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19th September 2014
The German Shepherd is a true working breed; developed over 100 years ago from the native sheepdogs of Germany.  Today, his loyalty, intelligence, obedience and strength mean that he is the ideal breed to undertake a variety of different roles i....Read Full Article

18th September 2014
Chickens are great fun to have around, they spend most of the day scratching around in the dirt in search of tasty things to eat and if the truth be known, they will eat just about everything they come across. However, just because they can find food for themselves, it....Read Full Article

18th September 2014
The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a parrot species found in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.  There are a number of subspecies across the range that have differences in their plumage, though all are brightly coloured. In Australia, it is commonly fou....Read Full Article

18th September 2014
1.  Chinchillas like social interaction In the wild chinchillas live in large colonies, often with literally dozens of other chinchillas to interact and socialise with daily. If you are buying chinchillas it is strongly recommended that you have at least two, this enables them to interact with each other. If you do hav....Read Full Article

17th September 2014
Getting a new family pet is a big undertaking and one that should never be taken too lightly no matter how big or small they happen to be. All animals when you decide to share a home with them, depend on you to take good care of them in every single way. If you are about to get a rabbit, you do need to do all the necessary research on ....Read Full Article

17th September 2014
The evolution of the dog from wild, feral independent wolf-like packs to the trusted companions that we know today has taken millennia to achieve, and today’s dogs still share a great deal in common with their wild ancestors. The study of both canine and wolf DNA has gone a long way towards improving our understanding of how dogs....Read Full Article

17th September 2014
If you are keen to own a medium to large sized hybrid dog breed, you’re almost certainly considering dogs that have some poodle ancestry, as the poodle is the most popular pedigree breed involved in deliberate hybrid crossings! However, what the other “half” of the mix is will of course have a lot of effect on the loo....Read Full Article

17th September 2014
Chinchillas originate from South America and are rodents with soft, dense coats, large ears, big eyes and a long curled hairy tail. They increase in popularity every year across the UK and are usually available at most pet stores, or can be found in the Pets4Homes for s....Read Full Article

15th September 2014
While we as humans tend to be fastidious about our own dental care and hygiene, few of us can honestly say that we give the same degree of attention to the dental and oral health of our beloved pooches! Very few dog owners have their dogs settled into a preventative dental care routine of brushing and cleaning, and it is certainly fair....Read Full Article

15th September 2014
There are over 300 species of turtle, with over half threatened by extinction, from habitat destruction, illegal capture mostly for the food trade but also for the pet trade, and competition by invasive species, most commonly the release of pet turtles such as the Red eared and Yellow Bellied Sliders and various Cooter species. ....Read Full Article

15th September 2014
Regardless of what type of bird you keep, be it large or small, they will eat seeds but when it comes to knowing which seed to feed them, it can be baffling.  With the names and colours and various mixes available, if you want to be health conscious for your bird, it can be tricky to understanding what seed is what.  So here ....Read Full Article

15th September 2014
Anyone who owns a pussy cat knows the importance of regularly worming them to ensure their pets stay happy and healthy. Today, there are many effective treatments available with some being more powerful than others which is especially true if a vet prescribes them. However, even over the counter cat wormers are pretty effective with th....Read Full Article

15th September 2014
Although inherited genes form a great part of how a dog behaves, outside influences can have a bearing on their behaviour too and this includes how they think and reason things through as well as how they may react to things. Outside influences can even mould a dog's attitude. It would be fair to say that no two dogs which boasts s....Read Full Article

14th September 2014
If you are thinking about getting a canine companion whether a puppy or an adult dog and would like to make sure you choose a breed that fits in with your lifestyle, then you need to be prepared to do a little homework. There are certain breeds which are a lot more demanding than others so if you lead a more sedentary life, an extremel....Read Full Article

14th September 2014
The Purple naped Lory (Lorius domicella) is a species of parrot that is endemic to the islands of Seram, Ambon and Haruku in Indonesia.  It is an endangered species in its natural range mainly due to birds being captured for the pet trade. These birds are around 28cm in length and their feathers are mostly red with darke....Read Full Article

11th September 2014
Introduction Staffordshire bull terriers remain very popular family pets despite their unwarranted bad press. There are far too many super examples of this gorgeous breed in rescue kennels, and the pur....Read Full Article

11th September 2014
Liver Treats What you will need: Packet of liver - lamb’s livers or chicken livers don’t smell as bad as beef or pork livers! Gluten free flour One large egg Dollop of oil Herbs if you are feeling creative (not chives which are in the onion family &n....Read Full Article

11th September 2014
Although cancer is not typically defined as a nutritionally responsive disease, recent studies have indicated that good nutrition can be very beneficial to cats and dogs suffering from cancer.  The provision of highly digestible and easily metabolised nutrients makes life easier for the gut and means that the immune system can con....Read Full Article

11th September 2014
Introduction The ketogenic diet was originally developed in the 1920s by Dr Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic to help control epilepsy in children. When effective anticonvulsant drugs became available in the 1940s, the popularity of the diet waned. It was not until the 1990s when scientific interest was renewed. There are n....Read Full Article

11th September 2014
Epilepsy can be tricky to deal with, as often it’s idiopathic (cause unknown). It is sensible to consider the dog’s diet since adverse food reactions can occasionally be responsible (although usually there would be another primary trigger; and certain food-stuffs can exacerbate symptoms rather than be directly responsible).....Read Full Article



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