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What type of dogs tend to have a soft mouth, and why?
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17th January 2020
Any dog can theoretically be trained to have a soft mouth, and any dog at all can most certainly be trained to improve their bite inhibition and so, soften their mouth.However, the trait of being soft mouthed comes much more naturally and even instinctively to certain breeds and types of dogs than others, and this in turn went a....Read Full Article

What does it mean when we say a dog has a “soft mouth?”
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17th January 2020
When it comes to dogs and the terminology we use for them, there are a huge number of specific terms for different things, some of which only have meaning in dog circles and some that even beyond that, are rarely used outside of certain specific applications.One of these is the term “soft mouth,” and whilst this term is one ....Read Full Article

What factors are most important to cat owners when choosing a veterinary clinic
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17th January 2020
Choosing and registering with a local vet if you’re a cat owner is very important.  This is not only in order to ensure that if your cat had an accident or became ill, you’d have someone to turn to, but also because preventative healthcare is really important too.If your cat isn’t registered with a vet and they needed....Read Full Article

What is it about sticks and twigs that’s so appealing to dogs?
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16th January 2020
Some dogs are very keen to find twigs and sticks when out on walks, turning this into something of a scavenger hunt and often being very selective about what type of stick makes the grade. Whilst historically, dogs used to play with sticks very commonly and dog owners would try to find an appropriate one on walks to throw for the dog t....Read Full Article

Why do some dog breeds see more than their fair share of health conditions that aren’t hereditary in
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15th January 2020
Hereditary health issues are those passed on from parents to their young, along with the inheritance of specific genes or gene mutations. Virtually all pedigree dog breeds have certain known hereditary health conditions found within them; but why are some dog breeds apparently predisposed to other health conditions, which do not pertai....Read Full Article

Why do dogs pick up sticks, and is this ok?
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13th January 2020
Virtually all dogs that like to play fetch or even just carry things in their mouths (as is the case for many gundog breeds such as the Springer Spaniel) will naturally seek out sticks in the park if they haven’t got a ball or something else to play with,....Read Full Article

Why don’t more cat owners invest in preventative healthcare?
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13th January 2020
Preventative healthcare for cats encompasses many different elements, all of which can help to provide numerous benefits for both cats and owners.Preventative healthcare makes both logical sense and financial sense; it is always cheaper to spend a little bit of money at the outset to stop a problem before it develops than it is ....Read Full Article

Why do some dog breeds see more than their fair share of certain health conditions?
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12th January 2020
Every dog owner hopes that their dogs will remain healthy, happy and mobile well into old age, but there are no guarantees of this, and knowing how long your dog might live for or what type of health conditions might affect them in old age aren’t things we can tell with any certainty when we first ....Read Full Article

How owning a dog is like having a part time job (and paying for the privilege!)
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12th January 2020
Many people in the UK work two or three jobs (or even more) as standard just to make ends meet, and these days it is very common to have several part-time jobs or multiple jobs with erratic hours rather than one stable full time job of around 40 hours a week.However many induvial jobs you have, few people who have to fully suppo....Read Full Article

Five things you need to be aware of if you want to own a dog from a recognised guarding breed
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10th January 2020
There are a lot of different breeds and types to choose between if you wish to own a dog of a guarding breed, and a lot to think about if the breed you’re keen to own has guarding tendencies. These guarding tendencies might seem like an advantage at first, and even potentially factor into your decision to get that type of dog in the ....Read Full Article

How conscientious are UK cat owners about preventative health care for their cats?
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10th January 2020
A cat can seem like quite an easy and low maintenance pet to keep compared to a dog, or even a caged pet like a rabbit that needs to be cleaned out and tended to regularly. Coupled with this, many cats ultimately find their own owners, moving in with people they like the look of or neatly rehoming themselves if lost or abandoned, which....Read Full Article

Five ways in which owning a dog can cramp your style
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9th January 2020
Many people aspire to own a dog of their own one day, and this can generate some strong feelings of longing and feeling as if you’re missing out on something, so that the desire to go out and get a canine companion right now can seem almost overwhelming at times!There are a great many benefits and advantages to dog ownership a....Read Full Article

Treatment options for melanomas in grey horses
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9th January 2020
It was the vet, Derek Knottenbelt, he of Liverpool Cream fame, who said it was a scandal that there had not been more research and progress made in treating melanomas in grey horses.  After all, these can affect 80% of greys.What are melanomas?Melanoma is a type of cancerous tumour and one of a few different types ....Read Full Article

Five ways in which owning a dog can broaden your horizons
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7th January 2020
Owning a dog is a balance between responsibility and reward, and the pendulum tends to be in a constant state of flux so that at times dog ownership feels like a joy and at others, a millstone!Knowing about the potential limitations that dog ownership places on your life and the ways in which it can cramp your style is important....Read Full Article

PDSA PAW Survey 2019 shares a fascinating snapshot of cat ownership in the UK
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5th January 2020
The PDSA is the UK’s dedicated veterinary charity, and every year they care for and provide assistance to the owners of thousands of pets all over the country, with cats, dogs and rabbits being the most common of these.However, providing veterinary care and keeping pets like cats safe and well involves much more than simply lo....Read Full Article

Six interesting statistics about pet insurance in the UK
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5th January 2020
Pet insurance is for many people an essential expense of owning their dog or cat, because without it they’d be unable to fund veterinary treatment if needed in an emergency. However, there is no escaping the fact that pet insurance can be expensive, particularly for certain pets like very large dogs such as the ....Read Full Article

Six things your need to get right before you get a dog
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2nd January 2020
A great many of the UKs’ dog lovers don’t actually own a dog of their own, because a whole host of factors need to come together for them before it would be genuinely viable for them to take on the responsibility of dog ownership.Deciding that you aren’t quite where you need to be in your life to get a dog and realising th....Read Full Article

Is the cost of pet insurance for dogs in the UK increasing?
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2nd January 2020
Owning a dog is a costly endeavour, and the majority of first-time dog owners greatly underestimate how much it all adds up to on a month by month basis too.Even things like food, toys, flea and worming treatments and all the little incidentals that rarely get mentioned can soon make a dent in your bank balance, and the larger y....Read Full Article

What are you most likely to need to claim on your dog’s pet insurance policy for?
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2nd January 2020
Dog insurance can help you to cover the cost of any unforeseen veterinary emergencies your dog might face, either because they get ill or become injured. It also often covers third party public liability claims against you as the dog owner, and if you think the cost of veterinary care is expensive, even vet’s top-end figures come now....Read Full Article

PDSA Wellbeing of Cats survey report 2019 raises important concerns about responsible cat ownership
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2nd January 2020
The PDSA is one of the longest established and best-known animal charities in the UK, whose main role is to provide veterinary care for pets in need. The charity also works to educate the public about pet health, the importance of preventative healthcare and of course, responsible pet ownership.Every year, the PDSA undertakes a ....Read Full Article



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