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1st October 2014
The whole process of conception, carrying a litter to term and delivering and caring for puppies understandably causes some significant changes in the dam herself for the duration, and can affect the way that she reacts to her owners and handlers. While sociable, well behaved and loving dogs tend to be very accepting of their close fam....Read Full Article

1st October 2014
When we talk about what we as people eat and how we maintain, gain or lose weight, we talk in terms of calories, and generally plan our diets accordingly. However, the calorie count of different types of cat food is not something that is usually mentioned on packaging or discussed commonly in any great detail, making maintaining your c....Read Full Article

30th September 2014
Reverse sneezing is correctly known as paroxysmal respiration or the pharyngeal gag reflex, and is very different to normal sneezing, and quite distinctive to witness! Reverse sneezing is significantly louder than a normal sneeze, and can be quite alarming to see, as it can be confused with choking or breathing difficulties. Generally,....Read Full Article

29th September 2014
There is some controversy over canine inoculation (similar to those over human vaccination), with a significant proportion of dog owners choosing not to vaccinate for ethical and health reasons. By all means this is a decision that only the owner can make, and in some cases there will be genuine reasons why an individual dog cannot be ....Read Full Article

29th September 2014
There may well come a time when you need to put a muzzle on your dog and this could be for a multitude of reasons. It could be because your pet is a bit wilful or slightly aggressive and you want to take them to a training class for the first time or maybe because they get scared when you take them to the vet and turn aggressive. For w....Read Full Article

29th September 2014
With the evenings drawing in, it's that time of the year to make sure you wear all the right high-visibility clothing when you ride out on roads. It doesn't matter if you only have to ride a short distance on a quiet country lane or a busier main road, you have to be certain that motorists and other people can clearly see you a....Read Full Article

28th September 2014
Rabbits enjoy the company of other bunnies because by nature, they are very social animals. In the wild, they live in numbers and even when kept as domestic pets, they like to be around others of their kind. Keeping two or more rabbits together means they will not get lonely when you are out at work or not around to play and interact w....Read Full Article

28th September 2014
Guinea pigs are endearing little creatures that make superb children's pets and if well cared for can live anything up to 9 years or sometimes even longer. However, the average lifespan of a cavy is between 5 to 7 years. If you are new to keeping guinea pigs, you need to think about it carefully, because it is a long-term commitmen....Read Full Article

27th September 2014
One condition that many cat owners dread hearing their pets may have developed is mammary cancer because around 90% of feline mammary tumours turn out to be malignant. This means the tumours are incredibly invasive and quickly spread to other parts of a cat's body. In dogs. however, only about 50% of mammary tumours turn out t....Read Full Article

27th September 2014
Ferrets are very comical little creatures and if well handled and socialised make fantastic pets. However, it should never be forgotten they have sharp teeth and that if they are scared or startled by anything, even the friendliest ferret may nip you. Making sure a pet ferret is happy and healthy means creating a great environment for ....Read Full Article

27th September 2014
Yeast growth can be detected by the immune system, which may then see the yeasts as a threat, and initiate the production of antibodies to fight them. This can then lead to sensitivity to the yeasts (although this is not a 'classic' allergy). If this happens, the immune system cells will release chemicals that make the gut wall....Read Full Article

26th September 2014
There are many possible reasons for dirty ears. Some cases may require veterinary intervention, whilst others are less severe and may be resolved with an appropriate cleaning regime. It is always important to identify the cause / s and to seek veterinary advice in the first instance since untreated infections can quickly get wo....Read Full Article

26th September 2014
Pets and gardens may not always be a match made in heaven; especially if the owner is a keen gardener. Dogs and cats often like to dig, and cats in particular love a freshly weeded or re-planted patch of soil to use as a toilet. Dogs are generally less discerning as to their chosen area/s for toileting, but will often find particular p....Read Full Article

25th September 2014
The prey drive is something that is inherent and fundamental in all dogs, although some breeds manifest it much more strongly than others! The term “prey drive” is used to refer to the dog’s instinctive and inherent propensity to seek out prey, pursue it and in some cases, close in for the kill, and is a natural part ....Read Full Article

25th September 2014
Rabbits are pretty good at letting people know when they are not happy about something and will show their displeasure in many different ways, but it does depend on what has upset them as to how they react which is why it's important to recognise just what it is that makes them angry and how to deal ....Read Full Article

25th September 2014
Fortunately, guinea pigs don't often suffer from ear infections but when they do the chances are it is because of some sort of bacterial infection namely a respiratory disorder or even pneumonia. Should an ear infection migrate from the middle ear to a guinea pig's inner ear, then things get very serious because not only is thi....Read Full Article

25th September 2014
Rabbits just like people can suffer from arthritis which is a painful condition when joints become inflamed and swollen. However, there's a condition which is especially uncomfortable that rabbits suffer from which is septic arthritis and which develops due to a bacterial infection. The infection get....Read Full Article

25th September 2014
Most people know about a condition called red eye in rabbits but another problem they suffer from which affects their vision is cloudy eye. This is a condition where cataracts start to form over one or both of a rabbit's eyes. The opaque film may cover the entire lens or just part of it, causing the eye to look cloudy. You might th....Read Full Article

25th September 2014
Cats are gorgeous creatures, each and every one of them boasts their own unique personalities and character traits. If you share a home with a pussy cat, you can be sure they are the boss of their environment. Our feline friends soon let us know when they are hungry, when they would like a cuddle and when they want to be left alone so ....Read Full Article

25th September 2014
Alzheimer's is a very scary condition which sadly affects too many people as they grow older. When dogs and even cats start to show their age, they too can suffer from the disease only in the world of cats and dogs, the condition is called cognitive dysfunction. For pet owners, it can be a very worry....Read Full Article



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