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1st September 2014
If you have decided that you want a really large dog as your next pet but one that it tall rather than wide, you have likely already looked into both the Great Dane and the ....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
Dogs that fall under the mastiff grouping share a lot of core traits, including a large size, muscular strength and heavy bones. They also generally have a strong, thick neck, drooping ears and short muzzles, and there are around 20 breeds worldwide that fa....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
It would be fair to say that most dog owners realise the importance of having puppies vaccinated against canine parvovirus because it is such a potentially fatal canine disease. However, older dogs if not vaccinated as puppies can become infected with the virus even if they come into contact microscopic particles of the virus. The bad ....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
Appropriate nutrition is very important for a fertile bitch or stud dog, and essential for healthy foetal development. Individual Requirements  Different dogs thrive on different ingredients. Some fare best on a chicken-based feed, whilst ....Read Full Article

31st August 2014
One of the brightest and most vibrant amphibians Poison Dart Frogs range in size from about 1 cm to 7cm in body length. There are over 100 species of Poison Dart Frogs and their behaviours and ecological niches are as varied as their colours. Of these only 3 are dangerous to humans, with the Golden Poison Arrow frog (Phyllobates te....Read Full Article

31st August 2014
Anyone who owns a dog knows that on the odd occasion their pets can get quite jealous. This sort of canine behaviour typically occurs when their owners pay a little too much attention to someone else's dog. Some of our canine companions even get possessive and jealous when there's food or toys around and do their hardest not to....Read Full Article

30th August 2014
There doesn’t seem to be a day when the media isn’t reporting that some snake, turtle, lizard, or generally reptilian pet that some people are terrified of, escaping or being captured. But sadly all is not as it initially seems. Why there are pets on the loose Whilst there is no doubt that some animals....Read Full Article

30th August 2014
Chelonia (that’s turtles, terrapins and tortoises to you and I) tend to be divided as to where they live. For those that don’t ke....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Getting a new puppy is hugely exciting, and of course, when you see a litter of adorable, cuddly little puppies, the chances are that you will want to take them all home, and have a hard job choosing between them! However, even when you have narrowed down the breed and type of puppy that you want and selected the breeder that has a lit....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The Cane Corso is a large Italian dog from the mastiff/Molosser grouping, and is also one of the ancestral breeds of the Neapolitan mastiff, a breed that is often confused with the Cane Corso! While like all mastiffs, the Cane Corso is large and muscular,....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The painted turtle is one of the most popular pet turtles kept in the UK, but also one that is often misunderstood and runs the risk of being incorrectly cared for. One of the main problems that arises for inexperienced owners is buying a juvenile of the species without realising how large it may potentially grow, and not allowing for ....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Ferrets are lovely little creatures and they are great fun to have around especially when kept as indoor pets. Although they do sleep most of the day, it's at night that they become so entertaining with their silly antics and playfulness. However, ferrets need to be well socialised from a very young age for them to trust people oth....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Ferrets are glorious little creatures but there is nothing sadder than when these normally active and playful characters are not quite themselves. One condition they can catch from other ferrets and mink is called Aleutian disease. It is a parvovirus that quickly spreads th....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
There are several rather nasty and harmful viruses that cause respiratory health issues in chickens one of which is part of the herpes family. The virus causes a condition known as infectious laryngio tracheitis (ILT) and is spread by chickens either inhaling or ingesting it. The virus then takes hold in a bird's windpipe (trachea)....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The great thing about keeping ducks and geese is that it's pretty problem free and both are great fun to have around as long as you have enough space to do so. However, there is one condition called "wet ....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The Peach faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) is also known as the rosy-faced lovebird and are a common face in the bird sales and groups.  These originate from arid parts of south-west Africa such as the Namib Desert and are very sociable birds who live in small groups in the wild.  They are found from south-wes....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Birds use the same senses that we use on a daily basis; sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell and they use them as often as we do.  However due to the physical shape and size of birds they use them in different ways to we do. Sight Good eyesight is crucial for birds, especially for flying but also for locati....Read Full Article

28th August 2014
1. Be prepared and educate yourself before your puppy first arrives home A new puppy’s arrival is a very exciting time, and whilst you’ve no doubt done lots of research about suitable breeds, what to feed and bought bedding and toys; have you remembered the puppy house training kit? You will need plastic covers, n....Read Full Article

28th August 2014
1. Diet should be considered BEFORE mating. A bitch from whom you are intending to breed should be at her ideal weight and neither too stout nor too slim. 2. It is usual to start increasing the food from week 6 of the pregnancy and at this point it is generally recommend that a higher energy density food be gradually introduc....Read Full Article

28th August 2014
The Shikoku dog or Shikoku Inu is similar in appearance to the Japanese Shiba Inu, and is one of the oldest native dog breeds resident in Japan. It is thought to be a primitive dog breed in so much as that it is seen today in a form very similar to....Read Full Article



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