Care of the Paws A combination of cold weather, grit, salt and snow or ice can make the pads cracked and sore. After a winter walk let any snow or ice melt naturally, then wipe the feet with a damp cloth to remove any salt residue. Licking salt or grit can be very harmful and may cause excessive thi....Read Full Article

16th October 2014
The eardrum of the dog is a thin membrane within the ear that divides the exterior of the ear from the middle and inner parts of the ear. It cannot be seen from outside of the ear, as it is a relatively long way down the ear canal itself. If your dog suddenly seems to be having problems hearing in one ear (or even both) and there is no....Read Full Article

15th October 2014
While some dogs seem to shed their fur prolifically all year round and others barely shed at all, all dogs go through a distinct process of hair growth and loss throughout the year. Some dogs shed regularly at a steady rate, while others will shed heavily during certain seasons, and a lot of this depends on the breeding of your dog, an....Read Full Article



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