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Can cats and small furry pets live together safely?
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23rd May 2016
If you are an animal lover, you may well have visions of keeping all sorts of pets in your home, although you may also be viewing things through rose tinted glasses and assuming that all of your animals will just get on and live happily together! When it comes to people who keep cats, many such people automatically discount t....Read Full Article

Owners urged to take care after dogs die drinking from Brooklands Lake in Dartford
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18th May 2016
Three dogs have died after drinking water from Brooklands Lake in Dartford, causing concern and alarm among dog owners in the local area and across the country. Brooklands Lake is located on Powder Mill Lane in the Dartford, Kent area, and is designated as a fishing lake as well as being a popular area for dog walkers to exer....Read Full Article

Five common dog behaviours that owners often misunderstand
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18th May 2016
Most dog owners are generally fairly confident that they understand their dog’s behaviour, temperament and sometimes, unusual or unique behaviours, and in most cases, they are right-dogs are what are usually referred to as “honest” animals, in that they demonstrate their feelings clearly and you can trust what their b....Read Full Article

Mandatory microchipping for dogs - what happens if your dog is not microchipped?
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18th May 2016
Anyone who owns a dog in England or Wales should already be aware that as of the 6th April this year, microchipping became mandatory for all dogs, with no exceptions-which means that if your dog is not microchipped, you are actually in breach of the law. Additionally, there is no get-out or caveat for dogs under a certain age, or if yo....Read Full Article

Irish councillor posts warnings about ten dog breeds in local park
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14th May 2016
Councillor Alan Tobin of County Meath, Ireland has recently caused uproar among dog lovers in the area and on the internet at large by having official signs erected in local parks in his county, warning the public about the dangers of ten specific breeds of dog. Many of these breeds are very popular and widely owned both in the local a....Read Full Article

Five common cat behaviours that owners often misunderstand
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11th May 2016
Cats are often renowned to be somewhat mystical and mysterious animals, and they do tend to keep their cards very close to their chests when it comes to working out their moods and what does and does not make them happy. This manifests in a whole range of different ways, such as working hard to mask pain and keep it from you that they ....Read Full Article

Comparing indoor and outdoor life for cats objectively
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10th May 2016
While here in the UK most cats are allowed at least some unsupervised access to the outside world, in many other countries, indoor-only life for our feline friends is the norm and of course, a number of cat owners in the UK decide to keep their cats indoors only too, either out of necessity or personal preference. One thing t....Read Full Article

Trophy mentality in dogs
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10th May 2016
Most dogs love to play fetch and find toys to entertain themselves with, and some dogs will take this to the point of obsession, continually returning to you with a ball to throw or proudly trotting around with a prize in their mouths! Some dogs too will delight in carrying around a ball and trying to get you interested in it, and yet ....Read Full Article

Raising a puppy with good chewing habits
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8th May 2016
Chewing is an instinctive and important part of puppy development, and this kicks into high gear while your puppy is teething and needs to cut their new teeth in to help them to break through the gums. This means that chewing is not something that you should seek to forbid or prevent in your puppy-this is both unfair and counterproduct....Read Full Article

Seven top tips for ferret owners to keep their homes smelling fresh
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8th May 2016
Ferrets, particularly unneutered males, have a very distinctive, pungent smell to them that many people find unpleasant and that often puts people off considering ferrets as pets, or at least, keeping them inside rather than in outdoor hutches. The smell that most people associate with ferrets is a type of musk, which is prod....Read Full Article

The costs involved in becoming a dog breeder
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5th May 2016
Anyone who has a beautiful, healthy pedigree dog of any type has no doubt thought at some point about the idea of breeding from their dog, or the abstract idea of setting up as a small-scale professional breeder. However, this is not a decision to be entered into lightly or on a whim, because breeding dogs of any type has wide-ranging ....Read Full Article

Scruffing a cat-when and how?
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5th May 2016
“Scruffing” is the term used to refer to taking a firm hold on the loose skin around the neck of the cat, and either using this to restrain them or lift them up. This method of picking up a cat is how a queen lifts her kittens, by carrying them in her mouth when she needs to relocate them or stop them from going too far fro....Read Full Article

Guinea pigs and scurvy
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5th May 2016
Scurvy is a word that we don’t hear bandied around very much these days, and often, the word today summons up mental images of long sea voyages, pirates and disease, as scurvy was first identified in seagoing sailors who often had to go long periods of time without any fruit or veg. While scurvy is virtually unheard of ....Read Full Article

How a kitten’s personality is formed before they are old enough to go to their new homes
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5th May 2016
When you first buy or adopt a new kitten, part of the joy and excitement of the whole process is waiting to see what sort of temperament and personality the kitten develops as they get older, as you begin to learn what interests them, what they like and dislike, and how they are likely to behave as they grow up. The first yea....Read Full Article

Seven top tips for removing cat urine from your home effectively and permanently
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5th May 2016
Cat urine is one of the most pungent and unpleasant of all smells, even when compared to the urine of other species. If you are unlucky enough to have a cat that has sprayed or urinated in your home, removing the smell and potential staining and damage can be very challenging, and it is also really important to get it right, because fa....Read Full Article

Six reasons for why your cat might not groom themselves
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2nd May 2016
As anyone who has ever owned a cat will know, cats tend to be very fastidious about their personal hygiene, and will usually spend a significant amount of their time grooming their coats and generally tending to their appearance, cleaning themselves so that they look and feel just so; and it is unusual to see a cat that looks unkempt o....Read Full Article

All about the hound dog group
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27th April 2016
The term “hound” is one that is sometimes used interchangeably with “dog,” but it is also used as a designation for certain types of dogs too, which share a range of common traits whilst still retaining their own individual breed characteristics as well. Used correctly, the term hound describes a breed....Read Full Article

Is Titer testing a viable alternative to regular canine vaccinations?
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26th April 2016
The issue of vaccinations for dogs is something that most dog owners give little thought to, other than once a year when they take their dogs along for their standard vaccinations-sometimes without really knowing what the dog is vaccinated for, or why! While there is scientifically little weight to the general anti-vaccinatio....Read Full Article

What breed of terrier is right for you?
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24th April 2016
The terrier grouping encompasses a huge range of different dog breeds, which come in all shapes and sizes from miniature to large! This means that if you have decided that a terrier is the right type of dog for you, there are plenty of options and different types available for you to choose between! While terriers as a whole ....Read Full Article

Five more common mistakes to avoid making with your new puppy
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24th April 2016
Getting a new puppy is of course very rewarding and exciting, and it can also be something of an emotional rollercoaster too as you try to get your pup settled in, feeling happy, and used to their new living situation, without inadvertently allowing them to get into bad habits! Added to this, the growth and both physical and ....Read Full Article



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