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31st October 2014
Gerbils are interesting pets to watch, many gerbil owners can let the hours pass away watching them move around their cage. Generally speaking they interact with each other and us in a curious and sometimes playful manor. We can often get stuck wondering exactly why gerbils are doing some specific things, and what certain beh....Read Full Article

31st October 2014
When it comes to buying or adopting a new puppy or adult dog, it can seem as if the whole process comes down to a simple case of pot luck in terms of what their core temperament turns out to be, and how they are likely to behave well. While this is in some ways true, on the other hand, there are a whole range of known factors that affe....Read Full Article

29th October 2014
There is a huge world of difference between simply surviving and truly living, and this is what we generally refer to as quality of life. Quality of life is what makes life worth living, and it means not only being physically alive in itself, but how worthwhile and enjoyable or otherwise that life is; for instance, if a dog i....Read Full Article

29th October 2014
Cat flaps make life so much easier for many people because having one fitted on a kitchen or other door, allows for our feline friends to come and go as they please. You can keep your pet in for the night when needed, especially when things might get a bit noisy outside whether it's Halloween, bomb fire night or over the festive se....Read Full Article

29th October 2014
A lot of dogs aren't that keen on going for walks in the dark which means as the nights start to draw in, taking a canine companion out in the evening can be a little problematic. It's usually sound-sensitive breeds that are most affected although all dogs if they've found themselves in a scary situation at night can show a....Read Full Article

29th October 2014
If you are the sort of person who likes to get out and about in all weathers and actively enjoys exploring the countryside while rambling or hiking, the good news is that there is any number of dog breeds that will share your interest and make for the perfect outdoors companion! If you are thinking of getting a dog and want o....Read Full Article

28th October 2014
It goes without saying that a rabbit's environment needs to be kept as clean as possible to reduce the risk of any health issues developing. However, sometimes it's too easy to forget that pets rely on us to provide them with a suitable living environment. If a rabbit is kept in less than perfect conditions, it can lead to all ....Read Full Article

28th October 2014
What is Vestibulitis? Vestibulitis describes inflammation of the vestibular system, which is part of the inner ear that controls balance, coordination, vision and hearing.  What Causes Vestibulitis? Vestibulitis is often idiopathic (cause unknown), especially when it occurs in senior dogs. There a....Read Full Article

27th October 2014
1.  Isaac Newton probably invented the cat flap! Two accounts suggest that whilst Isaac Newton was at the University of Cambridge busily studying and experimenting he was frequently disturbed by a queen and her kittens scratching at the door of his office. As this was disrupting his work, it is said that he asked the C....Read Full Article

27th October 2014
When we are helping our dogs to lose weight or aiming to keep them at a healthy target it can be very difficult to cut out treats completely. It’s especially hard with a puppy or a new member of the canine family when we’re using food rewards to help to train good behaviours. But the good news is that you don’t need t....Read Full Article

27th October 2014
1.  Hand-rearing a litter is a time-consuming exercise, and it can be very stressful. However, under some circumstances it may be essential; for example, if the bitch has died, is too unwell to nurse her puppies or has rejected the litter. Some of this guidance also applies to supplemental feeding (which may be required if the bit....Read Full Article

27th October 2014
1.  My rabbit doesn’t like commercial rabbit food, what should I do?   If you are feeding a muesli type mix, it is better to change this to a complete pelleted food. Rabbits will often pick out the parts of a muesli mix to eat that they enjoy and leave the rest, which can result in nutritional imbalance and ....Read Full Article

27th October 2014
Some cats much prefer to live outdoors, never being that keen to come inside the house even when the winter sets in and the outside temperature is very, very cold. If you own a cat that wants to be outside all of the time, it can be extremely worrying when the weather turns very cold and for good reason, because if our feline friends a....Read Full Article

25th October 2014
There is a huge amount of variety in terms of the different breeds of dogs that fall into the herding or shepherding grouping, from dogs like the Border collie and Germa....Read Full Article

25th October 2014
We are all very aware about the need to use sunscreen lotion on ourselves and our children, in order to protect us from burning and harmful UVA and UVB rays that can lead to skin problems and even the development of skin cancer. But one thing that even the most conscientious of dog owners often overlook is the need for suntan lotion to....Read Full Article

25th October 2014
The “sit” command is one of the core canine commands, and among the most widely used, for good reason! All adult dogs should be trained to sit on command, and they should respond to the command quickly and willingly, which are both the marks of good training. However, if your dog is reluctant to perform a sit, app....Read Full Article

25th October 2014
There is quite a range of differing opinions on precisely how old any given puppy should be before they are removed from their dam and littermates to go out into the world on their own with their new owners. While all new puppy buyers of course want to get their pup home as soon as possible and enjoy the very adorable young puppy stage....Read Full Article

25th October 2014
In most cases, dogs with a known history will also have a known birthday, or at least, you will be able to find out how old they are to the nearest year by talking to their prior owners or checking out the veterinary history and documentation that comes with them. However, if this is not possible, your detective work may become a littl....Read Full Article

25th October 2014
If you spot traces of blood in your dog’s urine when they are toileting, this can be rather alarming, and often makes dog owners concerned that something very serious is amiss with their dog. While blood in the urine should never be ignored or disregarded, it is not always the case that something serious or life threatening is am....Read Full Article

24th October 2014
Dogs lick their lips for a whole range of reasons, and often, they are much the same ones behind why we as people might do the same, such as due to a dry mouth, something stuck in their teeth, or because they are tasting something they have eaten! However, if your dog appears to be constantly licking their lips, drooling a lot and deve....Read Full Article



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