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How to care for your pet chinchilla’s coat
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14th December 2018
You will love them, and your children will love them! Chinchillas are wonderful pets with lots of personality and a sense of fun, and of course, they are comforting to cuddle and make a fuss of. They do prefer to live in pairs for fun and companionship! Origi....Read Full Article

Finding the right vet for you and your pet
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14th December 2018
Have you moved to a new area and struggled to find a vet that you like? Or perhaps you’ve just got your first puppy and don’t know what to look for in a good vet? It can always be tricky finding somebody that you trust with your best friend, but there are some general things to look out for when making the decision. ....Read Full Article

Why you should make sure your child never pulls your dog’s tail
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14th December 2018
Enabling your children to grow up with dogs around offers a huge range of benefits, and can help to foster a lifelong love of and respect for animals that will stay with the child for the remainder of their life. Dogs and children generally get on very well together, and often form very strong bonds with each other. Many dogs....Read Full Article

How much time do you need to care for a puppy?
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14th December 2018
Most people who are considering buying their first puppy understand that the first few weeks when your puppy comes home require a large commitment of time and energy to help the puppy to settle in, bond with you, and begin their training and socialisation. However, few of us have th....Read Full Article

Why does my dog stop and refuse to move on walks?
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13th December 2018
Dogs are usually very keen to go out walking, and often start making a big fuss as soon as you get your coat out or pick up their lead. However, every dog has different needs when it comes to exercise; some dogs are much more lively than others and need longer walks, while others wi....Read Full Article

The importance of teeth in your dog
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13th December 2018
Teeth play a very important role in a dog’s life, right from puppyhood through to their senior years. They all have a part to play in keeping a dog healthy and a lot of care and attention is needed to keep them well through their entire body. The importance of teeth started when dogs were in the wild and much more like ....Read Full Article

Do dogs have the menopause?
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13th December 2018
As such, unlike humans, there is no such thing as ‘menopause’ purely because of the definition of the word. The menopause occurs when the human monthly cycle ceases to happen, usually in later life. Those of you that keep bitches, will know that a female dog goes into oestrus, which is the technical name for ‘heat&rsq....Read Full Article

The Hush Basset - Basset Hound Cocker Spaniel Mix
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13th December 2018
The Hush Bassett is an adorable cross between the Bassett Hound and the Cocker Spaniel and is also known as a Cocker Bassett. It is a relatively new hybrid breed that only emerged this century and kn....Read Full Article

Why you should never allow mats to develop in your dog’s coat
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13th December 2018
Owning a dog with a very short, single-layered coat makes caring for their skin and coat very easy. Whilst most dogs enjoy being brushed and groomed when this is undertaken with care as brushing helps to stimulate the skin and coat, dogs with short, easy to look after coats don’t tend to suffer with problems like knots and mats, ....Read Full Article

Uveitis in dogs
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13th December 2018
Uveitis is a type of eye condition that can develop in dogs, which can lead to a range of changes in the appearance and functions of your dog’s eyes and that may also be painful. Left untreated, canine uveitis is distressing for dogs and can result in permanent, irreversible blindness, and so it is a good idea for all dog owners ....Read Full Article

What do you do if your horse hates the clippers
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12th December 2018
Having a horse that is difficult to clip can be very frustrating never mind downright dangerous.  It always seems to be the ones that need to be clipped as well that have a problem with the clippers. Whether your horse has had a bad experience in the past or came with an already established problem, our handy guide will ....Read Full Article

Do dogs have a dominant paw?
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12th December 2018
We as people tend to have a dominant hand, which we describe as being either right or left handed. This is something that we don’t consciously dictate, and all of us naturally gravitate towards using one hand as our main hand, the one that we use the most and do more with; and being right-handed is most common. Few peop....Read Full Article

How to help your cats to get on and not fight
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12th December 2018
Through the century’s cats have been treated like royalty, in some civilisations, they have even been seen as gods. Having them fight among themselves when we lavish them with all we can, may seem a tad ungrateful, in this Pets4Homes article we will look at how to help them get along, wi....Read Full Article

Ileus in rabbits – what is it?
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12th December 2018
Rabbits are complex little creatures, and there is much more to them than meets the eye. Like any animal, they have their faults, and in this Pets4Homes article, we will be looking at one of them - Ileus. This condition can affect any rabbit and will stop the well-oiled machine of their digestive system. So how does the rabb....Read Full Article

Do dogs consciously control their tail wags?
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12th December 2018
A dog with a wagging tail is an ubiquitous sight that most of us interpret as a dog that is happy and friendly, and there is a whole language behind your dog’s wags that help to indicate their mood and temperament at any given time. Dogs that have long tails have a large range of movement available in them and will ofte....Read Full Article

Why might your new dog refuse to eat when they come home?
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12th December 2018
Getting a new dog or puppy represents a huge commitment on the part of their future owners, and there is a lot to think about and plan for before you even get as far as bringing your new dog home. In many ways, buying or adopting an adult dog and settling them in is easier than it is for a new puppy, as the adult dog will generally be ....Read Full Article

Are Tennis Balls Safe for Dogs?
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11th December 2018
We all know that dogs love chasing after tennis balls. Not only are tennis balls inexpensive to buy but they have plenty of bounce for a fun game of “fetch” and are easy to find when lost due to their bright yellow colour. Throwing a tennis ball for your beloved pup is a great way for him to exercise as well as a beautiful ....Read Full Article

When should your puppy start wearing a collar?
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11th December 2018
All dogs need to be able to wear a collar happily and comfortably, and many dogs wear their collars all of the time. Within the UK, the law states that dogs must be microchipped and display details identifying their owner when out in public, and this latter is almost always achieved by attaching a name tag to the dog’s collar.....Read Full Article

Retained puppy teeth and what to do about them
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11th December 2018
Like humans, dogs get two sets of teeth in their lifetime – their first set of baby teeth that they keep for just a few weeks, and their larger set of adult teeth, which they keep for the duration of their lives unless any teeth are lost due to dental diseases or injuries. Dealing with a teething puppy can be challengin....Read Full Article

What the shape and size of your dog’s ears can tell you about their origins
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11th December 2018
If you own a dog of a recognised pedigree breed, you will be able to find out a great deal about their origins and the history of the breed’s development by doing a little research. Pedigree dog breeds all have set breed standards that dictate the appearance (and other traits) of the dogs in question, and these are often long and....Read Full Article



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