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23rd April 2014
Cats have something of a reputation for being rather finicky eaters, but even so, they are adept at measuring their food intake and consuming just the right amount of calories each day to maintain a healthy weight. While all cats will enjoy particularly tasty treats and may become overweight if they are fed an inappropriate diet, they ....Read Full Article

23rd April 2014
If you are a huge fan of our feline companions but suffer from an allergy to cats and cat dander, you might despair of ever being able to own a cat, or spending any significant amount of time around them. This problem can be even worse if you suddenly fi....Read Full Article

23rd April 2014
Many people with an aviary, be it an outside wooden one or a large cage style, often choose to keep quail in them.  Most common is the Chinese Painted Quail, which are the smallest, but the Japanese and Californian Quail are also widely bred and sold in this country.....Read Full Article

22nd April 2014
There are going to be times when your dog is ill and would need to be put on some sort of medication whether it's in tablet form or other. Knowing how to administer medication safely to a pet makes life a lot easier for everyone concerned including your doggy. Getting a pet to take any sort of medicine can be not only challenging b....Read Full Article

22nd April 2014
Silken Windhound Introduction The elegant Silken Windhound boasts all the characteristics of a dog that can move very fast with gorgeous classic lines that give the breed its wonderful appeal. They are graceful, well balanced and although just a small to medium sized canine that on first sight might look a little delicate, ....Read Full Article

22nd April 2014
Sadly, Lotus syndrome is fatal and puppies born with the condition have no chance of surviving with some pups being stillborn. The problem is that puppies with the disorder lack the instinct to suck and have great difficulty in breathing. Pups are born with their hind legs tucked up and folded under their stomachs with their front legs....Read Full Article

22nd April 2014
The Hahn’s Macaw (Diopsittaca nobilis) is properly known as the Red Shouldered Macaw and is one of the smallest members of the Neotropical Macaw branch of the parrot family.  It lives in tropical lowlands, swamps and savannah in Venezuela, Bolivia, the Guianas, Brazil and southeastern Peru.  The Hahn’s is technica....Read Full Article

22nd April 2014
When shopping for your cat food, it is important to choose a food that is complete, rather than designed as a supplementary food or a treat. This will be clearly marked on the packaging, and complete foods are designed to provide a balanced diet with all of the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that cats need to keep them healthy.....Read Full Article

22nd April 2014
All dogs have two anal glands, one on either side of the rectum, which are commonly referred to as the anal sacs. These are scent glands, and are the main reason why dogs, when greeting each other, will circle each other sniffing their butts, as the scent signature of each dog’s anal glands are unique, and tell the other dog a lo....Read Full Article

22nd April 2014
Pyoderma is a bacterial skin infection that causes pustules or papules to form on the skin of the dog, which can look similar in appearance to adolescent spots or acne in people. While the condition is not generally hugely serious or life-threatening, pyoderma can be uncomfortable, itchy and cause localised pain in affected dogs. It is....Read Full Article

21st April 2014
There are so many wonderful dog breeds around today and for centuries many  four-legged friends have kept people company,guarded them, worked for them and given so much pleasure. If you are hoping to share your home and life with a canine friend but worried about the amount of hair that might be left on furniture, curtains and car....Read Full Article

21st April 2014
In birds, moulting is a completely natural process but can also be a sign of health problems.  The shedding of feathers to be replaced with new ones is a regular and normal process for birds as feathers are ‘dead’ parts a lot like human fingernails.  Moreover, like a human hair follicle, the feather follicle will ....Read Full Article

20th April 2014
Dogs are by nature very territorial animals, and will usually view their home, their garden, their local area and even their family to some degree as part of their “territory.” However, some breeds and types of dogs are much more territorial than others, and have been bred and worked historically in guarding and patrolling ....Read Full Article

20th April 2014
The Utonagan dog, also known as the Tamaskan dog, is a sled-dog crossbreed originating in Finland. They are one of the Spitz-type dog breeds that retain a strong physical resemblance to the wolf, and are also often mistaken for the Siberian Husky, which is....Read Full Article

20th April 2014
Abscesses on the skin of the cat are a relatively common condition that may potentially develop on any cat from time to time. Cats that are prone to fighting and scrapping with other cats, or that like to catch rodents that might fight back are the most likely to develop an abscess, although any injury to the skin or embedded foreign b....Read Full Article

20th April 2014
Sadly when a dog develops a chronic kidney disease, it is an irreversible progressive condition where their kidneys fail to function as they should. As the condition worsens, a dog becomes very ill and ultimately this causes death. However, chronic kidney disease is more often seen in older dogs although it can occur at any stage of a ....Read Full Article

20th April 2014
Getting a new puppy is an exciting time in any household but for first-time dogs owners it can be a bit of an anxious time too. Once puppy is safely esconced in their new home, keeping an eye on their health is essential but there are going to be times when you're not sure whether your new little four-legged friend is sick or not w....Read Full Article

20th April 2014
Parrotfinches are small finches which are brightly coloured and are found across south-east Asia, northern Australia, New Guinea and some Pacific Islands.  Some of the species are commonly kept in aviculture in this country, other less so. Generally, diet wise, these are seed eaters who enjoy a foreign finch mixture supp....Read Full Article

17th April 2014
After our mild winter, spring has sprung early this year, and the weather is already warming up nicely! Spring is of course a lovely season to own a dog, as the weather is warm and mild enough for lots of energetic walks, exercise and enjoying the garden, but without the high temperatures of the summer t....Read Full Article

17th April 2014
Lyme disease is a relatively rare condition within the UK, but one that can affect people, dogs, and cats as well. While it is uncommon to start with and even rarer in cats than in dogs, it is still a serious and complex condition that the cat owner should be aware of. What is Lyme disease?....Read Full Article



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