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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

15th October 2014
People who do not own dogs often ask if it is possible for dogs to dream, and the answer to this is a very resounding yes! Just like people and other mammals, dogs go through distinct sleep cycles throughout their rest periods, including periods of REM sleep, when dreaming occurs. Anyone who owns a dog will almost certainly have witnes....Read Full Article

15th October 2014
There are times when you will have to travel your cat in a car, whether it's for a check-up at the vets or away on holiday to a pet friendly hotel or other establishment. These can be pretty stressful times for both owners and their feline friends because if there is one thing cats don't like very much, it's travelling and ....Read Full Article

15th October 2014
Rabbits are adorable little creatures and they are a pleasure to have around. Bunnies are amusing characters, they are clean and they are quiet which are just some of the traits that make them one of the most popular family pets ever. Rabbits are also extremely eco-friendly pets to share a home with and below are seven reasons why this....Read Full Article

15th October 2014
The soft-shelled turtle is unique among turtle species, as their name implies, because they do not have the hard, brittle shell of most other species! There are three different sub-species within the type, all of which can make for suitable pets providing that you are prepared to take care of them properly and account for their potenti....Read Full Article

14th October 2014
Introduction Vegetarianism in dogs is a controversial subject, as many believe that our largely carnivorous canine friends should be fed a species appropriate diet that contains a generous proportion of ingredients derived from animal sources, and lower or minimal levels of those derived from plants. It is widely considered....Read Full Article

13th October 2014
Owning a cat means sharing your home and life with an adorable creature who relies on you to keep them safe, well fed and warm. In return, our feline friends give us lots of love and affection. Keeping our pets safe is of paramount importance and loving owners do all they can to do so. However, even the most well cared for cat will at ....Read Full Article

13th October 2014
A lot of cats and dogs at some point in time will suffer from a compromised immune system. All living things depend on their immune systems to fend off illness and disease because it's their first line of defence offering the sort of protection needed against bacteria, viruses and bugs. In short, the immune system is an incredible ....Read Full Article

13th October 2014
Syrian hamsters (also known as golden hamsters) make great pets for children and adults. They are available in many different colours, but were first well known for being the golden hamster colour. They often appeal to people more than other hamster breeds because they smell a little less than other hamsters, have naturally shorter tai....Read Full Article



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